Last Updated: August 03, 2015

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Marriage equality Bill offers hope

 Andrew Beaton and his wife Juddie, left, with Landmark agent Andrew Harrison paid 219 c/kg or $742 a head for Ballaarook's 8...
RECENTLY our son, Lachie, posted a video online about his realisation of being gay.

Subscriber Exclusive Farmers have a real beef

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.
YOU don’t need to frequent the world’s top restaurants to be familiar with the word wagyu.

A fresh take on the GST

Wimmera Mallee season
IN ANY discussion about governments requiring more revenue, the conversation immediately jumps to the GST.

Editorial Planning laws need overhaul

Planning laws need overhaul
THE Victorian Government needs to provide clarity on its farm planning laws.

Timing of the essence in China FTA

DAIRY: Milk Quality Awards
RENEWED debate about the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement is part and parcel of a vibrant democracy.

So this is the end of the ute?

DENI UTE MUSTER: Ben Reiter from Myrrhee with his Holden VU ute
OH NO. The end is nigh. The creeping Americanisation of our Aussie lingo is nearly complete.

Right to farm Biting the hands that feed

Wagyu Cattle
IT WAS a numbers game that saw Murrindindi shire ignore the advice from its planners and force out a farmer.

Dairy walks fine line

DAIRY: Milk Quality Awards
VICTORIAN dairy production is on a tightrope.

Financial nugget in the slurry

Launch of Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, Woolsthorpe
THE Federal Government’s Agriculture White Paper has variously received bouquets and brickbats.

Tough week for Barnaby

Launch of Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, Woolsthorpe
IT HAS been a week to forget for the agriculture minister.

Lives need not be lost in ag

Lives need not be lost in ag
THERE is still more farmers can do to look after themselves and their families.

Agribusiness in the cold

Launch of Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, Woolsthorpe
THE Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper had some excellent initiatives for farmers.

Basin plan a bad deal

 Sun Rice AGM. John Lolicato from Wakool. Sun Rice Share Holder and Grower
I AM convinced it was a big mistake to separate Australia’s national capital from the rest of the country.

VFF amiss over onshore gas

Kath Sullivan Weekly Times
WHAT have the Victorian Farmers Federation and the Greek Government got in common?

Editorial Ag policy falls short of the hype

Barnaby Joyce
AGRICULTURE is quite right to be underwhelmed with the Federal Government’s future vision for farming.

Box Flat massacre A day when no one spoke up

Duck hunting season opening 2015
IT was an orgy of killing, one of the worst wildlife massacres Victoria had ever known.

Gun flap half-cocked

 13/02/2003. Bob Pendergast, shooting his Benambra cattle injured in the Gippsland bushfires. He blames the ban on back burni...
THE recent hysteria about lever-action firearms and the apparent push to re-examine current legislation is unjustified.

Subscriber Exclusive Time to reload on gun debate

Chris McLennan. Weekly Times Staff.
AUSTRALIA’S strict gun laws were going to be tested eventually, the only surprise is that it’s taken 19 years to happen.

Shearers as sportsmen, why not?

SHEARING as a national sport? Well if frisbee throwing and ferret legging can be called a sport, why not?

Finally a plan, now for action

Harvest pics grain
WHEN the Agriculture White Paper was proposed in 2013, it was to provide a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.

CFA to face up to Fiskville

CFA to face up to Fiskville
THE Victorian CFA is prepared to face up to the outcomes of the Fiskville inquiry.

Gun laws Gun laws face a challenge

Gun laws face a challenge
THE seven-shot lever-action shotgun on our front page will shock some and delight others.

Rural services at risk

Rural Living Campaign
AN EROSION in funding levels is affecting council services.

Nats praised for marriage stance

Nats praised for marriage stance
DARREN Chester’s leadership on marriage equality has been inspiring, writes ANTHONY MAYER

Facing turbulence PM’s collision course

PM’s collision course
SAY what you like about the Federal Government, but you can’t say it doesn’t like a bit of turbulence.

The right to know the score

Hardwick Meat Processing plant at Kyneton. Lamb.
AUSTRALIA’s red meat industry has to demonstrate it can be trusted if it wants the respect of farmers.

Op-ed Wannon’s MP under siege

Wannon’s MP under siege
YOU have to feel for the federal member for Wannon, Dan Tehan.

A brand new outlook

1959 Penfolds Grange
THE great bastion of global agricultural branding, New Zealand, is on the ropes.

Chester defies Nats’ constitution

Chester defies Nats’ constitution
GIPPSLAND MP Darren Chester is being hailed a hero by some as the first Nationals MP to support same-sex marriage.

Consumers The truth about ‘free-range’ eggs

Six brown, free range eggs in a green papier mache egg box. Food. Generic image.
THINK you’re supporting happy hens when you shell out extra for eggs? ‘Free range’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Foxes face air attack

Foxes face air attack

AUSTRALIA’S feral rabbits and foxes may soon be under stealth attack from the sky.

Toorak makes it a double

TOORAK College was champion Victorian school at the VEIS Show Jumping 2015 teams Grand Final.

Numbing lamb numbers

Bendigo Prime Lamb Sale

COMMENT: THE lamb industry has been racking up some impressive figures.

New Holland lifts its game

New Holland lifts its game

NEW Holland’s LM range of telehandlers offers models capable of working with weights from 2500kg to 4200kg.

Have a ball in the ’Bool

Edward Mahony Warrnambool

TALK to Edward Mahony and words such as “dynamic”, “community” and “rejuvenation” flow freely.