Pressure builds on Government to act on SPC

The Government needs to ‘pick up the phone’ and instruct the Productivity Commission to initiate emergency safeguard action to protect fruit processor SPC, after the Commission chairman confirmed in response to questioning from Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie in Senate estimates last night his organisation was just waiting for a green light. “Since embattled SPC Ardmona…

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Labor to turn a profit on loans to struggling farmers

Treasury officials appearing before Senate Estimates have vindicated claims by State and Territory agriculture ministers last weekend that the Gillard Government is seeking to turn a profit from its proposed Farm Assistance package, according to Victorian Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie. “Treasury officials on Wednesday said it was accurate to say the Government was offering loans…

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Nationals back GST equality

The Nationals have endorsed a plan which would close a tax loophole giving foreign retailers a ten per cent price advantage over local Australian retailers, according to Victorian Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie .  “At the moment foreign retailers can sell goods to Australia up to $1000 without charging any GST, under a loophole known as…

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McKenzie demands fruit crisis answers

The Senate in Canberra twice discussed the difficulties of Shepparton Valley orchardists and the region’s processed food industries on Thursday, courtesy of Victorian Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie . “Getting the Federal Parliament to not only pay attention to this critical issue for regional Victoria but also vote in support of our Toss a Tin in…

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Federal Labor canned on processed fruit

The plight of Victorian growers and the regional processed fruit industry has been raised in Canberra, courtesy of a Notice of Motion by Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie, who said the Gillard Labor Government was ignoring the problem. The regional Victoria-based senator has issued a comprehensive list of demands including that the Federal Parliament support…

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Reduce the GST threshold

Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie has called for a reduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) threshold on foreign imports and online purchases from A$1000 to A$20. GST is currently only applied to online purchases of $1000 or more from foreign countries, making it easy to avoid paying the GST on goods from…

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Another broken promise on aged care reforms

The Senate Community Affairs Committee is holding a public inquiry into proposed aged care reforms. Five years ago the federal Labor Government promised to reform the aged care sector. This is another broken promise from a Government that has shown little interest or compassion when dealing with older Australians living in regional Victoria. After a…

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