VFF: Ratification needed on ChAFTA say Victorian farmers

http://www.vff.org.au/vff/Media_Centre/Latest_News/MEDIA_2015/Farmers_FTA.aspx VICTORIAN farmers are urging the Federal Parliament to ratify the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) as soon as possible. Victorian Farmers Federation President Peter Tuohey said Australia’s FTA with China would set the foundations for a Century of growth and prosperity for both nations. “The FTA allows us to build on our nation’s $38…

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Warrnambool Standard: Rural teachers tackle mortar board blues

http://www.standard.net.au/story/3304533/rural-teachers-tackle-mortar-board-blues/?cs=72 BY Alex Sinnott RURAL school leavers are struggling to overcome financial barriers blocking their path towards tertiary education, regional leaders claim. Transport, accommodation and other living away from home expenses were cited as roadblocks during Tuesday’s Regional Higher Education Forum. The forum, hosted by Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, was part of a national…

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COFFS COAST ADVOCATE: Coffs education forum shows high costs for regional students

http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/coffs-education-forum-shows-high-costs-regional-st/2749276/ CHAIR of the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment, Senator Bridget McKenzie, visited Coffs Harbour on Friday for a regional higher education forum. The forum provided students, parents, teachers and community members with a chance to discuss the considerable difficulties students from regional areas face in the pursuit of higher education. The senator…

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WHYALLA NEWS: Forum to tackle barriers to education

http://www.whyallanewsonline.com.au/story/3276694/forum-to-tackle-barriers-to-education/ Residents are being encouraged to voice their ideas on how the federal government can better support students to gain a university degree. Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, senator Bridget McKenzie and education department representatives will host a Regional Higher Education forum in Port Augusta on Monday, August 31. Mr Ramsey said there were barriers…

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Statement from Senator Bridget McKenzie

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie welcomed today’s decision to ensure licensed firearms users and industry representatives have meaningful input into the review of the technical aspects of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA). “This is a common sense decision which is long overdue,” Senator McKenzie said. “Establishing the Industry Reference Group and providing further…

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