Bridget McKenzie

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Senator
Bridget McKenzie
Bridget McKenzie.jpg
McKenzie in July 2014
Senator for Victoria
Assumed office
1 July 2011
Personal details
Born (1969-12-27) 27 December 1969 (age 47)
Alexandra, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party The Nationals
Children 4
Residence Ballarat, Victoria[1]
Occupation Federal Senator
Profession Politician

Bridget McKenzie (born 27 December 1969) is an Australian politician and National Party Senator for Victoria in the Australian Senate.[2] She was elected to the Australian Senate representing Victoria at the 2010 federal election.[3] She is the National Party’s only Victorian senator.[4]

McKenzie attended Deakin University, where she studied teaching and physical education was the President of the student union[5] as part of a multipartisan ticket made up of a mixture of independents, Labor, Liberal, and Green members, where she spearheaded a campaign against then Prime Minister John Howard's cuts to higher education and funding for student unions. She remains an Honorary Life Member of the student union for her efforts.

After graduating, she was employed as a physical education teacher from 2005 to 2009 and later lectured at Monash University from 2009 to 2010.

McKenzie's electorate office is in the regional Victorian city of Bendigo.[6] McKenzie received embarrassing media attention when it was revealed that, despite her electorate office being located in Bendigo (as The Nationals purport to represent rural and regional interests) she lived in a property in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Elwood, and that she did not live in Bendigo or had she ever owned a property there. [7]

Senator McKenzie is opposed to gay marriage,[8] despite opposition from her gay brother, who wrote a letter to a local regional paper, the Bendigo Advertiser, to express his dismay.[9] McKenzie accused campaigners for marriage equality of politicising the increased suicide rates in the LGBTIQ community during the political Australian federal survey on marriage equality.[10] She has also stated on the record that she will vote against any bill for Marriage Equality, regardless of the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.[11]

McKenzie attracted attention for her performance in the Senate when engaged in a filibuster she praised a National Party candidate but appeared to forget his name. [12]

Senator McKenzie is also a champion of guns and firearms, she enjoys hunting animals for sport, clay target shooting and opposed a ban on a particular type of lever-action shotgun.

Personal life[edit]

Her ancestors were Scottish.[13] Senator McKenzie has been in a romantic relationship since 2014 with David Bennett, a Member of the New Zealand Parliament and a former Minister.[14] Her first marriage to former Police officer and massage therapist Tim Edwards ended in divorce and she has four children. [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.finance.gov.au/sites/default/files/P36_MCKENZIE_Bridget.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=207825
  3. ^ "Senate Results - Victoria - 2010 Federal Election". Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  4. ^ http://thestar.com.au/?p=3900
  5. ^ http://www.bridgetmckenzie.com.au/Media/In-the-News/ID/694/AUSTRALIAN-WOMEN-ONLINE-Women-in-Politics-Bridget-McKenzie-National-Party-Senator-for-Victoria
  6. ^ http://www.finance.gov.au/sites/default/files/P36_MCKENZIE_Bridget.pdf
  7. ^ http://m.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/the-guntoting-gay-marriageopposing-nationals-senatorwho-lives-in-the-inner-city-20160203-gml8ic.html
  8. ^ http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/3136550/mckenzie-against-same-sex-marriage-supports-conscience-vote/
  9. ^ http://m.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/letter-from-alastair-mckenzie-on-his-sister-nationals-senator-bridget-mckenzies-samesex-marriage-stance-20150612-ghn3kj.html
  10. ^ "A Nationals Senator Just Said The 'Yes' Side Was "Politicising" LGBT Suicide". Pedestrian TV. 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2017-10-12. 
  11. ^ "How your MP will vote if Australia says Yes to same-sex marriage". ABC News. 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  12. ^ "'Andrew, Andrew... it will come to me': Excruciating moment senator tries to kill time by congratulating a colleague on winning his seat - but forgets his NAME". Daily Mail. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2017-11-02. 
  13. ^ http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Senators/First_Speeches/First_Speeches/Bridget_McKenzie_Senator_for_Victoria
  14. ^ "Trans-Tasman relations: Long-distance love for Hamilton East MP David Bennett, who confirms he is in a relationship with Australian senator". NZ Herald. 2016-12-24. Retrieved 2017-11-02. 
  15. ^ "Meet Bridget McKenzie, the Turnbull government senator out to change your mind about guns". Sydney Morning Herald. 2015-10-26. Retrieved 2017-11-02. 

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