Last Updated: April 25, 2014

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Just say cheese, urges Robb

FEDERAL Trade Minister Andrew Robb has taken a glass half full approach to his recent free trade deal with Japan.

Farmer health funding tipped

 Sue Brumby at the National Centre for Farmer Health, Hamilton.
THE National Centre for Farmer Health will likely see a funding commitment from the state and federal governments when their budgets are unveiled next month.

Bushfire overlay changes needed

Bush Fire
PLANNING changes will ease the burden on fire-affected communities rebuilding but details have been revealed.

Unions silent on Shorten proposals

Bill Shorten
NSW Labor boss Jamie Clements yesterday backed federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s break with the union movement.

Hospital for north Geelong

Cats encourage Geelong people to quit
VICTORIAN Health Minister David Davis yesterday admitted there was a clear need for better health services in Geelong’s north.

Abbott to announce $12.4b fighter jets spend

 RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets fly towards Brisbane. Australia is acquiring 24 Block II F/A-18F Super Hornets as a bridging air ...
AUSTRALIA will spend $12.4 billion bolstering its air combat capability with a new order of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

Senator in the fast lane

Gap Road 40 Kph Limit
AUSTRALIANS could be driving at higher speeds if the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party has its way.

Bush bid by small parties

THE Palmer United and Australian Motoring Enthusiast parties will make a push for the bush.

Baird announces NSW cabinet

Cabinet Announcement
NSW Premier Mike Baird says his new-look cabinet balances experience and renewal.

Bulk-bill GP visits hit

$6 hit for bulk-bill GP visits
A CO-PAYMENT of $6 for bulk-billed visits to GPs will be included in the Abbott government’s first budget.

Palmer threatens direct action plan

Palmer threatens to stop direct action plan
CLIVE Palmer has warned he will sink the government’s ­direct action climate change plan in the Senate.

Mayor thrown from runaway horse

Mayor thrown from runaway horse
GEELONG’S flamboyant mayor Darryn Lyons held on for dear life when his horse bolted during a tourism campaign ad.

FTA key to high currency flow

FTA key to high currency flow
TRADING volumes between the Australian dollar and the renminbi are expected to be one of the major beneficiaries of a FTA.

Meet Mike Baird NSW's new premier

Mike Baird Pap
UPDATE: MIKE Baird is the new premier of NSW after he was elected unopposed by the Liberal party room in the wake of Barry O'Farrell's shock resignation.

Tinned Italian tomato price rise

 MAY 3, 2001 : Tins of Granoro Italian tomatoes for ossobuco recipe from Lamonica's IGA Supermarket in Haberfield, Sydney, 03...
SHOPPERS will notice the price of Italian canned tomatoes rise after an anti-dumping duty determination.

$11m for flawed food rating system

$11m for flawed food rating system
GOVERNMENTS committed more than $11m to the development of a Health Star Rating food labelling system before a cost-benefit analysis was done.

Water to boost in Golden Plains

Golden Plains Food Production Precinct
A NEW $11.78 million agricultural precinct is set to generate businesses and jobs in Golden Plains.

Global warming will kill: Greens

AUSTRALIA is going to cook and people will die through global warming, West Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam says.

Rural education Closing education gap

Holy Rosary garden winners
THE Victorian Government has promised to complete a key strategy in a bid to reduce the learning gap between city and country students.

NSW Premier resigns

UPDATE: FORMER NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has faced ICAC for a second day after his shock resignation this morning.

Nash avoids food rating site queries

Nash avoids food rating site queries
THE Health Department sent Fiona Nash a submission giving her up to seven days’ notice that it was launching a controversial food ratings website.

Walsh criticised over FTA

 Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh speaks at the Rural Press Club of Victoria breakfast.
PETER Walsh has come under fire for his response to the Federal Government’s FTA with Japan.

A wishy-Walshy response

Northern Water Plant Opening, Corio, Geelong Victoria. Peter Walsh MP.
VICTORIAN dairy farmers feel let down by both their agriculture ministers — both federal and state.

Abbott fails to register

Tony Abbott
THE Federal Government is “stalling” on its promise to del­iver a foreign ownership register, Peter ­Tuohey says.

Labor road funds fall short

Story about Melbourne's potholed roads
THE Victorian Opposition will fund just a portion of what the Government now spends on fixing rural roads.

Bee crisis 'could cost billions'

As the bee flies - natural pollination by the blue-banded native bee causes more seeds to be produced in tomato plants.
FERAL bees have been all but wiped out in South Australia, putting the state’s agricultural industry at risk, a Senate inquiry has heard.

Wilkie’s live export trip withdrawn

Live cattle export numbers increase at Townsville
FEDERAL MP Andrew Wilkie had intended travelling cattle class to Indonesia as part of a fact-finding mission on live animal exports.

CSIRO CSIRO budget cut a travesty: ALP

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
LABOR has branded reports the government could cut the country's peak science agency funding as an attack on scientific research.

Pension tests facing budget axe

Hockey pension reaction
TONY Abbott’s razor gang is eyeing tougher income rules for the aged pension and a crackdown on disability support pensions.

China’s trade deal

Abbott in China 10th April
FOR Tony Abbott it was his first trip to China as Prime Minister.

MG steps up


MURRAY GOULBURN lifted its farmgate price for the fifth time this season.

Alpine Saints seek Anzac Day win

 Essendon training. Scott Lucas on the lead.

MYRTLEFORD will look for its first win when it takes on fellow winless club Wangaratta on Anzac Day.

Few gain from high prices

Elders agents take bids on first-cross ewe lambs which made $151 at last week's special store sheep sale at Wycheproof.

LAMB prices above 600c/kg and a bounce of $150 for slaughter cows and bullocks make good headlines.

Anger as diesel firm winds up

 Henty Machinery Field Days. Ron Kukler, Green Diesel Fuel System

A LIQUIDATOR has been appointed to wind up former Geelong company Green Diesel Corporation.

Going for gold

 Cut Daffodils in the cool room. David and Robin Jackson of Jacksons Daffodils in Surges Bay on their farm.

FEW growers have won the top daffodil award in the UK or the US. Yet one Australian has taken out both. Meet David Jackson.