Overcoming higher education barriers

Students, parents, teachers and community members from across the Bendigo region have the opportunity to put forward their ideas on how the Commonwealth Government can better support local students to gain a university degree. The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie, along with representatives from the departments of Education and Social Services, will host the…

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White Paper is a strong long-term plan for farmers

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said for the first time Australia has a long-term plan to make agriculture stronger, following the release of the Commonwealth Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. “The Nationals, working as part of a strong Coalition Government, recognise the important role our farmers and agricultural communities play in building the…

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RSPCA has lost its way

Iconic Australian movies such as Babe and Red Dog would never have seen the light of day if the RSPCA had its way, The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said today. “In recent years the RSPCA’s mission has shifted from compassion and education to extreme animal activism to the point where they now resemble…

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McKenzie meats processors

Beef producers in northern Victoria were encouraged to have their say on how to best improve their industry at a meeting in Echuca yesterday. The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie hosted the meeting which gave local beef producers the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Senate inquiry into the effect of market consolidation…

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McKenzie continue to fight for Mountain Cattlemen

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has described Victorian Labor’s permanent ban on cattle grazing in Victoria’s national parks as the equivalent of banning the Scots from wearing kilts. “It beggars belief that Labor would seek to end a practice which is so ingrained into our cultural heritage,” Senator McKenzie said. “Labor’s decision to…

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Students from farming families to be better off

Students from asset rich but cash poor farming families will be around $7,000 a year better off following the Federal Coalition Government’s decision to remove the Family Assets Test when considering eligibility for Youth Allowance. Under the Coalition Government’s changes, the value of farms and trusts will no longer be considered when applying for Youth…

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Coalition to build stronger communities

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said communities across regional Victoria can access grants worth between $1,000 and $20,000 to fund local projects that deliver important social benefits. Senator McKenzie said the Coalition Government announced the new Stronger Communities Programme in the 2015 Budget. “The new Stronger Communities Programme will provide $45 million over…

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Students from farming families to be better off

Thousands of students from asset rich but cash poor farming families will be around $7,000 a year better off following the Federal Coalition Government’s decision to remove the Family Assets Test when considering eligibility for Youth Allowance. Under the Coalition Government’s changes which were announced as part of the 2015/16 Federal Budget, the value of…

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Boost to Indi through National Stronger Regions Fund

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie today announced the Commonwealth Government would invest more than $12 million to deliver key infrastructure projects in Indi. Senator McKenzie said the projects to be funded included: • $10 million towards the Wodonga City Heart Infrastructure Project; • $1.87 million towards construction of an Alpine Events Centre in…

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