NSW-Vic border closure: One size doesn’t fit all

Simplified cross-border access for farmers, freight operators and local communities need to be maintained, argues Bridget McKenzie. BRIDGET McKENZIE, The Weekly Times July 13, 2020 THERE would be few people who don’t feel genuine concern for Melbourne and agree closing off affected COVID-19 areas is the right move. Isolated outbreaks require swift, decisive action on…

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Lack of evidence for 50km local permit

The 50km border community zone is impractical, lacks thought and shows zero consideration the impact this arbitrary figure will cause to border-based communities undertaking daily life.  I call on the NSW and Victorian Premiers to expand this to 100km and given there is no reference to a 50km zone around border communities in the NSW Government’s Public…

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Helping small business lower power bills

As the economy recovers from COVID19, the Liberal and Nationals Government is helping small businesses to lower their power bills. From 6 July, small businesses across Australia can apply for a share in $9 million of grants under the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said small businesses are key…

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2AY Breakfast

Here’s my chat with the 2AY Breakfast hosts Kylie King and Kev Poulton. We covered working with Pauline Hanson, the role of the Senate and Australia’s democracy, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann’s pending retirement, Victoria’s unfortunate Belt and Road Initiative with China and cybersecurity.

Additional financial counselling services in bushfire affected areas

Bushfire affected regions of Victoria will share in more than $294,000 additional funding from the Liberal and Nationals Government to increase access to financial counselling services. The financial support is part of part of an additional $3.5 million allocated to deliver ongoing support to communities ravaged during the recent bushfire season. Nationals Senator for Victoria…

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ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga

North East Victorian businesses are worried they will not be able to financially recover if the state’s COVID-19 restrictions tighten. Stage three restrictions are now in effect across huge parts of Melbourne’s north and west. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says regional Victorians should not be penalised for the COVID spike in isolated parts…

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hit91.9 Bendigo

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has criticised Queensland and South Australia for banning all Victorian visitors once their borders reopen this month. She says it is unfair that country people are being tarred with Melbourne’s brush.