MCKENZIE BACKS SUPPORT FOR SPC ARDMONA

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says troubled Goulburn Valley fruit processor SPC Ardmona faces an uncertain future if no action is taken to support the company. Senator McKenzie said the recently released interim report from the Productivity Commission which found emergency safeguards were not warranted, was not surprising. ‘‘Even so, safeguards are a legitimate…

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Locals Raise Issues on Tour of Mallee

Fixing mobile black spots and funding for road upgrades will be the main topics of discussion during community visits by Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Regional Transport Darren Chester. Senator McKenzie and Mr Chester will visit Charlton, Wycheproof, Birchip, Donald and Murtoa today. In Charlton they will…

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Australia No Longer A Dumping Ground

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said a Coalition Government would strengthen Australia’s anti-dumping regime. The food and grocery industry is Australia’s largest manufacturing sector and a key economic driver for regional Victoria. ‘Dumping’ occurs when foreign product is sold in Australia at less than its cost of production, undercutting local growers or businesses. Senator…

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Senator McKenzie calls for safeguards

Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has made submissions to the Productivity Commission’s inquiries into the impact of cheap fruit and tomato imports on Australian producers. Senator McKenzie said under the World Trade Organisation agreement, safeguard measures could be applied to prevent serious and ongoing harm to industry. ‘‘In a free trade environment, dumping can occur,…

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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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