McKenzie demands fruit crisis answers

The Senate in Canberra twice discussed the difficulties of Shepparton Valley orchardists and the region’s processed food industries on Thursday, courtesy of Victorian Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie . “Getting the Federal Parliament to not only pay attention to this critical issue for regional Victoria but also vote in support of our Toss a Tin in…

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Federal Labor canned on processed fruit

The plight of Victorian growers and the regional processed fruit industry has been raised in Canberra, courtesy of a Notice of Motion by Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie, who said the Gillard Labor Government was ignoring the problem. The regional Victoria-based senator has issued a comprehensive list of demands including that the Federal Parliament support…

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Reduce the GST threshold

Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie has called for a reduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) threshold on foreign imports and online purchases from A$1000 to A$20. GST is currently only applied to online purchases of $1000 or more from foreign countries, making it easy to avoid paying the GST on goods from…

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Another broken promise on aged care reforms

The Senate Community Affairs Committee is holding a public inquiry into proposed aged care reforms. Five years ago the federal Labor Government promised to reform the aged care sector. This is another broken promise from a Government that has shown little interest or compassion when dealing with older Australians living in regional Victoria. After a…

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Regulatory rush

With the September federal election looming, the Gillard Government are doing their best to finalise their agenda by rushing legislation through Parliament. Bridget McKenzie, Nationals Senator for Victoria said the legislation the Government is trying to rush through, without proper process, is alarming. “In the past week I have attended two public hearings reviewing legislation…

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ANZAC Day 2013

Ninety eight years on from the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops on the beaches of Gallipoli, our community will pause this ANZAC Day to reflect on the meaning of service and sacrifice. Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said ANZAC Day was Australia’s annual opportunity to pay tribute to those who served, and…

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University funding

States will address the PM’s ultimatum on education funding today. The new funding model must deliver educational parity for 1 million students attending schools in regional Australia, 660,000 of them in state schools.   The Government’s commitment to regional education has been inconsistent and this week contradictory.   The inability of the ALP to add…

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