NBN rollout disappoints regional Victorians

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the Gillard Government’s NBN rollout had again disappointed regional Victorians and failed to meet raised expectations. Senator McKenzie has used a speech in the Senate this week to highlight Labor’s mismanagement of the scheme. “The government’s plan to revolutionise internet delivery is costing more and taking longer…

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Senator McKenzie attacks Gillard Government record

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has this week attacked the Gillard Government’s pattern of broken promises, raised expectations and unfunded commitments in a speech in the Senate. “When the government makes commitments to the people of regional Victoria, they have every right to expect these assurances will be kept,” Senator McKenzie said. “Before…

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Gillard’s carbon tax hit to Bendigo Health

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said health services at Bendigo Health are under unnecessary financial pressure from Julia Gillard’s carbon tax. “Analyses performed by the four Coalition state governments confirmed stretched public hospital budgets will face a carbon tax between $1000 and $2400 per hospital bed, per year.   “A recent newspaper report…

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Senator encourages comment on National Food Plan

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has encouraged central and north-west Victorian agricultural and food processing stakeholders to have their say on the National Food Plan next Tuesday, July 31 in Bendigo. Australia’s agricultural production is a $155 billion-a-year industry and is worth more than 12 per cent of GDP. “Victoria’s agricultural sector produces…

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Senator opens Bridging the Border conference

 The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie’s address to the Murray River Group of Councils Bridging the Border conference reiterated her hope a revised Murray Darling Basin Plan would see regional communities thrive.   The two-day biennial conference is being held in Moama, and brings together local councils, businesses and government agencies to discuss the…

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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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