Bridget McKenzie Biography
According to Wikipedia Bridget McKenzie born 27 December 1969 is an Australian National Party politician serving as Minister for Agriculture since 2019 and has served as Senator for Victoria since 2011.
She has served as Deputy Leader of the National Party in the Parliament of Australia since December 2017, and shortly after her election to that position was appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Sport, Minister for Rural Health, and Minister for Regional Communications in the Turnbull Government.
Big shakeup for rural portfolios – Bridget McKenzie takes agriculutre and Littleproud keeps water and expands responsibilities to drought, natural disasters, emergencies and rural finance. More: https://t.co/DMAz8IE3NH
— Mick Foley (@micksfoley) May 26, 2019
Following the appointment of the Second Morrison Ministry in May 2019, Scott Morrison announced David Littleproud’s previous ministerial positions were separated, with McKenzie appointed Minister for Agriculture and Littleproud as Minister for Water Resources.
McKenzie was born in Alexandra, Victoria. She grew up in Benalla, where her mother was a primary school teacher and her father was a dairyman. She attended Tintern Grammar, on the outskirts of Melbourne, where she was a house captain and swimming captain. After starting a family, McKenzie began studying at Deakin University as a mature-age student, completing a double degree in applied science (specializing in human movement) and teaching (specializing in mathematics). She served as the president of the Deakin University Student Association in 2003. McKenzie subsequently taught physical education and mathematics for several years at Yarram Secondary College, Gippsland. She later lectured in education at Monash University.
McKenzie joined the National Party at the age of 18 and was a junior vice-president of the Victorian branch from 2006 to 2009. She first stood for parliament at the 2004 federal election, unsuccessfully standing for the House of Representatives in the Division of McMillan. At the 2010 election, McKenzie was elected to the Senate in the third place on a joint Coalition ticket. Her term began on 1 July 2011.
Cant wait to see Linda Reynolds in action. Her first news conference should be interesting. And that serial rorter, Sussan Ley’s comeback shouldn’t be easy. Questions to answer? Bridget McKenzie’s another one with a problem or two putting an intelligent idea into words. Fun ahead
— Phillip Lodge (@phlogga) May 26, 2019
McKenzie was her party’s Senate whip from September 2013 to June 2014, when she was replaced by Barry O’Sullivan. She was elected deputy leader to Barnaby Joyce in December 2017, replacing Fiona Nash after her disqualification from parliament due to dual citizenship. She reportedly defeated several other candidates, including Matt Canavan and Michael McCormack. Under the terms of the Coalition Agreement with the Liberals, she was subsequently elevated to the cabinet as Minister for Sport, Minister for Rural Health, and Minister for Regional Communications.
In July 2018, as Minister for Sport, McKenzie unveiled the National Sport Plan in a speech to the National Press Club. The plan includes the transformation of the current Australian Sports Commission into an expanded agency called Sport Australia.
McKenzie is a shooting enthusiast and is chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Shooting. She owns several shotguns and has taken part in hunting expeditions in New Zealand and Scotland. In 2015, she said that the National Firearms Agreement was “not perfect”, although she supports it in principle. McKenzie opposed the federal government’s import ban on the Adler A110 lever-action shotgun. In November 2016, she and John Williams crossed the floor to vote for a motion that would have overturned the ban; the motion was defeated 54–7. In the debate over the motion, she said that she was “not arguing for a weakening of gun laws and I never have”.
McKenzie is opposed to same-sex marriage and publicly campaigned for the “No” vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. In 2015, she promised “to oppose any such bill which seeks to legislate for same-sex marriage”, but also stated that she supported allowing a conscience vote on the issue. She abstained from voting on the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, which legalized same-sex marriage. McKenzie’s younger brother Alastair is gay and has publicly confronted her on her views on several occasions, including in a letter to the Bendigo Advertiser and in an appearance on the panel discussion program Q&A.
— Inside Canberra (@inside_canberra) May 26, 2019
McKenzie has four children from her first marriage, which ended in divorce. Since 2015, she has been in a long-distance relationship with David Bennett, a member of the New Zealand Parliament.
Senator Bridget McKenzie Agriculture Minister
According to a News Site, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his new federal government ministry, which includes a significant shake-up for rural matters.
The new ministry spreads responsibility for rural and regional portfolios among a larger group than the previous government, most notably agriculture and water, which will now be managed by different ministers.
Deputy Nationals Leader, Senator Bridget McKenzie, becomes Australia’s first female Agriculture Minister, albeit with reduced responsibilities compared to her predecessor.
Bridget McKenzie Australia’s first female Agriculture Minister https://t.co/MLnIW7aSiC
— Stock Journal (@stockjournal) May 26, 2019
Deputy Nationals Leader and Australia’s first female Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie says diversity is important and has… https://t.co/rnCaV6zJZD
— NetworkofNews AUS (@NofNews_Aus) May 26, 2019
Former Agriculture Minister David Littleproud makes way for Senator McKenzie in agriculture but retains the Water portfolio.
Defence: Linda Reynolds MP
Agriculture: Bridget McKenzie MP
Environment: Sussan Ley MP
Families + Social Services: Ann Ruston MP
Employment: Michaelia Cash MP
Indigenous Australians: Ken Wyatt MP
When Libs start nipping the heels of ALP for female and Aboriginal representation.
— Nib Oswald (@niboswald) May 26, 2019