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UK backs local industry

AUSTRALIA’S  public sector should follow the UK and start buying homegrown food, industry and MPs say.

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Shires fear levee plans

 A levee bank protects homes from flood water at Wangaratta.
VICTORIAN councils fear they will be burdened by changes to flood levee bank management.

Nominations open in Euroa

Artwork - Liberal Party of Australia logo.
LIBERAL Party nominations for the seat of Euroa have opened.

Water promise on CSG

 Australian Science and Maths School student Caitlin Penhall holding water sample from a pond at Flinders University to coinc...
FURTHER water testing may be undertaken to gauge if onshore gas exploration will affect Victorian water.

Victoria’s swing prediction

04/05/2004 PIRATE: Generic image of man voter placing vote in ballot box for election May 2004.
THE Coalition isn’t “on the nose” despite recent polls showing the Victorian Government trails Labor.

Strength in NFF reform

 National Famers Federation Brent Finlay in St George, Queensland, following the farmers crisis meeting. Pic James Croucher
NFF president Brent Finlay says the organisation must ­become “more effective”, “more unified” and “stronger”.

Listen up Gillard's health plan fails

 PM Julia Gillard speaks with 1984 Olympic Butterfly Gold Medallist Jon Sieben via mobile phone as she and Treasurer Wayne Sw...
IT is a $620m system, introduced by Labor to solve the rural health crisis, paying specialists to hold video consultations with patients.

Galaxy poll Abbott down in the polls

Tony Abbott
AUSTRALIANS back Tony Abbott’s leadership through the MH17 crisis, but have refused to reward him here at home.

Fiery debate ALP's notorious seven get life bans

Former NSW Labor Minister, Eddie Obeid, answers questions outside his home in Sydney.
SEVEN of Labor’s most notorious former members - including Eddie Obeid, Joe Tripodi and Craig Thomson - have received life bans.

We’ll keep FIRB promise: Joyce

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland
BARNABY Joyce says government must keep promise to closer scrutinise foreign purchases of farmland.

Palmer’s Chinese court battle

Clive Palmer
CLIVE Palmer’s estranged Chinese business partners accuse him of assisting a “fraudulent breach of trust”.

Ag wants carbon incentives

 FILE - In this March 11, 2009 file photo, a line of Holstein dairy cows feed through a fence at a farm outside Jerome, Idaho...
AGRICULTURE needs “credible and effective” government-driven mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions.

Saving Private Ryan

 Victorian deputy premier Peter Ryan discusses his schedule with adviser Gary Tepper en route to Mildura last week. Picture: ...
POLLS tipping a Coalition defeat do not faze Victorian Nationals leader Peter Ryan.

Bhutan phone network ‘better’

Wangaratta
RURAL Australia must “aspire” to match Asia by providing broad mobile phone coverage, an MP says.

Feds to listen on Landcare

House Of Representatives Question Time
LANDCARE volunteers will get the chance to lobby the government for a national program’s direction.

Suicide expert slams MPs

Josh Sheppard
A LEADING farmer suicide expert has criticised politicians for trivialising the issue.

Weller’s MG campaign continues

Member for Rodney Paul Weller at last week's Swan Hill hearing of the parliamentary inquiry by the Rural and Regional Committ...
RODNEY MP Paul Weller will pursue his directorship campaign despite a lack of vacancies on MG’s board.

Restore carbon tax, scientists

PM Tony Abbott Presser
WORLD leaders in tropical conservation science slam PM Tony Abbott for scrapping the carbon tax.

Pressure mounts on activists

Pressure mounts on activists
ACTIVISTS with cruelty footage would be forced to hand it to authorities more quickly under new laws.

Wind turbine turn-around

Waubra Wind Farm Story
EXCLUSIVE: ENERGY companies can make minor changes to existing wind farm planning permits from next month.

Nats’ status shaky

Nats’ status shaky
THE Victorian Nationals are in danger of losing their Third Party status which would cost them $750,000 annually.

Hockey firm over GrainCorp sale

Question Time
JOE Hockey was “p---ed off” with the way ADM lobbied him over its attempt to buy GrainCorp last year, a new book reveals.

Industry warns against levy vote

 Crops growing at Karkana, Horsham. Onions.
KEY horticulture figures fear a federal Parliament vote could bring down Australia’s agriculture levy system.

Passenger trains Train lobbying gathers pace

Ararat rail
PUBLIC transport is the key to attracting city people to country areas.

Labor wins Stafford seat, Qld

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Queensland’s Labor party is celebrating after winning the by-election in the Brisbane electorate of Stafford.

Abbott continues to lose votes

Church Service
THE latest polls indicate voters favour Bill Shorten over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister.

Tax hurt competition: Broad

 Fire Blight Rally. Shepparton. Speaker, Andrew Broad. VFF President.
THE carbon tax hurt jobs and competitiveness, National MPs says.

Carbon tax no more

Question Time
UPDATE: THE Senate has repealed the carbon tax after months of campaigning by PM Tony Abbott.

Federal politics No carbon tax rebate on rates

Question Time
RATEPAYERS stung by the carbon tax are unlikely to see their money back after councils warned it would be “nearly impossible’’ to calculate what they were owed.

Carbon debate dragging out

Question Time
OPPOSITION senators appear in no hurry to pass the carbon tax repeal, despite the looming holiday break.

Echuca permit ‘unlikely’

 Echuca dairy sale. Ian Maddison. Auctioneers and agents.

AN Echuca beef farmer is unlikely to succeed in winning a permit to keep farming.

Breakaway Bears wary of trap

 Picola & District Football League, South East Division. Senior Premiers, Tungamah

SHOULD reigning premier Tungamah lose its last three home-and-away matches, the club would still finish top.

$320m farm for Geelong

$320m farm for Geelong

UPDATE: A $320-million horticulture farm will be built on 150ha at Avalon, near Geelong, generating $160m a year.

Xerion 5000, top of the class

Xerion 5000, top of the class

CLAAS has stepped into the 500hp-plus heavyweight division with the Australian arrival of its Xerion 5000.

Pub the hub of Warracknabeal

 Kevin and Sally Gebert, who made a creek-change to Warracknabeal's Commercial Hotel from inner-city Sydney in 2011. Pictured...

WARRACKNABEAL is still catching its communal breath after Sally and Kevin Gebert moved to town.