Great step forward for regional broadcasting

Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie today welcomed new legislative reforms to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Act introduced in the Senate. “These are great news for regional areas as they enhance the ABC’s commitment to rural and regional Australia and require its news services to be fair and balanced. “The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment…

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Significant relief on regional energy changes

Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said today the new national energy guarantee package announced by the Government today will give significant relief to high electricity users in Victoria. “Dairy farmers have told me of the increasing strain they are experiencing through ther increasing cost of electricity used to operate their farms and particularly irrigation.…

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Specific Recomendations on Red Meat Sector

A Senate Committee Report into the Red Meat Industry has made a series of recommendations following concerns about a culture of collusion at cattle saleyards. In its report, the committee said it shared the concerns of stakeholders, particularly producers in relation to a number of saleyard practices, including the behaviour of commission buyers. The purpose…

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Government Wine Package Applauded

Wine producers in Victoria have applauded the federal government $50 million, three year plan to increase the value of wine exports up to a record $3.5 billion and bring $170 million worth of wine tourism to regional communities. National Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie today welcomed the launch of the Australian Government’s Export and Regional…

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ABC Shortwave Decision needs scrutiny

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie, today attacked the ABC decision to axe its shortwave services as ill conceived, ill-founded and not based on evidence. In debating regional media law Senator McKenzie, said evidence to Senate committee  was clear, that had the ABC (Regional and Rural Advocacy) Bill had been law, the ABC Board would…

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Big Win for Small Business with new Section 46 Effects

Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said new legislation to strengthen Australia’s competition law will benefit consumers, business and the economy, especially in regional areas. “The Harper Review recommendations strengthen section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. “It found that current misuse of market power law is not reliably enforceable and does not…

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