Last Updated: February 28, 2015

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Building rural bridges

EIGHTEEN bridges across regional Victoria will be upgraded after a $12 million cash injection.

Food laws will not apply to berries

PM Pollie Pedal Launch
TONY Abbott’s new draft new food labelling laws will have no effect on the labels of imported Chinese berries, grocery manufacturers say.

PM responds to leadership rumours

PM on brink as Libs sharpen knives
UPDATE: TONY Abbott has responded to fresh leadership rumours.

Minor parties get more taxpayer money

Two Shooters and Fishers Party MPs for profile
TAXPAYERS will fork out thousands to pay for extra staff to help minor parties grapple with legislation in Victoria's Upper House.

Political tensions '‘Turnbull has numbers to be PM'

Question Time Thursday 26th
BACKBENCHERS have reportedly told Malcolm Turnbull he’s got the numbers to beat Tony Abbott in a Liberal party leadership spill.

Food labelling overhaul

PM Pollie Pedal Launch
UPDATE: COUNTRY-of-origin food labelling laws will transformed by the Federal Government.

Tas extends fracking ban

State extends fracking ban to 2020
A TASMANIAN Government moratorium on hydraulic fracturing will continue for another five years.

Scott Rossetti gains ALP ally

Scott Rossetti, Liberal Party candidate
A FORMER Labor candidate will support Liberal candidate Scott Rossetti at the Gippsland South by-election.

NSW school cash splash pledge

Hand Rasied in Classroom
THE NSW government will spend almost $150 million to upgrade high schools across the state if re-elected at the March election.

Enviro plan for foreign investment

 Joel Fitzgibbon Federal Agriculture Minister talks with fruit growers at Peter Hall's Orchard, Mooroopna. futur...
FOREIGN companies would have to commit to strong environmental standards to buy farmland under Labor.

Pacific worker door widens

 Rajapoal Auseereejanoo, from Mauritius, works in Gay Tripodi's peach orchard at Swan Hill, Victoria. Gay Tripodi, who runs a...
FRUIT and vegetable growers believe changes to the Pacific seasonal worker program will help address labour shortages.

Labor gears up for federal election

Bill Shorten in Randwick
LABOR leader Bill Shorten has told the caucus the party must change the minds of one million Australians who didn’t vote Labor last time.

Counselling spared from cash cut

WEATHER Simon Beattie at Derrynock Poll Dorset Stud
THE Federal Government has rejected calls for a 20 per cent funding cut to a rural counselling service.

Nats want gas veto

Coal Seam Gas
EXCLUSIVE: THE Victorian Nationals will advocate for farmers to have the right to veto coal-seam gas development on their land.

Planned burns Burn target under review

Victorian Fire near Ararat
THE Victorian Government may abandon efforts to deliberately burn large areas of the state.

Cruelty Bill to stamp out delays

08/10/2011 NEWS: Senator Chris Back, Liberal Senator from Western Australia, leaves a Senate Inquiry dealing with animal welf...
SENATOR Chris Back says new animal cruelty laws would have dealt with the greyhound live baiting scandal sooner.

Joyce wants strong laws

Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce
AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce will attempt to tighten ­country-of-origin food labelling laws.

CSG threat sparks odd alliance

CSG feature
THE controversial issue of coal-seam gas has sparked an unlikely friendship between two of the most fierce foes.

The good news for Tony Abbott

The good news for Tony Abbott
TONY Abbott’s Government has enjoyed a bump in the opinion polls.

Federal politics Now he’s stopping the berries

House Of Representatives Question Time
ALL frozen berries from the overseas producer linked to the Hepatitis A health scare will not be allowed into the country.

Liberal poll pain as Labor closes in

Liberal poll pain as Labor closes in
PREMIER Mike Baird has a fight on his hands at the March 28 NSW election with his lead over Labor narrowing to 53-47 on a two-party-preferred basis.

Leaky boat Blowtorch remains on Abbott

Martin Place Siege Report Release
TONY Abbott remains under pressure for his job as he continues to battle leaks that undermine his leadership.

Joyce pushes tougher food laws

Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce
A BROAD review of food safety and tougher labelling laws have been flagged by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Rail link delayed

Bairnsdale celebrated the first V/Line passenger train in almost seven months
VICTORIA’S multi-billion dollar Regional Rail Link will now open in June — two months later than expected.

Upgrades for rural bridges

 Dec99. Swan Hill bridge Swan Hill rural City Council. Bridge linking Victoria and NSW. /bridges
THE Victorian Government will fast-track spending $35.8 million to strengthen 48 bridges in rural areas.

Greens label push

Greens presser
GREENS leader Christine Milne says it’s time the major political parties turned their support for labelling into action.

Country Party name row

ELECTION: Robert Danieli Australian Country Alliance
THE Nationals will make a submission to the VEC over Australian Country Alliance’s move to rebrand itself The Country Party.

Food labelling pressure

Greens presser
TONY Abbott wants the food industry to “lift its game” amid the frozen berries health scare.

Sophie eyes Indi, again

Election Day 2013. LNP candidate for Indi Sophie Mirabella at election celebrations in Wangaratta.
SOPHIE Mirabella is “desperate” to again challenge independent Cathy McGowan, says Liberal sources.

Put up on aid, says Joyce

Question Time in Reps.
BARNABY Joyce has urged the Victorian Government to help usher drought support to farmers.

Anthrax kills Tatura cow

 Vic anthrax animal disease outbreak. bodies of infected cows being burnt near Tatura.

UPDATE: FARMERS in Northern Victorian are on high alert after a dairy cow died from anthrax disease.

Lalbert mourns favourite son

Lalbert mourns favourite son

UPDATE: THE Lalbert community has been plunged into mourning after the death of a Mallee Eagles footballer.

VFF focus on grain payment terms

VFF focus on grain payment terms

SHORTER payment terms for grain need to be considered as a solution to trader insolvencies, Jaala Pulford says.

One fast pass does it all

One fast pass does it all

NEW Amazone Cirrus 03 offset discs/drill combinations enable one-pass cultivation up to 18km/h.

Farmer Jack’s place

COUNTRY LIVING: Old sheep farmer Jack Stevens

I WAS intrigued to meet Jack Stevens, a 92-year-old farmer who lives and still works west of Euroa.

Livestock Doc: Not a scrap of trouble

FARM - PIGS at Corop with Katy Brown

THE dangers of swill feeding and why is it illegal in Australia.