Last Updated: May 23, 2015

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Lessons in issues outside of class

THE principal of a Mallee school with 250 students reported his school had four homeless students last year.

Queensland recession Treasurer ‘talking economy down’

Treasurer ‘talking economy down’
TREASURER Curtis Pitt has accused the former Newman Government of sending Queensland into a recession we “didn’t have to have”.

‘Backpacker tax’ fears

This Land, Derwent Estate Wines, Granton, owned by the Hanigan family, 2011 Tasmanian Wine Show Society Pinot Noir Producer o...
A NEW “backpacker tax” could discourage tourists seeking a working holiday in regional Australia, industry says.

Agencies to hit the road

Grain harvest. John Davidson, Streatham. Wheat.
A PLAN to move four key government agencies out of Canberra into regional centres is progressing despite industry concerns.

Ag loses in latest Budget

 A fence.
AGRICULTURE has been allocated less money in the Victorian Budget this year than it received in last year’s Budget.

Tax relief for farms

Tax relief for farms
FARMING families will see immediate flow-on effects through widespread tax breaks, federal Treasurer Joe Hockey says.

Federal target misses the mark

 Macarthur wind farm in western Victoria.
THE VICTORIAN Government has slammed the renewable energy target and called for its own state-based RET.

Urban fringe binge

Urban fringe binge
THE Government stands accused of hypocrisy after directing almost half of its Stronger Regions Fund to suburban electorates.

RET task enormous: Macfarlane

Ian Mcfarlane Presser -White paper
IT’S “open slather” for the clean energy sector after a bipartisan deal was reached on a pared-back renewable energy target.

Cockies await white paper

Barnaby Joyce
THE government’s agriculture white paper will be ­released within six weeks, with budget funding already allocated.

Lambie’s political party official

Lambie Xenophone
JACQUI Lambie has won the tick of approval from the electoral commission to set up her own political party.

Abbott preferred PM: Poll

Abbott preferred PM: Poll
THE Abbott government has experienced a strong bump in the polls following its Federal Budget.

Vic Nats to meet

State Funeral for Malcolm Fraser
ELECTRONIC voting and the prevalence of ice in Victoria will headline discussions at the Nationals state conference this weekend.

Agencies sent bush

Question Time
BARNABY Joyce will push ahead with his plans to move four key government agencies out of Canberra into regional centres.

$5b Vic wind farms wait on RET

$5b Vic wind farms wait on RET
VICTORIA has 19 wind farms ready to go if the Federal Government allows the state to top up the RET.

Budget reply Shorten puts spanner in the works

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten Delivers Budget Reply Speech
BILL Shorten has vowed to slash small business tax to an historical low of 25 per cent.

Winners & Losers Five-minute WA budget guide

Breaking News Breaking News Fwd: Budget Images
HOW will the Western Australian Government pay down a record state debt?

WWOOF protests visa changes

 The Aileron Bush Weekend at the Aileron Roadhouse 130km north of Alice Springs was held over the Easter weekend. Dom Kerr, a...
A VOLUNTEER farm working scheme is protesting Federal Government backpacker visa changes.

Speed up tax breaks: NFF

Brent Finlay, National Farmers' Federation President.
FARMERS are urging the Federal Government to bring forward tax breaks unveiled in Tuesday’s Budget by a year.

Vic wants to go solo on RET

Bill Shorten
VICTORIA wants to go its own way and set a state-based Renewable Energy Target.

Shorten spells out budget stance

QT
OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten will present his budget-in-reply speech to federal Parliament tonight.

Lazarus to set up own party

Senator Glenn Lazarus
FORMER Palmer United Party Senator Glenn Lazarus is trying to set up his own political party.

WA Budget Fremantle Port to be sold

Suburb - Fremantle
THE Fremantle Port could be a surprise sale in WA Premier Colin Barnett’s multi-billion dollar asset off-load.

Greens plea on gas inquiry

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THE Greens are concerned the Victorian Government’s CSG inquiry will focus on the wrong issue.

Food labelling laws off the table

FOOD LABELING
NEW food labelling laws are unlikely to be taken to federal cabinet for several months.

Visas ‘undermining’ rural workers

 Alleged illegal immigrant migrant workers re-enacting how they were bound tied and handcuffed during raid by immigration off...
AUSTRALIA’S temporary work visa programs are increasing unemployment in regional areas, a Bendigo MP says.

Youth a priority for new MP

Melina Bath
“YOUR postcode should not dictate your potential,” Melina Bath last week declared to the Victorian Parliament.

Row over held water levy

dry weather
A WAR of words has erupted between the VFF and the Victorian Government over spending on water projects.

Senate halal probe

Senate halal probe
HALAL certification will be among the focuses of a new Senate inquiry.

Help for drought-hit farmers

Drought Pic Story
FARMERS have been handed a reduction in their tax liability in this week’s Federal Budget.

Media to fight Bill

 Screen grab taken from ABC TV's 'Four Corners' report 'A Bloody Business' by Sarah Ferguson which focused on the treatment o...

AUSTRALIA’S biggest organisations have united to condemn proposed new laws aimed at the reporting of animal cruelty.

Millewa triple-header

 Nangiloc's Scott Golding juggles the ball under pressure. Cardross 22.11-143 vs Nangiloc 14.11-95.

ONE competition not taking part in interleague matches this weekend has taken the chance to go completely outside the box.

Claas CVT makes Aussie debut

Claas CVT makes Aussie debut

AUSTRALIA is about to get its first shipment of Arion tractors featuring the new Claas-developed CVT.

Wyche welcomes Wig’s snags

Wycheproof retail revival

WHILE towns across the nation feel the pinch of a decline in services, Wycheproof is cooking up its own storm.

Rain falls in ‘dribs and drabs’

Rain falls in ‘dribs and drabs’

IT HAS been called a “dribs and drabs” rain but most Victorian grain growers are now well into their sowing programs.