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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A tax to make people poorer in a degraded environment

Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has welcomed changes to Round 2 Regional Development Australia Funding criteria and is encouraging the department to distribute money fairly to projects throughout all of regional Victoria. “The criteria for the new application forms has been finalised and I welcome the improvements. The department has completely re-written the guidelines and…

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