Media release: Consultations start on new Murray-Darling Basin on-farm water savings program

Pic source: www.mdba.gov.au The Liberal-National Coalition Government is calling on irrigators, industry and potential delivery agencies to have their say on the design of a new on-farm irrigation efficiency program. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, said the Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency (COFFIE) program was…

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$500,000 now available for Victorian pest and weed projects under Ag White Paper

The Australian Government will provide $500,000 to drought affected Victorian councils for projects to control rabbit and weed infestations on country roadsides, in line with its commitment under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, said the Australian Government would top-up the…

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WANGARATTA CHRONICLE: Probing alleged boycott

Pic source: meatprojects.com.au BY Jamie Kronborg AUSTRALIAN Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Simms has admitted his agency is no closer to determining if any action is warranted against buyers who allegedly participated in the so-called 'Barnawartha boycott' of a February cattle sale at the Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange (NVLX). An ACCC investigation began eight…

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NEWS.COM.AU: Victorian Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie on Australian gun control

Pic source: news.com.au http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/victorian-nationals-senator-bridget-mckenzie-on-australian-gun-control/story-fnpjxnlk-1227580961935 BRIDGET McKenzie wears her engraved Beretta over a shoulder and looks an elegant version of that American creation, the “hottie with a shottie”. The Victorian Nationals’ senator speaks of the “empowerment” she gets from her double-barrel firearm when she shoots targets or wildlife. And she fires off lists of figures to…

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ABC PM: Autistic children home-schooled because of a lack of school places

Pic source: australiancurriculumlessons.com.au DAVID MARK: Disability advocates say autistic children are being turned away from mainstream schools because they lack specialised support. As a result, families with autistic children say they're being forced to home-school their kids. Many parents have told a Senate inquiry that their autistic children are bullied, misunderstood or placed in cages…

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Speech: Greens hollow `principles’

Pic source: www.mixx1063.com.au Senator McKENZIE (Victoria) (18:22): I rise to speak to the report of the Environment and Communications References Committee on the regulation of the fin-fish aquaculture industry in Tasmania. I note Greens Senator Whish-Wilson's dissenting report and, in particular, I note that on page 137 it states that the Australian Greens believe that…

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