SPEECH: Federal Court ruling supports Nationals push to give forestry industry certainty

Watch here. Senator McKENZIE (Victoria—Leader of the Nationals in the Senate) (13:47): Today, the drums of democracy are beating loudly for our native forest industry as this week a full bench of the Federal Court upheld the appeal of VicForests against the action by Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum following the years of uncertainty Justice Mortimer’s finding…

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…

Corryong agricultural show receives COVID-recovery boost

The Corryong agricultural show in Indi is receiving an Australian Government cash boost to help it bounce back bigger and better from COVID-19 cancellations. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the event has been awarded supplementary expense funding totalling $6468 under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program. A total…

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…

Australia Post Senate Inquiry: Senator McKenzie questions Australia Post chair

Senator McKenzie questions Australia Post’s chair Lucio Di Bartolomeo regarding Australia Post’s history of purchasing lavish gifts (ie cars and tickets to the Olympics) compared to the watches purchased by former CEO Christine Holgate to reward senior executives for securing a Bank@Post deal that ensured the financial sustainability of more than 2500 licensed post offices…

Australia Post Senate Inquiry: Senator McKenzie questions former CEO Christine Holgate

Senator McKenzie questions former CEO Christine regarding the gifting of Cartier watches, confirming she acted within authority. As well as Australia Post services in the regions including the Bank@Post deal which secured the financial sustainability of more than 2500 rural and regional licensed post offices and providing essential services to communities. Watch here.

ABC Radio National with Fran Kelly: Australia Post Cartier watch scandal set to flare at Senate Inquiry

Former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate will be the star witness at a Senate Inquiry into the purchase of luxury Cartier watches for executives who landed a lucrative deal for regional post offices. Senator McKenzie speaks to Radio National’s Fran Kelly about the inquiry including the watches gifted to senior executives that “pale into insignificance”…