Last Updated: December 22, 2014

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PM's big win for 'budget women'

TONY ABBOTT has nominated the carbon tax repeal as his greatest achievement as Minister for Women this year.

Coalition revival

New leader of libs
THE Liberals and Nationals have unveiled their shadow cabinet.

Andrews to work with micro parties

Police Presser
THE new spark in Victoria’s new Upper House was clear just minutes after the final votes were tallied.

Gun law changes shut down

Senator Jacqui Lambie
JACQUI Lambie says a crossbench Senate colleague has picked the wrong time to debate Australia’s gun laws.

Greens to shape government

Greens Reflect on the Election Results
VICTORIA’S Green MPs expect to be listened to after four years watching the Coalition control both houses of parliament.

Qld budget surplus still on cards

QUEENSLAND’S Treasurer is set to outline the state’s midyear budget review.

NSW heads for 2014-15 surplus

HIGHER-than-expected stamp duty receipts have outweighed a dip in NSW’s payroll tax and mining profits.

Budget forecasting flop

Prime Minister Tony Abbott door stop
TREASURY’S poor budget forecasting has resulted in a total of $290bn in downgrades to its estimates since 2010.

Shadow cabinet unveiled

Ag Minister Peter Walsh - PRCV
THE Nationals and Liberals will remain in coalition.

Micro parties hold the powers

State Parliament Security
FIVE Green and five micro party MPs will hold the balance of power in Victoria’s Upper House.

Hanson to vie for Lockyer

Pauline Hanson
UPDATE: ONE Nation’s Pauline Hanson will try to win the seat of Lockyer during the 2015 Queensland election.

By-election Labor wins Fisher recount

Nat Cook
A RECOUNT for the Fisher by-election in South Australia has confirmed Labor’s Nat Cook has won the seat by nine votes.

Budget 2014 Hockey: $40bn budget blowout

Joe Hockey
THE deficit forecast for the federal budget has blown out much more than expected. What does this mean for Australia’s bottom line?

$10m cut from Basin project

Irrigation Water. Mildura. Murray River
A $10 MILLION cut in funding for the Murray-Darling Basin Joint Program will be topped up by states.

Boost for remote students

Question Time -Reps
THIRTY-FOUR schools in remote Australia will roll out the “old-school” literacy program from next year.

$100 billion blowout

Treasurer Joe Hockey
BUDGET deficits will almost double to $100 billion over the next four years.

Government trails Labor

Government trails Labor
THE Abbott Government ends its first full year in power well behind Labor, according to the latest poll.

Development $380m wind farm faces axe

A $380 million wind farm on Far North Queensland's Tableland is on a knife edge.

Drought appeal Banks called on to do their bit

 Barry O'Sullivan ,flies to Canberra tomorrow and will become the newest QLD Senator, for the LNP , replacing Barnaby Joyce, ...
AN LNP senator is calling on the Australian Banking Association to support his call to give farmers a financial break.

New twist Recount in Fisher by-election

Dan Woodyatt - - Fisher BI-Elections
A RECOUNT will be held in the South Australian seat of Fisher, which had a by-election on December 6.

Bids for nuclear dump in March

Investigator tour
BIDDING to host Australia’s nuclear waste dump will begin in March, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has said.

Call for radioactive waste hosts

Artwork - nuclear hazard. Earth surrounded by radioactive waste drums and studded with nuclear power stations. A radiation da...
THE Federal Government wants landowners to put their hands up to host a radioactive waste site.

Pulford’s daughter dies

Swearing in of Labor government
NEW Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford is today mourning the death of her 13-year-old daughter.

FIRB changes flagged for next year

Cabinet Meeting
NEW laws to increase scrutiny on foreign purchases of Australian farmland will probably be passed early next year.

Joyce’s drought policies ‘have failed’

Official Last Day Of Sitting At Parliament
BARNABY Joyce should stop blaming the banks and acknowledge his drought policies have failed, Joel Fitzgibbon says.

Labor urged to keep grazing trial

 Veteran farmer Charlie Lovick, on land his family has held for 150 years at Merrijig in Victoria, droves cattle to a nearby ...
VICTORIA’S new Labor Government is being urged to allow the completion of a three-year Alpine grazing trial.

George takes on sugar job

George takes on sugar job
AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce has sidestepped the big job of joining a taskforce to ensure farmers get a fair deal from sugar millers.

George takes on sugar job

George takes on sugar job
A TASKFORCE will be set up to ensure farmers get a fair deal from millers planning on taking over sugar marketing in 2017.

Stunning comeback Libs take shock lead in Fisher

Heidi Harris - Fisher BI-Elections
LIBERAL Heidi Harris has fought back to take a shock lead in the South Australian Fisher by-election count.

DEPI split an insult, says cropper

DEPI split an insult, says cropper
IT WILL be hypocritical of the new Labor Government to benefit from agriculture export income after splitting DEPI.

RET deal warning

RET deal warning

CONSUMERS face electricity price rises unless a deal is done on the future of the RET.

Harvest pulls up stumps

Harvest pulls up stumps

IN TERMS of an introduction to bush cricket, there is nothing like it.

LFP sold to Parmalat

Holstein cow with tongue sticking out

THE boss of Longwarry Food Park said selling the business to Parmalat would enable it to grow faster.

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

THE JCB GT backhoe was recently crowned the fastest digger after reaching speeds of more than 116km/h.

Jingles keeps trucking

JINGLES: Graeme Neal aka 'Jingles' Livestock carrier from Swan Reach.

OWNING 14 trucks in 73 years might seem like a lot to some but to Jingles Neal it’s not nearly enough.