Statement – COVID-19

Senator McKENZIE: As Leader of the Nationals in the Senate, I stand to associate our party with the comments from Senator Cormann, particularly his references to the indiscriminate nature of this virus with regard to its victims—and regional Australia is not immune. It's a crisis that, as Senator Wong so eloquently stated, is something that…

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Visa Changes Bring Workforce Certainty For Farmers

Victorian orchardists and horticulture farm businesses and communities stand to benefit from an announcement made by the Australian Government to extend working holiday maker and other visas amid the COVID-19 crisis with requirements to support the on-going health of regional communities. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie welcomed confirmation that visa changes will allow Pacific…

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Mobile coverage boosted in Wandiligong

People living and travelling through Wandiligong will now have better phone service to make calls, browse the internet and stay connected with family and friends. The switch on of a new macro base station in Wandiligong under the Mobile Black Spot Program will significantly improve phone service in the popular tourist destination on Morses Creek…

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Supporting Regional Australia through COVID-19

Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says regional businesses, agriculture and tourism impacted by the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) remain front and centre for The Nationals as the Commonwealth Government rolls out multi-billion dollar support programs. This week the Government announced an extra $66.1 billion in stimulus measures which brings the total economic support package…

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Everyone has role to play to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across Australia

The Australian Government has taken significant steps to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus and delay community transmission across the country. “The core objective is to slow the spread of coronavirus in Australia by taking additional steps to delay the impact and slow the rate of growth of the virus,” Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie…

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Red Tape Cut, Access Easier For Bushfire Affected Small Businesses

The Liberal-National government today announced a new $10,000 grant and simplified access to existing loans and other services for small businesses affected by recent bushfires including the Upper Murray. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said today’s support is in response to feedback from fire affected communities to help them get through the recovery as…

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Statement – Senate Estimates

STATEMENT REGARDING SENATE ESTIMATES 5 March 2020 This week through the Senate Estimates process I became aware of changes made to a Ministerial decision brief that I signed in Canberra on 4 April 2019, for the third round of the Community Sporting Infrastructure Grants program. The brief authorized approved projects for the third round this…

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