Where is the funding for Gippsland Aeronautics?

Victorian Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie questioned the distribution of almost $1 billion by the Regional Development Australia Fund in Senate estimate hearings last night and asked specifically about its decision not to fund a critically needed job creation application from the Latrobe Valley. The Government allocated almost $1 billion to the RDAF to support the…

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Exit grant hopes high

  18 October 2011   THE Federal Government says it expects all eligible farmers who applied for exit grants will get their money, although it won’t guarantee it. The Government set aside $14 million for the 2011-12 financial year to pay people out of the farming industry, but announced just two months into the year…

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Wonderful weekend of wine

  12 October 2011 About 3500 people passed through the gates at the weekend’s Heathcote Wine and Food Festival, despite the forecast for wet weather. Wine lovers and festival revellers travelled from far and wide to be in Heathcote to indulge in the fine wine and food the region has become renowned for. City of…

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Tax ‘will damage dairy’: Nationals

  6 October 2011 Dairy has become a battleground for the carbon tax debate, with Federal Nationals leader Warren Truss saying the industry will be unfairly disadvantaged. Mr Truss and Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie raised the issue following a tour of Murray Goulburn’s Global Distribution Centre at Port Melbourne this week. During the visit, the…

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Fight for equality

  5 October 2011 No on quotas: Rural Finance chair Sonia Petering, Alexandra Gartmann from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and Senator Bridget McKenzie at the rural and regional women’s lunch. THERE are more women on boards and in parliaments, but the imbalance continues, writes GENEVIEVE BARLOW Want to start a fiery debate…

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Dairy farming families, exports attacked by carbon tax

Canberra’s carbon tax will cripple the household budgets of dairy farming families, and give overseas competitors an unfair advantage over Victoria’s major exporter of foodstuffs. Bridget McKenzie, the Nationals Senator for Victoria, said this after touring Murray Goulburn’s Global Distribution Centre at Port Melbourne with the Nationals’ leader, Warren Truss. “The carbon tax will cost…

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