Senator McKenzie to discuss DisabilityCare in Bendigo

Nationals Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie will this week address a forum on the recently launched DisabilityCare Australia. Senator McKenzie is a member of the joint select committee on DisabilityCare Australia, otherwise known as the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The scheme has commenced in trial sites across the country, including the Barwon region in Victoria. ‘‘The…

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Anti-racism campaign comes to Bendigo

Nationals Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie has welcomed the opportunity to be involved in the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign. Senator McKenzie will tomorrow meet with the heads of local sporting organisations, along with Clubs Australia, who are leading the campaign in the region. Jason Wallace (Bendigo Stadium/Bendigo Basketball), Ken Yates (Kangaroo Flat Sports Club),…

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Vote reveals environmental farce

Nationals Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie has condemned the Rudd Government for voting against acknowledging three international environmental conservation treaties to which Australia is already a signatory. The treaties all recognise sustainable use of the environment. ‘’The vote highlights the hypocrisy of Labor’s stated support for environmental conservation,’’ Senator McKenzie said. The Senate was asked to…

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Education bill rushed through parliament

The Federal Government has given a Senate Inquiry into the Australian Education Bill just three days and has refused to allow time for hearings. Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said this move came after the Federal Government gagged debate on the Bill in the House of Representatives after less than two hours. Senator McKenzie said…

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No news on assistance for farmers

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says debt-stressed farmers are no closer to knowing if they’ll get help through concessional loans that the Labor Federal Government announced two months ago. Senator McKenzie today asked Agriculture Minister Senator Joe Ludwig during Question Time why the loans are still not available, even though arrangements are in place…

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Pressure builds on Government to act on SPC

The Government needs to ‘pick up the phone’ and instruct the Productivity Commission to initiate emergency safeguard action to protect fruit processor SPC, after the Commission chairman confirmed in response to questioning from Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie in Senate estimates last night his organisation was just waiting for a green light. “Since embattled SPC Ardmona…

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Labor to turn a profit on loans to struggling farmers

Treasury officials appearing before Senate Estimates have vindicated claims by State and Territory agriculture ministers last weekend that the Gillard Government is seeking to turn a profit from its proposed Farm Assistance package, according to Victorian Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie. “Treasury officials on Wednesday said it was accurate to say the Government was offering loans…

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Nationals back GST equality

The Nationals have endorsed a plan which would close a tax loophole giving foreign retailers a ten per cent price advantage over local Australian retailers, according to Victorian Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie .  “At the moment foreign retailers can sell goods to Australia up to $1000 without charging any GST, under a loophole known as…

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