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Muir slams petrol hike

RICKY Muir says hiking up petrol prices by bypassing the Senate is a “dirty, backdoor manoeuvre”.

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Relief as pig gas plan takes flight

FOR pig farmer Tom Smith, the PUP’s agreement to support the Direct Action policy on climate change was a big relief.

Lawyer vies for Shepparton seat

Lawyer vies for Shepparton seat
HIGH-PROFILE lawyer Suzanna Sheed will contest the seat of Shepparton at the Victorian election.

National Party safe in Lowan

LOWAN is expected to deliver the National Party one of the female parliamentarians it so desperately desires.

Poll shows Baird popularity at high

Oran Park Podium Launch
MIKE Baird’s popularity doesn’t appear to have been hit by the NSW donations scandal, the latest Newspoll shows.

Coalition could lose office: Poll

7.25am photo call for Premier visit
THE Victorian government is facing a massive defeat at next month’s state election, a poll shows.

McGowan backs decentralisation

Question Time 2nd October
INDEPENDENT MP Cathy McGowan challenges government to create “serious policies” for regions.

Kealy set to win Lowan seat

LOWAN is expected to deliver the National Party one of the female parliamentarians it so desperately desires.

Done deal Palmer saves climate policy deal

Clive Palmer with Greg Hunt
FEDERAL government’s $2.55 billion Direct Action climate policy will pass the Senate after a deal is struck with the Palmer United Party.

US heads to the polls

US heads to the polls
US FARMERS say environment “over-regulation” and labour reform are key issues ahead of next week’s US midterm elections.

Red gum thinning trial Vic quits red gum logging trial

THE NSW Government may yet continue with controversial red gum thinning trials in ­national parks.

New trains for Victoria: Labor

A V-Line Velocity train, (Fast Train), crosses the Barwon Heads road at Marshall.
TWENTY additional V/Line carriages would be added to the Victorian network under a Labor Government.

$12m almond promise for Sunraysia

 Generic pics of Almond production line at Almondco in Renmark.
A RE-ELECTED Victorian Coalition Government has pledged to expand almond research at Irymple.

Coalition releases education plan

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BAIRNSDALE Secondary College will receive $12.5m for a school redevelopment if the Victorian Coalition win government.

Coalition backflip on dumping onus

 Italian Tomato
INDUSTRY Minister Ian Macfarlane has assured the food processors he’ll make anti-dumping action easier.

Sex party’s bush push

 n23hbelection State Election polling booths in the Heidelberg area Ian Conway-Powles supporting Vote 1 Sex Party Catholic Pr...
REGIONAL Victoria is getting a little bit sexy.

Fuel prices set to rise

Fuel indexation to rise
FAMILIES can expect to pay about 40 cents a week more in petrol from next month.

Wine Victoria voices election wants

 STM Generic wine Pic Stewart Allen
WINE Victoria has made its needs clear in the lead-up to the State Government election.

Libs to match ALP on school funds

Libs to match ALP on school funds
VICTORIA’S coalition government says it will match Labor’s election pledge on funding to upgrade schools.

Opinion polls Labor holds lead in election race

ALP State Election Campaign Launch
LABOR is holding an election- winning lead over the ­Coalition in Victoria with just 33 days until voters head to the ballot boxes.

Breakfast club Free feeds in Labor school cash splash

ALP State Election Campaign Launch
TECH schools would be reintroduced to Victoria under a $1.3 billion Labor promise.

Gippsland train chaos

A V-Line Velocity train, (Fast Train), crosses the Barwon Heads road at Marshall.
UPDATE: Gippsland train services to be thrown into disarray during the height of next month’s election.

Dumping loopholes probed

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ANTI-Dumping laws will be the focus of a federal parliamentary inquiry amid growing loophole concerns.

Several contest seat of Morwell

Several contest seat of Morwell
THE Indi movement is on in Morwell.

Victorian votes lost in the haze

Morwell electorate profile
THE Hazelwood coal mine fire in February has turned up the heat on sitting MP Russell Northe.

Motorbike plan ‘brain dead’

Martin Parkinson
AXING laws to fit imported motorbikes with mudguards is “brain dead”, says a Liberal senator.

No change for food dumping laws

Ian Macfarlane
INDUSTRY Minister Ian Macfarlane has admitted the Federal Government will not toughen laws over foreign food imports.

No push for e-tags

 Electronic tagging of sheep
UPDATE: THE sheep industry is ‘extremely disappointed’ by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s announcement today.

Victoria’s rural road pledge

EXCLUSIVE: THE Country Roads and Bridges program will be extended if the Victorian Coalition is re-elected.

Micro parties hunt for power

 Bruce Poon (in suit) senate candidate for the Animal Justice Party leads protesters through the city protesting live animal ...
MORE than double the number of parties that ran in the 2010 election will contest the November 29 poll.

Ouyen’s grim death toll

 West Wimmera Harvest. Unloading wheat at the Laharum Grain Storage site. The wheat is travelling up into silo

UPDATE: The Mallee community has been shattered by the accidental death of another young farmer.

Review into country cricket

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UPDATE: COUNTRY cricket in Victoria is about to go under the microscope.

Auctions take direct hit

Corowa sheep sale

LAMB pricing appears to have shifted in favour of direct selling this spring.

John Deere 1025R a little ripper

Elmore Field Days 2014 Wednesday

SIMPLICITY and versatility are the main selling points for John Deere’s 1 Series sub-compact utility tractors.

Humour is a blowtorch

Country Living: Sculptor and jeweller Russell Petherbridge

RUSSELL Petherbridge successfully crosses the gulf between sport and art.

Editor’s Letter: October 2014

 Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

THE Weekly Times held its first FORUM last month, a day for farmers to get together and hear from some successful producers and marketing gurus on how to build a strong business brand.