Senator meets with exporters

  “UNBELIEVABLE” fee hikes are forcing small exporters out of business, the owners of a Northern Rivers nursery have told Federal Nationals leader Warren Truss. Mr Truss spent yesterday afternoon at Ellison Horticultural at Rous, near Alstonville. Owners David and Rhonda LeBrocque told him some of their costs for exporting registrations and certificates (required by…

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PM’s green tape pledge hollow

The Prime Minister’s pledge to cut ‘green tape’ for business is hollow rhetoric, when the July 1 carbon tax will leave them drowning in paperwork, according to The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie.  “Federal Labor has failed to listen to this country’s biggest economic leaders,” she said. “Prime Minister Julia Gillard acknowledged green tape…

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MDBA submissions close soon

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has reminded constituents to comment on the Murray Darling Basin Plan before submissions close on Monday. “The Murray Darling Basin Authority has failed to properly engage with Victoria’s irrigation communities, as evidenced by the low number of submissions from farming families and local businesses,” she said. “Victoria has…

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Govt Gags Regional Radio Bill Debate

The Labor Government has continued to ram a raft of important legislation through the Senate without due opportunity to talk about the implications for regional Australia, according to The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie. Debate on the mining tax was cut short earlier this week and legislation impacting the textiles industry was given little…

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Gillard Govt betrays Bendigo over PHI

News the Gillard Government rammed their changes to Private Health Insurance through the Senate last night will come as a blow to regional Victorians, according to Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie. “This is another betrayal by the Gillard Government which will further increase cost of living pressures on Bendigo residents,” Senator McKenzie said today. “Our nation’s…

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Senators urge action on ag skills shortage

THREE coalition senators have moved that the Labor government be more proactive in addressing the worsening shortage of agriculture graduates and skilled workers. Senators Fiona Nash, Chris Back and Bridget McKenzie introduced the motion that was supported by the Greens and Independent senators. “But Labor senators bizarrely opposed the motion that seeks to reverse a…

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