Labor playing politics on decentralisation

 National’s Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said today Labor’s refusal to hold more References Committee hearings into decentralising Commonwealth agencies and offices to regional areas, who are strongly backing the move, is another example of its bloody mindedness on the issue. “The Labor chaired Committee refused my request for more regional hearings including Armidale in…

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Wodonga ideal spot for Murray Darling Relocation

National’s Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said today Wodonga would be the ideal city for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s re-location of some of its city staff. The MDBA today announced that 10 percent of its staff, up to 30 employees is expected to voluntarily relocate to regional offices, including Albury – Wodonga. Senator McKenzie said…

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Regional Taskforce vital to country areas

National’s Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie today welcomed the setting up of a Regional Ministerial Taskforce to address key issues in regional Australia, chaired by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash will be deputy chair. The Taskforce will bring together relevant portfolio Ministers to address…

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ACCC Cattle and Beef Market Study welcomed

National Party Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie today welcomed the ACCC Study into Australia’s cattle and beef markets which she said goes to the heart of problems in the industry raised with her over many years. ‘For decades, I have been hearing about a culture of fear and intimidation throughout the beef industry and the…

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Review of Regional Education

 National’s Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie today joined with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Education Minister Simon Birmingham to announce a comprehensive review of regional education. Senator McKenzie said the aim of the review to be led by Professor John Halsey of Flinders University is to identify and address key barriers and challenges that…

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Quick action on Dairy Roundtables Report

Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said today Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce had acted decisively and quickly to the concerns of dairy farmers who attended a series of Roundtables she chaired late last year in regional Victoria. The Roundtables were held between 12 – 16 December at Tangambalanga, Congupna, Morwell and Camperdown to hear the…

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ABC Short Changes on Short Wave

The decision by the ABC to end short wave services to the Northern Territory has been described today as short-sighted and another example of the Corporation ignoring Regional Australia. National’s Senator Bridget McKenzie held talks in Darwin this afternoon with the NT Cattlemen’s Association about the issue. “This is of vital concern for Territorians, with…

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Dairy farmers key to ACCC price probe

National’s Senator Bridget McKenzie today urged dairy farmers to speak out at the upcoming series of ACCC symposiums on the dairy industry. The ACCC Forums will examine competition between milk processors, contracts between processors and farmers, global supply markets and the profitability of dairy farms. Senator McKenzie, who last month chaired a series of Dairy…

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