Federal Court ruling supports Nationals push to give native forestry industry certainty

Yesterday, the Federal Court unanimously ruled that Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) do uphold the Commonwealth’s required environmental standards. That is why The National Party, through Leader of the Nationals in the Senate, Senator McKenzie’s Private Senator’s Bill, has sought to clarify this since the ruling of Justice Mortimer in May last year. The finding comes…

HERALD SUN: Anti-logging protesters slammed for using toddler as a ‘political pawn’

BY Tamsin Rose Anti-logging protesters in East Gippsland have been slammed for placing a toddler in danger and using the child as a “political pawn”. Photos obtained by the Herald Sun show a small child wandering alone near heavy forestry machinery on April 9. CFMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor said it was not the first…

Sky News AM Agenda: Agriculture labour shortage, benefits of coal mining and why Australia Post must prioritise the regions

Joining Sky News’ Laura Jayes on AM Agenda to discuss the plight of our agricultural industries from fruit growers to abattoirs from the shortage of labour. While the NSW government today threw a lifeline in offering to foot half the quarantine cost for overseas farm workers, the Victorian Labor government’s dragged the chain to the…

ABC News 24 – Afternoon Briefing: Nationals Women’s Safety Summit and Australia Post CEO’s legacy in the regions

Joining Matt Wordsworth on ABC News Afternoon Briefing, welcoming the National Women’s Safety Summit to be held in late July to tackle domestic violence and providing economic empowerment and safety of women and children. Also discussing how, despite the Cartier controversy, former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate championed rural and regional licensed post offices, delivering…

Sky News Afternoon Agenda: How The Nats Tripled Female Representation Without Quotas and more

Great to catch up with Sky News’ Kieran Gilbert to talk about the government’s latest ministerial reshuffle and boost in female representation around the cabinet table; why the Nationals advocate against quotas having tripled female representation without them; and the Nats work with industry in the Hunter region focusing on manufacturing, jobs and opportunities. Watch…

The Nationals secure Government commitment to maintain Regional Forestry Agreements

At today’s Senate Estimates, the Nationals Senate Team secured a commitment from government that they will keep the Regional Forestry Agreements (RFAs) and reject the recommendations from Professor Samuel’s review into the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. “As the Assistant Minister for Forestry, my view is that we stick with RFAs, they are something…

Wangaratta’s New Pool Creates A Splash

CAPTION: Senator McKenzie inspecting the operations rooms for the new Wangaratta pool and facilities.  Elite athletes and competitive swimmers will benefit from the redeveloped Wangaratta Indoor Sport and Aquatic Centre, which opened today in the northern Victorian town. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the new facility…

$235 million North East Rail Line Upgrade A Win For Victorian Rail Passengers

 Rail passengers in Victoria will enjoy a smoother ride and fewer delays between Albury-Wodonga and Melbourne following the completion of main construction contracted works on the $235 million North East Rail Line upgrade. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the upgrade works on 532 linear track kilometres…