Red meat market consolidation to be investigated

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie today moved a motion that will see the Senate investigate the effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector. Senator McKenzie, working in consultation with her National Party colleagues, local producers and key industry groups, was the driving force behind drafting the terms of reference and moving the motion. Senator McKenzie…

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McKenzie reminds regional students that relocation assistance is available

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie is reminding students from regional and rural communities who receive Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY that Relocation Scholarships worth more than $4,000 are now available. Senator McKenzie said Relocation Scholarships supported eligible students who move from a regional area to a city for study. “The Nationals are strong advocates…

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Letter to Editor – Labor must end uncertainty over higher ed reforms

Pic source: studyadelaide.com   Dear Editor,  Opinion on the Abbott-Truss Government’s higher education reforms has gone up a notch as critics anticipate the legislation’s reintroduction to parliament next month.  But as they preach how the uncertainty is affecting students and the sector, they fail to acknowledge that their own Labor-Greens camps have caused the current…

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Border Mail – Mountain cattle ‘part of heritage’

Photo source: Visit Victoria website  By NATALIE KOTSIOS  MOUNTAIN cattlemen should be recognised nationally as a “living culture”, Victorian senator Bridget McKenzie says. The Nationals senator, who is attending this weekend’s Mountain Cattlemen Association annual get-together at Mitta, has also vowed to keep lobbying the Victorian Labor government to renew cattle grazing trials in the…

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The Land – Regional fund feud flares

BY Colin Bettles  ALLEGATIONS that Labor misused taxpayer dollars when administering the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) have reignited smouldering tensions between the Nationals and former federal independent MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.  The RDAF was established by the former Labor government in the $10 billion deal for regional Australia, securing the support of…

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