Gillard’s carbon tax hit to Bendigo Health

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said health services at Bendigo Health are under unnecessary financial pressure from Julia Gillard’s carbon tax. “Analyses performed by the four Coalition state governments confirmed stretched public hospital budgets will face a carbon tax between $1000 and $2400 per hospital bed, per year.   “A recent newspaper report…

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Senator encourages comment on National Food Plan

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has encouraged central and north-west Victorian agricultural and food processing stakeholders to have their say on the National Food Plan next Tuesday, July 31 in Bendigo. Australia’s agricultural production is a $155 billion-a-year industry and is worth more than 12 per cent of GDP. “Victoria’s agricultural sector produces…

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Senator opens Bridging the Border conference

 The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie’s address to the Murray River Group of Councils Bridging the Border conference reiterated her hope a revised Murray Darling Basin Plan would see regional communities thrive.   The two-day biennial conference is being held in Moama, and brings together local councils, businesses and government agencies to discuss the…

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Nationals put regional road safety first

 The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Transport Darren Chester have met with a concerned resident at the dangerous Calder Alternate Highway and Calder Highway intersection at Ravenswood.   Senator McKenzie said her role as a local parliamentarian was to ensure Coalition decision makers were aware of…

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Community connections key for Bendigo’s young people

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and the Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Youth and Sport Luke Hartsuyker have met with youth leaders in Bendigo, to discuss the importance of connecting young people to the community. Lead On Australia, Youth Foundation Eaglehawk, the Bendigo Student Association, and local students and graduates from La Trobe…

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Refrigeration costs soar under the carbon tax

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has used a supermarket visit to highlight the disproportionate effect the carbon tax would have on regional industries and jobs.   “The tax will increase input costs at every aspect of the supply chain, from farm gate to dinner plate,” she said.   Senator McKenzie today met with…

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Carbon tax hit for vegetable growers

 The Leader of the Nationals Warren Truss and The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie met with vegetable growers at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market this morning, and heard how the carbon tax would impact them.   Mr Truss said while in the short term the carbon tax did not apply to farmers, it would add…

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Report into agriculture education handed down

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie yesterday spoke in the Senate to the release of the report into Higher Education and Skills Training to Support Agriculture and Agribusiness in Australia. The inquiry into the future of Australia’s agriculture sector was held over seven months by the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee, of…

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