Speech: Senator’s bill seeks stronger commitment by ABC to regional communities

Pic source: ABC Radio Australia Senator McKENZIE: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015 seeks to clarify the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) mandate in its role as a public broadcaster. In particular, the Bill implements guiding principles, reporting requirements and practical mechanisms for the Corporation to be able uphold this mandate.…

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Speech: fixing Labor’s costly education mess

Pic source: acci.asn.au Senator McKENZIE (Victoria) (13:11): The Education and Employment Legislation Committee, which I chair, yesterday tabled its report on the Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015. I am incredibly proud of Minister Birmingham's and Minister Hartsuyker's absolute determination to clean up the mess left by the poor regulatory environment that…

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Letter to Editor: Liberal-Nationals deliver improved foreign ownership scrutiny

Pic source: econews.com.au Dear Editor, Victorians will welcome the passage of legislation in parliament this week that will ensure a better oversight of foreign purchases of agricultural land. It formalises a new register of foreign ownership of agricultural land, and lowers the screening thresholds for foreign purchases of agricultural land and agribusiness by private investors…

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES: Australia investigates anti-competitive claims against the red meat processing industry

Pic source: beefcentral.com BY Kalyan Kumar  Following complaints of anti-competitive practices in the red meat industry, the Australian government has launched an investigation into the industry's practices. A senate inquiry recently quizzed the representatives of Meat Industry Council on the goings on in the sector. The panel is expected to submit its recommendations by…

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BORDER MAIL: Barnawartha bombshell

Pic source: vff.org.au BY John Chanter THE owners of Barnawartha’s NVLX saleyards knew weeks in advance that at least one processor would boycott its first sale in February, they told an inquiry sitting in Canberra this week. The admission was made by Regional Infrastructure managing director Gary Edwards during a Senate Inquiry into the effect…

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Where is our wi-fi?

Caption: Senator McKenzie and Member for Euroa, Steph Ryan, looking for Wi-Fi service at Seymour train station. Commuters along the Seymour-Melbourne train line are wondering where their wi-fi is. Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said wi-fi on the line had been committed by the previous Coalition Government in April…

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