Media Releases


Funding secured for Richmond outdoor play project

4th August 2017

 The Richmond Early Education Centre has secured a $139,000 grant through the Building Better Regions Fund to create the community’s first all-inclusive playground for young children.   Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Richmond Early Education Centre&rsqu...

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Hughenden’s dam vision becomes a reality

4th August 2017

 The Hughenden Recreational Lake is set to become a reality with the Flinders Shire Council securing a $4.1million grant through the Building Better Regions Fund.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding, for the construction of a recreational lake across 219ha, wi...

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Palm Island’s $10m windfall

4th August 2017

A $10million project to complete the second stage of the redevelopment of the Palm Island town centre is set to proceed, thanks to funding announced today as part of the Coalition’s Building Better Regions Fund. Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding, for the Bwgcol...

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New Middle School Building for Gulf Christian College

2nd August 2017

Students and staff at Gulf Christian College in Queensland will have full use of a new Middle School Building comprising a science laboratory, a science/prep storage room, a manual arts shed, a covered area, a veranda and covered walkways thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government. Northern base...

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Waste no more with new treatment plant opening in Mareeba

31st July 2017

 The new $15 million Mareeba Wastewater Treatment Plant began operating today, ensuring the growing community needs are met while delivering environmental benefits and creating jobs for the Mareeba community. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project‘s first phase was ...

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New agricultural shed and refurbished learning areas for St Teresa’s College

27th July 2017

Students and staff at St Teresa’s College in Abergowrie will have full use of a new agricultural shed and refurbished general learning areas thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald officially opened the new facilities today on ...

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Government ‘at the coalface’ focus of another northern road trip

26th July 2017

Government ‘at the coalface’ will be the focus of a two day trip to the Tablelands for Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald later this week.  Senator Macdonald has been invited to speak at the North Queensland Local Government Association’s annual conference in Athe...

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New Undercover Sports Area for Blackheath and Thornburgh College

24th July 2017

 Students and staff at Blackheath and Thornburgh College in Charters Towers will have full use of a new Undercover Sports Area thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald officially opened the new facility today on behalf of the Minister...

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Macdonald heads to Cairns Show

19th July 2017

North Queensland based Government Senator Ian Macdonald will be visiting the Cairns Show tomorrow (Thursday 20 July, 2017).  Senator Macdonald travels widely in north, far north and north-western Queensland, and regularly makes it to the Cairns Show.  “I am often in Cairns with my du...

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Funds available to build resilient and inclusive communities

18th July 2017

Community organisations in the north can now apply for a share of $45.25million in Australian Government funding for projects to help build resilient and inclusive communities.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald encouraged local groups to apply for funding through the Strong and R...

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First home super saver scheme to deliver for the north

13th July 2017

First home buyers across the north are being encouraged to take advantage of the Turnbull Government’s First Home Super Saver Scheme, which came into effect on 1 July, 2017.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the scheme, announced in this year’s Budget, will give ...

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World quality system gives stronger voice for aged care residents in the north

12th July 2017

Aged care residents across the north will benefit from the roll-out of a new device to improve evidence collection and streamline customer feedback.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said aged care quality surveyors will use the Computer Assisted Audit Tool (CAAT) to help them ga...

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Survey results highlight community angst, says Senator

11th July 2017

The results of a recent community survey across the Townsville region come as no surprise, with water and crime topping the list of locals’ concerns.   In the survey of more than 11,500 residents, Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said 87.7% of respondents said water ...

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Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre facelift complete

11th July 2017

The Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre is in prime condition to host major events following the completion of a $5 million facelift to update air conditioning, arena flooring and lighting and safer emergency exits.  Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald, who officia...

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Sandy Boyd Hostel secures one-off funding grant

11th July 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in aged care at the Sandy Boyd Hostel on Palm Island will benefit from one-off grants totalling $17,911.25. The funding is part of the $3.7 million allocated under the Australian Government’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fle...

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North West region receives grant for Riversleigh

11th July 2017

The North West is set to benefit from $8,635 in Turnbull Government funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of places on Australia’s National Heritage List.  The Riversleigh Fossil Centre’s Digestible Science project is one of 49 projects across the country to receive ...

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Malanda group receives grant for Wet Tropics project

11th July 2017

The Far North is set to benefit from $11,000 in Turnbull Government funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of places on Australia’s National Heritage List.  The Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group Inc’s Wet Tropics project is one of 49 projects across the country to receiv...

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Who do you think should be an Australian citizen?

6th July 2017

North Queenslanders are being encouraged to share their views on whether or not the requirements to become an Australian citizen should be strengthened.  Northern based Government Senator and Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Senator Ian Macdonald said submissions are bein...

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Training hub to help retain health professionals in the North West

4th July 2017

A Regional Training Hub currently being developed in Mount Isa will enhance training pathways and help retain medical professionals in rural and regional locations, Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.  Senator Macdonald said significant progress has been made in establishing the ne...

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Seasonal incentive trial a great fit for the North

4th July 2017

A new Seasonal Work Incentives Trial providing long-term unemployed people with incentives to take on seasonal horticultural work is a win-win for locals looking for work and growers across the north, Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said today.  Senator Macdonald said the trial ...

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2016 Census sheds new light on Townsville

28th June 2017

The first results from the 2016 Census have revealed how the Townsville region has grown and developed, Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said today.  “The ABS 2016 Census data released today will reveal what Australian people and their communities look like today and how ...

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Funds for Yarrabah art

28th June 2017

The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council has received $22,495 in funding support to continue its promotion of indigenous arts and culture across the State’s north.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding, provided through the Australian Government’s Indigenous...

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Statement on the appointment of Mick Reilly to Singapore military liaison role

28th June 2017

I am delighted to learn of the appointment of Mick Reilly to the position of the dedicated Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative Business and Community Liaison.  I have known Mick for many years and know him to be a very capable, enthusiastic and dedicated person, who will bring unde...

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National Firearm Amnesty kicks off 1 July

28th June 2017

Residents of North Queensland with unregistered firearms are being encouraged to take advantage of the National Firearms Amnesty to dispose of their firearm without fear of prosecution. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the National Amnesty, which commences on 1 July, is an opport...

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Mayors should invite the ABC and SBS – Macdonald

22nd June 2017

Mayors from regional communities across the State are being encouraged to lobby management executives of the country’s two public broadcasters to visit their towns and cities as part of a new policy to hold community forums in regional areas.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdona...

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Grants available for local tree planting projects

22nd June 2017

Community groups and individuals keen to start their own tree planting projects in the North are being encouraged to apply for a grant under Round Three of the 20 Million Trees Program. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Coalition Government’s 20 Million Trees Program wil...

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Local funding to support Veterans Health Week activities

19th June 2017

Local ex-Service organisations and community groups across the North are being encouraged to apply for grant funding to assist them to host events as part of national Veterans’ Health Week. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said local groups with a link to the veteran community c...

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Improvements to strengthen citizenship welcomed in the North

16th June 2017

Legislation to improve the integrity of the nation’s citizenship process is expected to receive broad support across the North, and will align the law with community appreciation of the value of Australian citizenship, Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said today. Senator Macdona...

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Energy assistance payment to benefit more than 100,000 across the North

16th June 2017

More than 100,000 people living in the North are amongst 3.8million people nationally to benefit from a one-off payment of up to $75 to help with energy costs. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Energy Assistance Payment will be provided by the Turnbull Government to people on ...

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Grant funding for Cardwell commemorative project

16th June 2017

The Battle of the Coral Sea memorial in Cardwell continues to grow, with grant funding that will see two additional plaques added to the RAAF Memorial Wall. Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Royal Australian Air Force Association Townsville Branch has received $752 in funding ...

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Adani clears final legal hurdle

14th June 2017

The final legal hurdle in the process to secure the $16.5billion Adani Carmichael mine has today been advanced with the passing through the Senate of the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Government&rsquo...

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Skymuster capacity not being reduced: Macdonald

14th June 2017

Serious concerns have been raised recently with me in northern Australia regarding access to NBN internet services on the Skymuster satellite network, which was designed for rural and remote areas of the country. People across the North-West and Cape York have told me that they think that satellite ...

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Statement on Adani

6th June 2017

Today marks a ‘game changing’ occasion for regional Queensland, with Adani confirming it’s $16.5billion Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin has final investment approval. Despite years of political opposition from the Labor Party and their Greens supporters, and legal loopholes, A...

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Opportunity for community groups in the North to help fight drug scourge

1st June 2017

Community groups across the north are being encouraged to join forces to help tackle drug use and addiction, with applications now open for the second round of the Federal Government’s Local Drug Action Team program. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald earlier this year announced t...

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Chance for northern exporters to be showcased

1st June 2017

Exporters across the North are being given an opportunity to showcase their expertise as part of the 55th Australian Export Awards. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said applications are now open for the awards, which celebrate the success of Australian products and services on the wo...

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Case for Townsville jobs raised at Estimates hearing

29th May 2017

Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has told Treasury Secretary John Fraser in Estimates today that there will continue to be ‘two Australias’ unless senior public servants and industry and business leaders are located in regional areas. Senator Macdonald asked Mr Fraser if...

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Possible Peru export market opportunity for the North

25th May 2017

A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Peru could open up new markets for exporters across the North, creating more jobs and growing the local economy, Nor...

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Time’s up for illegal immigrants living in the North

25th May 2017

Illegal immigrants living in the North, who are benefitting from generous income support, have until October 1 to prove their case for remaining in the country as a genuine refugee.   Northern based Government Senator has welcomed the deadline set for the thousands of Illegal Maritime Arri...

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Solar panel election commitment delivered

24th May 2017

The Coalition Government continues to honour election promises, this time with a $15,000 grant to install solar panels at Endeavour Foundation Industries in Townsville. Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the work of the previous Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, continues to help t...

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Funds available for projects to protect threatened species

19th May 2017

Community organisations across the North that work to protect native species can now apply for financial assistance under the Turnbull Government&rs...

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Supporting small business in the Far North

18th May 2017

The Australian Government is unlocking the vast potential of northern Australia by helping small and medium tourism businesses to grow and succeed. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald was in Karumba this week to launch Small Business Week in the Gulf with Gulf Savannah Development CEO, A...

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Disaster assistance extended to Cloncurry

18th May 2017

Disaster assistance for north-west communities affected by flooding in the aftermath of a Tropical Low in the Gulf earlier this year has today been further extended to include Cloncurry. Northern based Government Senator said Cloncurry was the sixth LGA to be included in the list of communities elig...

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$1billion Landcare welcome investment in the North

18th May 2017

Nearly 70 Landcare groups across the North are expected to benefit from an investment of more than $1billion in the National Landcare Program (NLP) in this year’s Budget. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the NLP was a key demonstration of the Coalition’s commitment to...

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Benefits of Shipbuilding plan set to flow across the North

17th May 2017

The country’s first Naval Shipbuilding Plan offers exciting opportunities for small businesses across the North, with Cairns taking centre stage, Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said today. Senator Macdonald said the Cairns region would reap the benefits of not only the $24mill...

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Welcome boost to financial counselling in the North

17th May 2017

Farmers across the north in need of financial counselling support are set to benefit with an additional $140,000 in funding for the Northern Queensland Rural Financial Counselling Service. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding injection is part of a more than $1.6million b...

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Macdonald on annual Gulf visit

15th May 2017

North Queensland based Government Senator Ian Macdonald today leaves on his annual road visit to the Gulf country and North-west Queensland.   Senator Macdonald will meet with Councils in Georgetown, Croydon, Normanton and Karumba and will be guest of honour at the Gulf Savannah Developmen...

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Federal Coalition’s commitment to water in the North

10th May 2017

Labor State and Federal members who are supposed to represent Townsville are whingeing about the Federal Budget not making any provision for Townsville's water crisis. Let's be clear about this. The Commonwealth Government is already funding feasibility studies into fourteen water infrastructure pro...

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2017-18 Budget

10th May 2017

Tonight’s Federal Budget continues the sound financial management Northerners have come to expect from Coalition Governments. The return to Budget surplus by 2021 is the centrepiece of a responsible Budget that continues essential funding and has some exciting new proposals. The National Disab...

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Funding estimator for northern schools shows better deal for students

10th May 2017

A new schools funding estimator is set to help parents, teachers, principals and school communities across the North to see exactly how they stand to benefit from the Turnbull Government’s new $18.6 billion needs-based schools funding plan. Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald sai...

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Fibre optic link a success in the Outback

5th May 2017

New fibre optic link between Doomadgee and Burketown has gone live. Improved connection speeds to the internet will improve the lives and economic standing of the region. The Coalition Government invested nearly $2 million through the National Stronger Regions Fund.  The new fibre optic link co...

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Stadium announcement a boost to business confidence, economy, says Senator

3rd May 2017

Watpac’s commitment to 80 per cent local content on the North Queensland Stadium build will not only help drive the local economy but will also address the region’s high unemployment rate, Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said. Senator Macdonald said the stadium contract...

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Iconic Cardwell commemorations recognised with grant funding

3rd May 2017

In a fitting tribute to decades of tireless community support, the organisers of Cardwell’s annual Battle of the Coral Service memorial service have received Federal Government funding to install a commemorative sign at the gate entrance to the Coral Sea Battle Memorial Park. Northern-based Go...

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Funding for commemorative signage at Yungaburra memorial

3rd May 2017

New interpretive signage will be installed at the Afghanistan Avenue of Honour in Yungaburra thanks to a $9,804 grant from the Federal Government. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding, provided under the Saluting Their Service grants program, would support the local commu...

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Campaign to support new food origin labelling welcomed

27th April 2017

A new information campaign explaining country of origin labelling will be welcomed by consumers as the reforms come into effect. Northern based Govern...

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Senator welcomes new focus on regional skills shortage with new temporary visa

20th April 2017

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said he was optimistic the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa that will replace the 457 work visa will ...

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Macdonald welcome launch of $760m jobs program

7th April 2017

North Queensland businesses are being given the opportunity to help young people into a job, while also growing their business, following today’...

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Expanded agriculture deal a positive sign for northern beef producers, says Senator

30th March 2017

An expanded trade agreement with China will help strengthen the North’s multi-million dollar beef  industry and create more jobs in regional areas. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed the Joint Statement on Enhancing Inspection and Quarantine Cooperation between Austr...

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Groups encouraged to apply for NAIDOC funding

30th March 2017

The history, culture and achievements of First Australians will be celebrated through a $1.4million Coalition Government grants round to support events held as part of NAIDOC Week activities in July.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said NAIDOC Week (2-9July) provided an opportu...

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ADF deployed to support North’s recovery efforts

30th March 2017

More than 1,200 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, two naval vessels and two aircraft have been deployed to disaster sites across North Queensland to assist in the aftermath of  Tropical Cyclone Debbie.  In Question Time today, Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald asked ...

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NOT THE ‘GOOD’ IAN MACDONALD

30th March 2017

Breaking news reports that “ex-minister Ian Macdonald has been found guilty of misconduct in public office” During my long parliamentary career I have often been confused with a NSW Labor politician with the same spelling of his name, the very first time being when I was inexpiably accus...

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Grant to improve local commemorative site in Tully

24th March 2017

The Tully RSL Sub-branch has received a welcome boost thanks to grant funding that will help improve their efforts to honour the service and sacrifice of local servicemen and women.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Tully RSL Sub-branch has received $4,000 as part of the...

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Townsville student to experience ANZAC Day at Western Front in prestigious national history prize

21st March 2017

A Pimlico State High student has been awarded one of the nation’s top history honours, being announced a winner in the 2017 Simpson Prize. Towns...

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Senator welcomes extension of disaster assistance for far north/north west

21st March 2017

Disaster assistance for the far north/north west communities including Burke, Carpentaria, Doomadgee and Mornington has been extended to include the Croydon Shire.  Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said he welcomed the addition of Croydon to those communities to receive funding s...

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Successful bridges program opens again for funding

20th March 2017

Councils across the North have an opportunity to upgrade local bridges in poor condition with the help of direct funding from the Federal Government. ...

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Schools to receive education resources for Anzac Day

20th March 2017

Schools across the Kennedy electorate will receive books and posters to educate students about Australia’s wartime history and commemorate Anzac Day. Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said schools across the north and north-west will receive two books – Decision: Stories of...

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Councils encouraged to innovate with smart funding

20th March 2017

Councils and eligible groups across the North are being encouraged to apply for up to $5million in funding to support smart tech projects for local communities. Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald said applications were now open for the Federal Government’s $50million Smart Cities and Suburbs...

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Senator dismisses Chappell correspondence

17th March 2017

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said he was distressed that two former cricket greats were so out of touch with the unemployed and the need for development in the North with their silly comments about Adani and equating it to a game of sport. “Not only do the Chappell brothers ...

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Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0

17th March 2017

The Turnbull Government will start work on an electricity game-changer – the Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0. Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald, said that a scheme such as this was a true Nation Building project. “This plan will see the Scheme increase its generation capacity by 50%, addin...

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Senator welcomes disaster assistance for far north/north west communities

14th March 2017

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed news of disaster assistance for the far northern and north-west shires of Burke, Carpentaria, Doomadgee and Mornington following a flooding event last month.  Senator Macdonald said the funding, provided through the jointly-funded Com...

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Hearing aid sector put on notice

7th March 2017

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed moves by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to encourage greater transparency in the hearing aid sector. Senator Macdonald said an ACCC report into the industry sector, Issues around the sale of hearing aids, identified bus...

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Review to look at barriers to education in the regions

2nd March 2017

A review into regional education launched today aims to identify some of the barriers students from outside metropolitan areas face when it comes to successfully completing school, continuing studies and gaining employment. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said he welcomed the indepen...

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Treasury seeks new staff from regions

1st March 2017

At Senate Estimates today the Secretary of the Treasury John Fraser, announced a new focus on regional Australia with the formation of a new Structural Reform Group within Treasury with one of its tasks to be regional development. "I was delighted when the Secretary indicated his concern that most n...

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Senator dismisses ‘desperate Premier’s’ negativity

28th February 2017

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has dismissed negativity from the Queensland Premier on the progress of the Federal Coalition’s multi-billion dollar plan to develop Northern Australia as an act of desperation by a politician who knows her days are numbered. “The Queenslan...

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Funding open to promote our national heritage icons

28th February 2017

Community groups across the north are being encouraged to apply for more than $300,000 in funding through the Coalition Government’s Community Heritage and Icons Grants program. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said grants of between $2,500 and $10,000 are available to support c...

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Momentum builds for investment in the North

27th February 2017

News that Indonesia will lower sugar tariffs and boost its beef imports, together with a senior Minister’s call for international investment in ...

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Penalty rates welcome news for the North

24th February 2017

With latest statistics revealing the highest unemployment rate on record in Townsville, the reduction in Sunday penalty rates is welcome news for small business and the unemployed across the region, Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has claimed. “The tourism and hospitality indus...

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Funding available for regional arts and cultural events

24th February 2017

Northern artists and organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding that supports high quality arts and cultural projects in rural and regional areas. Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said applications are now open for Festivals Australia, a funding program which provides aro...

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Senator welcomes action on access to medicinal cannabis

22nd February 2017

Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald has today welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to make medicinal cannabis more easily accessible for those patients authorised to use it. Senator Macdonald, who chairs the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee which originally conduct...

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Townsville hosts aged care hearing tomorrow

22nd February 2017

An inquiry into the future of the country’s aged care workers will hear evidence from local organisations when it conducts a hearing in Townsville tomorrow (Thursday 23 February). Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald will attend the hearing, which will be held at the Tony Ireland ...

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Win-win with arts and culture funding

14th February 2017

Funding to support arts and cultural heritage organisations to develop and tour exhibitions in regional areas is now open. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the latest funding round of the Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program would not only help attract quality...

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Multi-million dollar funding boost for remote airstrips in Kennedy

14th February 2017

Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed more than $4million in federal funding to upgrade remote airstrips in Kennedy. Senator Macdonald said Mornington Shire Council and McKinley Shire were amongst the biggest winners in Round Four of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme, with...

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Longest Shortcut on Track

13th February 2017

  The Parliamentary Friends of the Outback Way was today re-convened for the first time in the 45th Parliament of Australia with a morning tea hosted by Friends of the Outback Way co-Chairs Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald, and Northern Territory Labor MP Warren Snowden. The event was atten...

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Resources valuable contribution to the north recognised

9th February 2017

The Senate today adopted a motion of Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald, acknowledging the important contribution the resource industry has made to the north’s economy. Senator Macdonald said the resource industry, which contributed nearly $3billion in gross regional product in 20...

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Funding helps mark North’s biggest banana split record attempt

1st February 2017

The north’s world record attempt at the longest banana split has received a welcome financial boost, with the iconic Feast of the Senses securing federal grant funding. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said he was delighted to see Feast of the Senses Inc receive a $33,456.50 gra...

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Free trade the key to long-term growth in the North

1st February 2017

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said he is flabbergasted that the Parliamentarian representing the biggest and best beef and sugar producing electorate should be opposed to free trade agreements. Senator Macdonald said despite the United States withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partn...

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Northern councils encouraged to showcase innovation in national awards program

24th January 2017

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Elderly residents in North’s regional areas to benefit from new aged care services

24th January 2017

Aged care services across the north will receive a major boost with the announcement of additional aged care services in regional and remote areas of North Queensland. Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said it was wonderful news for the remote far northern community of Bamaga, and Rich...

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Funding up for grabs to support North’s proud defence heritage

24th January 2017

Funding is up for grabs for local community groups for projects that support and honour the north’s military history and personnel. Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Federal Coalition awarded $27,325 in grants to community groups in the North-West last year.  &ldquo...

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Communities encouraged to comment on flag retirement options

12th December 2016

Communities across the north are being encouraged to provide feedback on the best and most appropriate way to retire used, damaged and worn out Australian National Flags.  Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Australian National Flag Protocols currently didn’t provide...

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ABC Board receives warm welcome to the North

8th December 2016

Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has extended an invitation to the ABC Board to consider North Queensland as a location for one of its regional community engagement forums.  Senator Macdonald wrote to ABC Managing Director Michelle Gutherie this week, following new measures annou...

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More Labor/Greens Senate Committee Shame

6th December 2016

Tomorrow’s Senate Committee hearing into the so-called “Bell Act Affair” has been described as a “sham”, a “political witch-hunt” and an abuse of Senate procedures and taxpayers’ money. Senator Ian Macdonald has slammed the formation of the References ...

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Christmas comes early as Adani calls Townsville home

6th December 2016

Today’s announcement of Townsville as the Regional Headquarters for the $16.5billion Carmichael coal project marks a new era for the region’s economy, with the promise of hundreds of jobs for locals before construction even commences. Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald sai...

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Better outcomes with new vocational education scheme

2nd December 2016

Students and employers across the north will be assured of better outcomes following the introduction of new legislation to overhaul the vocational education and training sector. Northern-based Government Senator Macdonald said the new Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans program, ...

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Stop peddling lies and start showcasing our state’s greatest asset, says Senator

2nd December 2016

Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has slammed the Queensland State Labor Government, environmental groups and the ABC for their ongoing negative publicity on the health of the Great Barrier Reef which he says is damaging the state’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry and jobs....

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Backpacker tax ensures a Merry Christmas for farmers

2nd December 2016

North Queensland farmers no longer have to worry about who will pick their produce following the passage of Government reforms to tax legislation relating to foreign casual workers. Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Government had been trying to correct a tax ruling made in r...

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Increased mobile coverage across Kennedy

1st December 2016

Fourteen new or upgraded mobile base stations are expected to improve mobile coverage across the Kennedy electorate under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot program, Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said today. Senator Macdonald said he was pleased to see ...

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Funding to improve natural disaster resilience for Cloncurry and Richmond Shires

1st December 2016

Townsville-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed funding of more than $300,000 to help improve the disaster resilience for communities in the Cloncurry and Richmond Shires.  Cloncurry Shire Council will receive $175,500 to construct an 85 metre long by 6 metre wide causeway on the...

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Funding to improve natural disaster resilience for Ingham

1st December 2016

Townsville-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed funding of $275,000 to help improve the disaster resilience of the Ingham community. Hinchinbrook Shire Council will receive the funding for the Palm Creek (Herbert Street-Eleanor Street) Flood Water Conveyance Improvement project. Senat...

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Statistics support need for review of local veteran mental health services

1st December 2016

Statistics identifying the prevalence of suicide amongst current and former serving defence personnel highlights the urgent need for increased and better mental health services for the local defence community, according to Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald.. Senator Macdonald said th...

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Singapore-Australia Defence Agreement Land Acquisitions

23rd November 2016

The $2.5billion Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership has taken another step forward with the commencement of the process to enable land acquisitions for the expansion of Defence Field Training Areas around Townsville and Rockhampton.   Townsville-based Government Senator Ian...

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New dedicated fund to boost regional communities

23rd November 2016

A new $297million fund that is dedicated to investing in projects in rural, regional and remote communities has been applauded by Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald.  Senator Macdonald said the highly anticipated Building Better Regions Fund, which will deliver infrastructure proje...

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Accountability brought to Union lawlessness

22nd November 2016

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed much anticipated legislation that will help expose dishonest union officials and ensure that the union fees paid by lower-paid workers will be put to proper use and not misappropriated by officials for personal benefit and gains.   T...

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Labor to blame for City’s worsening water crisis

22nd November 2016

Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has blasted the Labor Party for delaying critical water infrastructure projects across the state, blaming them for the City’s worsening water crisis.   Senator Macdonald said the Labor Party at both the state and federal level had failed t...

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Greater opportunity for pre-schoolers to learn another language

21st November 2016

Every pre-schooler across the country will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language thanks to the rollout of a popular early language program.   Northern based based Government Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging local preschools to apply for the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELL...

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$3.5m bridge reopens in Julia Creek

17th November 2016

Government Senator Ian Macdonald will head to Julia Creek tomorrow to officially open a new $3.5million bridge. The new Punchbowl Bridge, which crosses the Flinders River at Punchbowl Crossing, received $1.7million as part of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program. Senator Macdonald ...

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Extra support for Indigenous university students in the north

17th November 2016

Indigenous students studying at Central Queensland University’s Charters Towers study hub and James Cook University’s Mount Isa campus are set to benefit from changes to legislation which aim to improve university completion rates. Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welc...

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Federal funding boost for St Teresa’s to meet student demand

15th November 2016

Major new developments are on the cards for St Teresa’s College at Abergowrie thanks to $5.4million federal funding announced this week. Townsville-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding, part of the Australian Government’s Capital Grants Program, would enable the Colleg...

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Federal funding boost for Gulf Christian College

15th November 2016

Major upgrades are on the cards for the Gulf Christian College in Normanton following the announcement of $500,000 in federal funding this week. Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding, part of the Australian Government’s Capital Grants Program, would enable the Colleg...

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Columba Catholic College set for major refurb thanks to federal funding

15th November 2016

More than $3million in federal funding has been allocated to Columba Catholic College in the latest round of the Capital Grants Program. Townsville-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Columba Catholic College will receive $2.86million for new facilities while St Mary’s Campus will ...

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Local Mens Sheds receives early Christmas bonus

15th November 2016

The Gordonvale and Edmonton Men’s Sheds have received a welcome pre-Christmas boost, in the form of $11,000 in funding from the Turnbull Government. Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the groups were well deserving of this much-needed funding boost, with Gordonvale Mens Shed receiving $5,00...

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Charters Towers Mens Shed receives early Christmas bonus

15th November 2016

The Charters Towers Regional Men’s Shed Inc are in for a welcome pre-Christmas boost, thanks to a $6,475 grant from the Turnbull Government. Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the group, one of three across the Kennedy electorate to receive funding, were well deserving of the extra funds. &...

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Palm Island community the first in Queensland to benefit from Mental Health First Aid Training

11th November 2016

Frontline workers in Queensland are benefiting from a decision by the Coalition Government to roll out Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid training across the country. The first of 17 training workshops to be held in Queensland was held on Palm Island last week with po...

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Work continues on historic City Deal

11th November 2016

The Prime Minister has today announced the signing of the City Deal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Queensland Government. This important step fulfils the Coalition Government’s election commitment and places City Deal negotiations for Townsville on track to be finalised. Townsville...

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Remembrance Day 2016

11th November 2016

Government Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging all residents across the region to honour Remembrance Day and remember every Australian who has made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation.  "Remembrance Day on November 11 marks 98 years since the Armistice that ended the First World Wa...

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Youth With A Mission recognised in Federal Parliament

10th November 2016

Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has paid tribute to a North-Queensland based volunteer service that is improving health outcomes for villagers living in some of the most remote parts of Papua New Guinea. Senator Macdonald was joined by South-East Queensland-based Senator Claire Moo...

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Grant funding up for grabs to support local community groups

9th November 2016

Community groups across the Kennedy electorate are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to assist the work of their volunteers. Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Volunteer Grants funding was essential to supporting the wonderful efforts of the many volunteer groups and clubs ...

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Locals helping in war on wild rabbits

8th November 2016

A new virus known as RHDV1 K5 will be trialled next year at four sites across the north-west in an effort to significantly reduce rabbit populations and their devastating impact on agricultural production and native ecosystems. Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the support from local res...

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New funding to help flood-proof Atherton community

7th November 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed $150,000 in disaster resilience funding to help protect the Atherton community from the effects of flooding. Senator Macdonald said the funding, part of the Federal Government’s $21million Natural Disaster Resilience Program, will enable Ta...

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New funding to help disaster-proof regional communities

7th November 2016

Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed $60,000 in funding to help improve disaster response of regional communities across the state’s north-west.   Senator Macdonald said the funding, part of the Federal Government’s $21million Natural Disaster Resilience Program, will ...

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Respect public’s decision and support plebiscite, says Senator

7th November 2016

The Australian public are thoroughly sick and tired of the ongoing debate on same-sex marriage and simply want the Government to deliver on its promise of a national vote, Government Senator Ian Macdonald said today. Senator Macdonald, speaking in support of the legislation for a Plebiscite on Same-...

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Mission Beach Aquatic project takes shape

2nd November 2016

Mission Beach residents are a step closer to cooling off in the hot summer months with initial earthworks nearing completion on a new aquatic facility in North Queensland. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new modern facilities will provide another great attraction in this growin...

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Labor’s Adani pitch fails regional Queensland

1st November 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has lent his voice to the growing anger and frustration being levelled at the Queensland State Labor Government and its failure to fully back the Adani Carmichael mine, after it failed to address concerns surrounding the impact of controversial water legislat...

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Research funds to boost capacity at JCU

1st November 2016

James Cook University will receive more than $2million in federal funding to undertake critical research that will, among other things, continue the careful and sustainable management of the Great Barrier Reef. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said James Cook University researchers at its To...

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Senator welcomes new online reporting tool to tackle ‘revenge porn’

31st October 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the development of a new online reporting tool for victims of non-consensual sharing of intimate images, commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’. “As Deputy Chair of the Senate References Committee that reported into the issue of...

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Disaster assistance announced for Boulia community

27th October 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed disaster assistance for the local Boulia community in response to heavy rainfall that caused flooding throughout Western Queensland last month. Senator Macdonald said the funding announced yesterday would help the Boulia Shire Council to ensure i...

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Senator builds Singapore relationships in Geneva

27th October 2016

Townsville-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has met with Singapore parliamentarians on the sidelines of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva to discuss the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Singapore and Australia. Senator Macdonald said it was a great opportunity to make contacts ...

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Shorten must take the fall for Solicitor General’s Resignation

25th October 2016

The Deputy Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs references Committee Senator Ian Macdonald has called on Bill Shorten to take responsibility for the resignation of Solicitor general Justin Gleeson SC. “The entire matter of the Direction could have been dealt with through the Disallowa...

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Senator welcomes funds for flood mitigation for northern waterways

25th October 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcome more than $400,000 in funding for a number of flood mitigation projects for northern river systems. Senator Macdonald said the funding, part of the Federal Government’s $21 million Natural Disaster Resilience Program, will be shared by the H...

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Boeing Defence Australia In Townsville Secures $20 Million Chinook Foxtrot Helicopter Maintenance Contract

25th October 2016

Townsville-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the announcement of the Helicopter Maintenance Contract is yet another confidence booster for the Townsville region coming hard on the heels of the Singapore strategic partnership, the City Deal and the Eastern Corridor Rail Link. “While the sign...

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Solicitor General's Resignation

25th October 2016

I respect the decision of the Solicitor General Mr. Gleeson to tender his resignation and admire him for having done what I consider to be the 'right thing'.  I wish him well for the future. I have been involved in Parliamentary hearings involving the Solicitor General in recent weeks and have ...

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Hip pocket relief on the way thanks to prostheses reforms

19th October 2016

A reduction in the price of pacemakers and artificial knee and hip replacements will go a long way to helping reduce the cost of private health insura...

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Labor uses Northerners as pawns in factional battles

17th October 2016

Communities across the north have a right to feel that the Labor Party treats them like second class citizens after reports that a factional battle was blamed for its decision to base its incoming Senators in the state’s south-east. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the Labor Party...

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Updated Singaporean FTA more good news for the North

14th October 2016

Further opportunities for education and service industries cross the north are expected to flow following the updating of the Singaporean Free Trade Agreement this week. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the updated Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) will open the doors for...

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Senator praises ‘wonderful start’ to development of the North

12th October 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator and Chair of the Northern Australia Whitepaper Implementation Oversight Committee Ian Macdonald has paid tribute to all the Ministers and departments involved in what he describes as ‘a wonderful start’ to the development of Northern Australia.   &...

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Defence deal to transform north’s economy

12th October 2016

The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement between Australia and Singapore is set to accelerate the development of Northern Australia and transform the whole of the region’s economy, Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said today. During Question Time today, Senator Macdonald sough...

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Youth mental health awareness: it’s all about headspace

11th October 2016

The mental health of young people in the community is being put under the spotlight today as part of the inaugural National headspace Day.   Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said breaking some of the taboos around mental health, especially amongst those aged 16-24 years, was an importan...

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Townsville cements global tropical health and medicine reputation with new JCU facility

7th October 2016

A new tropical health and research facility, officially opened in Townsville today, is set to cement the region’s reputation as a world leader in tropical health and medicine, according to Townsville-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald. Senator Macdonald, who represented the Minister for Education...

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Students across the North to benefit from new VET program

6th October 2016

A new vocational education and training (VET) student loan scheme to replace Labor’s failed VET FEE-HELP has been hailed a win-win situation for students and the taxpayer.  Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the decision to replace the failed scheme with the new VET Student...

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Satellite roll-out critical to Northern Australia agenda, says Senator

6th October 2016

Today’s launch of nbn’s second satellite, Sky Muster II, designed to improve internet speeds and access for rural and remote communities across the North will be closely monitored to ensure broadband services actually improve in those areas which are set to become the nation’s econ...

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Atherton’s iconic heritage project takes another step forward

5th October 2016

The Federal Government has recognised the importance of the work the Rotary club of Atherton has been doing with the Rocky Creek Igloo restoration and has offered $90,200 as a contribution to the project. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed the contribution, one of three successful pro...

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Burketown Wharf Precinct realised with funding announcement

5th October 2016

The much anticipated Burketown Wharf Precinct is set to become a reality following a million dollar investment by the Federal Government. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed today’s announcement of $994,619 for the Burke Shire Council project as part of Round Three of the Nationa...

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Charleston Dam becomes a reality, water security assured for the North

5th October 2016

Water security for the North has taken a momentus step forward following today’s announcement of $10million Commonwealth funding for the Charleston Dam in the Georgetown/Forsayth locality. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed today’s announcement as part of Round Three of th...

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Local start-ups encouraged to snare piece of funding pie

4th October 2016

Existing and new business incubators in Townsville and throughout the North can now apply for grants to help local start-ups access advice, capital and gain valuable connections.  Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the $23million Incubator Support initiative would provide matching gr...

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Public Submissions Invited On New Temporary Parent Visa

28th September 2016

The Turnbull Coalition Government today confirmed it will implement a new temporary sponsored parent visa that will allow Australians to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five year but with arrangements in place to ensure that these temporary visitors do not become a burden on the...

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“Unfortunate” Backpacker Tax Now Modified

27th September 2016

The proposed 32.5 per cent tax rate that was to apply to working holiday visa holders from July 1, 2017 will be cut to 19 per cent following strong representations by Liberal National Senators and Members. Northern Australian Liberal National Senator Ian Macdonald said he was pleased that the Execut...

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Funding to support vital Queensland roads under the Northern Australia Roads Programme

20th September 2016

More than $33 million for two projects along the Flinders Highway, one between Townsville and Torrens Creek and the other between Charters Towers and Richmond Almost $43 million for works on the Kennedy Developmental Road Almost $5 million for intersection upgrades on the Barkly Highway in Mount Is...

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Funds up for grabs for remote airstrips

15th September 2016

Councils and regional bodies are being encouraged to apply for a share of funding to upgrade airstrips in some of the most remote parts of the North. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said applications for Round Four of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme are now open. “In the last ro...

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HERBERT RESULT

15th September 2016

The decision on whether or not to take the result in Herbert to the Court of Disputed Returns was always a matter for the Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNP) and the candidate Mr Ewen Jones.  The Party has decided, on the basis of legal advice, not to proceed to the Court to challenge th...

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Vale Sir Mick Curtain

15th September 2016

The North has lost one of its visionaries with the passing on the weekend of Sir Mick Curtain.   Sir Mick was an innovative, forward looking and courageous entrepreneur whose business empire extended from North Queensland to our nearest neighbour in Papua New Guinea.   Sir Mick and his bro...

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Report applauds White Paper progress

15th September 2016

One year after the release of the Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, nearly 70% of the commitments in the White Paper have been put into action or completed.   The Northern Australia White Paper Implementation Oversight Committee, created the same day the North...

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Northern Australia Leading In Tropical Health Research

6th September 2016

Northern Australia’s position as a world-leader in tropical health and medicine will be consolidated as construction starts on a new Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine facility in Cairns backed by $18 million from the Turnbull Government. Northern-based Queensland Senator Ian...

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Hip pocket relief on the way for PBS medicines

5th September 2016

Consumers across the north are expected to benefit when more than 2000 medicine brands treating common conditions drop in price from next month, some as much as 50 per cent or more. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said from 1 October, 2016, one-in-three medicine brands on the Pharmaceutical...

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Senator welcomes additional funding to help tackle ice scourge

24th August 2016

Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed an additional $3million investment in a dedicated anti-gang strike team across regional Queensland to help put an end to the scourge of ice. Senator Macdonald said the funding will extend and enhance the work of the Queensland National Anti-Squad (N...

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Northern Roads Reap $6.5 million Funding Boost

18th August 2016

More than $7.6 million in roads funding has today been distributed to Councils in North Queensland as part of $100million quarterly Roads to Recovery payment. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding, provided for local roads maintenance, would be used for projects determined by the...

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Macdonald Welcomes Cities Agenda to the North

18th August 2016

The Australian Government is encouraging regional and metropolitan urban centres to develop technology solutions to improve suburbs and cities, and has announced a series of stakeholder roundtables in September this year to kick-start the $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.A key election c...

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Macdonald Welcomes Backpacker Tax Review

16th August 2016

The Coalition Government yesterday announced the commencement of a review and public consultation, to be led by Assistant Minister Luke Hartsuyker, on the broad range of issues affecting the supply and remuneration conditions for work undertaken by Working Holiday Maker visa holders. Northern-based ...

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Macdonald Attends Moving VP71 Ceremony

15th August 2016

Townsville based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald today attended a remembrance service at the Strand Cenotaph to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II.  ‘VP Day’ or ‘Victory in the Pacific Day’, is celebrated on August 15 every year and marks Japan's agree...

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Senator welcomes mental health trial for Townsville defence community

11th August 2016

Townsville based Senator Ian Macdonald has today welcomed news that Townsville will become one of the first Suicide Prevention Trial Site’s in the country, focussing specifically on the mental health of veterans and defence personnel. The trial will be carried out as part of the National Menta...

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Senator welcomes funding for Townsville defence support services

10th August 2016

The north’s only Senator, Ian Macdonald, has welcomed additional funding for local advocacy and welfare services for current and returned servicemen and women and their families. Senator Macdonald said $177,000 through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program would...

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Statement by Senator Ian Macdonald

4th August 2016

I am honoured and humbled to have been elected to the Australian Senate for the sixth time making me not only the longest serving Senator but now also the longest serving federal parliamentarian. I thank the people of Queensland particularly in the North for their confidence in returning me again. I...

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Senator backs Heywire to tell regional story

19th July 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging young people in the north to share their stories of living in rural and regional areas as part of the annual Heywire competition. Senator Macdonald, a strong supporter of Heywire, said entries were now open for this year’s competition, wh...

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North’s original training provider leads the way in skilling for the jobs of the future

21st June 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed today’s announcement that will see local training provider Tec-NQ pilot a new $4.6million program designed to help deliver the jobs of the future. Senator Macdonald said he was delighted to see Tec-NQ, a long established, local company with...

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Greens hypocrisy in Kennedy

21st June 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has blasted the Greens political party for their outright hypocrisy in their allocation of preferences in the Kennedy electorate. “For years the Greens have rallied against gun violence and yet their HTV card preferences Katter ahead of the LNP’s ...

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Northern Australia White Paper progress outlined on anniversary

21st June 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald, who chairs the Northern Development White Paper Implementation Oversight Committee, today launched a First Anniversary Update of the implementation of the White Paper. The Our North, Our Future: White Paper for Developing Northern Australia was launched one ...

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Greens hypocrisy on guns

16th June 2016

The shallowness and complete hypocrisy of the Greens political party is shown by their support for Bob Katter, a candidate who is making light of killing people with guns, Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said today. Senator Macdonald said if the Greens or their leader had any integrity what...

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Mr Katter is a Dangerous Embarrassment

15th June 2016

I am saddened and embarrassed that a parliamentary colleague from North Queensland could bring this area into such derision as Mr Katter has done with his offensive and childish advertisement which brings Australian political standards to a new low. Mr Katter’s video advertisement seems to enc...

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Senator heads west as he clocks up the miles

20th May 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is heading west as he continues campaigning through regional and rural Queensland in the lead up to the double dissolution election on 2 July. Senator Macdonald will visit Charters Towers, Hughenden, Longreach and Clermont as part of the four day road trip, a...

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Senators campaign in Torres Strait

12th May 2016

With the election campaign now officially underway, Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald and newly elected Senator Joanna Lindgren are heading to the state’s most northern communities for discussions with regional leaders.  The Senators will be joined by Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsc...

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Senator welcomes boost to tourism jobs in the North

6th May 2016

Tourism businesses across the North are in for another boost following the expansion of the Seasonal Workers Programme.  Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said he welcomed today’s news of the programme’s tourism trial in Northern Australia.  “Together with the tax ...

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Statement on Singaporean Strategic Partnership and Northern Australia

6th May 2016

A huge thanks to Andrew Robb on his last day in Federal Parliament for his work in Northern Australia generally, but specifically for today’s announcement by the Singaporean Government of massive defence spending in North Queensland at Townsville and Shoalwater Bay.  The work Mr Robb has ...

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Budget delivers for the North

4th May 2016

Clear thinking Northerners will applaud the 2016 Federal Budget which delivers on the Government’s promise to provide economic leadership and a clear path towards growth and jobs in Northern Australia. Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the measures detailed by the Treasurer...

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Senator welcomes Northern expertise on NAIF Board

4th May 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed today’s announcement of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility board members, which includes well-known figures from the North.  “I am particularly delighted that two prominent northerners, Bill Shannon and Barry Coulter ...

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Senator welcomes extra funds for North’s farmers to protect Reef

4th May 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed additional funding of $171million announced in last night’s Budget to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.  Senator Macdonald said the funding includes an extra $70million to the Reef Trust, which focuses on practical, on the ground pr...

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Senator joins Cardwell community to mark Battle of the Coral Sea

3rd May 2016

In commemoration of the 74th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald will travel to Cardwell on Sunday to mark the occasion. "The Battle of the Coral Sea, 4-8 May, 1942, is one of particular significance to the North, given our close proximity," Senator M...

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Turn Heywire ideas into reality, urges Senator

3rd May 2016

Funding to transform award-winning ideas into pilot projects that will make a positive impact on the lives of young Australians in regional and remote communities is now up for grabs. Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging community groups across the north to apply for a grant of up...

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Funding for northern universities to attract regional and rural students

3rd May 2016

The Coalition Government is working to break down barriers to tertiary education for students from regional and rural areas by providing incentives to the north’s top universities who target these students. Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said James Cook University, Central Queensland...

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Senator speaks from the heart for national awareness week

3rd May 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has used his own experience to speak out in support of the Heart Foundation during national Heart Week (1-7May). Senator Macdonald said he is one who intimately understands the benefits of the valuable research undertaken by the Australian Heart Foundation. "...

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Government delivers on $5billion northern loan scheme

3rd May 2016

The $5billion infrastructure loan fund, central to the implementation of the Northern Australia Whitepaper, will be ready to access from 1 July, 2016, after the legislation to establish the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility was passed in the Senate last night. Northern based LNP Senator Ian...

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Sky Muster launches internet into regional communities across the North

3rd May 2016

High speed broadband is now available for nearly 13,000 premises across Kennedy following the launch of the national Sky Muster satellite. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the official launch of the Sky Muster broadband service, which allows internet users in regional and rural ...

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Where are the Greens when you want them?

28th April 2016

Rather than do stunts for their ‘latte’ audiences in the southern capitals, if the Greens were serious about the environment they would be focussing on real issues like weeds, according to Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald. Senator Macdonald who is this week travelling through Nor...

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Senator kicks off north-western trip in Mt Isa

27th April 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is concentrating on the North-west in the first week since a double dissolution election was confirmed for July 2.  He was in Mt Isa today as part of a five day road trip through western and North-west Queensland.  Senator Macdonald said he welcomed...

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Statement by Senator Ian Macdonald on LNP Senate ticket

22nd April 2016

I am very pleased to have been endorsed by the LNP State Executive to contest the next Federal election on 2 July, 2016.  I am determined to do everything I can to ensure the return of all six sitting LNP Senators at the election. As number 4 on the ticket, my election would be likely and it wo...

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Consumers win big with financial sector reforms, says Senator

21st April 2016

Consumers will be the big winners in the Coalition Government’s $127.2million reform package to strengthen the financial sector watchdog. Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said not only would consumers be better protected by the reforms to the Australian Securities and Investments Commi...

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CRC delivered for Northern Australia

21st April 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the establishment of the new $75 million Northern Australia Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) committed in the Coalition’s Northern Australia Whitepaper and in its last election policy. Senator Macdonald said the announcement by Science Min...

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Lazarus’ sugar tax leaves a sour taste for Queenslanders

20th April 2016

Senator Glenn Lazarus has once again proven how out of touch and ignorant he is of issues affecting Queenslanders, particularly North Queenslanders, with his latest comments supporting a tax on sugar*. Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Senator Lazarus’ latest blunder on taxing suga...

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Cheap infrastructure loans for the North a step closer

19th April 2016

The cornerstone of the Coalition Government’s Northern Australia policy has passed a critical milestone today, with the legislation to fund $5billion in cheap infrastructure loans passed by the House of Representatives. “The next crucial step is to get it introduced and adopted by the Se...

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Northern disappointment at Patrol Boat decision

18th April 2016

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has expressed disappointment at the decision of the Commonwealth Government to award the Pacific Patrol Boat tender to Western Australia. Senator Macdonald said that the bid for a Cairns-based shipyard to construct the boats was an attractive propositi...

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Senator supports early morning rally calling for abolition of Road Safety Tribunal

18th April 2016

Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald joined with Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry MP and most other Queensland LNP politicians at the Australian Trucking Association RSRT Rally outside Parliament House in Canberra this morning.  Senator Macdonald said he welcomed the Government’...

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AWAY FOR A FEW WEEKS

17th April 2016

In mid-April, I will be travelling overseas to represent the Australian Senate at the Commemorations of the Centenary of Anzac on the Western Front and will lay a wreath at the Dawn service at the Australian memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.  Many more Australian died on the Western Front th...

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Government steps in to support QNI workers

15th April 2016

The Federal Government has been able at last to step in and help QNI workers through the Federal Government’s Fair Entitlements Guarantee. Government members in the North led by Herbert MP Ewen Jones have been working behind the scenes to ensure that the Fair Entitlements Guarantee was applied...

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LNP’s northern powerhouse to drive Northern agenda

15th April 2016

The political driving force of the North will come together for a two day conference in Townsville this weekend to focus on the best way to capitalise on the once in a lifetime opportunities expected to flow from the Northern Australia Whitepaper. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said he wil...

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Mt Molloy to commemorate Vietnam Veterans

14th April 2016

Plans for a local commemorative service for Vietnam Veterans at Mt Molloy can now be realised thanks to a $2070 grant. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed the grant, funded through the Australian Government’s Vietnam War Commemorative Grants program, which will enable the Mt Moll...

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Encouraging stats for apprentice support programme

14th April 2016

A loan support programme targeting apprentices has been a hit in the Kennedy electorate, with a third of the total number of recipients accessing Trade Support Loans in Queensland in the past year, being from Kennedy. Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the success of the Trade Support Loa...

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Darwin in spotlight as development in the North ramps up

11th April 2016

As the commitments made in the Northern Australia Whitepaper start to roll out, the Whitepaper Implementation Oversight Committee met in Darwin today.  Committee members Senator Ian Macdonald and Natasha Griggs MP, the member for Solomon, attended a lunch of the Northern Territory farmers promo...

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Coral coverage increasing, exposing Green fraud

7th April 2016

The latest research from the Australian Institute of Marine Science showing an increase in coral coverage across the Great Barrier Reef over the past three years exposes the true agenda of radical green groups, Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said today. Senator Macdonald said despite recen...

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Sugar tax an ‘insult to people’s intelligence’

7th April 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has dismissed claims of a sugar tax as scare-mongering and an insult to people’s intelligence.  “A sugar tax will not stop people from consuming sugar, and sugar is not the only contributing factor to the prevalence of diabetes in our communi...

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Greens political pawns roadblock critical jobs, development, in the North

7th April 2016

The State Government’s proposed changes to the Vegetation Management legislation are roadblocking critical development and jobs in North Queensland. Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the latest tactics by the State Labor Government were another example of the Greens exerting their ...

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Finance to help fuel export market growth

6th April 2016

Small businesses throughout Kennedy now have even more incentive to look for export opportunities thanks to an alternative finance option designed specifically for them. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the Small Business Export loan is the latest tool to support small businesses across...

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Reforms to Country of Origin labelling the right balance

5th April 2016

Consumers will be better informed when it comes to making choices about the products they buy following significant reforms to Country of Origin food labelling.Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the reforms, announced last week, were great news for consumers, who have long been pushing fo...

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Adani decision to re-ignite confidence

4th April 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has thanked the Queensland State Government after it gave the final green light for Adani, saying the decision will help re-ignite confidence in the North Queensland economy. “This mining lease represents so much more than just a multi-billion dollar in...

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O’Toole asked to respond to hospital funding claims

31st March 2016

Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has challenged Herbert Labor candidate Cathy O’Toole to explain exactly where the Labor Party is going to find its promised $57billion hospital funding commitment. “While we’ve not heard very much from the Labor candidate for Herbert about w...

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State hypocrisy over CRC call

30th March 2016

The Queensland State Government has shown how bereft they are of any serious policy or commitment for North Queensland by grandstanding about the placement of the Commonwealth Government’s CRC. North Queensland based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said he was amazed at the hypocrisy of the Labor Pa...

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Northern businesses to ‘trailblaze’ export market, says Senator

30th March 2016

Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging businesses across the north to become trailblazers in the nation’s booming export market. Senator Macdonald said that with the help of a new FTA Portal, small to medium businesses in the north are well placed to take advantage of Australi...

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CRC will be in the North!

30th March 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has responded to public wrangling over the Northern Australia Co-operative Research Centre by assuring northerners that it will be based in the North. Senator Macdonald, who is Chair of the Northern Australia Whitepaper Implementation Oversight Committee said...

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Senator congratulates new LNP Kennedy candidate

24th March 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has congratulated Jonathan Pavetto, from a fifth generation Ingham cane farming family, on his selection as the LNP candidate for the federal seat of Kennedy. “The North-west needs a representative who will listen and then act on issues important to peo...

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Macdonald Welcomes NAIF Announcement

23rd March 2016

North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed today’s announcement that the headquarters of the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) will be in Cairns in North Queensland. “I am relieved that submissions to Northern Australia Minister Josh Frydenberg by An...

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Level playing field to open up new opportunities for small business

18th March 2016

A level playing field will give small business the assistance it needs to survive in today’s highly competitive economy, Senator Macdonald said today. The Government’s commitment to amend s46 of the Competition and Consumer Act (2010) in response to the final recommendations of the Harpe...

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Monumental day for the north as NAIF realised

17th March 2016

Today the Federal Government has introduced the legislation that will secure the investment of potentially billions of dollars to unlock the massive potential of Northern Australia.Northern-based LNP Senator and Chair of the Northern Australia White Paper Implementation Oversight Committee Ian Macdo...

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New round of funding to support local heritage collection in the North West

17th March 2016

Local groups working to preserve important collections of the region’s rich heritage and history are being encouraged to apply for a share of funding through the Community Heritage Grants program. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said grants of up to $15,000 are available to help group...

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New round of funding to support local heritage collections in the Far North

17th March 2016

Local groups working to preserve important collections of the region’s heritage and history are being encouraged to apply for a share of funding through the Community Heritage Grants program. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said grants of up to $15,000 are available to help groups pre...

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Labor holding democratic process to ransom, says Senator

16th March 2016

Widespread public anger and outrage following the last Senate election was the precursor to the unanimous all party support for the Senate voting reforms that Labor is now blocking, according to Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald. Speaking in support of the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, ...

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Stop denigrating the Reef

15th March 2016

An angry North Queensland based Senator has demanded that the State Government, particularly the Environment Minister, stop denigrating the Great Barrier Reef.  Senator Ian Macdonald who is based in Townsville and lives adjacent to the Reef in Ayr, said that the ongoing commentary by the State ...

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Media Statement – QNI Yabulu Redundancies

10th March 2016

I feel for workers both present and past, and their families, as uncertainty regarding their futures continues. I hope that Clive Palmer will come good and re-employ all workers and guarantee all entitlements. Anything less would be very difficult for the employment situation in north Queensland alr...

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Headspace to empower YOUth in Mt Isa

9th March 2016

Mt Isa youth will receive a leg-up in their quest to find work thanks to a national initiative designed to help young people into sustainable employment.  Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Headspace Mt Isa is one of 20 organisations across the country to be selected to deliver the n...

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Senator congratulates new CQU Chancellor

8th March 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has congratulated highly respected Central Queensland professional and friend John Abbott at a ceremony in Rockhampton today, following his installation as the third Chancellor of Central Queensland University. Senator Macdonald said he was delighted to be ab...

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Two weeks left to apply for Stronger Regions funding

8th March 2016

There is only two weeks left to apply for funds for priority infrastructure projects in regional communities across the Far North, Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said today. Senator Macdonald said Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund which closes on 15 March, 2016, provides ma...

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Landmark day for Hep C sufferers

8th March 2016

Today marks a watershed day for sufferers of Hepatitis C and their families as previously unaffordable medication for the disease becomes available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, according to Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald. Senator Macdonald, a passionate advocate for Hep C public ...

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Work continues on mobile network upgrades for the north

8th March 2016

More communities across rural and remote areas of Northern Australia are in line for improved mobile phone coverage as the competitive selection process for Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot programme gets underway. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said mobile network providers are now in the...

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Northern groups receive lion’s share of GBR funding

8th March 2016

Projects across five major catchments in the north will get the lion’s share of funding to address gully erosion in areas of highest risk for the Great Barrier Reef. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said under the Reef Trust Gully Erosion Programme, four organisations from the Fitzroy ...

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Entsch 20 year parliamentary service recognised in moving tribute

8th March 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has tonight paid a heart-felt tribute to party colleague and friend, long-serving Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, at a special event marking his 20 years of Parliamentary service. Senator Macdonald said he was privileged to have attended the reception in Cairns ...

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Local preschools in the race to trial foreign language app

7th March 2016

For a select group of pre-schoolers in Mareeba and Atherton, the unique opportunity to learn a language other than English could be on the cards thanks to a new play-based learning app. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said QT’s Early Learning Centre in Mareeba and Atherton Children&rs...

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Historic Rockhampton Sitting to Welcome First Permanent Federal Court Circuit Judge

7th March 2016

Today's historical, ceremonial sitting of the Federal Circuit Court in Rockhampton has been hailed a landmark moment for both Northern Australia and the legal system, according to Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald.Senator Macdonald, who was present at the event to welcome Judge Anne Demack t...

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Momentous day for medical cannabis legislation

26th February 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has in the Senate today urged support for the landmark legislation, moving to safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis and cannabinoid oil. Senator Macdonald chaired the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee which conducted the i...

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Defence White Paper delivers for the North, says Senator

25th February 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed record investment in the country’s defence bases across the North, outlined in the 2016 Defence White Paper released today.  Senator Macdonald said the White Paper, which sets out the Government’s comprehensive and responsible lo...

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Lazarus’ Lapse of Lucidity

24th February 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has slammed former PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus, after he backed union calls to restrict live cattle exports and questioned landmark free trade agreements that have opened new frontiers for Australian exporters and farmers. Senator Lazarus, as quoted on ABC Rura...

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Crocs to help northern economy

24th February 2016

The harvesting of crocodile eggs and reducing bureaucratic red tape hampering prawn and fish farming are just two of a number of significant reforms that look set to unlock the aquaculture industry in the north.  Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the Joint Select Committee on Northe...

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Premier slammed on Brisbane HQ for Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

23rd February 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has strongly backed claims by Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps calling for the Queensland Labor Government to start taking the development of Northern Australia seriously and shift their focus from the state’s south-east corner. Senator Macdonald s...

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North’s campaign to Dob in a Dealer

23rd February 2016

A new million dollar partnership between the Coalition Government and Crime Stoppers Australia will help address growing concerns in the local community over the scourge of the ice epidemic. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the Dob in a Dealer campaign will give members of the public an...

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Senator welcomes voting reforms

23rd February 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed legislation introduced into Parliament today which will return the transparency to voting in Senate elections. “People right across Northern Australia were outraged at the result in the last Senate election in 2013 which saw a number of min...

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Labor and Greens anti jobs in Central Queensland

23rd February 2016

A motion calling on the Queensland State Government to issue a mining lease for the Carmichael Mine project has been blocked in the Senate by Labor and the Greens.  Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said hundreds of jobs and the livelihood of thousands of families across Central and Nort...

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Have your say on fisheries and aquaculture

18th February 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is calling those involved in the north’s fishing industry to submit ideas on how to streamline regulation affecting the nation’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors.  Senator Macdonald said the Productivity Commission had today released an issu...

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Senator welcomes premium relief for mitigation works

18th February 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is calling on the insurance industry fast-track their efforts to bring down the cost of insurance premiums for North Queenslanders seeking cover against cyclone damage. “I note that earlier this week one insurer, RACQ, introduced discounts for homeowner...

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Kennedy councils receive third instalment of Financial Assistance monies

18th February 2016

Local councils across the Kennedy electorate are set to receive a financial boost after receiving their third quarterly payment through the Financial Assistance Grant programme. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said councils in Kennedy would share in a total of $44million in funding this fin...

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Help on the way for young Charters Towers job seekers

17th February 2016

Young people in Charters Towers struggling to find work are set to benefit with local service provider Workways Australia Ltd funded in the second round of the Coalition Government’s Transition to Workservice. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Workways Australia Ltd is one of 19 or...

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Help on the way for young Mt Isa job seekers

17th February 2016

Young people in Mt Isa struggling to find work are set to benefit with local service provider Workways Australia Ltd funded in the second round of the Coalition Government’s Transition to Work service. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Workways Australia Ltd is one of 19 organisati...

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Win for the tomato industry

11th February 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed news that dumping duties will be applied to two more brands of canned tomatoes from Italy. Senator Macdonald said while dumping duty will not a have direct on the North Queensland fresh tomato industry, the flow-on effects would.“Any better...

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Senator spruiks Cairns’ bid for $2billion patrol boat contract

10th February 2016

The north’s ongoing bid for the $2billion Pacific patrol boat contract has been highlighted during a Senate Estimates hearing today. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald, who has been a vocal supporter of the bid from the Cairns consortium, asked for an update on the tender process, which...

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Senator welcomes landmark medicinal cannabis legislation

10th February 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the introduction of landmark legislation in the House of Representatives today that will pave the way to the safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis. Senator Macdonald, who has taken a specific interest in the issue since chairing a...

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Expansion of seasonal work programme a boost for North

8th February 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the expansion of the Seasonal Workers Programme to include the agricultural sector in addition to the existing horticulture industry, fulfilling yet another commitment in the Northern Australia White Paper. Senator Macdonald said the Programme&rs...

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Senator calls for country of origin labelling and greater recognition for Australian fish industry

3rd February 2016

Australians deserve to have fresh, locally caught fish on their home table, and to be assured of the origins of fish when eating out, according to Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald. Senator Macdonald, who was speaking in the Senate today on proposed amendments to the Food Standards Australia ...

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Senator congratulates Qld Labor Government on mine approval, urges final step to seal the deal for the North

3rd February 2016

Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has congratulated the Queensland Labor Government on the final environmental approval for the Adani Carmichael Mine, urging them to take the final step, and approve the mining lease.  Senator Macdonald joined with his Queensland federal parliamentary col...

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NBN discriminates against people living in small towns, according to Senator Macdonald

2nd February 2016

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today came out strongly in support of small rural towns that will miss out on high-speed broadband services under Labors $50 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) plan.Thousands of Australians living in small centres will become second-class citizens under the pla...

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Catalyst funding gives international exposure to Northern Australia indigenous art

2nd February 2016

A project that will showcase the traditional and contemporary work of indigenous artists of Northern Australia to a European audience is one of the first to be funded as part of the Federal Government’s new $12million Catalyst fund. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said this was a trem...

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Senator Macdonald Welcomes NAIF Draft Legislation

1st February 2016

The Federal Government has today circulated an exposure draft of the legislation that will create the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF). Chair of the Northern Australia Development Implementation Oversight Committee, northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald, has welcomed the relea...

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Senator congratulates local Australia Day Award winners

26th January 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has paid tribute to Burdekin residents who were recognised for their achievements as part of today’s annual Australia Day Awards at the Home Hill Memorial Hall. “On behalf of the whole of our wider region, I would like to congratulate all the Burd...

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Senator pays tribute to Etheridge Shire’s Citizen of the Year

26th January 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has made a heart-felt tribute to Etheridge Shire’s newest Citizen of the Year, Noeline Ikin. Noeline, who earlier this year stood down as the LNP candidate for the seat of Kennedy to fight a brain tumour, was announced the 2016 Etheridge Shire Council C...

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Passing of Professor Bob Carter

25th January 2016

Northern-based Coalition Senator Ian Macdonald has paid tribute to the late Professor Robert (Bob) Carter, who passed away in Townsville earlier this week. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Carter.” “A well-known and highly respected and awarded geologist and Prof...

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Bridge funding windfall for Mareeba

21st January 2016

Mareeba Shire Council will receive $170,000 to help upgrade critical transport infrastructure  thanks to the Commonwealth Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said the council will receive the funds for the Oakey Creek Bridge renewal project on ...

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Have your say on country of origin labelling

20th January 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging residents to have their say on the Government’s proposed Country of Origin Labelling reforms before the consultation period closes on 29 January. Senator Macdonald said with Australia Day just around the corner, it was a perfect opportuni...

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Bridge funding bonanza for the north-west

20th January 2016

Nearly $2million will be invested into upgrading critical transport infrastructure across the north-west of the state thanks to the Commonwealth Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme.  Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Boulia Shire Council and McKinley Shire Council will both...

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Bridge funding bonanza for Charters Towers

20th January 2016

Nearly $300,000 will be invested into upgrading critical transport infrastructure in Charters Towers thanks to the Commonwealth Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Charters Towers Regional Council will receive $295,500 to upgrade the Reedybrook...

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Bridge funding bonanza for Mirriwinni and Daradgee

20th January 2016

More than $4.6million will be invested into upgrading critical transport infrastructure across the region thanks to the Commonwealth Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme.  Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Deep Creek Bridge and Rudge Bridge at Mirriwinni, along with Victory ...

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Labor’s Northern policy void exposed

18th January 2016

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has labelled the Labor Party’s Central and North Queensland Taskforce as narrow visioned and a desperate attempt to fill a policy void.  Senator Macdonald’s comments were in response to a paper outlining the Labor party’s Central and No...

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Kennedy councils urged to apply for Infrastructure grants

18th January 2016

Northern-based Coalition Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging councils across Kennedy to nominate projects that may be eligible for funding as part of Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund.  This $1billion programme, open now for local governments and not-for-profit groups, is desig...

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New year’s windfall for Innisfail Mens Shed

18th January 2016

The Innsfail and District Men’s Shed Association Inc is starting off the new year with a big smile and a decent windfall with $7,500funding as part of the Commonwealth Government’s National Shed Development Programme.  Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald said the grant will be used...

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New year’s windfall for Tablelands Mens Shed

18th January 2016

The Tablelands Men’s Shed Atherton Inc is starting off the new year with a big smile and a decent windfall with $4,580 funding as part of the Commonwealth Government’s National Shed Development Programme.  Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald said the grant will be used by the group...

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Mobile Black Spot deadline extended

4th January 2016

The deadline for nominations for round two of the Mobile Black Spots programme has been extended to 15 January, 2016. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said residents in Kennedy now have two extra weeks to nominate their black spot locations as part of the Coalition Government’s commitm...

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Senator applauds Abbot Point approval

23rd December 2015

I welcome this week’s announcement of Federal Coalition’s approval to expand Abbot Point Coal Terminal, subject to strict environmental conditions. This is wonderful news for both Northern Australia and the nation’s coal industry. It could not have come at a better time for the hun...

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$1billion announcement for Hep C sufferers and their families

22nd December 2015

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald, a passionate advocate for Hepatitis C public awareness and funding, has today welcomed news of more than $1billion in Commonwealth funding to give sufferers affordable access to breakthrough cures. Senator Macdonald, whose nephew had beaten this disease with...

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North set to benefit from landmark free trade agreement

22nd December 2015

Businesses and industry across the north can start reaping the rewards now that the landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has come into effect, according to Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald. Senator Macdonald welcomed the official start of the agreement, which will save Aust...

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Significant revegetation projects funded in Kennedy

22nd December 2015

Three groups in Kennedy will share in more than $300,000 in funding to plant more than 45,000 trees as part of the Coalition Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Greening Australia, the Trustee for South Endeavour Trust and the Trustee for the ...

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Green army ready to strike in Kennedy

21st December 2015

Green Army troops will be out in force across the Kennedy electorate in coming months, with nine new projects being rolled out as part of Round Four of the highly successful programme. Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said a wide range of projects right across the electorate had been funded,...

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Funds available for community safety initiatives

18th December 2015

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging local communities across the Kennedy electorate to take safety into their own hands by applying for a grant in Round Two of the Safer Streets Programme. Senator Macdonald said councils, not for profit organisations and other eligible community ...

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Don’t forget to put your mobile black spot on your Christmas list

11th December 2015

If you haven’t sent your letter to Santa, don’t forget to remind him of any mobile black spots in your local area – that’s the Christmas message from northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald. Senator Macdonald said nominations for mobile black spot locations throughout the Ke...

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New innovation agenda a perfect fit for North, says Senator

9th December 2015

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), saying it is a perfect complement to the commitments outlined in the Northern Australia White Paper.  Senator Macdonald said there were many opportunities in the ...

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Statement on medicinal cannabis

7th December 2015

I welcome action by the Government to set up a single regulatory authority for cultivation of medicinal cannabis. I am pleased the Government has taken a leadership role in the whole issue of medicinal cannabis. I chair the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legal Committee which conducted an inquiry ...

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Labor’s curtain call on the North

7th December 2015

In a sign of its absolute contempt for the north, the Labor Party in the Senate have again drowned out the final question of the year highlighting the development of Northern Australia. As Parliament wrapped up for the year in a flurry of activity today, Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald...

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Major infrastructure projects announced for Kennedy

7th December 2015

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has today welcomed nearly $12million in funding for vital infrastructure across the Kennedy electorate as part of Round Two of the Coalition Government’s National Stronger Regions Funds. Senator Macdonald said the funding would provide a much needed boo...

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“100,000” people marched – 23.5 million didn't!

2nd December 2015

Reports of tens of thousands of people marching in capital cities across the country emphasise that most Australians are happy with what the Government is proposing at the Climate Change Conference in Paris. North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald told the Senate today that this whole debate ne...

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Don’t let climate change debate steer us off course, says Senator

27th November 2015

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is urging North Queenslanders to not put alarmist claims from the Labor Party and the Greens ahead of jobs and a robust economy.  Speaking ahead of the Climate March in Townsville tomorrow, Senator Macdonald is calling for common-sense to prevail in the ...

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Senator unveils a banana-bender in Canberra

25th November 2015

North Queensland’s record-breaking attempt to create the world’s biggest banana split using local produce has been unveiled in the nation’s capital, with northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald sharing the details in a speech in the Senate last night. Senator Macdonald set the sce...

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Financial assistance grants provide boost to Kennedy councils

25th November 2015

Local governments across the Kennedy electorate are set to receive more than $44million in funding through the Financial Assistance Grants programme this financial year. Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald said the grants, which councils have the flexibility to spend how they like, will help ensure...

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Senator denounces Labor’s failed pitch to wedge arts community

25th November 2015

Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has criticised Labor and the Greens for using arts funding as a tool to try and wedge the nation’s arts community. Speaking in the Senate yesterday, Senator Macdonald said the decision by the Arts Minister, the Hon Mitch Fifield to create a new arts fun...

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Labor reveals its 2% commitment to the North

25th November 2015

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has slammed the ALP for its blatant disregard for northern and regional Australia after the results of a survey revealed only two per cent of Labor voters are interested in regional Australia. Senator Macdonald said it was the third time in less than a month...

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Statement on Syrian refugee intake

17th November 2015

A number of media outlets have sought my views on the Government policy of accepting 12,000 Syrian genuine refugees over a period of time.  The tragedy in Paris, a city I know and love, should never be far from our minds.  But providing the Australian immigration system and humanitarian in...

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Northern pipeline decision a massive coup for Qld, says Senator

17th November 2015

Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed today’s announcement that will see the Northern Territory’s proposed billion dollar gas pipeline constructed via a northern route passing from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa.  Senator Macdonald said the news that Asian-backed conglomerate J...

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Senator praises swift action to control flying foxes

16th November 2015

Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald has congratulated Mareeba Shire Council for their proactive management of a colony of flying foxes that threatened to disrupt a popular recreational area in the town. Senator Macdonald praised Mayor Tom Gilmore and his councillors for getting in early before the ...

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ABC guarantees no resources at risk with regional programming changes

12th November 2015

Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed assurances from ABC senior management that there will be no reduction in funding or staff for regional radio stations across Australia when programming changes come into effect in the new year.  Senator Macdonald said he was assured that while t...

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Labor rejects the North

12th November 2015

In Senate Question Time today, Labor drowned out a question relating to Northern Australia no less than three times.  In unprecedented scenes, the President of the Senate had to ask for the question on the North to be repeated three times as not even the President could hear the question above ...

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Senator welcomes appointment of interim CRC chair

11th November 2015

Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald has today welcomed the appointment of Richmond Shire Mayor Cr John Wharton AM as the interim chair of the Northern Australia Co-operative Research Centre (CRC).  Senator Macdonald, who is Chair of the Northern Australia White Paper Implementation Oversight C...

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Senator welcomes consultation on $5billion fund for the North

11th November 2015

Today’s release of the Consultation Paper for the $5billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) marks another step forward towards unlocking the vast economic potential of Northern Australia, according to Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald.  Senator Macdonald welcomed the ...

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$2.5 million Government grant helps open student services centre

5th November 2015

Students and staff at Gilroy Santa Maria College in Queensland will tomorrow celebrate the opening a new student services centre, built with the help of more than $2.5 million in Australian Government funding. Townsville based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, will open the Ferlazzo Centre on behalf...

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Stadium cash splash another Labor stunt, says Macdonald

4th November 2015

Bill Shorten and the ALP have revealed just how desperate they are to try and remain relevant with yet another unfunded cash splash that does nothing more than expose their lack of economic credibility. Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald said today’s announcement by Shorten to commit $100 mi...

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A 15% GST will not get my vote: Macdonald

3rd November 2015

North Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has pre-emptively written to the Treasurer indicating that speculation regarding the increase of the GST to 15% should remain just that.  Senator Macdonald said he is one of the few parliamentarians left in the parliament who actually campaigned for th...

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Syrian Refugees for the North

22nd October 2015

In Senate Estimate Hearings this week, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald raised the issue of the Governments promise to take 12,000 additional Syrian refugees and how this might involve smaller rural communities in Northern Australia. Senator Macdonald, Chair of the Legal and Constitution...

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Hanson-Young Gagged For Public Servant Abuse

20th October 2015

In Senate Estimates Hearings today Senator Macdonald refused to allow Greens Senator Hanson-Young to ask any more questions until she apologised for implying that Australian Border Force officials were misleading the Committee. Senator Macdonald,  Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs L...

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Federal Government Moves On Medicinal Marijuana

19th October 2015

The Chair of the Senate Committee that recently endorsed a proposal for the regulation and legal use of medicinal cannabis, Senator Ian Macdonald, has welcomed the Government’s announcement on amendments to regulate growing of Marijuana that will make use legal under a doctor’s supervisi...

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Parliament Recognises Cowboys

13th October 2015

The Senate today resolved to note the North Queensland Cowboys’ historic maiden Grand Final win and recognise co-captain Johnathon Thurston for his individual achievement.  A motion was moved by North Queensland Senators Ian Macdonald and Jan McLucas and was carried unanimously by all Sen...

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Shorten Falls Short On Infrastructure

8th October 2015

A Northern-based Government Senator has branded the Bill Shorten’s infrastructure announcement as more proof that the Labor Party are completely out-of-touch with rural and regional Australia.  Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, who Chair’s the Governments Northern Development White ...

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Satellite broadband on the Kennedy horizon: Macdonald

6th October 2015

More than 1423 interim satellite users in Kennedy are now closer to fast, reliable broadband following yesterday’s successful launch of the first of nbn’s two world-class communication satellites. The nbn’s two high-capacity satellites will use the latest technology to deliver spee...

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Macdonald Welcomes Home Insurance Relief

6th October 2015

North Queenslanders may soon get some relief from the increasingly high costs of home insurance. Suncorp has been working closely with scientists at James Cook University to develop ‘cyclone resilience’ modelling that will identify private homes that were built – or have been remed...

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Build the Hann

29th September 2015

The campaign to fully seal the Hann Highway between Cairns and Hughenden took a step forward today with two Queensland senators driving the Highway with LNP Kennedy Candidate Noeline Ikin.  Newly appointed assistant Minister Senator James McGrath and North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald...

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Senate Support Crazy Ant Eradication

17th September 2015

  The Senate today adopted a resolution by NQ based Senator Ian Macdonald to have the Queensland and Commonwealth governments commit to eradication of Yellow Crazy Ants in the Wet Tropics. Senator Macdonald said he was delighted that the Senate had recognised the danger of the super colony haza...

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Kennedy Highway widening works completed near Ravenshoe

17th September 2015

A THREE kilometre stretch of the Kennedy Highway near Ravenshoe has been made safer for all motorists, with a $6 million upgrade project now complete. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project was fully funded by the Australian ...

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Bruce now safer with third overtaking lane near Cardwell

16th September 2015

THE drive between Tully and Cardwell is now safer, with the completion of a third overtaking lane in a $20 million strategy targeted at improving the Bruce Highway in the region. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project is part...

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NAB Drops Coal

9th September 2015

In the Senate chamber today (Tuesday September 8, 2015) LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has attacked the National Australia Bank (NAB) for abandoning investment in coal mining to appease the Greens and Labor parties.  Senator Macdonald was responding to reports that the NAB board and management ...

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Macdonald And Ikin Attend Mareeba Charity Dinner

4th September 2015

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald and LNP candidate for Kennedy Noeline Ikin will tonight (Friday September 4th, 2015) attend a charity dinner organised by the Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.  This annual event raises substantial funds for charity and this y...

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Palm Island Festival Shows Youth Culture Is Thriving: Macdonald

3rd September 2015

The Bwgcolman Youth Festival: Many Tribes. One People is being held on Palm Island from three days from today September 3rd2015..  The Festival is being staged by the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council and the Palm Island Youth Council.  Townsville –based Government Senator Ian Mac...

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ENDORSEMENT OF NOELINE IKIN AS THE LNP CANDIDATE FOR KENNEDY

26th August 2015

I am very pleased for the people of the Kennedy electorate that Noeline Ikin has been endorsed by the Liberal National party of Queensland (LNP) to contest that Electorate at the next Federal election due next year.  The announcement by LNP President Bruce McIver confirms what literally thousan...

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Tempo of Northern Development Gaining Pace

21st August 2015

The Chair of the Government’s Northern Australia Development White Paper Implementation Oversight Committee has today updated the Cairns Chamber of Commerce on the progress of Northern development.  Committee Chair Northern Senator Ian Macdonald has told the Cairns Chamber that the tempo ...

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Senate Acknowledges Winton Rebuilding Waltzing Matilda Centre

12th August 2015

The tragic loss of the Waltzing Matilda Centre in the small western town of Winton was noted in the federal parliament yesterday, coinciding with a visit to the nation’s capital by the mayor of Winton Shire Councilor Butch Lenton.  The Senate resolved to express its concern at the destruc...

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Medicinal Cannabis Report Unanimous

12th August 2015

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (‘the Committee’) will today table it’s landmark Inquiry report into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014.  The Chair of the Committee, Government Senator Ian Macdonald, today said that the report refle...

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2015 Heywire Competition Giving a Voice To Regional Youth

6th August 2015

Entries into the 2015 Heywire Competition are now open for people aged 16 – 22 to submit stories about life in Australia outside the capital cities.  Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald, a long supporter of Heywire’s work with regional youth, has urged young Northern Australians to...

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Round Four Green Army Information Sessions

6th August 2015

Applications for Round Four Green Army projects are opening soon and the federal Government will be holding information sessions across the nation to provide details on how groups can apply to participate.  The Green Army programme encourages practical action that supports local environment and...

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Macdonald Supports Hepatitis Awareness

3rd August 2015

Hepatitis Queensland, the state’s peak hepatitis information and prevention organisation, will highlight World Hepatitis Day 2015 in Townsville tomorrow.  Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald will join Hepatitis Queensland CEO Clint Ferndale in addressing the event.  “My own nephew...

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$1.45 billion of Northern Development on track

3rd August 2015

The $1.45 billion Project Sea Dragon prawn farm proposed for Legune Station on the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory has been granted Major Project Status by the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments. The Chair of the Northern Australia Development Implementation Overs...

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Macdonald Welcomes Enhanced Pacific Disaster Management

22nd July 2015

The Coalition Government has announced that new commitments have been made across the Pacific region to bolster co-ordinated responses to natural disasters.  Northern Government Senator Ian Macdonald - who is leading a Parliamentary delegation to PNG, Fiji and Vanuatu later this month - has wel...

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Macdonald Welcomes Western Rail Feasibility Studies

8th July 2015

The Coalition Government has today announced a $5million feasibility study into upgrading the freight railway line between Townsville and Mount Isa, and constructing of a new line between Mount Isa and Tennant Creek. The Commonwealth will conduct the studies in partnership with the Queensland and No...

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Round Three of Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme Open

8th July 2015

APPLICATIONS are now open for Round Three of the Coalition Government’s $33.7 million Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme. Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the opening of Round Three as a renewed opportunity for northern communities to enhance their aviation infrastructure. &ldq...

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Senator Ian Macdonald Marks 25 Years In The Senate

2nd July 2015

Today marks twenty-five years since northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald commenced his first term in the Commonwealth Parliament. The ‘Father of the Senate’ since February 2015, Senator Macdonald is now this nation’s 18th longest-serving Senator, and 66thlongest-serving parliamenta...

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Water Fund Is Great News For All: Macdonald

23rd June 2015

The $200 million Water Infrastructure Development Fund announced as part of the Northern Australia White Paper will provide funding for feasibility and scoping studies for projects of merit across the whole of Northern Australia The Chair of the White Paper Implementation Oversight Committee, northe...

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Kennedy Gets Connected To Superfast Broadband

22nd June 2015

2590 premises in the electorate of Kennedy are ready to join the superfast era with the NBN Co activating its fixed wireless network in the region, offering Internet speeds more than twice as fast as city-based ADSL connections, it was announced this week.  Northern based Government Senator Ian...

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China Free Trade To Help Build North Into Economic Engine-Room

22nd June 2015

Today’s announcement of the formation of a free-trade relationship between Australia and China has been welcomed Northern Australia’s most ardent advocate. Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)  as a significant step ...

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Northern Australia Swimming in Aquaculture Opportunities

22nd June 2015

Aquaculture has a bright future in the north according to a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Northern Australian who yesterday toured aquaculture facilities in the north of Western Australia  “Western Australia may still have some way to go to catch up with Queensland and th...

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Skilling North Queensland Students for Success

22nd June 2015

Students in Cairns will have the opportunity to learn useful vocational skills in the newly opened Cairns Catholic Vocational Trade Training Centre. The centre, which was built with over $9.8 million in funding from the Australian Government, will be officially opened tomorrow June 11, 2015 by Senat...

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Army determined To Live Up to Its Injury Rehabilitation Policy

22nd June 2015

The Chief of Army has indicated at Senate Estimates hearings today his on-going intent to ensure that soldiers who suffer serious injuries are either transitioned into appropriate positions in the military, or given assistance to transition into gainful employment outside the military. Under questio...

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Budget Announcements Boost Kennedy Electorate

22nd June 2015

The Commonwealth Government has today announced $17.2 million in infrastructure project funding in the Kennedy electorate. The four programs – announced as part of the Federal Budget – are being funded under the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund. Northern-based Senator Ian Macdon...

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IT’S A GOOD START...

18th June 2015

A politician who has spent his parliamentary life advocating for Northern Australia has warmly welcomed the launch of the Governments White Paper on Developing the North.North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald said the White Paper was a good start to the further development of Northern Australi...

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GREENS AND LABOR PURSUE DESTRUCTION OF SENATE COMMITTEE SYSTEM

17th June 2015

Senate Committees have been respected as a serious part of government for decades, however today the committee system has been corrupted and made farcical by the combined actions of the Labor Party and Greens Political Party. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, which is...

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Statement Re: Same Sex Marriage

23rd March 2015

I have received over the last couple of days over 5000 ‘campaign’ emails on same sex marriage, about half in favour and half against. I am physically unable to respond to these emails - so my apology. Thank you for making your views known. The Government’s long standing position is...

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Government Bans Dredge Spoil From Reef

19th March 2015

The Coalition Government has built on its proud tradition of protecting and sustainably managing the Great Barrier Reef, it was revealed during Question Time in the Senate today. Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald got clarification from the Minister for the Environment – represented in the S...

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North to Host Operation SLIPPER Parade

19th March 2015

Residents in the north are being encouraged to attend a commemoration ceremony and parade in Townsville on Saturday to mark the completion of Operation SLIPPER. Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald said Townsville will join cities across the nation hosting welcome home parades for the more than 34,5...

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Harmony In Kennedy

10th March 2015

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging people across the Kennedy electorate to be part of Australia's largest national multicultural event - Harmony Day 2015.  “Harmony Day gives communities in northern and western Queensland the opportunity to celebrate Australia&...

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Closing the Health Gap In Kennedy

6th March 2015

Health services in indigenous communities across the Kennedy electorate have received a $35million boost for locally-managed health organisations as part of the federal government’s commitment to closing the gap. Northern Senator Ian Macdonald said the announcement of the funding for five Abor...

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Applications To Upskill Youth Now Open

5th March 2015

Businesses and community groups in the Kennedy electorate will benefit from commonwealth support for youth skills-development under the Industry Skills Fund. Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald said that Training for Employment Scholarships (TES) and Youth Employment Pathways (YEP) will deliver bet...

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Roads To Recovery In Kennedy

5th March 2015

Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the announcement that a number of councils in the Kennedy electorate will today receive their latest share of the Australian Government $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme. Senator Macdonald said the Australian Government is paying over $117 mil...

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Macdonald Welcomes Defence Pay Deal

4th March 2015

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the announcement today by the Prime Minister that Australian Defence Force personnel will be offered a 2 per cent pay increase which will keep soldiers’ pay above the current 1.7 per cent rate of inflation. The Government will ask the Chief o...

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Safety and Productivity Boost for Atherton Tablelands

4th March 2015

THE federal government has today announced the successful projects under Round Four of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme. Infrastructure projects on the Atherton Tablelands that will improve productivity and safety for local heavy vehicles will now receive $750,000 in commonwealth ...

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Green Army Projects Approved in Cardwell and Mission Beach

26th February 2015

Local communities, the environment and young Australians in the Cardwell and Mission Beach regions will all benefit from approvals to Round Two Green Army projects. Northern Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the announcement of local projects - the Murray River Girramay Country Waterway restoration...

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MEDIA/SOCIAL MEDIA STATEMENT

25th February 2015

Thanks to all of those who have kindly (and not so kindly – they are the majority and are all Labor/Greens staffers, Union heavies and staff and good old Get Up and old leftie journalists) made media and social media comment on recent media reports on the Senate Estimate Committee on Professor...

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Macdonald Calls For Level Cement Playing Field

20th February 2015

Following media reports that the aluminium industry may be exempted from the Renewable Energy Target (RET), efforts are being made to ensure that the government also considers extending similar exemptions to the cement Industry. Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has been urging Government Ministe...

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Kennedy Electorate Reaps $22m in Government Grants

17th February 2015

Third quarter payments under the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme have now been made to councils in the Kennedy electorate. The Commonwealth government is providing $575 million to local councils nationwide today, and $22 million of this is going to councils in the ...

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Got To Have Skin In The Game To Close The Gap: Macdonald

12th February 2015

The worrying state of issues raised in the Closing the Gap report have led to calls for government to rely more on advice from indigenous community leaders in regional Australia. Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald has today urged state and federal governments to consult more with leaders who have ...

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Media Statement from Senator Ian Macdonald on the Spill

7th February 2015

I am disappointed that a spill is being called. I hoped it would not. I always think there are better ways of resolving any internal issues than a spill which will leave a group of the party unhappy. I will be voting against the spill. I do not think the spill will be successful, but I hasten to sa...

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Leadership Speculation: Statement

4th February 2015

"There should be no spill – that is the Labor way. And in my view any spill would not succeed. “We need to carefully, maturely and selflessly consider all aspects of the federal implications of the Victorian and Queensland elections, and recent ‘barnacles’ at the federal leve...

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Mourilyan Road Intersection Upgrade Commences

30th January 2015

A brief inspection today (Friday 30th January) will mark the formal commencement of construction of the upgrade of the Mourilyan Road and Rifle Range Road intersections. North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald will represent Australian Government Minister for Infrastructure the Hon Warren Truss...

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Strong regional voice commended

27th January 2015

Townsville-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the announcement today by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss of appointments to the national network of Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees. Senator Macdonald said he had worked closely with the Northern RDA committees over many yea...

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Greens' Cynicism On Display

15th January 2015

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has responded angrily to Greens Political Party leader Christine Milne’s comments in Queensland this week that equated terrorism with climate change. Senator Macdonald said he was astonished by the Greens leader’s cynicism and lack of respect for the vict...

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Senator Macdonald New Years Message

6th January 2015

Seasons’ greetings everyone.  On the eve of the New Year I send my best wishes for a productive and safe 2015 for everyone. In 2015 my government colleagues and I will be focused on families and on delivering the policy settings that will improve quality of life for all Australians. 2015 ...

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Local Jobs On RAAF Chinook Project: Macdonald

6th January 2015

Construction industry jobs have been created in Townsville with the commencement of work on the $54.8 million AIR 9000 Phase 5C – Replacement Chinooks Facilities Project at RAAF Base Townsville. Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the economic benefits that have bee...

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Queensland Friendship Group Convened

6th January 2015

A group of Queensland’s parliamentarians have recently convened a new Federal Parliamentarians Friendship Group called the Parliamentary Friends of Queensland. Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said the group was established to promote all things Queensland. “Christmas is a time to celebr...

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PUP Circus Rolls Into the Gold Coast

15th November 2014

The Senate Inquiry into Queensland kicked off on the Gold Coast last Thursday and was quickly revealed to be a circus. The only Government voting member on the committee, Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, labelled the Inquiry a “waste of time and money” and a “witch-hunt”. &l...

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China-US Deal on Carbon Emissions – A Reality Check

14th November 2014

The deal reported between the US and China on carbon emission reductions through to 2030 has naturally been lauded by the Greens Political Party but as always needs a reality check. China emits 24 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions. The US emits 15 per cent of the world’s carbon em...

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New Centre Promotes Cultural Exchange: Macdonald

12th November 2014

The new premises of the Townsville Intercultural Centre were opened today on Charters Towers Road in Hermit Park. Townsville based Senator Ian Macdonald officiated at today’s event and welcomed a new phase in inter-cultural relations in Townsville. “The Townsville Intercultural Centre ha...

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Safety comes first between Tully and Cardwell

5th November 2014

OVERTAKING on the Bruce Highway between Tully and Cardwell in far north Queensland has just become safer with new lanes now open. North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald will officiate tomorrow on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the ...

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Macdonald to Quiz Australia Council on Chamber Music Festival Funding

30th October 2014

The Australia Council has been put on notice to prepare to answer why it has ceased funding the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville on the Festival’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald spoke yesterday in the Senate Chamber about his concerns for the...

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Macdonald Welcomes Gas Pipeline

20th October 2014

Northern Australia’s potential to provide benefits to all Australians gained momentum yesterday when the proposal to construct a natural gas pipeline from Darwin to the East Coast of Queensland was granted Major Project status. Northern LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the announcement a...

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Investing In Economic Opportunity for Innisfail

20th October 2014

The Australian Government is supporting local efforts to facilitate economic development for Indigenous people in Innisfail. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, announced funding of $46,000 for the Mandubarra Aboriginal Land & Sea Incorporated t...

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Another $40 Million For The Outback Way

10th October 2014

Australia’s longest shortcut has received another boost today with the announcement of $40 million in funding for repairs and upgrades to sections of the road in the Northern Territory. Northern Senator Ian Macdonald has hailed the announcement as further evidence of the Coalition’s comm...

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Macdonald Only Voice of Reason on QLD Committee

7th October 2014

The Government has today highlighted the cynical and retaliatory nature of the Senate Committee being formed at the behest of the Palmer United Party. Queensland Senator  Ian Macdonald, who will be the government’s representative on the committee inquiring into the Queensland government, ...

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Macdonald Furious Over Palmer Committee

7th October 2014

The Palmer United Party has last night succeeded in their cynical and opportunistic bid to convene a Senate Inquiry into the Queensland Government. Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has labelled the move as an abuse of Parliamentary process and an insult to the people who voted for the LNP govern...

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Australia Post must act on inquiry findings, Qld Senators warn

29th September 2014

Queensland LNP Senators Barry O’Sullivan, Ian MacDonald, James McGrath and Matt Canavan have called on Australia Post to act urgently to ensure the viability of privately owned post offices across rural and regional Australia, following the release of a damning Senate Inquiry report yesterday....

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Northern Communities Benefiting From Better Roads

15th September 2014

Communities in the top of Cape York were a hive of tourist activity according to a Federal politician who has just visited the area. Senator Ian Macdonald, an LNP Senator based in Townsville, said that his driving trip to the tip of Cape York demonstrated the benefit of increased funding for the Pen...

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24 Years Promoting The North

11th September 2014

“The future of our nation lies in north Queensland and northern Australia - an area of enormous diversity” said North Queensland based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald twenty-four years ago today when he delivered his maiden speech in the Senate chamber. Since that day Senator Macdonald has bee...

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Tourist Season in Full Swing in the Cape

10th September 2014

Australia's remote frontier in Cape York has been experiencing a boom in tourist numbers this year. After a late start because of Cyclone Ita, the improved road conditions  and favourable 4 wheel drive weather has meant an influx of visitors which has owners of roadhouses and accommodations pla...

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Cape York Road Trip Day One

8th September 2014

Meetings with Daintree residents and the Cook Shire council today will form part of the first day of a 7 day trip to Cape York by a Queensland Senator.   Speaking in Cairns this morning northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald, who is travelling by road from Cairns to Bamaga and Sesia over the ...

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Macca's On The Road Again

5th September 2014

Following the first post-winter-recess session of Parliament, which saw the repeal of the Labor’s failed Mining Tax, Queensland’s most northern LNP Senator is hitting the road once again. North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald will be loading up the 4WD and heading off to Cape York...

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Awaiting delivery Of Election Promise

3rd September 2014

The tabling in the Federal Parliament tomorrow of the Report of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia has heightened expectations regarding the release of the Government’s promised Northern Australia White Paper. North Queensland based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said that he was exci...

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Mining Tax Repealed

2nd September 2014

The Minerals Resources Rent Tax has been abolished. Northern Australia-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the abolition and congratulated his colleagues for their determination to rid the Australian people of this onerous and useless taxation scheme. “The Minerals Resources Rent Tax ...

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Northern Development Focus Gathers Momentum

2nd September 2014

Landscape Architects ‘Ecoscape’ have developed a proposal to construct a new Northern Australian capital on the shores of Lake Argyle on the Ord River in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia. North Queensland based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the creativity and o...

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Boots Fail Again

2nd September 2014

Replacement dress boots for Australian Army dress uniforms became a hot topic last year when the soles of hundreds of boots were left behind during a parade on the Townsville Strand. Townsville-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald immediately raised the matter in the Senate chamber and then again at Sena...

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Local veterans benefit from restored funding

8th August 2014

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today welcomed the restoration of Australian Government funding to assisting ex-service organisations continue their important work with the local veteran community. Senator Macdonald said the RSL Qld Edmonton Sub­branch Inc in the Kennedy electorate ...

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Better teeth for the Tableland

31st July 2014

Residents of the Tableland can now look forward to greatly improved oral health, according to North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.  Senator Macdonald who joined State Health Minister Lawrence Springborg for the official opening of the new extensions to the  Mareeba Rural Student D...

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Northerners urged to speak out

28th July 2014

It is vital that North Queensland businesses make their voices heard in the consultation process for the new Industry Skills Fund, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald urged today.  Senator Macdonald said that the government was looking for input on the design and implementation of the ...

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Climate science still not settled

25th July 2014

Oceanography experts from Harvard and MIT have released a report about deep ocean cooling over the past 20 years that raises questions on the reported pause in the rate of global warming.  North Queensland-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the report as further evidence that the ques...

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Senator "blown away" by indigenous art fair

25th July 2014

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair has the potential to become a major international event, according to Senator Ian Macdonald who was part of the official opening ceremony at the four-day Fair last night (SUBS: THURSDAY, JULY 24). “I must say I’ve been blown away by the quality and diversit...

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Are you living in a mobile phone black spot?

24th July 2014

People living in mobile phone “black spot” areas have one week left to report their problem locations. (SUBS: THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUMBISSIONS IS Thursday, JULY 31) Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said information should be emailed to [email protected] before the end ...

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Dengue on its last legs

24th July 2014

The scourge of dengue fever may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the work being done by the Eliminate Dengue Australia project. Northern Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald yesterday toured the Eliminate Dengue Australia facility in Townsville with Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones and received ...

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Carbon Tax benefits welcomed

24th July 2014

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said today he had been overwhelmed by the positive response to the repeal of the Labor-Greens Carbon Tax. “We (the Abbott Government) have been inundated with third-party endorsements of our commitment to ditch this toxic tax,” he said. “Everywhere ...

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Have Your Say On Our National Landcare Program

22nd July 2014

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald today urged Queenslanders to get involved in local landcare projects by attending the Australian Government’s community information sessions. The sessions, part of the National Landcare Program, will be held in Brisbane (Monday, August 11 at Rydges South ...

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Good News for Livestock Exporters

22nd July 2014

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the opening up of a new livestock export market with Egypt. Breeder cattle, sheep and goats can now be exported to Egypt along with feeder and slaughter livestock following the finalisation of health certification requirements. Senator Macdonald said the...

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Thank to Labor Green and Pups - Mining Jobs Suffer

18th July 2014

Australia’s struggling mining industry has received another blow at the hands of Labor, Greens and Palmer United Senators in the Senate. North Queensland-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald who spoke at length on the Bill to abolish the mining tax, said the disregard shown by Queensland non-Coalit...

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Carbon tax axing good news for consumers

17th July 2014

Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said today the repeal of the Carbon Tax would ease the cost of living for all Queenslanders, particularly those living in rural and regional parts of the State. Senator Macdonald, who crossed the floor in November 2009 to vote against his party’s support fo...

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Senator Macdonald stands up for NQ refinery jobs

17th July 2014

North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald blasted Labor and Greens Senators today for putting North Queensland jobs at risk. Senator Macdonald made the comment during the Senate debate on the Repeal of the Carbon Tax. He said it was a disgrace that Labor and Greens Senators were using the committ...

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Senator praises reef protection initiative

15th July 2014

The Federal Government’s $40 million investment to establish the Reef Trust has been praised by Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald. "The Reef Trust will fund projects to improve coastal habitat, water quality and enhancing species protection along the wondrous Great Barrier Reef – th...

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Climate Authority costly and biased, says Senator

10th July 2014

The Climate Change Authority, set up under the Labor-Greens Government, was an expensive exercise in providing jobs for the boys, it was claimed in the Senate today (SUBS: Thursday, July 10). Senator Ian Macdonald, who questions the impact of human activity on climate change, said the Authority was ...

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Great Barrier Reef in safe hands

9th July 2014

The Environment Minister's announcement of a new $5million National Parks patrol vessel for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been welcomed. North Queensland-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said this investment demonstrated the depth of the Coalition Government’s commitment to conservatio...

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Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2014

9th July 2014

Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald today encouraged North Queenslanders to support NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week activities. “The Australian Government has allocated $2.2 million to support more than 550 local community events across Australia, incl...

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Study shows true value of live export trade

9th July 2014

The latest ABARES Live Export Trade Assessment report reinforced the importance of the Australian live export trade, it was claimed today. Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald said the report also dispelled  some of the myths and misinformation that are propagated about the trade. Senator Macdo...

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North important contributor to Australia’s export wealth

9th July 2014

Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald said today latest statistics on Australia’s resources and energy exports provided further proof of Northern Australia’s contribution to the nation’s wealth. Senator Macdonald, a member of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Development, said ...

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Northern-based senator sworn in to parliament for fifth term

7th July 2014

North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald will today (SUBS: Monday, July 7) be sworn in as an Australian Senator for his fifth six-year term. “Today marks the fifth occasion that I have been sworn in to represent the people of Queensland and the Liberal National Party in the Parliament...

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Mobile phone black spots on the agenda

4th July 2014

Representatives of rural and remote areas of Far North Queensland shared their experiences of mobile phone black spots with Federal MP Paul Fletcher, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, at a meeting in Mareeba today(SUBS: Friday, July 4). Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald, wh...

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Northern cattle investment welcomed

3rd July 2014

News of mining magnate Gina Rinehart’s decision to invest in the Northern Australian cattle industry was welcomed by a senior northern-based politician today. Senator Ian Macdonald, speaking from Weipa during hearings of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia, said that this investme...

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Gina Hancock moves into beef industry

3rd July 2014

LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said today Gina Rinehart’s diversification into the Northern Australian cattle industry would be a catalyst for further massive investment in the North. Senator Macdonald was speaking from Cairns where he is inspecting water projects with fellow members of the Joint S...

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Richmond water scheme ticks all the right boxes, says Senator Macdonald

2nd July 2014

LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has renewed his strong support for the O’Connell Creek diversion project that has the potential to revitalise the Richmond Shire. Senator Macdonald made the comment after a tour of the Shire on Tuesday with fellow members of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Aust...

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Boost for Northern resources sector

2nd July 2014

Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has labelled the Federal Government's announcement of the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) as a critical incentive for the resources sector in northern Australia. "The Exploration Development Incentive will provide a timely boost to productivity and innova...

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Northern border force proposal boosted

29th June 2014

The push to develop the North received another boost on the weekend with the decision of the supreme governing body of the Liberal Party to support calls for the new Australian Border Force to be based in Northern Australia.Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald who attended the meeting of the Federal...

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A fair go for veterans

24th April 2014

North Queensland veterans will benefit from the Government's legislation to deliver fair indexation which was introduced into Parliament last week, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today. Senator Macdonald said the introduction of this legislation fulfils the Abbott Government's lon...

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Macdonald smacks Green motion

24th April 2014

Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has today discredited a motion by Greens Senator Larissa Waters that suggested the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) had opposed the Capital Dredging project at Abbott Point Coal Terminal.  "This is nothing more than the lowest form of fear-m...

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Apprenticeship opportunities for indigenous job seekers

24th April 2014

Indigenous workers looking for new opportunities are invited to apply for up to 100 12 month apprenticeships at the Department of Human Services, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today. "These apprenticeships offer 12 months of training and will give the successful applicants a grea...

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This should be the start of something big

24th April 2014

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today welcomed the CSIRO's report confirming the viability of irrigated cropping in the Flinders and Gilbert River catchments in North Queensland. "When working on the Coalition's policy for developing Northern Australia, we had significant evidence that ...

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Inquiry into Federal election gives voters a voice: Macdonald

24th April 2014

LNP Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald has welcomed the announcement of an Inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 Federal election. "If you have any ‘gripes’ about the conduct of the last Federal election, you now have an opportunity to make your concerns known" he said. The Joint Standi...

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Historic Trade Agreement with Japan signals bright future for North

8th April 2014

The successful conclusion of the Governments Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Japan was great news for Northern Australia, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today."There is good news for primary producers across Queensland and the whole of Northern Australia", he said.And North...

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Only a week left to have your say

7th April 2014

Farmers across Northern Australia are urged to make a submission to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, said North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today.Submissions close next week, so those who have not yet made a submission dont have much time left to put their ideas in front of t...

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North Australian know-how on show

7th April 2014

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald has congratulated Gallo Farms from the Atherton Tablelands who will be representing the local region as one of 600 Australian business delegates taking part in the Australian Governments Australia Week in China trade mission to China."Northern Australian ...

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Joint media statement from Warren Truss and Senator Ian Macdonald

4th April 2014

COMMISSIONING of the Cardwell Range realignment on the Bruce Highway will deliver a much safer and efficient roadway through the notorious range section. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgraded highway will increase safety and eff...

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Ravenshoe RSL scores a grant

31st March 2014

The Ravenshoe RSL sub-branch has received a funding boost to help commemorate its proud history, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.Senator Macdonald said that the sub-branch had been granted $3000 under the Governments Saluting Their Service grants.The money will be used to hel...

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New focus on Northern dams

31st March 2014

The Governments Dams Taskgroup announcement brings welcome renewed attention to water management issues across Australia, according to North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.However Senator Macdonald has expressed some concern over the make-up of the Taskgroup.While the focus of the Taskgroup ...

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Townsville a winner

27th March 2014

Townsville will be a winner under the proposed Defence project for the city worth $55 million, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.Senator Macdonald said the proposal was expected to generate around 50 full time jobs in the city over the next three years.Defence is proposing to p...

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Lift for North Queensland businesses

26th March 2014

Farm businesses and businesses generally in North Queensland have had a hand up with the Coalitions release of a new employment guide for small business, North Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said today.Senator Macdonald said the guide would make it easier for small businesses in North Queensland t...

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Getting kids in remote communities to school

26th March 2014

North Western schools will get a boost from the Governments announcement of increased funding for the Remote School Attendance Strategy, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.Senator Macdonald said that $18 million would be added to the funding to help ensure that every child atten...

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Boost for Northern graziers

24th March 2014

Northern Australian graziers, who suffered most under the previous governments destruction of the live cattle trade, will benefit from the agreement announced today between Australia and Egypt to restart the livestock trade, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said.Senator Macdonald said th...

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A fair go for veterans

24th March 2014

North Queensland veterans will benefit from the Governments legislation to deliver fair indexation which was introduced into Parliament last week, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.Senator Macdonald said the introduction of this legislation fulfils the Abbott Governments long s...

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Labor flips over again

24th March 2014

On the very day Labor voted against scrapping the carbon tax, their lead Senate candidate in Western Australia asserted inThe West Australianthat Labor IS scrapping the carbon tax, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.Speaking in the debate this morning on the Bill to repeal the M...

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Developing export markets in the North

12th March 2014

Graziers and businesspeople in the North West of the State have had a boost with nearly $200,000 being allocated so far to help them develop new export markets, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.Senator Macdonald said the Government was also seeking to enhance the way the Expor...

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Macdonald welcomes funding for the Outback Way

11th March 2014

The announcement of $11 million in Commonwealth funding for the Queensland section of the Outback Way was welcomed by long-time champion of this unique road, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.Senator Macdonald said the announcement was a vindication of the more than three years of hard wo...

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Applications for aged care funding open in May

10th March 2014

Aged care providers in the Kennedy electorate are advised to think about projects eligible for funding under the next Aged Care Approvals round which is open for applications in May, North Queensland based Senator Macdonald said today.Senator Macdonald said that this round of funding would continue ...

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Apprenticeship opportunities for indigenous job seekers

4th March 2014

Indigenous workers looking for new opportunities are invited to apply for up to 100 12 month apprenticeships at the Department of Human Services, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.These apprenticeships offer 12 months of training and will give the successful applicants a great ...

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Call for enquiry into impacts of live cattle ban

3rd March 2014

The LNP State Council meeting in Toowoomba on the weekend has resolved to ask the Federal government to investigate the financial impacts on individual and family businesses of the live cattle export ban.Senator Barry OSullivan moved an urgency motion seeking LNP support for the actions of the Queen...

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LNP Convention supports Caribou replacement in the North

3rd March 2014

The LNP State Council meeting in Toowoomba on the weekend endorsed overwhelmingly a call for the Federal Government to consider the relocation of the RAAF squadron replacing the Caribou, to Garbutt Air Force base in Townsville.The motion was proposed by the Policy Standing Committee of the LNP and s...

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Townsville in line for Defence vehicle maintenance

27th February 2014

Senate Defence Estimates have yielded more good news for Townsville automotive industry businesses said Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald.In answer to questions put by Senator Macdonald to Defence representatives at Senate hearings yesterday, Major General Paul McLachlan, AM, CSC said that mainte...

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Defence fuel depot to go ahead at Townsville Port

27th February 2014

F44 aviation fuel for helicopters on Defences new LHD ships will be managed through the Port Of Townsville according to the Chief of Navys answers to questions asked yesterday at Senate Estimates by North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.In answer to questions put by Senator Macdonald to Vice ...

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Hand up for drought stricken farmers

26th February 2014

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed the announcement of government assistance for farmers in the North struggling with crippling drought.The new arrangements, announced by the Prime Minister today, will be a welcome shot in the arm for farmers across Queensland when they are rolled...

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Navy ships may move to Northern Australia

26th February 2014

Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has put the re-location of substantial naval assets from Sydney Harbour to Northern Australian waters back on the national agenda.In answer to questions put by Senator Macdonald to the Defence Minister at Senate estimates hearings today, Minister Johnston said th...

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Townsville contractors transform Defence

26th February 2014

The Department of Defence has confirmed that local Townsville businesses made up almost 60 per cent of the contractors engaged under the $148m Logistics Transformation Program at Lavarack Barracks.Answers to Questions taken on Notice, asked at Senate Defence Estimates by Queensland LNP Senator Ian M...

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Strathmore works the start of the Norths development

24th February 2014

News from Strathmore station between Georgetown and Croydon in North West Queensland that work has started on redeveloping the station was welcomed by North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.I have been told that the State government has given Scott Harris, the owner of Strathmore station, the ...

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Korean agreement a shot in the arm for the North

18th February 2014

North Queensland will be a big beneficiary from the Korean Free Trade agreement North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said following the release today by Trade and Industry Minister, Andrew Robb, of the terms of the agreement.Korea is already our second biggest market for Australian beef, and...

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Full extent of Labor??s carbon tax damage revealed

18th February 2014

The economic damage being done by Labors carbon tax to households and businesses in the North has been confirmed by the release of figures from the Clean Energy Regulator, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said.The figures detail the carbon tax bills for all businesses and organisations w...

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Macdonald pleads case for the North

17th February 2014

With the government finalising its drought assistance package, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today urged the Cabinet to make special provision for the North.The Northern beef cattle industry started the drought well behind the bunch because their income and business plans had been des...

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Disaster looming in North West

7th February 2014

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today urged the Prime Minister and Treasurer to get out west and see for themselves the devastation wrought by the drought following on the heels of the Gillard governments disastrous decision to stop the live cattle export trade.The situation in many par...

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This should be the start of something big

6th February 2014

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today welcomed the CSIROs report confirming the viability of irrigated cropping in the Flinders and Gilbert River catchments in North Queensland. When working on the Coalitions policy for developing Northern Australia, we had significant evidence that th...

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Threat to precious water resources

6th February 2014

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald warned today that the current nomination under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to classify dams, weirs and other artificial watering points as a key threatening process to biodiversity was extremely dangerous. Senator Macdo...

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Labors Legacy: Kennedy families paying $50 extra a week for childcare

4th February 2014

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald has expressed concern that a growing number of Kennedy families are paying the price of federal Labors legacy, with new Department of Education figures indicating childcare fees rose an average $50 per week in Queensland over the six years of the former A...

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Public schools in Kennedy encouraged to become Independent

3rd February 2014

Local State schools in the Kennedy electorate are urged to consider taking part in the Coalition governments new $70 million Independent Public School initiative said North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.Senator Macdonald said the Independent Public School initiative was designed to give sch...

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Coalition commitment to vocational training in Kennedy

3rd February 2014

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the Government's announcement of $209 million in funding for Trades Skills Centres. "The Coalition's commitment to vocational training and the creation of employment opportunities is clearly on display" said Senator Macdonald."And I am absol...

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Paradise is open for business

31st January 2014

Holidaying in North Queensland this summer is idyllic, despite reports of destruction by the small tropical cyclone which made landfall this morning, said North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald. The impact of what was a very minor storm was minimal, Senator Macdonald said.I enjoyed what littl...

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Macdonald applauds Coalition aged-care boost for Kennedy

29th January 2014

Queensland-based Coalition Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the latest announcement of funding for Home and Community Care (HACC) for aged-care service providers in Queensland.The Coalition Government has allocated $54 million in the first round of funding grants from the total HACC fun...

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CIVIC LEADERS AND THE MEDIA AND A PLEA

29th January 2014

Congratulations to civic leaders throughout North Queensland for their preparations for possible severe weather over the remaining summer period. The good work done by the civic leaders is certainly assisted by wall-to-wall coverage by the media.There cannot be too many Northerners who are not aware...

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Workforce figures show development vital for Northern Australia

27th January 2014

The urgent need for the real development of Northern Australia has been highlighted by the recently released employment figures according to North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.According to a report released this week by regional economist Colin Dwyer, official December 2013 igures show the...

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Senator warns of hidden penalties for Northern Australia

24th January 2014

North Queensland is experiencing unique cost pressures which are not recognised by the national inflation figures, Townsville based Senator Ian Macdonald warned today.Unfortunately there are no official CPI figures for any city in North Queensland, not even Townsville, which is the largest city in N...

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HIPPY nominations sought for Kennedys Indigenous communities

20th January 2014

Indigenous communities in Kennedy can now nominate for an Australian Government initiative that helps parents and carers put their children on the path to school success.North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald joined Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley and Minister for Indigenous Affair...

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Senator congratulates new Magistrate

17th January 2014

Townsville based Senator Ian Macdonald congratulated Mr Steven Mosch on his swearing in as a Magistrate for the State of Queensland today at the Townsville Court.I have known Mr Mosch from the beginning of his legal career while I was still a lawyer myself, Senator Macdonald said.In all those years ...

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US investment needed for Australia to engage with Asia

16th January 2014

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed Trade Minister Andrew Robbs call this week for US investment in Australia.Mr Robb told a Los Angeles audience this week that for Australia to fully achieve its potential in trading with Asia and Pacific, it needed informed US capital and knowhow ...

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Cattle industry bouncing back

16th January 2014

The cattle industry in North East Queensland has bounced back with the election of the Abbott government, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.Although the drought is still causing problems in the north west of the state, graziers report a significant upturn in prices and export m...

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Wishing you all the best for 2014

30th December 2013

On the threshhold of 2014, we have a lot to look forward to this year in North Queensland.We have the chance to work cooperatively with the new government to see, at last, the start of the development of Northern Australia into the economic powerhouse we all know it can be.I look forward to working ...

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Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas

20th December 2013

It's that time of the year when we all get together with family and friends to celebrate the festive season.I want to thank you all for your support in 2013 which was reflected in the excellent Queensland result in the Federal Election, and to all who voted for me personally, giving me the highest p...

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Coral Sea lock-out scrapped: Macdonald

16th December 2013

North Queensland waters in the Gulf and the Coral Sea have been returned to sensible and sustainable fishing with the scrapping of Labors plan to lock up the region, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.The Coalition will still, as we always have, protect fish stocks and promote s...

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Small business helpline to help employers

12th December 2013

A new small business helpline has been established to provide small businesses with quick and easy access to workplace relations advice.Operating a small business can be very rewardomg, but quite difficult when it comes to understanding requirements and responsibilities under the Fair Work Act inclu...

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Common sense at last: Macdonald

11th December 2013

Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the Environment Minister Greg Hunts announcement of approval for the expansion of port facilities at Abbott Point.After rigorous assessment the Government has approved:The capital dredging program for the proposed Terminals 0, 2 and 3 at the Port of ...

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Help needed for Northern beef industry

9th December 2013

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald again called for desperately needed assistance for the Northern beef industry in the Senate today.Senator Macdonald said, speaking on Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill, that Northern beef producers were on their knees and it was vital that some ...

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Senator welcomes crocodile management

6th December 2013

Scientific support for the Queensland governments crocodile management plan was welcomed by North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.As Dr Adam Britton, from the Darwin based Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, has said, crocodile conservation in Australia has been a victim o...

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Macdonald proud of new MP

5th December 2013

The maiden speech to Parliament by Michelle Landry, the recently elected MP for Capricornia, was a clear demonstration of her commitment to her Central Queensland electorate, according to long-time supporter, Senator Ian Macdonald.I think the people of Central Queensland will be touched, as I was, w...

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Mood of optimism in Mount Isa

5th December 2013

Mount Isa has a much brighter future following the election of a new government, evidenced by the successful public meeting on Monday night.North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said that it was pleasing to see the news at the community meeting being so positive, Mt Isas future is looking goo...

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Northern Australia zone tax review re-instated

4th December 2013

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the acceptance of his amendments to the terms of reference for a joint select committee on Northern Australia to re-instate a review of the Zone Tax system. I am very pleased that the deliberations of this committee will now include a review...

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Cane farmers urged to make the change

29th November 2013

A simple idea which could save cane farmers money and significantly reduce possibly damaging run off should be adopted by as many farmers as possible urges North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.The idea, which has been successfully trialled in the Burdekin, is a simple one but one which could...

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Wrights Creek Bridge upgrade complete

26th November 2013

WRIGHTS Creek Bridge on the Bruce Highway south of Cairns is now double the width, with the $12 million upgrade officially opened today. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government-funded project had greatly improved tra...

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Upholding our promise to scrap the carbon tax

22nd November 2013

The Coalition Government is keeping its election promise to the Australian people, with the House of Representatives yesterday voting to scrap the carbon tax.The people of Queensland voted against the Carbon Tax and we have fulfilled our commitment to them in the Parliament, said Queensland LNP Sena...

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Cairns has everything the Navy needs

21st November 2013

North-Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald has challenged statements made by the Acting Chief of the Defence Force Air Marshall Mark Binskin AO that naval ships on operation in the north must return to southern ports for re-provisioning.Senator Macdonald was responding to statements made under que...

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Townsville off the LHD long-term radar

20th November 2013

Questioning at Senate Defence Estimates hearings today has revealed that Lavarack Barracks-based 2RAR has not been permanently tasked as the Armys principal amphibious battle group.Senator Ian Macdonald was asking questions about the in-coming Landing-Helicopter-Dock (LHD) ships that will provide th...

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Senator pushes for US Marines for Queensland

20th November 2013

In the Senate Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee hearing this morning, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald pushed for an extension of the Darwin base for US Marines to other northern cities.When the US Marines were first stationed in Darwin it was said to be a pilot project, Senator Macdon...

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Australia Post under pressure over Mail Centre fiasco

19th November 2013

Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has launched a passionate attack on the CEO of Australia Post during Senate Estimates hearings today. Senator Macdonald has blasted the mail provider as uncaring regarding noise issues at the Rockhampton Mail Centre.This issue has been going on for years. This is...

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Your chance to visit the Gallipoli 100 year commemoration

15th November 2013

North Queenslanders who would like to be in Gallipoli on Anzac Day, 2015 should put their names into the ballot now, said North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.He said that as places for this once-in-a-lifetime event were limited because of the space available at the battlefield, all Australi...

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Tourism grants to flow

14th November 2013

The Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park and the Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park will soon receive Federal Government grants to improve their facilities, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.The grants to businesses in the Kennedy electorate will help them create more innovative and more ...

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Governor Generals commitment to Northern Australia welcomed

13th November 2013

The commitment by the Governor General in her speech to the Opening of the 44th Parliament to the development of Northern Australia by the Coalition government was welcomed by North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today.Speaking in the Senate this morning, Senator Macdonald said that he was d...

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Poor mobile phone coverage? The Government is here to help!

13th November 2013

North Queensland based Government Senator, Ian Macdonald is looking for feedback from communities in North Queensland having trouble with mobile phone services.Senator Macdonald said that the Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, had initiated a series of consultations with local communities to...

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Whitsundays ready to go

31st October 2013

The expansion of the Abbott Point bulk loading facility will mean more jobs and increased prosperity for the Bowen/Whitsunday region and can be achieved without any significant impact on the Great Barrier Reef, according to North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald who has just attended a two day...

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Bruce upgrades help all Queenslanders: Macdonald

29th October 2013

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the governments announcement of the start of work on Bruce highway upgrades in Townsvilles south.The federal Coalition Government is maintaining its commitment to the Bruce Highway, one of the nations most important transport corridors he said.The ...

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Macdonald welcomes flights

28th October 2013

North-Queensland-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed Air Norths announcement of increases to its Townsville-Darwin flight schedule.The original twice weekly service of two years ago will soon operate five times a week.This is great news for the North of Australia, he said.For so many years ...

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Macdonald calls for in-depth review

23rd October 2013

Government Senator Ian Macdonald has today called for a comprehensive review of the Zone Tax Rebate system that currently operates in remote Australia. The higher effective cost of living in remote Australia due to lack of services and tyranny of distance must of course be recognised and mitigated ...

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Macdonald calls for methodical approach to Zone Tax changes

22nd October 2013

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has today called for a comprehensive and definitive review into Zone Tax Rebates across northern Australia.While I am encouraged by the fact that some of my colleagues have taken an interest in the debate, the time has come to conduct an in-depth investigation.Senato...

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Queensland Senator welcomes Port Moresby win

10th October 2013

The awarding of the 2018 APEC leaders summit to Port Moresby was welcomed today by North Queensland based government Senator Ian Macdonald.Senator Macdonald said the ties between North Queensland and PNG were strong and he looked forward to the region being involved in the challenge.Cairns, Townsvil...

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Queensland Senator calls for urgent action

9th October 2013

The Federal government must take urgent action to provide relief for the North West Queensland pastoral industry a government Senator said today.North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said that the industry was in a diabolical situation from a combination of natural disasters and the decision ...

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Time for the Navy to move North

3rd October 2013

The spectacular celebration of 100 years of the Australian Navy which is being held in Sydney this weekend should be used as an opportunity to look forward to the next 100 years.North Queensland government Senator Ian Macdonald said this was the perfect time to consider the advantages of moving the ...

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Drought hits North West Queensland hard

1st October 2013

The drought conditions across North West Queensland are worsening as the hot weather starts to set in. Many properties will be running out of water within a month and are desperately working to drill for new stock water bores to see the cattle out until the next rains.Northern based Senator Ian Macd...

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Katter's hold on Kennedy shaken

30th September 2013

I congratulate Mr Katter on his election as the Member for Kennedy.At the declaration of the poll today the LNP Candidate, Noeline Ikin was almost 10000 primary votes in front of Mr Katter in what has been one of the most remarkable turnarounds of the 2013 election.I congratulate Noeline Ikin on her...

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Congratulations to Michelle Landry MHR

27th September 2013

Northern Senator Ian Macdonald today congratulated Michelle Landry, the new LNP Member for Capricornia on the declaration of the poll in Rockhampton today.Senator Ian Macdonald said that it was a well deserved win by a very hard working candidate.It was a great effort by Ms Landry, Senator Macdonald...

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Northerner elected first to Senate

9th September 2013

North Queensland based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has been the first elected as a Senator for Queensland following Saturdays election. Senator Macdonald, who led the LNP ticket, said he was delighted that two of his team James McGrath and Matt Canavan had also been elected.We were hoping for a fourt...

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Coalition backs Northern Australia

6th September 2013

The Coalitions policy, announced yesterday, to allow expenses incurred in exploration by mining companies to flow through as deductions to the taxable income of individual investors will mean a boost to mining exploration activity in Northern Australia.Coalition Spokesman on Northern Australia, Sena...

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Northern Territory needs representation in the Senate

6th September 2013

Territory voters have been reminded that they have two votes to cast tomorrow in the nations general election.Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, said that while attention was often focused on the House of Representative seats, voting in the Senate was equa...

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North needs its own Senator - Macdonald

6th September 2013

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today issued an appeal to Northern voters to back him and his team in tomorrows election for the Senate.Senator Macdonald said that many voters did not realise they had two votes to cast tomorrow one for the House of Representatives and a separate one for...

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Coalition Commitment to Remote Roads on Display

4th September 2013

The Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of The Outback Way, Senator Ian Macdonald, has today welcomed the Coalitions announcement of $33 million in funding for improvements to the Outback Way.This is wonderful news for the diverse communities along the Outback Way, as well as for the travellers who d...

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Boost for Northern Australian unemployed

27th August 2013

Northern Australians will be big winners from Tony Abbotts announcement of cash bonuses to get unemployed Australians off welfare and into work.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said that unemployed young people in the North would benefit particularly fro...

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Abattoir decision welcomed by Senator Macdonald

27th August 2013

Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, welcomed the news that the Australian Agricultural Company has decided to proceed with its new, state-of-the-art meat processing facility near Darwin with construction beginning in just a few weeks and completio...

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Senate vote is vital

27th August 2013

The Queensland Liberal National Senate Team was in Coolum on Tuesday highlighting to voters that they will have two votes to cast on election day.The Team, led by Senator Ian Macdonald, includes James McGrath, architect of Campbell Newmans election win in Queensland and economist Matt Canavan.We wil...

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Macdonald warns small business not to be hoodwinked by false promises

23rd August 2013

Northern Australias small business will be disappointed if they trust Kevin Rudd to deliver on his promise to cut red tape to reduce their operating costs, said Opposition Spokesman for Northern Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald.Businesses should remember all the promises on this by Mr Rudd in the 20...

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Senate Team on the road again on the Gold Coast

23rd August 2013

The Queensland Liberal National Senate Team will be on the Gold Coast on Monday highlighting to voters that they will have two votes to cast on election day.The Team, led by Senator Ian Macdonald includes James Mcgrath, architect of Campbell Newmans election win in Queensland, former QCCI chairman D...

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Queensland Farmers Hung Out To Dry

20th August 2013

The Governments Farm Finance Concessional Loan program is bogged down in bureaucratic delays, and is completely failing to deliver assistance to Queensland farmers.The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Climate Change Division has admitted, in answers to questions on notice from Senat...

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Labors criminal neglect of cattle continues

20th August 2013

The depth of the Labor Governments disregard for the northern beef cattle industry has been laid bare in answers to questions on notice from Senate Estimates Hearings which have just been released.The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has admitted that it knew the situation was so di...

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In response to the ABC criticism of our Northern Australia Vision

20th August 2013

In response to Gone Troppo: Northern visions just pie in the sky Friday August 16th article on the Northern Australia Development Policy.CLICK HERE to read the storyOn Friday the ABC reported a response to Northern Australian development plans from the Director of the Australia Institute, Richard De...

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Only Big Business Pays for Coalitions Family Bonus

19th August 2013

Senator Ian Macdonald has today welcomed the Coalitions Paid Parental Leave Policy announcement as a windfall for northern Australian families.This policy shows how serious the Coalition is about helping families struggling under Labors increases in the cost-of-living.The Coalition plan provides for...

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Coalition plan will secure Northern border

16th August 2013

Following recent illegal entries through the Torres Strait, northern Australians have become increasingly concerned about the security of our vast and porous northern borders.Coalition spokesman for northern Australia, Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald, has moved to assuage the fears of northern Austral...

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Catch-up, back-flip, tumble-turn Rudds Northern Australia circus

16th August 2013

Even those most likely to benefit if Kevin Rudds wild promises on tax cuts in the Northern Territory were ever to be implemented dont think theyre a good idea.The Northern Territory government, businesspeople and economists have roundly dismissed Kevin Rudds last ditch Northern Australia policy pitc...

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Ikin, Macdonald welcome additional funding for ghost nets

16th August 2013

Liberal National candidate for Kennedy, Noeline Ikin and Coalition spokesman on Northern Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, welcomed the Coalitions commitment to an additional $700,000 for the Ghost Nets program announced by Shadow Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday.Ms Ikin and Senator Macdonal...

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Coalition pledges fix for mobile phone coverage

15th August 2013

Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, welcomed the pledge today by the Coalition to address mobile phone blackspots in regional and remote areas.This is particularly important in Northern Australia where the distances are great and the need for coverage is pa...

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Rudd plays catch-up in the north

15th August 2013

Coalition spokesman on Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald, welcomed the new-found interest by Kevin Rudd in Northern Australia.Senator Macdonald said that while he would welcome any positive news, Mr Rudds past performances show that Mr Rudds promises are never delivered or kept.So Im...

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Army boots to be proudly made in Australia

13th August 2013

The Australian Army will now source its formal parade boots from Australian company RM Williams. The existing Chinese-made patent leather parade boots - which have had so many problems with soles detaching will be phased out over the next three years.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senat...

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Labor still can't make up its mind

9th August 2013

After years of delays, new Environment Minister Mark Butler has pushed back the decision on Abbott Pointfor the second time since becoming the Environment Minister.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern Australia, said the dithering around this decision was disgraceful.A month ago ...

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LNP Senate Team on the road again in SE Queensland

9th August 2013

The LNP Senate Team is back on the road in south-east Queensland from Sunday, meeting with residents, civic leaders and business people to hear their concerns and their aspirations for the future.The visit to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay at the beginning of the tour will be hosted by LNP candidate for H...

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LNP campaign cavalcade moves on to Boulia

7th August 2013

The LNP campaign cavalcade promoting Kennedy candidate Noeline Ikin and the Senate team led by Senator Ian Macdonald moves on to Boulia tomorrow.Kennedy candidate Noeline Ikin said that although Boulia was only a small place with only 132 voters enrolled at the last election it was still important t...

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Kennedy candidate welcomes Macfarlane

7th August 2013

Noeline Ikin, LNP candidate for Kennedy, welcomed the arrival of Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Ian Macfarlane to join her and the LNP Senate team in Mt Isa and Cloncurry today.Ms Ikin said that she was pleased that Coalition Shadow Ministers had such an interest in the North and that Mr M...

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The future of Northern Australia

1st August 2013

Businesspeople and residents of Mount Isa and surrounding areas will have their chance on Tuesday to hear more about the Coalitions 2030 Vision for the Development of Northern Australia and to put forward their ideas.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, will ...

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Labor Treats Defence as Policy pick-n-mix

31st July 2013

The Federal Labor Government has announced that it will be re-directing the 17000-tonne Bay Class Landing Ship HMASChoules to perform the role of a floating hospital for illegal immigrants at Manus Island.Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald, who is Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, and Shadow Pa...

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Get used to it Northern MP tells Indonesians

26th July 2013

Indonesian MPs complaining about not being consulted on the PNG boat people transfer farce, should not be at all surprised according to Opposition Spokesman on Northern Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald.Senator Macdonald said the cavalier approach of the Rudd Labor government to our nearest and bigge...

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Senator Macdonald welcomes Operation Sovereign Borders

25th July 2013

Northern Australia is on the front line of what has become a national emergency under a chaotic Labor government the extraordinary influx of asylum seekers and the heinous trade in human lives by the people smugglers.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, toda...

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Senate Team on the road in the Darling Downs

25th July 2013

LNP Senator Ian Macdonald will join the LNP Senate team for the upcoming election and Senator Brett Mason in Toowoomba tomorrow on their road-trip through the Darling Downs.Senator Macdonald, returning from a series of forums across Northern Australia on the Coalitions 2030 Vision for the Developmen...

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Karratha Forum on the Coalition's 2030 Vision for the Development of Northern Australia

23rd July 2013

Tomorrow, July 24, interested parties from the Karratha region will have the chance to have their say on the Coalitions 2030 Vision for the Development of Northern Australia.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said the forum in Karratha was the seventh in a...

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Cadets fly the Australian flag

22nd July 2013

From July 20 to August 7 2013 the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) will be hosting Air Force Cadets from around the world as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) program. The participating cadets are from a wide range of countries including Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, Netherland...

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Northern Australia Forum in Darwin

19th July 2013

On Monday, July 22, interested parties from the Darwin region will have the chance to have their say on the Coalitions 2030 Vision for the Development of Northern Australia.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said the Darwin forum was the fourth in a series...

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Northern Australia Forums in the Kimberley

19th July 2013

On Monday, July 22 and Tuesday July 23 interested parties from the Kununnura and Broome region will have the chance to have their say on the Coalitions 2030 Vision for the Development of Northern Australia.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said the forums...

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A carbon tax, by any other name, still smells the same

16th July 2013

Changing the name of the destructive carbon tax, as the Prime Minister formally announced he would do this morning, doesnt make it any less punishing for Australian families and businesses, particularly in Northern Australia.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Austral...

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The Future of Northern Australia

11th July 2013

Tomorrow, Friday July 12, interested parties from the Mackay Region will have the chance to have their say on the Coalitions 2030 Vision for the Development of Northern Australia.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said the Mackay forum was the third in a s...

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More confusion on Abbott Point

10th July 2013

Another Labor environment minister, another backflip. This time its the Abbott Point approvals.After years of delays, new Environment Minister Mark Butler has pushed back the decision, long promised for yesterday by the previous occupant of his chair, because Mr Butler needs more time to consider th...

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Cost of living up again today thanks Kevin

1st July 2013

Today the Carbon Tax rises again by five per cent increasing the cost of living for all Australians but particularly for those of us in the North.North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia said in the North we already pay more for everything b...

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Northern Australia dumped by Rudd

1st July 2013

Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman on Northern Australia, said that while he welcomed all the new Ministers in Kevin Rudds government, it was disappointing to see that he had ignored the vital portfolio of Northern Development.Not creating a portfolio for Northern development is a slap in t...

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Local Government referendum set up to fail: Macdonald

24th June 2013

While Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, will vote yes in the Local Government referendum to be held in conjunction with the Federal election, he told the Senate today he had serious reservations about the governments motives in the way it has set it up.I b...

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Mackay to feature prominently in Coalition plans to develop Northern Australia

24th June 2013

Joint release from Senator Ian Macdonald,Coalition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia and the Hon Andrew Robb AO, MP Chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee The city of Mackay features prominently in the Coalitions vision and plans for the further development of Northern Au...

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Mixed messages from the Member for Kennedy

21st June 2013

Contradictory messages from the Member for Kennedy on Skynews Richo last week will leave voters in Kennedy scratching their heads.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said Kennedy constituents had been contacting his office in confusion over Mr Katters contr...

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Northern Australia - at last

21st June 2013

Federal Coalition Spokesman on Northern Australia, Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald, said that the release of todays vision for Northern Australia by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was the culmination of years of work by Northerners to map a pathway for the coordinated development of the North....

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Stress relief in the Curry

13th June 2013

Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, and LNP Candidate for Kennedy, Noeline Ikin will join Shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, tonight in Cloncurry at the Cattlemans Dinner at the Cloncurry Precinct.In times of stress, such as the grazing industry is experiencing ...

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Real deals with Indonesia need a change of government

11th June 2013

There is no substitute for government-to-government negotiations with Indonesia to solve the current crisis in the cattle industry, according to Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia."No amount of grandstanding and wearing silly hatswith the Indonesian ambassa...

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Meet the LNP Senate Team in Hervey Bay

10th June 2013

Tomorrow (Tuesday June 11) Senator Ian Macdonald and the LNP Candidates for the Senate James McGrath, Matt Canavan and Theresa Craig will be walking the Esplanade at Hervey Bay, meeting the business people of the area and hearing their concerns.We have been taking road trips around the State, Senato...

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Meet the LNP Senate Team on Monday, June 9, Buss Park, Bundaberg, 9.15 am

7th June 2013

On Monday the LNP Senate Team starts a week-long road trip around the Wide Bay region, meeting with residents, councillors and business people to hear their concerns and their wish lists for a possible change of government.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman on Northern Australia and leader ...

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Less than a month until carbon tax goes up again

3rd June 2013

Northern households, businesses and those on the land will be horrified to realise that, on July 1, Julia Gillards carbon tax is scheduled to rise by another five per cent.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said the rise would severely impact on Northern A...

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Indigenous leaders hear sombre news

3rd June 2013

If councils ran their finances the way the Federal Government does, they would have been dismissed and administrators put in place long ago, the Indigenous Leaders Forum heard in Cairns.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, addressed the forum, saying that he...

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High farce at Estimates on Bruce Highway funding

29th May 2013

Questioning at Senate Estimates hearings today revealed that the Prime Ministers much spun announcement of $4.1 billion of road funding for the Bruce Highway made in Mackay on April 24 this year was nothing but pre-election high farceIan Macdonald, Queensland Senator and Shadow Parliamentary Secreta...

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Labor fails Northern producers ... again

29th May 2013

The Labor Governments stunning ignorance of the needs of rural and regional Australia was again on display in Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Estimates at Parliament house yesterday.Despite northern cattlemen repeatedly requesting the department provide more engagement and more assi...

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The Assistance Package You Have When You Are Not Having an Assistance Package

28th May 2013

Questioning by Coalition Senators at Senate Estimates hearings at Parliament House today showed that the Government has absolutely no idea about how its own so-called Farm Finance Concessional Loans for Farm Businesses program will work.In fact, despite the hoopla and fanfare of the programs announc...

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Departmental inertia on dying cattle

28th May 2013

The Department of Sustainability and Environment has conceded during Senate Estimates Hearings in Parliament House today that it has so far done nothing to save the lives of tens of thousands of drought-affected Queensland Cattle.The herds in question are likely to perish unless they are able to gra...

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Landfill costs a mystery

28th May 2013

Ratepayers and councils can still not be told how much they will have to pay for carbon emissions from landfill, even though the carbon tax has been in existence for almost a year.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia said the newly formed Department of Indust...

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Diuron restriction may be reviewed

28th May 2013

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has indicated, under questioning by Senator Ian Macdonald at the Senate Estimates hearings in Parliament today that it would be willing to re-visit the restrictions that have been placed on the use of the herbicide Diuron by canegrowers if...

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Super Stadium up for inspection

22nd May 2013

The LNP Senate team along with LNP candidate for Kennedy Noeline Ikin, on the sixth day of their ten day road trip around North Queensland, will be in Townsville tomorrow at the invitation of Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, to inspect the 1300 Smiles stadium and the Townsville Entertainment Centre a...

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Senate team on the road in FNQ

16th May 2013

Discovering the concerns and issues of people across FNQ is the focus of the LNP Senate Team and LNP candidate for Kennedy Noeline Ikin as they start a 10 day, 1500 km trip around the north tomorrow.Led by sitting Senator Ian Macdonald, the Senate team - James McGrath, Matt Canavan, Theresa Craig, a...

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Government condemns cattle to hideous death

16th May 2013

The Gillard government was quite happy to ruin the Northern cattle industry on the strength of cruelty to a few hundred cattle reported in a television program in 2011, but they have no hesitation in sending millions of cattle to a gruesome death by starvation in 2013.Senator Ian Macdonald, Oppositi...

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Labor denies all knowledge of Queensland request to save cattle

16th May 2013

In a fiery question time in the Senate today, Senator Ludwig denied all knowledge of a Queensland government request for Environment Minister Tony Burke to allow agistment of starving cattle in conservation reserves.Questioned by Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Au...

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Cattle industry ignored

9th May 2013

The Labor Government has again demonstrated its contempt for Australian graziers at a cattle industry crisis meeting in Richmond on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by industry representatives, and Federal Agriculture Minister Senator Joe Ludwig.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for North...

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Unesco threat on Reef a beat up

7th May 2013

The threat by UNESCO to declare the Great Barrier Reef a World Heritage site in danger is the direct result of environmental lobbyist pressure, rather than science.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said that the recent Caring for our Country report clearl...

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Labor will stop the trucks to the North

7th May 2013

The election of a Coalition government in September is the only way to save the trucking industry, so vital to Northern Australians, from a punishing carbon tax due to be imposed by Gillard and Swan from July 1, 2014.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said...

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Why not drive the Bruce, Prime Minister?

24th April 2013

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Macdonald welcomes new Kennedy Candidate

22nd April 2013

The preselection of iconic North Queensland figure, Noeline Ikin, to contest the seat of Kennedy for the LNP at the next Federal election has been welcomed across the board.North Queensland based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald who is the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia sa...

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LLNP Senate Team Central Queensland road trip day three

18th April 2013

Day Three of the LNP Senate Teams Central Queensland road show tomorrow will see the Team in Clermont, Middlemount, Clarkes Creek and Rockhampton.Team leader Senator Ian Macdonald, who is the Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia and three of the candidates James McGrath, Matthew Ca...

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Day Two on the road with the LNP Senate Teams Central Queensland visit

17th April 2013

Moura, Bauhinia, Emerald and Clermont are the focus of Day Two of the LNP Senate Team road trip to Central Queensland tomorrow.Senator Ian Macdonald, along with candidates James McGrath, Matthew Canavan and Dr Theresa Craig, Member for Flynn, Ken ODowd, and Senator Sue Boyce will tour the Dawson Min...

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LNP Senate Team on the road again ... in Central Queensland

16th April 2013

Tomorrow, the LNP Senate Team will visit Gladstone and Biloela as part of their meet and greet campaign across the State.Travelling with Member for Flynn, Ken ODowd, and Senator Sue Boyce, the team will meet with the Mayor of Gladstone Regional Council before a barbecue lunch with supporters, local ...

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Regional universities hit hardest

15th April 2013

While all Australian universities will be damaged by the Gillard governments raid on their already stretched resources, it will be regional universities who suffer most from the ill-planned cash grab.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia said it was unconscion...

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Australian powerhouse in the North

3rd April 2013

The recent commitment by Australias biggest mining entrepreneurs to the development of Northern Australia is welcomed by the Coalition as further evidence of what could be achieved in the North.Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, said that it was ...

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Labor slashes Northern quarantine capability

3rd April 2013

The decision to replace four quarantine vessels patrolling Australias northern coastline with just a single 12 metre catamaran is shortsighted and dangerous.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia said that while it would definitely save costs in the short term,...

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Lending a hand

27th March 2013

The Soldier Recovery Centres recently set up at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, at Enoggera and in Darwin are an excellent initiative and do a great job, the Defence Sub Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade heard in Brisbane earlier this week.Senator Ian M...

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New ministry already tainted

26th March 2013

Only a day after being sworn in to Cabinet as Minister for Regional Development, Anthony Albanese has been named in the Independent Commission against Corruption proceedings as a protector of disgraced NSW Labor politician, Ian Macdonald.Senator Ian Macdonald, the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for ...

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Queenslands bravest recognised

25th March 2013

The office of the Governor-General has this morning announced the 2013 recipients in the Bravery Council (meeting 78) Honours List. Of the 151 Australian named on the list this year, 93 are from Queensland.Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, has extended his sincerest congratulations to these 93 recip...

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Albanese is no country boy

25th March 2013

In defiance of all commonsense, Prime Ministers appointment, of Antony Albanese to the portfolio of Regional Development and Local Government is as contrary and arbitrary as she and her party are.Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia said that for a ...

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How about a Regional Development Minister from the regions Julia?

22nd March 2013

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Where was Bob Katter when he was needed?

22nd March 2013

Voters in the electorate of Kennedy were dudded once again by their elected member, Bob Katter, yesterday in one of the most chaotic days ever in Federal Parliament.Townsville-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said that when the Leader of the Opposition called for a vote of no confidence in the govern...

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Katter dumps principles

21st March 2013

North Queenslanders will find it difficult to believe that Bob Katter has changed his views on the package of bills to muzzle the press and is planning to throw his hand in with the Labor party to get them passed.Townsville-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said that it was particularly bizarre consid...

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Queensland on the front line

12th March 2013

Queensland manufacturers will have new opportunities for business expansion with the announcement yesterday of the Newman governments Defence Industries Queensland Unit.Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and Defence Support, said the establishment of the Uni...

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LNP Senate Team takes to the road

10th March 2013

Today the LNP Senate Team for the 2013 Federal election took to the Queensland roads in the first of a number of meet-the-people events across the state.Led by sitting Senators Ian Macdonald and Sue Boyce, the team James McGrath, Matt Canavan, David Goodwin, Theresa Crain and Amanda Stoker started t...

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60 Queenslanders a day diagnosed with diabetes

9th March 2013

Today, 60 Queenslanders are diagnosed with diabetes every day. By 2028, it is expected that this figure will blow out to 160 Queenslanders a day, or one every nine minutes.LNP Senator Ian Macdonald, opening the Exposing Diabetes event in Townsville today, said that while Type 2 diabetes was a seriou...

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Honours Tribunal releases recommendations

6th March 2013

The enquiry into posthumous awards of the Victoria Cross delivered its findings last Friday.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Honours and Awards, said the Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal had recommended that no action be taken by the government to award a Victoria Cross to any of t...

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Greens ignore the truth

5th March 2013

Green groups have no interest in truth, they are only concerned with grabbing headlines at any cost.LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said that the WWFs forced apology and payment to Clive Palmer over the lies it told about the management of tailings ponds at his Townsville Nickel Refinery is just another s...

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Dont forget the North for cyclones Ms Gillard

28th February 2013

Prime Minister Gillard has finally turned her attention to the punishing skyrocketing of insurance premiums on families budgets but, sadly, her tunnel vision only allows her to see flooding in the southern half of the country as the problem.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern an...

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Government refuses to act

28th February 2013

Despite the tragic death of a small North Queensland boy last week and the ongoing torment of communities battling bat infestation, the Gillard government still refuses to act.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said it appeared that the Government had no i...

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Senate agrees to action on bats

26th February 2013

This afternoon the Senate unanimously adopted a motion calling on the government to take action to address the health risks posed by flying foxes. The motion proposed by Senator Ian Macdonald and Senator John Williams also expressed the Senates condolences to the family of the boy who died this week...

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No need to slaughter bats

26th February 2013

Alarmist predictions from so-called conservationists that there will be a mass slaughtering of bat colonies typically misrepresents a humane solution to what is a very serious problem.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said there was no need to kill the ba...

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Pilbara coast battens down the hatches

26th February 2013

The thoughts of the Coalition are with the communities and business of North Western Australia who are enduring the agonising wait for category 4 Cyclone Rusty to make landfall. A Red Alert has now been issued and low-lying areas are being evacuated as the Storm system bears down on the Pilbara Coas...

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Battalion cutbacks in Townsville?

25th February 2013

Concerns were raised today that the withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan might prompt the Gillard government to reduce infantry numbers to an unsustainable low. .Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Force and Defence Support said that there was speculation th...

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Tragic death highlights bat stupidity

23rd February 2013

The tragic death of an eight-year-old North Queensland boy after being bitten by a lyssavirus-infected bat must make the Gillard government reconsider its ill-judged bat protection regulations said Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia.Communities across North...

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Senator Macdonald welcomes Ubon decision

22nd February 2013

The Coalition congratulates the veterans of Ubon in Thailand who, after 45 years, have finally been granted medallic recognition in the form of the Vietnam Logistic Support Medal.Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, has welcomed the move.Granting the Vietnam Logistic Su...

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Brain injury facility proposal wrong

22nd February 2013

A proposal by a not for profit organisation to establish a facility for those living with Acquired Brain Injury at Gordonvale is wrong according to North Queensland-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald.Senator Macdonald who is the Federal Opposition Spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia said that wh...

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Senator Macdonald warns that dialysis patients are in danger

21st February 2013

The lives of renal dialysis patients in Townsville are under threat because of a funding shortfall which leaves some patients unable to attend their treatments, according to LNP Senator Ian Macdonald.I have made submissions to the three relevant ministers, Ms Plibersek, Ms Macklin, and Mr Snowdon, a...

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Macdonald pledges more dams for the North

14th February 2013

The Coalitions vision of a future Australia, irrigated and powered by dams across Australia is an exciting one, said Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia.Once again, like the visionary discussion paper on Northern Australia, this leaked document is not Coalit...

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Defence bases remain insecure due to Labor failure

13th February 2013

Security upgrades to Australias defence bases that were meant to take place following a foiled terror attack at Holsworthy in 2009, will take another ten years to complete, it was revealed today at Senate Defence Estimates hearings.Defence bases remain insecure due to Labor failure Security upgrades...

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Macdonald clarifies construction at Lavarack

13th February 2013

At Senate estimates hearings today Queensland LNP Senator and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Ian Macdonald, raised the issue of the deferred $145 million upgrade of the Joint Logistics Unit at Lavarack Barracks.Labors continuing savage cuts to the defence budget have been clearly identi...

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Macdonald Advocates More Northern Defence

13th February 2013

At Senate estimates hearings today Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, raised the issue of expansion at HMAS Cairns.Please find the link to todays Defence estimates recordings attached (see time mark 03:30.00):http://parlview.aph.gov.au/mediaPlayer.phpvi...

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Put people before bats: Macdonald

12th February 2013

Residents of the Lakeside community at Yungaburra in Far North Queensland are desperate at the infestation of more than 35,000 flying foxes making their lives intolerable with the noise, dirt and danger of disease but they can do nothing to protect themselves, the Senate Estimates Environment and C...

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Government Cripples Cattle Industry

11th February 2013

The aid package paid by the Australian Government to Indonesia to increase productivity in its cattle industry actually exceeded the amount put into the Northern Australia cattle industry as compensation for the industry-shattering 2011 live export ban. Under questioning from Senator Ian Macdonald,...

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Vision for the Norths future

7th February 2013

Airwaves around Australia today have been running hot with debate on the ideas raised in a draft discussion paper on the future of Northern Australia.The document, leaked to media yesterday, has been, in some quarters, wrongly labelled as the Coalitions policy, but according to Senator Ian Macdonald...

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Flood relief extended to Rockhampton

6th February 2013

Following urgent representations last night to responsible Ministers in the Government by Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern Australia and the Rockhampton Regional Council, the Prime Minister has, this morning, announced that the Federal Government Disaster Recovery payment wi...

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SENATOR MACDONALD CALLS FOR EQUAL TREATMENT FOR ROCKHAMPTON

6th February 2013

Residents of the Rockhampton region, devastated by the recent floods from ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald, have missed out on the Federal Government Disaster Recovery Payment which other devastated communities have received.This is clearly outrageous and unfair, said Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spo...

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Disaster relief available for Rockhampton residents

4th February 2013

The Rockhampton Regional Council has been approved on all levels for disaster relief, following the damage wrought by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and remote Australia, said that LNP candidate for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, had contacted him ...

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Gillard Announces Eight Month Election Campaign

30th January 2013

Just what northern small business needs, an eight month campaign of promises, rhetoric, lies and no action from our Prime Minister.But who in the north would believe Gillard in any case.Remember her promises on no carbon tax and on surplus budget this year and a myriad of other promises that have be...

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What Fibre Optic Cables Will Do For You

29th January 2013

Events in Queensland over the weekend represent a timely reminder to the whole of Australia regarding the reliability of fibre-optic cables. Coalition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, has expressed his concerns in light of the roll-out of the National Broadband Ne...

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Northern Flood Affected Communities Doing It Tough

29th January 2013

The floods that are devastating coastal communities in Queensland are a reminder of the challenges that are overcome by Northern and Regional Australians every day. They also remind us of the spirit of community and mateship that rests at the core of all communities across Australia. Opposition spo...

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Floating in on twigs and string

25th January 2013

While Prime Minister Gillard is jetting around the country spruiking her security strategy, the vulnerability of our northern border has been demonstrated clearly for all to see.The arrival on Australian territory on Wednesday of a Polish man who drifted here on a raft of twigs and string shows us a...

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The Australian way

25th January 2013

All Australians should take the opportunity tomorrow, on our National Day, to reflect on our good fortune to live in this great country and enjoy its freedoms.While the economy is not travelling well at the moment, we are very lucky to have the freedom to turn that around when we vote in the electio...

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Defence questions remain unanswered

24th January 2013

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Force and Defence Support Senator Ian Macdonald has criticised the Defence Minister for his failure to ensure answers from Defence Senate Estimates hearings in October last year were provided in a timely manner. The Minister has literally had months to ful...

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Senator Macdonald impressed

24th January 2013

Returning today from Papua New Guinea today, Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern Australia said he was extremely impressed with Curtain Bros operations in Port Moresby.I inspected their new wharf and dry dock on Motukea Island in the north west corner of Port Moresbys Fairfax Ha...

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Disaster relief funding available for the North

24th January 2013

The damage from flooding and high winds associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald has triggered the release of disaster assistance for Far North Queensland.Opposition spokesman for Northern Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald said that under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements the fo...

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Labor threatens Defence bases and communities

23rd January 2013

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Force and Defence Support Senator Ian Macdonald has called on the Defence Minister to immediately clarify a leaked extract from the 2013 Defence White Paper that indicates Base closures and amalgamations.I have been asking the Labor Government this same que...

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Macdonald slams Labors proposals for Northern security

22nd January 2013

The draft of Labors 2013 Defence White Paper, leaked to the media today, is piecemeal, ineffective and lacking in vision according to Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Force and Defence Support.Millions of dollars have been spent by the Gillard Government over the pas...

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Report shows marine park unnecessary

12th December 2012

The federal government report released this week on the State of Australian Fish Stocks shows, once again, the unreliability of the Gillard government in basing its marine parks legislation on environmental lobby groups pressure rather than science.The report found that 90 per cent of fish stocks in...

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Safety in 205 million numbers

6th December 2012

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Force and Defence Support Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed todays announcement by the Department of Defence that security at Australias Military estates will be upgraded.Recent security breaches such as the theft of fourteen weapons from HMAS Coonawarra i...

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Reckless cuts threaten Northern health services

4th December 2012

North Queensland health services will be slashed following the savage cuts by the Gillard government in its desperate attempt to achieve an unachievable surplus.Hospitals around the country have had their funding slashed and in North Queensland the total amount grabbed from our health services is al...

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Gillard is the Grinch

4th December 2012

Townsville businesses have been hung out to dry by the Gillard governments latest Defence cuts.Townsville based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, has roundly condemned the impact of Labors cuts.This time it is Townsville businesses, who have loyally served the Defence Forces needs for decades, who a...

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Everything you need to know

3rd December 2012

Veterans living in Rockhampton and surrounds have the chance to make their voices heard next week at the Rockampton Veterans Forum at the Frenchville sports complex.Michelle Landry, the LNP candidate for Capricornia will bring Senator Michael Ronaldson, Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs and Shado...

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Another shambolic mess for the government

22nd November 2012

The Gillard government has created yet another disastrous health care shambles with its failure to consider the consequences of its actions in reducing the subsidy on chemotherapy for cancer patients. Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said cancer patients were being forced to bear the brunt of t...

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Senator Macdonald welcomes Ella Bay project

20th November 2012

. The approval by the Campbell Newman government of Queenslands biggest ever tourism project at Ella Bay near Innisfail will bring a much needed boost to the regions economy. Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia said he was delighted with the approv...

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Norths future secure in Liberal hands

20th November 2012

The Liberal West Australian government is to be applauded for its vision in kick-starting agricultural expansion in Northern Australia. Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, described the announcement today of Shanghai Zhongfu as the successful bid...

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Macdonald slams massive no-go areas

16th November 2012

Australias fisheries, the best managed in the world, face decimation under the Governments unscientific and political gesture today massively expanding marine no-go zones.Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, said that todays declaration was a purel...

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Macdonald praises Indigenous Defence Graduates

14th November 2012

Shadow Parliamentary secretary for Defence Force and Defence Support, Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald, has praised the dedication of the 22 graduates of the 2012 Defence Indigenous Development Program in Katherine. I have supported the Defence Indigenous Development program for many years he s...

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Macdonald warns of danger to the North

12th November 2012

Northerners will be shocked and surprised by the latest revelation that the net debt of the Gillard government will reach a massive $215 billion in 2015/16, according to figures revealed by an explosive new independent budget analysis.Senator Ian Macdonald, Coalition spokesman for Northern Australia...

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Gillard makes Defence forces sick

9th November 2012

Townsville-based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Force and Defence Support, has condemned the uncertainty that has been created around the provision of proper medical care for members of the ADF.Senator Macdonald has demanded that Defence Minister Smith p...

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Senator Macdonald praises Asian Forum

8th November 2012

It is encouraging to see the breadth of vision displayed by James Cook University in initiating an Asian Market Forum for business leaders and in the North, said Senator Ian Macdonald. As Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia I am delighted to see our own Northern univers...

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Aerial cable danger

26th October 2012

Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has roundly condemned NBNCos evident disregard for the feelings and wallets of Queensland householders. NBNCo has again shown complete disregard for Australian homeowners by installing aerial networks across whole suburbs without consulting residents. The Senator...

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Macdonald goes in to bat for Cairns

23rd October 2012

Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has once again gone in to bat for the interests of Northern Australia.On this occasion Senator Macdonald has been encouraging the Australian Navy to consider greater use of facilities at Trinity Inlet in order to bring more naval vessels to Cairns.In response to ...

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Senator Macdonald congratulates the Institute of Marine Science

22nd October 2012

The opening of the new North Wing Research Laboratory tomorrow (October 23) at the Institute of Marine Science at Cape Cleveland is a fitting marker for this respected institutions 40th anniversary, said Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia.The Inst...

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Volcanoes and Australia equal in the carbon emission stakes

19th October 2012

Evidence given at Senate Estimates Committee hearings in Canberra today show that carbon dioxide emissions from the worlds volcanoes are about the same as emissions from the whole of Australia.Professor Will Steffen, a member of the Federal Governments Climate Commission, told Queensland Senator Ian...

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Carbon Tax Costs Army

18th October 2012

It was revealed to Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald at Senate Estimates Defence hearings on Wednesday that the Carbon Tax will cost the Army $20.3 million in increased energy costs over the coming financial year. Senator Macdonald was following up on questions he had asked at Budget Estimates in...

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Torres Strait Sea Walls Project Ebbs Away

17th October 2012

At Senate Estimates hearings yesterday the Government and the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development, Local Government and the Arts admitted that its promised funding for the repair of protective sea walls in the Torres Strait has so far failed to materialise.In June this year, follo...

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Breakthrough - Mail Centre

16th October 2012

Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald believes that the residents of Elphinstone Street in Rockhampton have succeeded in their long campaign to resolve the situation of the Mail Centre at Elphinstone Street in North Rockhampton. At Senate Estimates Committee Hearings today, Senator Macdonald asked ...

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Consultation a farce

6th October 2012

Consultation that is supposed to be taking place in relation to the Bio Regional Plan is a farce, according to the Coalitions spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia.Senator Ian Macdonald said he had raised this issue in Parliament with the Environment Minister Peter Garrett on a number of occasi...

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Macdonald to recontest LNP Senate Preselection

21st September 2012

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald has publically announced that he will be nominating for pre-selection for the LNP Senate Team for the next Federal Election.Senator Macdonald lives in the sugar town of Ayr in North Queensland and has his office in Townsville. His particular parliamentary...

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Tribute to Senator Ron Boswell

21st September 2012

I want to pay tribute to a great Queenslander Ron Boswell who has today announced that he will not be nominating for LNP preselection for the next federal election.Ron has been a passionate and effective advocate for his causes over almost three decades. His contribution to Queensland is effectively...

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Senator urges regional youth to go Heywire

18th September 2012

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today urged young people living in regional Australia to share their experiences of life by participating in the ABCs innovative Heywire project.The project, supported by the Australian Government through the Rural Industries and Development Corporation, has attracte...

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Senator calls for more people in the North

14th September 2012

Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, welcomed the results of the Newspoll which showed that 63 per cent of Australians have said that increasing the population of Northern Australia would be a good thing.It is self-evident that the potential of Nor...

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Macdonald says Feds playing catch-up

11th September 2012

The proposal by the Gillard government for an Independent Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and large coal mining development is a duplication of the Queensland Governments GasField Commission, one of the new Governments first initiatives, the Senate heard today.The Bill to establish the Committ...

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BUDGET OFFERS NO PLAN FOR THE NORTH, MORE DEBT AND A CARBON TAX

9th September 2012

This years Budget is a major disappointment for Northern Australia with no plan to build a stronger economy, repay debt or create secure jobs according to Opposition spokesman for Northern and remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald. Its a confused budget. All it delivers is more borrowing, more tax...

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Macdonald calls for end to chaos

7th September 2012

Residents, councils and community organisations across North Queensland are in disarray after the decision by the Government to abandon the Contract for Closure program - the sixth change to the Carbon Tax since July 1 and the second major backflip in the last week.In the last week Ive been in Far N...

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NT vote follows Qld state election trend

28th August 2012

I am delighted to congratulate the new Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, my friend Terry Mills, on his partys victory in the weekend election, said Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia.I congratulate all the new members and am particularly p...

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Macdonald pledges re-think on marine parks

27th August 2012

The massive expansion of marine no-go zones, including the entire Coral Sea, an area of 1.3 million sq km, planned by the Gillard government would be immediately reassessed by a Coalition government.A Coalition government will immediately introduce legislation to ensure that Labors proposed new mari...

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Macdonald praises brave Queenslanders

27th August 2012

Twenty Queenslanders from all walks of life have been recognised with Australian Bravery Decorations for their selfless actions to save others from injury and death. *I congratulate them all, said Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia and Defence and...

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Macdonald welcomes recognition for outstanding Australians

24th August 2012

The federal Coalition today joined with all Australians in congratulating the recipients of Her Majestys Diamond Jubilee Medal.The medal, awarded personally by HRH Queen Elizabeth II to mark the 60th anniversary of her reign, is being presented to nine outstanding Australians who are the living hold...

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Hope, reward and opportunity in Capricornia

23rd August 2012

After two years of rule by Labor and the Greens the people of Capricornia can be confident that the Coalition has big ideas for Australia and for Capricornia should they come to power at the next election.Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia said th...

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Hope, reward and opportunity in Kennedy

23rd August 2012

After two years of rule by Labor and the Greens the people of Kennedy can be confident that the Coalition has big ideas for Australia and for Kennedy should we come to power at the next election.Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia said that a vote ...

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Macdonald Supports FNQ Showcase

20th August 2012

Federal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia Senator Ian Macdonald will today be involved with the local Liberal National Party members in highlighting the wealth and natural beauty of Far North Queensland at the Cairns Show.Senator Macdonald said that the Cairns region h...

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Happy Birthday JCU Cairns!

16th August 2012

Its 25 years since teaching and research began at James Cook Universitys Cairns campus, and what better birthday present than the news that JCU is one of only three Australian universities outside of the capital cities which made the list of the worlds top 500 universitiesIt is fantastic to see that...

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Macdonald calls for help for Torres Strait

16th August 2012

The priorities of the Gillard government on security in the Torres Strait are skewed, leaving our borders wide open on the one hand, and imposing severe financial difficulty on the Torres Strait community on the other, the Senate heard today.The compulsory installation of security screening technolo...

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IN THE NORTH WE BELIEVED JULIA GILLARD AND WAYNE SWAN - TWELVE MONTHS AGO

16th August 2012

A year ago today Prime Minister Julia Gillard told the Australian public there will be no carbon tax under the Government I leadTwelve months ago yesterday Treasurer Wayne Swan told voters in mining and processing industries in the North that suggestions of Labor plans for a Carbon Tax were hysteric...

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STATE INACTION ON NORTH WEST WATER CRISIS

13th August 2012

North Queensland Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald today called on the Member for Mount Isa, Betty Kiernan, to better explain how the State Governments Water Resource (Gulf) Plan will help Cloncurry and its current water crisis.Senator Macdonalds call follows a radio interview in Mount Isa this morning ...

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Electricity bill deception wont wash

10th August 2012

Julia Gillards desperate attempts to blame the States for electricity price rises have been exposed for the falsehoods they are its her own carbon tax which is pushing up the cost of electricity to untenable heights.Businesses across Northern Australia are getting their first post carbon tax electri...

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Imports an unnecessary risk

2nd August 2012

Its not just pineapple growers whose livelihoods are being threatened by imports, now potato growers are in the firing line.A proposal to lift the 24-year-ban on the import of New Zealand potatoes has inspired strong resistance by potato growers.Quite rightly, growers are extremely concerned about t...

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Rural doctors and patients left dangling

2nd August 2012

After hours medical care for patients in rural areas is under threat as the Gillard government refuses to reveal its funding plans when the current arrangement finishes next year.Rural doctors do a wonderful job in often difficult circumstances, said Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secre...

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Marine industry says 'no' to Burke and Gillard

2nd August 2012

The Australian Marine Alliance has withdrawn from the flawed consultation process on the draft marine reserve network, claiming that the Gillard government, Canberra public servants and Greens are refusing to accept the industrys views on sustainability.I cannot blame the Australian Marine Alliance ...

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Stepping proudly off the mark

27th July 2012

When our Vietnam veterans march along The Strand on Sunday, they might be a little slower and less agile than they were when they marched off to war in Vietnam 40 odd years ago, but theyre just as proud as they were then.It is wonderful to see this reunion of 2RAR in Townsville and to see how many v...

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Labor trips over the food bowl

25th July 2012

In a mad scramble to get on the, previously unnoticed by them, issue of developing Northern Australia, the Gillard government appears to have made yet another stumble.The Coalition has been working on this issue for years and we have developed a cohesive and workable policy, said Senator Ian Macdona...

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KIRSTEN: TELL THE TRUTH ON CHINA

13th July 2012

Regionally based LNP Senator, Ian Macdonald today challenged Federal Labor Member for Capricornia, Kirsten Livermore, to tell the truth on Chinese carbon emissions.Senator Macdonald said that while Australia was planning to reduce its Greenhouse emissions by approximately 70 million tonnes on 2005 l...

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LABOR ADMITS THAT CARBON TAX WILL INCREASE GST COSTS ON MT ISA FAMILIES

5th July 2012

Not satisfied with slamming all Australians, and particularly Northern Australians,with its toxic carbon tax, the Gillard government has its hand in our pocket twice by adding GST to the carbon tax double dipping at our expense.Mt Isa families will find their wallets doubly lightened when they pay t...

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Everyone will be slammed by health insurance changes

5th July 2012

While we are all focussed on the iniquitous carbon tax and its skyrocketing effect on the cost of living, changes to the health insurance rebate will have an equally harsh result on health care for residents of Mt Isa.Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Aust...

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Fuel rip-off for Northern Australia

3rd July 2012

People in Northern Australia are paying a disproportionate amount for fuel compared to those living in the capital cities.Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia asked whether Northern Australia, the economic powerhouse of the nation, was subsidising p...

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Only hope for beef industry is to change the Government

1st July 2012

Independents challenged to take a standThe insensitivity of the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig to the plight of Northern cattlemen was clearly demonstrated in yesterdays comments by two of the leading figures in the current Government.Coalition spokesman on Nort...

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Macdonald thanks the Navy

28th June 2012

While the entire country has been horrified by the continuing tragedy unfolding in the waters to our north west, where wave after wave of illegal immigrants have lost their lives in a desperate attempt to reach our shores, we should spare a thought for those young Australians in the front line of th...

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Check your own skin

28th June 2012

North Queensland federal politicians were prominent at the assessments conducted at Parliament House in Canberra this week promoting awareness of skin cancers.North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald, Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch and Northern...

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Macdonald Welcomes Memorial

28th June 2012

More than 100 Australian Bomber Command veterans will be in London later today to watch Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II dedicate a memorial to Bomber Command, 70 years after their service in World War II.Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support, ...

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Gillard or Rudd should take charge of export cattle crisis

23rd June 2012

The clumsy and insulting approach taken by the Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig to the banning of live cattle exports to Indonesia can only be rectified by an approach at the highest level to the Indonesian Government.Coalition spokesman for Northern an...

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Open Slather For Fishing Fleets

15th June 2012

The proposed closure of the Coral Sea to fishing is an environmental disaster in the making it was claimed today.Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, has demanded answers from Environment Minister Tony Burke on just how the government plans to poli...

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Marine Zoning Un-Australian Says Macdonald

14th June 2012

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has thrown his support behind the commercial and recreational fishing industries in Queensland following the Governments announced changes to marine zoning. The Governments announcements are about vote...

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Macdonald Congratulates Winners

14th June 2012

Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, congratulated Mossman cane grower Doug Rasmussen on winning Queenslands top award for sustainability.At the Premiers Sustainability Awards ceremony in Brisbane, three sugarcane growers were chosen as finalists f...

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Gillard government abandons Northern Australia

8th June 2012

The decision to slash nearly a quarter of jobs for customs officers in Northern Australia has been slammed by Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia.The Gillard government couldnt care less about the enormous challenges our customs officers face in tr...

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Macdonald Mightily Impressed

8th June 2012

The Federal opposition has expressed its support for Defence activities in the Torres Strait following a visit to Thursday Island last week by Opposition spokesman for the Defence Force and Defence support, Senator Ian Macdonald.Senator Macdonald said the work being done on Thursday Island was inval...

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Senator takes to the high seas

4th June 2012

Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and Defence Support has welcomed the opportunity to sail on the tall ship Young Endeavour tomorrow (June 5) from Cairns with 21 young Australians from around the country.I think the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is a marvellous operati...

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HMAS Kuttabul sailors remembered

1st June 2012

Coalition spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support, Senator Ian Macdonald, will travel to Sydney today to lay a wreath in memory of the 21 Navy personnel who were killed in a Japanese midget sub attack 69 years ago.The 21 Australian and British servicemen were killed while sleeping aboard ...

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Carbon Tax Will Empty The Food Bowl: Macdonald

1st June 2012

Queensland Coalition Senator Ian Macdonald has joined the chorus of voices slamming the Gillard Governments toxic Carbon Tax, and its likely impact on Northern primary producers. As Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Macdonald has severely criticised the Govern...

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Senator Welcomes Killer Plan

31st May 2012

Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, welcomed the news that the Australian Agricultural Company has decided to proceed with its new, state-of-the-art meat processing facility near Darwin. The northern beef industry has been suffering under the yoke...

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Draw Your Own Conclusions

29th May 2012

At Senate Estimates today, officials from Defence gave the facts about the Prime Minister's brief visit to Townsville last Saturday week, on the day of the Welcome Home Parade to returning soldiers and airmen from overseas service in Afghanistan, Timor, and the Solomons. The PM had visited Townsvill...

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Doubts About Point Cook's Future

29th May 2012

Serious concerns have been raised in the Senate Estimates Hearings about the future of de-toxing the land at the RAAFs Point Cook air base in Victoria, according to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Force and Defence Support, Senator Ian Macdonald. It is vital that this remediation be under...

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Still No Urgency on Yeppen Crossing Project

28th May 2012

Evidence given at a Senate Estimates Committee demonstrates a complete lack of any urgency, or even any real interest, by the Gillard government on the Yeppen Crossing Project. Federal Member for Flynn, Ken ODowd and northern based Senator Ian Macdonald who raised the matter at Estimates, said they ...

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No Committment Yet For Sea Walls

28th May 2012

Evidence given to a Senate Estimates Committee hearing today showed that the Gillard Government has no immediate plans for assistance to Torres Strait Island communities for repair and reconstruction of sea walls. Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch and North Queensland based Senator Ian Ma...

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Sorry Townsville, You're Not Interesting Enough For Senator Penny Wong

25th May 2012

Its official, Finance Minister Penny Wong and her officers have no interest in North Queensland or anything that happens here and have no wish to find out said North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today. Responding to questions on notice in this weeks Senate Estimates hearings, the Departmen...

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Gillard government breaks its own rules

25th May 2012

The arrogance of the Gillard Government was again exposed in Federal Parliament today when the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, laughed at the proposition that Australia Post should be required to follow the same rules as any other business in t...

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Macdonald demands carbon tax rule change

19th May 2012

The looming huge carbon tax bill for Cassowary Coast residents demonstrates once again the absolute stupidity of the Labor governments rushing 18 complex carbon tax bills through the parliament with little or no debate the way they did. North Queensland based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said that Cass...

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Nothing To Celebrate For Many Families

16th May 2012

This week is National Families Week but many Mt Isa families have little to celebrate, said North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald. Many families are doing it tough under this government, Sen Macdonald. The cost of living is going up and will skyrocket even further when the worlds biggest carb...

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Macdonald slams advertising rip-off

15th May 2012

Spending our money on misleading advertising about the carbon tax and its associated handouts is not only dishonest, its ridiculous, said North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald. The government is ripping the heart out of the economy with the carbon tax and using the money, our money, to advert...

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Complete incompetence on aircraft purchase

14th May 2012

ANOTHER day, another revelation of complete incompetence by the Gillard government and Stephen Smith on the purchase of the US C-27J Spartan transport aircraft said Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force & Defence Support, Senator Ian Macdonald. Not only did they dangerously slash ...

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50 days to go until world's biggest carbon tax

12th May 2012

North-Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said the worlds biggest carbon tax would have a dramatic impact on the households and businesses in the North West when it begins in just 50 days. In 50 days, the worlds biggest carbon tax will hit families, jobs and investment, said Sen Macdonald. The ec...

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Townsville Troops Slammed

11th May 2012

Townsville troops will suffer the impact of the Budgets savage slashing of funds to the Defence Forces said Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support, Senator Ian Macdonald. Its all very well for the Labor government to say their vicious cuts to the Defence Force budge...

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Another Slap In The Face For The Defence Forces

10th May 2012

The Gillard government is treating our Defence forces with complete contempt, said Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force & Defence Support, Senator Ian Macdonald. Not only have they slashed their funding in the Budget, leaving them dangerously under-equipped and under-funded, now ...

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AND THE BAD NEWS KEEPS COMING

29th April 2012

The prospect of further job losses in the Bowen Basin coal mines continues to heighten as the full impact of the Rudd Governments emissions trading scheme (ETS) becomes better understood. Opposition Spokesman on Northern Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, who is a member of a Senate inquiry into Clim...

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Senator welcomes uni expansion

27th April 2012

North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the news that CQUniversity will open a campus in Cairns for its students. I am delighted that there will be a second university campus for Cairns, Senator Macdonald said. It is particularly pleasing that the new campus will not compete for st...

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Service to commemorate dawn battle

24th April 2012

When Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald lays a wreath on Anzac Day at the dawn service at Polygon Wood in Flanders, Belgium the ghosts of nearly 8000 young men will make themselves felt in the morning mist.It is this fateful and bloody battle which will be commemorated by Sen Macdonald, Coalitio...

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Senator Macdonald honours Spitfire pilot

19th April 2012

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald laid a wreath on behalf of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott at the re-interment of World War II Spitfire pilot Sergeant Bill Smith in northern France today. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support, will join Sgt Smiths 84-year-...

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LNP win will breathe new life into northern Australia

13th April 2012

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald said the stunning Queensland election result would herald a new dawn for Northern Australia. Speaking in Darwin where he is participating in the Townsville Enterprise Tourism and Business Seminar, Sen. Macdonald said the Campbell Newman-led Queensland Governmen...

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Labor Slashes Food Assistance Again

10th April 2012

In just six months the Gillard Government has slashed the number of staff working in the Food and Plant sections of its Department by 90, while at the same time increasing the numbers of staff working in Climate Change, Government Relations and IT by some 68. Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for North...

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Labor Disdain for Defence is "disgraceful" - Senator

10th April 2012

The arrogance and disrespect demonstrated by Defence Minister Stephen Smith towards ADF personnel has been described as disgraceful by Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesperson for Defence Force and Defence Support, made the comment after Labor Senator Mark Bisho...

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Labor Fails Northern Australia..., Again

5th April 2012

The Defence Force Posture Review released yesterday has highlighted the Labor Governments continuing failure to properly invest in the Defence and Economic infrastructure in Northern of Australia. Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and for Northern and Remote Australia Senator Ian Macdonald ...

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Coalition politicians join fact-finding tour to PNG

30th March 2012

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald will join a Coalition fact-finding visit to Papua New Guinea next week. The group will be led by Opposition Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and includes Member for Herbert Ewen Jones and Ms Jane Prentice, Member for Ryan. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesm...

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Labor not the only losers

26th March 2012

The Queensland election has shown in dramatic terms that voters have turned off minor parties as well as the Labor Party. Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said Queensland voters understood the chaos minor parties had created in Canberra "Katters Party lost its Leader, Aidan McLindon in Beaudesert, r...

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Make my day Peter Beattie, says Senator Macdonald

26th March 2012

A senior Queensland LNP senator has vigorously supported the call by Peter Beattie to "have Federal Labor Ministers pouring through Queensland". Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald urged Mr Beattie to "make my day". "I doubt that anything could make the first day of a new LNP Government any better ...

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Carbon tax will spark big rises in electricity prices

22nd March 2012

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said today he was not surprised at the results of a recent survey that showed rising electricity prices topped the list of householders cost-of-living worries. The Gillard Governments carbon tax, which kicks in on July 1, will add yet another layer to the cost-of-liv...

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Townsville ratepayers cop double hit on carbon tax

20th March 2012

The Gillard Government has dismissed concerns that Townsville ratepayers will cop a double whammy as a result of Labors toxic carbon tax. Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald said Minister for Finance, Penny Wong, did not dispute his claim in the Senate today that the carbon tax double impost was ...

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Family Court Promises Are Just "More Gillard Government Lies"

15th March 2012

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald has accused the Gillard Government of serial lying after Labor failed to honour a commitment to appoint a Family Court judge to replace retired Justice Robert Monteith. Sen. Macdonald said it appeared the Family Court promise was shaping up to be yet another br...

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Senator attacks State Labor over loss of naval contract to Spain

12th March 2012

The Australian Defence Forces decision to allocate a $40 million shipbuilding contract to Spain would never have happened if the Queensland Labor Government hadnt turned its back on the Cairns shipbuilding industry 12 months ago. Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said he was still smarting over Queen...

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Jobs in Hot Water after Solar Rebate Axed by Gillard

6th March 2012

Senator Ian Macdonald has slammed the Government over the premature axing of the solar hot water rebate scheme, accusing the Gillard Government of jeopardising the financial security of thousands of Queensland and Northern Australian families.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Au...

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Student fee is just another tax

27th February 2012

The Dire Straits hit, Money For Nothing, takes on real meaning at James Cook University this week when university students are forced to pay up to $263 a year for services they will probably never use. Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, said it was just anot...

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Sen. Macdonald plans to visit Atherton Tableland

16th February 2012

North Queensland-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald will be on the Atherton Tableland next week (SUBS: February 22, 23 and 24) to assist Tableland residents with any federally related issues they may have. Sen. Macdonald said, as part of his duties as a Queensland Senator, he was always pleased to assi...

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New air service demonstrates how far the North has come

16th February 2012

Fridays inaugural Townsville-Darwin flight is a milestone in the rapid recent development of Northern Australia. Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald, said the decision by Airnorth to initiate the service would prove to be a vital link between ...

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Senator turns tourism promoter

15th February 2012

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald added Northern Australian tourism promoter to his list of parliamentary duties today. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support, praised the many attractions of Townsville, Cairns, Darwin and Broome during discussions with def...

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Senator calls for immediate release of Yeppen Flood study

14th February 2012

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today called for the immediate release of the Yeppen Flood Plain study. Based on evidence given at todays Senate Estimates hearings, the Queensland Government is either incompetent or is deliberately delaying the release of the study for political reasons, he said. S...

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One rule for Australians and another rule for Australia Post

14th February 2012

Noisy late-night operations at the Rockhampton Mail Centre look set to continue after Minister for Communications Senator Stephen Conroy told a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra today that Australia Post was no longer encouraged to follow Council regulations and town planning rules. Senator Ian M...

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Sydney Harbour congestion backs Senators call for Navy move north

14th February 2012

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support, Senator Ian Macdonald, has repeated his call to boost Northern Australias naval defence strength following reports of serious congestion in Sydney harbour. The Senator was commenting on a report that a 71,500-tonne cruise ship...

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Australias carbon price modelling is a recipe for manufacturing disaster

13th February 2012

Evidence given by officials of the Climate Change Department confirm that Australia is out there alone when it comes to the price of carbon, according to Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia said the BusinessGreen website report...

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EC FOR GULF AT LAST

10th February 2012

Following my questioning of the Minster and Departmental officials at Senate Estimates Committees on Monday, I am delighted that the Government has today announced the granting of Exceptional Circumstance relief for landholders in the Gulf. As I have continually said in the Parliament, the Governmen...

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Science at odds with alarmist views on future of coral reefs

8th February 2012

Recently released peer-reviewed research by a world-leading research institute has confirmed that Australia's coral reefs are not being destroyed by climate change. Federal Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia Senator Ian Macdonald said most of Australias significant coral reefs we...

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Senator Welcomes Central Queensland Focus in Interim Defence Posture Review

1st February 2012

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support, North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald, has welcomed the interim findings of the Defence Force Posture Review released today which recognise the importance of Central Queensland in providing logistical support to Defence...

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Senator Welcomes Darwin Emphasis in Defence Review

30th January 2012

The Darwin region features prominently in the preliminary conclusions of the Defence Force Posture Review released today. Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support, Senator Ian Macdonald, welcomed the recommendations that reflect the strategic importance of Australias ...

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Crocodile sightings near school show urgency of cull program

30th January 2012

Several sightings of a five-metre crocodile near the East Innisfail State School playground over the last 10 days have led North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald to renew his call for the urgent introduction of a humane crocodile culling program. Sen. Macdonald, Shadow spokesman on Northern an...

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Senator welcomes Northern emphasis in interim Defence Posture Review

30th January 2012

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support, North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald, has welcomed the preliminary conclusions of the Defence Force Posture Review released today which recognise the importance of the Air Force base at RAAF Townsville and the work bei...

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Letter to the Editor - why the different attitude to crocs?

23rd January 2012

I read your front-page story about the success of the shark culling program in Saturdays Bulletin (January 21) with more than passing interest. The article reported that Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace was basking in the glory of this success, despite the fact that the drumline shark netting progra...

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Mareeba Hospital funding tug of war now resolved

18th January 2012

A tug of war between Mareeba Hospital and Queensland Health over almost $1 million in Medicare funding has been resolved after three months of wrangling. Senator Ian Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, stepped in to the dispute after a meeting with Cairns and Hinterland ...

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Agriculture ministers urged to initiate Emergency Circumstances (EC) process

11th January 2012

Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald today urged state and federal agriculture ministers to act immediately to initiate Exceptional Circumstances (EC) support for primary producers seriously affected by the States devastating flooding. As the record-breaking fl...

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Fish research breakthrough prompts call for more funds for climate change studies

9th January 2012

The Federal Government should be investing taxpayers money into practical climate change solutions instead of putting all its eggs into the carbon tax basket, according to Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald. Sen. Macdonald was commenting on ground-breaking studies by researchers at Townsvilles James C...

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Defence spokesman welcomes troops from 3rd Battalion

29th December 2011

Shadow spokesman on Defence and Defence Support Senator Ian Macdonald today welcomed troops and their family from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, who will be relocating from Sydney to Townsville over the next two months. Welcome to Townsville, Australias pre-eminent defence centre, sai...

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PM should send Rudd, Emerson to Indonesia says Macdonald

16th December 2011

Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, today called on Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Trade Minister Craig Emerson to make a pre-Christmas dash to Indonesia to plead for a reversal of our key trading partners decision to halve live cattle imports from Australia...

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Coalition claims success in Northern food bowl

15th December 2011

Coalition claims success in Northern food bowl Plans announced today to develop irrigated food areas on the Flinders and Gilbert Rivers in North Queensland result from years of work by local authorities and the Federal Coalition. Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, Sena...

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Northern Australias potential is enormous and untapped

9th December 2011

The Coalition's Dams Task Group has just completed a three-day fact-finding visit to Western Australia, including the Kimberleys region, to look at new options for water storage and management in the north of Australia. "The opportunity in this part of the world is absolutely immense in scale," said...

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New Projects Will Drive Confidence In North Queensland

7th December 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed news that Abbot Point coal terminal is to undergo a multi-billion-dollar expansion. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, said the $9 billion development underscored the huge potential of the Bowen and Galilee Basins. Unli...

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Island resorts to boost confidence in tourism industry

7th December 2011

The recent sale of Dunk and Bedarra islands will lead the recovery of the tourism industry in the Far North. Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, said news that the two iconic island resorts were to be redeveloped would send a strong signal to the world that t...

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Senator to attend Cape York landcare meeting

2nd December 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald travelled to Laura today to address the Cape York Land Managers Forum. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, congratulated the Forum members for their innovative work in managing noxious weeks and feral animals in the remote Cape count...

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Dams Task Group will visit Western Australia sites

2nd December 2011

The Coalitions Dams Task Group will inspect potential dam sites in Western Australia next week. Task Group Chairman Andrew Robb and Senator Ian Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, will inspect sites across the Top End after discussions in Perth with representatives from ...

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AN INSPIRATION TO EVERYONE

2nd December 2011

The announcement over night that Johnathan Thurston had been awarded the 2011 Golden Boot which is awarded annually to the games greatest international player by Rugby League World Magazine makes us all proud to be northerners, according to Townsville based Senator Ian Macdonald. Shadow Parliamentar...

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SENATOR BLASTS LABOR APATHY ON GULF ISSUES

2nd December 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today blasted northern-based Labor politicians for turning their backs on the two-day Sustainable Futures Forum that began in Laura today. Sen. Macdonald, speaking from the Laura Rodeo Grounds where the Forum is being held, said it was an insult that Cairns-based Lab...

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Australias oldest barracks to celebrate its bicentenary

1st December 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald will attend the Bicentennial celebrations at Australias oldest continually occupied military establishment, Anglesea Barracks in Hobart, this weekend. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support, will join Governor-General Quentin Bry...

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Senator calls on banks to support cattle exporters

24th November 2011

Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, has called on banks and other financial institutions to exercise restraint when dealing with cases of financial hardship following the Labor Governments decision earlier this year to ban live cattle exports to Indonesia. Se...

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Government must act on Family Court Judge

23rd November 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has called on the Federal Government to end speculation about the future of the Townsville-based Family Court Judge. The incumbent Judge, the Honourable Justice Monteith, retires at the end of the November and the Government is yet to announce a replacement. This has...

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Labor, Greens combine to strangle democracy

21st November 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today slammed the ALP/Greens alliance for strangling debate on contentious legislation so they could go home early for Christmas or parade their toxic carbon tax at the United Nations climate conference in Durban next week. It is unprecedented that over 30 important ...

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Labor jumping on the dams bandwagon, says Senator Macdonald

20th November 2011

Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia Senator Ian Macdonald has accused the Queensland Government of jumping on the dams bandwagon. Sen. Macdonald, a member of the Coalitions Dams Task Group, said the Queensland Premiers sudden interest in the proposed Green Hills Dam on the Gilbert R...

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Feral dogs and weeds funding under a cloud

20th November 2011

Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia Senator Ian Macdonald has called on the Federal Government to continue funding the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). Not only should the CRC be re-funded in the next Federal Budget, its range of activities should be expanded, sai...

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US defence announcement great news for Northern Australia

17th November 2011

Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia Senator Ian Macdonald believes the new defence arrangement announced by US President Barack Obama will breathe new life into the economy of northern Australia. Sen. Macdonald, who is also Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and De...

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Senator Macdonald to attend President Obama dinner

16th November 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald joined his Parliamentary colleagues in Canberra today to attend a dinner in honour of US President Barack Obamas first visit to Australia.Sen. Macdonald will also attend the joint sitting of Parliament tomorrow when President Obama addresses Members of the House of R...

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Remembrance Day: Senator's tribute to fallen Australians

11th November 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald joined Gold Coast citizens at a Remembrance Day service in Surfers Paradise today. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support, said Remembrance Day gave Australians an opportunity to remember, reflect and commemorate the service and ...

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Carbon tax a windfall for lawyers

11th November 2011

Julia Gillards toxic carbon tax will deliver a windfall for lawyers and do nothing to slow global warming, according to Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, made the comment after learning that Queensland Nickel, operators of t...

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KEEP THE TB CLINICS OPEN!

9th November 2011

Queensland LNP Senators Sue Boyce and Ian Macdonald have condemned plans by the Gillard and Bligh governments to close the tuberculosis clinics in the Torres Strait on Saibai and Boigu Islands.These clinics perform an invaluable service in providing world class medical care for people from both Papu...

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Karumba turns it on

6th November 2011

Remote Australian communities have shown that they too can turn it on when it comes to festivals highlighting the regions attractions.Federal Opposition Spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald said the Barra, Beef and Bulldust festival in Karumba at the weekend was a demons...

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Senator Macdonald joins dams task group on southern inspection tour

5th November 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald joined his Coalition Dams and Water Management Task Group colleagues in Brisbane today to begin three-day fact-finding visit to southern and central Queensland.The Task Group members will meet with dam and water storage proponents in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Rockhampt...

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CARBON TAX AND CATTLE MAJOR ISSUES IN THE BUSH

5th November 2011

The proposed carbon tax and the impact of the ban on live cattle exports were the main topic of conversation during North Queensland Senator Ian Macdonalds annual week-long driving tour of remote Gulf and Cape York areas.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said peo...

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MINISTERS EXPOSES CARBON TAX COAL FARCE

4th November 2011

During debate on the Carbon Tax bills in the Senate last night, Government Minister Penny Wong was either unable or unwilling to answer questions on the impact of the tax on Australias coal industry.   Minister Wongs inability to answer very straightforward questions about how the carbon tax wi...

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Senator praises former mayor

2nd November 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today praised the Mayor of Cairns, the late Tom Pyne who died on Sunday. Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, said he had enjoyed a long and fruitful association with Mr Pyne, a life member of the Australian Labor Party, despite their...

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Strata title insurance problems to be aired at forums

2nd November 2011

Owners of strata title properties who have experienced post-Cyclone Yasi insurance problems will have an opportunity to air their grievances at a series of forums in North and Far North Queensland later this month.Senator Ian Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, said the ...

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Indigenous-owned cattle station is a showpiece

2nd November 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald paid a nostalgic visit to indigenous-owned Delta Downs Station outside Karumba on Friday during his annual driving trip to the north-west and the Gulf of Carpentaria.Almost exactly nine years ago (September 14, 2002), Sen. Macdonald handed over ownership of the 973,0...

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Voters livid with Livermore

31st October 2011

In debate in the Senate today, the Senate was told that the people of Central Queensland were livid with Livermore" for her betrayal of her electorate over the carbon tax.Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald said that prior to the last election the Labor Part...

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Senator quizzes bureaucrats on Mareeba Hospital funding

20th October 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has gone in to bat for Mareeba Hospital in its quest for reimbursement from the Commonwealth of more than $800,000 in outstanding Medicare funding.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, learned of the issue during a meeting with Cairns ...

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Rockhampton Mail Centre noise row stirs Senator Macdonald

20th October 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has vowed to pursue the long-running issue of disruptive noise and late-night truck movements at the Rockhampton Mail Centre in Elphinstone Street, Berserker.Sen. Macdonald said he would write to the Rockhampton Regional Council to urge councillors to redouble their ...

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Tourism industry mourns farsighted entrepreneur

19th October 2011

The passing of legendary tourism pioneer Keith Williams, 82, on the Gold Coast today represented the end of a golden era, according to Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, said Keith Williams, who died after a series of strokes, had k...

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Livermore betrays voters by supporting the carbon tax

13th October 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today Labor Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore had ignored an opportunity to restore faith with the people who elected her to office.Ms Livermore had the opportunity to stand up for the people of Capricornia and vote against the carbon tax that the Prime Minist...

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Zinc Refinery a shining example of our close ties with Korea

13th October 2011

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald said in a speech delivered today that Townsvilles Sun Metals Zinc Refinery was a shining example of what could be achieved through Australias close ties with the Republic of Korea.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, was speakin...

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Senator praises unsung heroes

11th October 2011

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald has urged North Queenslanders to lend their full support to Carers Week activities that have been organised in the North (see web link below).Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, was speaking in the lead-up to Carers Week 2011 (...

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Rural women urged to nominate for prestigious award

7th October 2011

Women living in rural areas are reminded they have only a few days left to apply for the 2012 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Womens Award.Applications for the award close on Saturday, October 15 World Rural Womens Day.Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Au...

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Australias northern defence bases get first-class rating

27th September 2011

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald today described Australias northern defence capability as first-class.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman for the Defence Force and Defence Support, was speaking after a tour of defence facilities in Darwin and Townsville this week.Sen. Macdonald and other memb...

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Nashos recognised

12th September 2011

The treatment of Australian fighting men and women on their return from Vietnam by the Whitlam Government in 1972 was a matter of eternal shame, according to Senator Ian Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support.Sen. Macdonald made the comment in the Senate today after ...

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Business people warned to be wary of hollow promises

12th September 2011

Shadow Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, has warned Cairns business leaders to be wary of southern political carpetbaggers promising the world and delivering little.He was commenting on a promise made by Labor Senator Mark Arbib two years ago in his then po...

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Senator to attend opening of $623m Horseshoe Barracks

7th September 2011

Opposition spokesman for the Defence Force and Defence Support will represent the Coalition at the official opening on Friday (SUBS: Friday, September 9) of Horseshoe Barracks, based within the Edinburgh Defence Precinct north of Adelaide.The $623 million barracks will be home to a detachment of Hea...

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Beattie rumours are a "sick joke - says Senator Macdonald

2nd September 2011

Reports that former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie was being groomed as a future Prime Minister reminded Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald of the movie, Dumb and Dumber.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, said when he first heard the rumours about Peter Beattie re-...

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Greens turn congratulations motion into political bun fight

26th August 2011

The Greens/Labor alliance in Federal Parliament have again used their numbers in the Senate to turn a Coalition motion of congratulations to Townsville Enterprise Limited into a political football.Townsville-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald sought to draw attention to Townsvilles growth by moving a m...

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Conroy accused of blatant untruths

26th August 2011

In speaking on the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Fibre Deployment) Bill today in the Senate, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia Senator Ian Macdonald said that Broadband Minister Senator Conroys lack of effective consultation on the Fibre Deployment Bill was similar to ...

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Greens turn their backs on Burdekin Dam motion

17th August 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today strongly criticised the Greens for failing to acknowledge the foresight and fortitude of the original backers of the Burdekin Dam scheme.Sen. Macdonald, who lives in Ayr, made the comments after the Greens failed to support his successful motion.We know only to...

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Take steps now to avoid confusion on digital TV

16th August 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has urged constituents to take steps now in preparation for the switch-over to digital television, due to take place in regional Queensland in early December.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, said it was important that regional Que...

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IN THE NORTH WE BELIEVED WAYNE SWAN 12 MONTHS AGO

15th August 2011

A year ago Treasurer Wayne Swan told voters in mining and processing industries in the North that suggestions of Labor plans for a Carbon Tax were hysterical.He said well certainly what we rejected is this hysterical allegation that somehow we are moving towards a carbon tax from the Liberals in the...

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Thank Heavens Townsville wont be inundated

22nd July 2011

Predictions by the Gillard government that sea level rises will see 200 roads and 30 rail lines in the Townsville region under water and 117 119 commercial buildings in Townsville at risk have been shown to be wild scare-mongering according to the latest Australian research.Coalition spokesman on No...

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MACDONALD SUPPORTS HORSE RACING INDUSTRY

22nd July 2011

North Queensland based Liberal National Party Senator Ian Macdonald said that the continued resilience and determination of the Townsville Turf Club should be commended after wonderfully successful Townsville Cup held on today [Subs: Saturday 23 July 2011].Senator Macdonald said that the horse racin...

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SENATOR FAREWELLS TROOPS DEPLOYING TO MIDDLE EAST

22nd July 2011

The 156 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who will deploy to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) over the next few weeks for Force Support Unit 5 (FSU-5) will be formally farewelled at Townsvilles Lavarack Barracks today [Subs: Sat 23 July 2011].The Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defe...

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INAUGURAL VIRGINIA CHADWICK MEMORIAL LECTURE

21st July 2011

A foundation supporting the Great Barrier Reef and honouring its former chairman and CEO Virginia Chadwick was launched today at a gala dinner in Sydney.North Queensland based Liberal National party Senator Ian Macdonald who is also the Federal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote ...

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JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT CONFIRMS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NORTH

20th July 2011

Federal opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia Senator Ian Macdonald said the swearing in today in Townsville of his honour Mr Justice North as the Northern Judge demonstrates again the importance of the north to the administration of justice.The appointment of Justice North as the 1...

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NORTHERNERS TO PAY UNDER GILLARDS NEW TAX

10th July 2011

People living in Northern Australia will be hard hit by Julia Gillards Carbon Tax which will add 10% to electricity costs and will add to transport costs which impact most heavily on Australians living remote from the capital cities.North Queensland based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said that coal min...

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Live cattle decision welcomed

7th July 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today welcomed the Governments decision to lift the ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia.I welcome the move but I still maintain the Government got it wrong in the first place, he said.While animal cruelty can never be condoned, Agriculture Minister Senator Joe Lu...

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Climate change propaganda spending is outrageous

1st July 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today criticised the Federal Governments outrageous spending on climate change propaganda after receiving written answers to questions that were put to Climate Commission bureaucrats during Senate Estimates earlier this year.Sen. Macdonald, Shadow spokesman on Northe...

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Minister found wanting on carbon emission questions

22nd June 2011

Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, said today the Labor Government had no idea what effect its controversial carbon tax would have on worldwide emissions.After almost four years, millions of dollars spent by public servants and scientists researching all asp...

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Defence review is long overdue, says Senator

22nd June 2011

Coalition spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed todays announcement of a major review of the positioning of Australian defence bases.The announcement coincides with investigations I have been undertaking in the north and north-west of Australia with a ...

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Top End cattlemen are being held to ransom by export ban

22nd June 2011

The Top End of Australia is being held to ransom by Primary Industries Minister Joe Ludwig and the influential lobbyists who convinced him to place a total ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia.Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, made the comment after meet...

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Gillard or Rudd should take charge of export cattle crisis

22nd June 2011

The clumsy and insulting approach taken by the Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig to the banning of live cattle exports to Indonesia can only be rectified by an approach at the highest level to the Indonesian Government.Coalition spokesman for Northern an...

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MACDONALD TO VISIT DANCE FESTIVAL

17th June 2011

Federal opposition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald will tomorrow (Subs: Sat 18 June 2011) be one of hundreds of people who will make the journey to Laura west of Cooktown in Cape York to join in celebrations at the 19th Laura Aboriginal dance festival.Senator Macdon...

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Call for urgent compensation to save exporters of live cattle

9th June 2011

Families and communities across Northern Australia are in shock today as the full ramifications of the Gillard Governments decision to ban live export of cattle hits home.Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia Senator Ian Macdonald said his office had been inundated with heartbreaking ...

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Cairns shipbuilding industry to come under microscope after appeal by Macdonald

1st June 2011

The future of the beleaguered Cairns shipbuilding industry and its future role in defence shipbuilding will be the subject of high-level talks following questioning this week in Senate Estimates by Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald.Officers of the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Developmen...

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Sleepless residents may sue Australia Post, says Senator

1st June 2011

Rockhampton residents struggling to get a good nights sleep due to the noisy night-time activities of Australia Post may consider legal action against the Government agency.Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, who has taken a personal interest in the issue, to...

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Fly-in, fly-out PM dodges local cost of living flak in Moranbah

1st June 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said Prime Minister Gillards fly-in, fly-out visit to Moranbah today was skilfully planned to shield her from the growing opposition to her proposed mining and carbon taxes.If she had spent a bit more time in Moranbah, her ears would be ringing all the way back to Ca...

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Climate change MCs paid $3800 for 4-hour information sessions

24th May 2011

The Federal Governments Climate Commission has paid high-profile radio and TV presenters $3800 to host four-hour public information sessions.Opposition Spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, said an officer of the Department of Climate Change told him at Senate Estimates ...

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Wear a hat today and support mental Illness

24th May 2011

North Queenslanders are encouraged to wear a hat today to help Rotary raise funds for mental health research.Senator Ian Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, is delighted to offer support to Rotarys new action and awareness day.Mental illness affects one in five Australia...

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Tell us your insurance story

20th May 2011

North Queenslanders have been asked to provide information on their experiences with insurance companies positive and negative.Senator Ian Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, said the information would be invaluable in establishing fair and equitable insurance outcomes f...

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Quigley promises Sen. Macdonald a study on Julia Creek broadband

16th May 2011

After questioning at the first hearing of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the NBN in Sydney today, NBN boss Mike Quigley told North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald that he would do a special study of the cost of providing NBN to Julia Creek.Julia Creek has the NBN main fibre lin...

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McLucas challenged to give up her own property rights

12th May 2011

Senators who are opposed to a Coalition Bill that would give Aboriginal people veto rights over declarations of wild rivers under Queensland Wild Rivers legislation have been challenged to give up their own property rights.Federal Opposition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Ma...

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Coalition welcomes visit by Gulf investment group to Queensland

10th May 2011

Federal Opposition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, has today welcomed the news that a delegation comprising approximately 30 representatives from the Gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman are in Queensland to look...

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Diaster relief payments are now tax-free

10th May 2011

The passing of the Tax Laws Amendment Bill through the Senate todaywill be welcomed by victims of Cyclone Yasi and the disastrous flooding in Central and South-East Queensland earlier this year, according to Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote ...

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Senator challenges Combet to justify carbon tax in wake of NT exemption decision

9th May 2011

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet must explain how Labors carbon tax will reduce climate change in the Northern Territory.Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, issued the challenge to Mr Combet following the NT Parliaments decision to seek federal approval to...

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Coalition dams task group recognises potential of North Queensland

5th May 2011

The Coalition's Dams and Water Management Task Group today completed a two-day visit to the Gulf catchment in North Queensland.Task group members Barnaby Joyce, Ian Macdonald and Simon Birmingham inspected potential sites on the Flinders and Gilbert rivers."Water is wealth and if we want to grow som...

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Dams Task Group to check out North Qld water assets

2nd May 2011

The long-held dream of harnessing Northern Australias mighty rivers for irrigation, flood mitigation and clean hydro-electric power will be revived by the Federal Coalitions Dams Task Group when it visits North Queensland this week. The high-powered group, headed by Opposition Finance and Deregulati...

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Cardwell emulates Battle of the Coral Sea courage

2nd May 2011

The courage and resilience of those Australian and US sailors who fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea 69 years ago this week was replicated today (Sunday) by the township of Cardwell in North Queensland.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support, Senator Ian Macdonald...

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Senator welcomes backflip on Asian Honeybee threat

1st April 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed news that the Federal Government has agreed to rethink its decision to cut funding for the eradication of the Asian Honeybee.Its a no-brainer, he said.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, said he had been criticising Agri...

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What hypocrisy, Senator Brown!

31st March 2011

Greens leader Senator Bob Brown has again proved his absolute hypocrisy by opposing the Gillard Governments proposed company tax cuts.Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald made this comment today after hearing Sen. Brown describe the tax cut as a tax break for the very rich on ABC Radio.I heard Sen. Brow...

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Senator stands up for a fair go for Australias veterans

18th March 2011

Shadow spokesman on the Defence Force and Defence Support, Senator Ian Macdonald, has called on the Labor government to stop treating defence force veterans like second-class citizens.He urged the Labor Party to support the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Amendment (Fair Indexation) Bill...

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Senator calls for a green revolution to aid fruit and vegetable industry

17th March 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said today Australia needed a green revolution to ensure the future viability of Australias $7.3 billion-a-year horticulture industry.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, called on the Federal Government to consider seriously the reco...

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Senator threatens to put a croc in Lake Burley Griffin to highlight the threat to humans in the north

14th March 2011

North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald has threatened to release a saltwater crocodile into Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra and in the Brisbane River to highlight the growing problem of rogue crocs in the north.Sen. Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, said this may...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

10th March 2011

Dear Sir,Your readers may be interested in this letter that I have sent to Greens Senator Christine Milne today:Dear Christine,Constituents have referred me to comments allegedly made by you and reported in the Herald Sun of 9 March 2011 as follows:"With scientific projections of more frequent and s...

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Canberra pickpockets are at it again, says Senator Macdonald

4th March 2011

North Queenslanders have again had their pockets picked by the penny-pinching Gillard Government.Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald, Coalition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia, said this was confirmed with the release yesterday of Labors revamped regional development programs.The annou...

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Senator labels flood tax 'stupid and dishonest'

1st March 2011

The Federal Governments proposed $1.8 billion flood tax is stupid and dishonest, according to Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald.Sen. Macdonald, the Coalitions spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia and Defence Support, made the comment during debate on the Temporary Flood and Cyclone Reconstructi...

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Senator slams axing of funds to wipe out cane toad with wings

1st March 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has slammed the Federal Governments decision to axe funding for the eradication of the Asian Honey Bee in North Queensland known as the cane toad with wings.This short-sighted decision could destroy Australias honey industry for the sake of $5 million a year for two ...

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Labors election scam exposed

28th February 2011

Young people who were hoodwinked by the ALP into masquerading as Greens supporters in the seat of Herbert at last years Federal election could have been fined $1000 or jailed for six months for unwittingly handing out bogus how-to-vote cards.The young people, many of them overseas backpackers, were ...

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Senator urges regional youth to go Heywire

28th February 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today urged young people living in regional Australia to share their experiences of life by participating in the ABCs innovative Heywire project.The project, supported by the Australian Government through the Rural Industries and Development Corporation, has attracte...

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Senator calls on Bligh to lead the fight on carbon tax disaster

25th February 2011

A third major disaster is about to hit Queensland and now is the time for the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to show real leadership.After being battered by floods and cyclones, Queensland is now about to be battered by a carbon tax that will destroy jobs, bankrupt small businesses, and raise even fu...

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Opinion article Senator Ian Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, Defence and Defence Support

25th February 2011

I read with interest the article on this page yesterday by our fly-in, fly-out Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan in which he assured us that the Gillard Government would stand by the victims of Cyclone Yasi and help to fund the rebuilding of damaged infrastructure. He said: The Federal Government is here...

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Gillard's carbon tax a "kick in the guts" for Northern Australia

24th February 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said todays carbon tax announcement by Prime Minister Gillard was a kick in the guts to North Queenslanders who will now have to find an extra $300 a year.And thats only the beginning, if fuel is included in the new tax and I note that Climate Change Minister Combet ...

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Tasmanian broadband users bills will rise with new charge

23rd February 2011

Evidence at Senate Estimates committee last night confirmed that the monthly bill currently paid by Tasmanian broadband users signed up to the NBN does not include the NBN wholesale charge of a minimum of $24 per month.Chairman of the former NBN Senate Select Committee, Senator Ian Macdonald, said t...

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Sen. Macdonald heading to Far North to offer help and support

21st February 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald left Townsville yesterday (SUBS: Tuesday, February 15) on a three-day visit to the cyclone-ravaged Far North.Sen. Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, wants to see the progress of the clean-up and reconstruction effort and to p...

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Dunk Island flattened, urgent Government funding needed

21st February 2011

Coalition spokesman on northern Australia Senator Ian Macdonald has called on the Federal Government to inject massive funding into the rebuilding of Dunk Island flattened by Cyclone Yasi.The owners were insured thats at least one positive but the island will need urgent and significant financial as...

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Climate Commission another "propaganda unit"

21st February 2011

Questioning at Estimates Committees in Canberra today has confirmed that the Climate Commission is another taxpayer funded organization whose real purpose is to convince the Australian public to support Labors proposed new Carbon Tax.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, ...

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Let's kickstart the FNQ economy, says Senator Macdonald

21st February 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has called on insurers and State and Federal governments to fast-track the rebuilding of the Far North following devastating Cyclone Yasi.Sen. Macdonald made the comments after talking to hundreds of cyclone victims, civic and business leaders and relief workers duri...

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We want the same deal as Victoria, says Sen. Macdonald

14th February 2011

Family First Senator Steve Fieldings decision at the weekend to support the Federal Government flood levy in return for fast-tracking $500 million for flood rebuilding in his home state of Victoria has infuriated Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald.If the Gillard Government fast-tracks aid to Victoria,...

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Senator backs call for aid to hinterland farmers and graziers

14th February 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald today backed a call for the reintroduction of Operation Farm Clear to assist farmers and graziers to clear their properties of thousands of fallen trees as a result of Cyclone Yasi.Sen. Macdonald said the primary producers were the forgotten victims of the devastatin...

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Senator commends rural doctor program

14th February 2011

A record number of 43 doctors, most of whom will practise in rural areas of North and North-Western Queensland, graduated from Tropical Medical Training (TMT) at the weekend.The TMT program, now in its 10th year, draws trainees from Sarina in the south, north to the Torres Strait and west to Mount I...

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Katter wrong to support flood tax

11th February 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald believes Independent Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has made a serious mistake in agreeing to support the Federal Governments flood levy.Bob doesnt seem to grasp that the last thing the people of flood and cyclone affected North Queensland need at the moment is anothe...

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We will not be beaten, say the victims of Cyclone Yasi

6th February 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald yesterday praised the never-say-die spirit of Cyclone Yasi victims.Senator Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia and for Defence Support, made the comment after inspecting cyclone-ravaged centres north of Townsville with Oppositi...

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Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald yesterday praised the never-say-die spirit of Cyclone Yasi victims.

31st January 2011

Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said today the Prime Ministers decision to defer $175 million in vital North Queensland road projects smacked of payback.Three of the four northern road projects the Prime Minister has targeted will affect residents living in the seats of Dawson and Herbert which Lab...

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Defence spokesman welcomes troops to Townsville

27th January 2011

Shadow spokesman on Defence and Defence Support Senator Ian Macdonald today welcomed troops and their family from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, who will be relocating from Sydney to Townsville over the next two months.Welcome to Townsville, Australias pre-eminent defence centre, said...

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Statement by Senator Ian Macdonald to the Courier-Mail

21st January 2011

For over a year I have been raising the issue of the critical under-funding of the Bureau of Meteorology, particularly in relation to staffing, with the Federal Labor Government.While I know how dedicated and competent the BOM staff are, they simply cannot be expected to work 24 hours a day seven da...

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Senator calls for study into new Fitzroy River bridge plan to keep Bruce Highway open

11th January 2011

The isolation of North Queensland by major flooding across the Bruce Highway in Central Queensland has again highlighted the need for a third crossing across the Fitzroy River.Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald who has inspected the flood-ravaged ...

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Opposition offers support to Central Qld flood victims

4th January 2011

Opposition spokesman on Northern and Remote Australia Senator Ian Macdonald today offered the full support of the Opposition to victims of the Central Queensland flood crisis and the heart-breaking recovery process that will follow.Townsville-based Sen. Macdonald witnessed the devastation of the rec...

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