Key Senate Committee meets in Bendigo

Members of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee met in Bendigo today as part of a number of Inquiries into the impact of Defence’s training activities and facilities on rural and regional communities. The Committee has already held hearings in Port Augusta, Rockhampton, Townsville, Darwin and Katherine.  Committee Deputy Chair, Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said the Inquiry…

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Reform boost for Co-operatives and Mutuals

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie today applauded the release of the Hammond Report into Cooperatives, Mutuals and Member-owned Firms and the Government’s agreement to each of its 11 recommendations. Speaking at the release of the report in Sydney with Treasurer Scott Morrison, Senator McKenzie said the report and the government’s action provides the certainty…

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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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