Senate Endorses Nationals Campaign Highlighting Impacts Of State Border Closures On Rural And Regional Communities

The Nationals Senate team welcomes today’s Senate vote acknowledging border travel restrictions imposed by state and territory governments have negatively impacted the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of regional Australians who live and work across border communities. The Senate today voted 27-22 in support of a Nationals Motion which urgently called on state…

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National Cabinet Must Develop A National Approach To Border Closures And Quarantine Protocols

Wodonga-based Nationals Senate Leader Bridget McKenzie is calling on National Cabinet to deliver a nationally consistent approach to border closures and quarantine processes. While state leaders are engaged in a political game of one-upmanship regional communities, hundreds of kilometres from COVID-19 hotspots, are being torn apart. Protecting the health of the Australian community is the…

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Deputy Premier’s commitment for Cross Border re-set a significant step forward

Wodonga-based Nationals Senate Leader Bridget McKenzie says the call by NSW Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro for the border permit system to be dismantled is right. The Nationals are putting rural and regional communities first. “Like Barra today, The Nationals have been very vocal in our calls for a practical approach to allow…

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Heavy vehicle safety funding boost for Wodonga

The Wodonga Institute of TAFE has been granted $235,760 under Round 5 of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative for a new project aimed at saving lives and reducing road trauma. Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the money would kick-start the TAFE’s Multi-media Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB) project to…

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Inland Rail supporting Victoria’s Future Supply Chains

A new study has identified investment opportunities in Victoria’s agricultural, manufacturing, freight and logistic sectors arising from the operation of the Inland Rail. The biggest winners will be food processing, transport logistics and manufacturing facilities – a welcome boost to the future of Victoria’s economy. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional…

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Live cattle industry vindicated – Government will not appeal Federal Court Live Export decision

The Nationals Senate team has praised the Australian Government’s common sense  decision not to appeal the Federal Court’s decision in Brett Cattle Company Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture [2020] FCA 732. Attorney General Christian Porter tonight (July 22) confirmed the Australian Government would not appeal this decision. “The Nationals see the decision by Justice…

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