Nationals put regional road safety first

 The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Transport Darren Chester have met with a concerned resident at the dangerous Calder Alternate Highway and Calder Highway intersection at Ravenswood.   Senator McKenzie said her role as a local parliamentarian was to ensure Coalition decision makers were aware of…

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Community connections key for Bendigo’s young people

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and the Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Youth and Sport Luke Hartsuyker have met with youth leaders in Bendigo, to discuss the importance of connecting young people to the community. Lead On Australia, Youth Foundation Eaglehawk, the Bendigo Student Association, and local students and graduates from La Trobe…

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Senator warns growers, there’s a tough road ahead

    VEGETABLE growers will see the impacts the carbon tax will have on them. The Leader of the Nationals Warren Truss and The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie toured Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market talking to vegetable growers about the carbon tax’s impacts. Senator McKenzie said horticulture was important to Australia’s economy, and was…

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Refrigeration costs soar under the carbon tax

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has used a supermarket visit to highlight the disproportionate effect the carbon tax would have on regional industries and jobs.   “The tax will increase input costs at every aspect of the supply chain, from farm gate to dinner plate,” she said.   Senator McKenzie today met with…

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Carbon tax hit for vegetable growers

 The Leader of the Nationals Warren Truss and The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie met with vegetable growers at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market this morning, and heard how the carbon tax would impact them.   Mr Truss said while in the short term the carbon tax did not apply to farmers, it would add…

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Expose kids early to agriculture

JAMES Paulet is part of a small minority of high school students who are thinking about studying agriculture. The Tallangatta Secondary College year 11 student, who lives on his family’s beef property in the Tallangatta Valley, is doing a certificate II in agriculture as part of his studies. He attended the recent soil carbon forum…

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Answers to agriculture skills shortage

THE CRISIS involving agriculture’s skills shortage was addressed in the Senate last week. The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie, along with other committee representation, released the report into Higher Education and Skills Training to Support Agriculture and Agribusiness in Australia. The report included initiating an industry body to present to government a national strategy…

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Grace exhibit praised in the Senate

THE Grace Kelly: Style Icon is continuing to attract attention even after the exhibition has closed. The record-breaking Bendigo exclusive exhibition closed last weekend but featured in Federal Parliament on Thursday night. Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie heaped glowing praise on the Bendigo Art Gallery and the benefits it was bringing to the region. Ms McKenzie…

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