Senator Bridget delivers

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Senator Bridget delivers

Supporters: Senator Bridget McKenzie (centre) with South Gippsland friends from left, Bronwyn Debenham, Bev Hanley, Jo Deenan and Melina Bath, celebrating the success of Bridget’s first speech.

SENATOR Bridget McKenzie is committed to being a strong advocate for agribusiness and related industries.
She stressed that during her first speech, delivered in the Senate last Thursday.
“The importance of agriculture to our past and future prosperity is paramount.”
More than 100 family, friends, colleagues and party faithful watched Bridget give a stellar performance, which ended with a standing ovation.
A former lecturer, teacher and student advocate, Bridget, of Leongatha, is the first woman to be elected to the Upper House as a representative of the Nationals.
She said young people are a precious asset for our future.
“I commit to working to lessen the impact of geography on outcomes for young people; particularly around access to work and study.
“But mostly I would like to pay tribute to four young Australians whom it is my great privilege to parent: Rhett, Jake, Brydie and Rory.
“Everything I do and I think, ….. what everybody in this chamber does is for your future and the future of our country.”
Bridget also thanked her parents, supporters and party for their part in her election.
“The Leader of the Nationals in Victoria and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan is also my local member. His advice is simple: if the policy is good for regional Victoria, support it; if it is not, don’t.
“And that is advice that I plan to listen to.”
She said the party had done much for regional Australia, but there were more challenges.
“Issues of low median income levels, skills shortages and high youth unemployment are consistent across the regions. Similarly, health outcomes are lower for regional Australians.
“In Victoria, educational attainment is another area of concern.”
As the daughter of a small businessman, Bridget said she learned the value of a dollar and the importance of hard work.
“I commit to fighting to ensure that small businesses – the hardware stores, newsagents, family farms, gift shops and cafes; the mum and dad businesses – have an environment where they can get on with doing business rather than worrying about burdensome regulatory environments and increased taxes.”
The new senator also committed to improving education access and quality, and to fighting to ensure that our universities are well funded, as well as promoting the role of academia in wider society.
Quoting Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, Senator McKenzie asked, “Why does science, with its potential to cure diseases, struggle to make it onto the front page, yet a reality cooking show dominates headlines?”
Bridget said she would make decisions based on sound evidence and
principles.
“It may be unfashionable and I acknowledge the inherent contradiction, but I am suspicious of government and its role in our lives.”
Bridget was joined by family and friends.

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