Last Updated: September 05, 2015

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Call to axe Safe Schools Coalition

EXCLUSIVE: THE Nationals’ Women’s Federal Council wants to suspend an anti-homophobic bullying program in schools.

Push for water portfolio shift

ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft
FEDERAL water issues should be included in agriculture not the environment portfolio, says a NSW Nationals senator.

No guarantee for former Indi MP

No guarantee for former Indi MP
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will not guarantee Sophie Mirabella a seat on the frontbench if she is re-elected.

Tom Napthine wants dad’s seat

Denis Napthine Is Announcing His Retirement
THE son of former Victorian premier Denis Napthine is hoping to continue his family’s political dynasty.

Murray Darling group set to fight mine

Murray Darling group set to fight mine
THE Murray Darling Association to consider formally opposing the Shenhua coal mine in NSW’s Liverpool Plains.

Gas report leaves few clues

 QGC-owned coal seam gas wells near Tara, in the Darling Downs of Queensland.
AN INTERIM report on unconventional onshore gas contains few clues about the potential for an industry in Victoria.

Labor opts out

Denis Napthine Is Announcing His Retirement
THE Victorian Labor Party will not contest by-elections following the resignations two senior Liberals.

Windsor likely to take on Joyce

Tony Windsor
TONY Windsor is shaping up as a likely contender to take on Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce in the next election.

Count roos, say councils

NEWS: Kangaroos.
A GROUP of central Victorian local councils is calling for better monitoring of kangaroos.

Going south

Going south
EXCLUSIVE: CHINA will turn to South America if Australia backs away from a landmark trade agreement, NFF chief Simon Talbot says.

Processors feel the heat

Teys Brothers are determined to build on the market for grass-fed MSA-graded beef. Cattle.
AUSTRALIA’S two largest beef processors have flatly denied allegations of collusion and price transferring.

Coalition rethink on gas

NEWS: Gas Inquiry - Lock the Gate Protest
VICTORIAN Opposition Matthew Guy has suggested his Coalition could change its policy on coal-seam gas.

CSG inquiry ‘under-resourced’

CSG inquiry ‘under-resourced’
A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into unconventional onshore gas in Victoria is under-resourced, according to a draft report.

Warning over China delay

Australian labour unions
THERE would be serious long-term implication if the China free-trade agreement is scuttled, Australians are being warned.

CFA leadership Victorian CFA chair quits post

CFA Awards
VICTORIAN Country Fire Authority chair Claire Higgins has quit.

New push for FTA

Simon Talbot
FARMERS and miners have teamed up to spruik the China trade deal to the public.

Napthine quits politics

New leader of libs
UPDATE: FORMER Victorian premier Denis Napthine has announced his retirement from politics.

Farmer fears on FTA

 Aerial pic of dairy farms in 'Dwarron' near Warnambool, Victoria.
HUNDREDS of millions of dollars worth of business could be jeopardised if the China trade agreement is delayed, farmers say.

Carving out a legacy

Carving out a legacy
THE legacy of Jerapit’s most celebrated son, Sir Robert Menzies, has been immortalised.

Farmers take unions to task

Farmers take unions to task
UNIONS are holding Australia to ransom by campaigning against the free trade deal with China, the NFF says.

Farmers take unions to task

New UDV President. Adam Jenkins
FARMERS are warning the unions to get out of the way of Australia’s free trade agreement with China.

NSW sheep dodging tags

NEWS: Stolen Dogs
SHEEP from NSW slaughtered in Victoria would escape the southern state’s proposed electronic identification rules, it’s emerged.

Basin plans hinge on projects

Irrigation Water. Mildura. Murray River
PLANS to divert water for Murray Darling Basin environmental flows hinge on key projects.

Tougher standards for councillors

Labor ports spokeswoman
ROGUE councillors are the target of proposed changes to Victoria’s local government laws.

Little give and take

A fist full of money.
THE Federal Nationals will not call for an overhaul of political fundraising laws, but agree a review is needed.

Farmers rally over water charges

Farmers rally over water charges
UPDATE: ORGANISERS of today’s rally against rising water costs have secured a meeting with Goulburn Murray Water.

No vote can mean a no vote

ABC Morwell job cuts
A RULE ­allowing councillors to avoid voting could be skewing the ­results of contentious decisions.

Still time to amend China deal

Joel Fitzgibbon
FEDERAL Labor claims the free trade agreement with China can be amended without causing upset.

Minister goes to ground

NEWS: Gas Inquiry - Lock the Gate Protest
VICTORIAN Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio won’t say if she’ll give evidence to a fracking and onshore gas inquiry.

No grand plans for new holidays

 Mark Stone, CEO of Vecci at his Melbourne office
THE AFL Grand Final eve public holiday is tipped to hit regional Victorian employers hard.

Going south

Going south

EXCLUSIVE: CHINA will turn to South America if Australia backs away from a landmark trade agreement, NFF chief Simon Talbot says.

Salary cap’s big savings

Weekly Times Sherrin Footy

SOME Central Victorian AFL clubs could save up to$70,000 when the statewide salary cap comes into effect in 2017.

Bull sales charge up

Dunoon Angus sale Holbrook

MONTHS of stellar beef returns are being reflected in millions of dollars spent on bulls in the past week.

A farmer’s eye in the sky

A farmer’s eye in the sky

A NEW unmanned aerial vehicle allows farmers to check on what’s happening around their property.

Keeping farmers posted

Supplied Editorial

OUTBACK postie Dave Hammond has a mail run so long it is a tourist attraction.

Teasing rain not enough

Teasing rain not enough

THE Bureau of Meteorology’s rain forecast of 25-50mm for Victoria failed to arrive on Wednesday.