Statement – COVID-19

Senator McKENZIE: As Leader of the Nationals in the Senate, I stand to associate our party with the comments from Senator Cormann, particularly his references to the indiscriminate nature of this virus with regard to its victims—and regional Australia is not immune. It's a crisis that, as Senator Wong so eloquently stated, is something that…

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National Press Club Address “Shooting for Success”

Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzieDeputy Leader of The NationalsMinister for Rural HealthMinister for SportMinister for Regional CommunicationsSPEECHNational Press Club address 1 August 201812.30pm Thanks Chris, My world view has been indelibly shaped by my rural upbringing. First generation born off the farm- time was spent playing sport and working in the family small business. One…

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Speech: Senator’s bill seeks stronger commitment by ABC to regional communities

Pic source: ABC Radio Australia Senator McKENZIE: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015 seeks to clarify the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) mandate in its role as a public broadcaster. In particular, the Bill implements guiding principles, reporting requirements and practical mechanisms for the Corporation to be able uphold this mandate.…

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Speech: fixing Labor’s costly education mess

Pic source: acci.asn.au Senator McKENZIE (Victoria) (13:11): The Education and Employment Legislation Committee, which I chair, yesterday tabled its report on the Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015. I am incredibly proud of Minister Birmingham's and Minister Hartsuyker's absolute determination to clean up the mess left by the poor regulatory environment that…

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