New website to drive high education quality and student choice

  The Liberal-Nationals Government today launched a website giving students access to performance data of higher education providers, to help them decide where they'd like to study. Nationals Senator and Chair of the Senate Legislation Education and Employment Committee, Bridget McKenzie, welcomed the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website introduced by Minister for…

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Nationals ensure regional Victoria benefits under new Coalition agreement

Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, says the new Coalition agreement ensures regional Victoria continues to benefit under a Liberal-Nationals government. Senator McKenzie said the agreement covers a broad range of policy areas related to water, families, access to education, business, competition policy, communications, infrastructure and regional unemployment. “As a result of the Nationals' negotiation…

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ABC BUSINESS: Meat processors under fire as beef farmers complain of exploitation

Pic source: ampc.com.au http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-14/beef-farmers-complain-of-exploitation/6772790 BY finance reporter Elysse Morgan The meat processing industry is coming under fire for the way the big players treat farmers. Takeovers and mergers have led to a massive concentration in the meat processing industry and sheep and beef producers say they are being exploited, with evidence meat processors use heavy…

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Speech – Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Pic source: environment.gov.au Senator McKENZIE (Victoria) (13:11): It gives me great pleasure to continue my remarks on this particular piece of legislation, which I began remarking on just over a year ago. I make it very, very clear that we are not sacrificing environmental standards; I want to be very, very clear on this. We…

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WEEKLY TIMES: Collusion hard to pin down

http://m.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/saleyard-collusion-hard-to-prove-according-to-red-meat-senate-inquiry/story-fnkeqfxg-1227519071346 BY Fiona Myers ALLEGATIONS of collusion are rife in the meat industry, but finding proof is almost impossible, according to the red-meat Senate inquiry. Anecdotal evidence of collusion was presented at a Senate inquiry into the red-meat sector in Albury last week. One came from Mudgegona producer Julian Carroll, who spoke of a single…

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Speech – Water Amendment Bill 2015

Pic source: water.gov.au Senator McKENZIE (Victoria) (19:00): It gives me great satisfaction to commend this particular bill, the Water Amendment Bill 2015, to the Senate. I do thank those opposite and the Labor Party for supporting its passage through the other place. Senator Kim Carr: Why are you holding it up then? The ACTING DEPUTY…

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