Simon Crean – out of touch with the regions

Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie listened in amazement in Bendigo this morning as the Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean spoke about new opportunities for economic diversification across the Murray Darling Basin. “He said that the Gillard Government is “determined to deliver the reforms for a healthy, working basin,”…

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Have your say on telecommunications, says Senator McKenzie

Phone and internet users throughout regional Victoria have been given an extra opportunity to have their say on the telecommunications their area needs, Bridget McKenzie, Nationals Senator for Victoria, said today. The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) is conducting a review into the adequacy of telecommunications, with particular attention to what consumers need to…

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Where’s the water certainty?

Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie is calling for more certainty in the wake of today’s announcement by the Murray Darling Basin Authority that a total of about 2 750 billion litres will be taken from farming and allocated to environmental flows.   “The new Plan provides farmers in the Goulburn Valley with less information, less…

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About face by ALP on occasional child care

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Nationals Senator for Victoria, today expressed delight with an about-face from the Gillard Government to restore funding for Victoria’s occasional childcare services. Yesterday Labor joined with the Coalition, Greens and Independents to support a motion calling for the reinstatement of $12m in Australian Government support for occasional care. Senator McKenzie was particularly…

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