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Alpine plea to Labor

VICTORIA’S mountain cattlemen are pleading for Labor to rethink its tough love stance on alpine grazing.

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Greens ‘have farmers’ backs’

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THE Greens are being hailed as industry saviours following a decision to support a rise in horticultural levies.

MIS fear on forest scheme

 Timbercorp plantations near Orford in southwest Victoria. Sign.
A PLAN to plant 20 million new trees nationwide must not replicate the “fiasco” of forestry MIS, farmers warn.

Bill a sweetener for apiarists

Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab Studies Colony Collapse Disorder
RED tape will be slashed for beekeepers as a result of changes to be introduced into the Victorian Parliament today.

Attack Lambie aims her missiles at China

PUPs Meeting in Canberra
SENATOR Jacqui Lambie has unleashed an astonishing attack on China, declaring Australia should have missiles ready to launch.

Rail line a game changer

A handout photograph taken on Jan. 12, 2010 shows Queensland's QR National 4000 Class train at the Blackwater coal system in ...
THE Inland railway will be “nothing short of transformational” for the agricultural sector, Warren Truss says.

Parental scheme benefits

Acting Prime Minister
WARREN Truss says the Abbott Government’s parent parental leave scheme will benefit regional Australia.

Labor backtracks on fracking

Labor backtracks on fracking
LABOR has defended its decision to allow fracking while in power.

Blueprint forum held today

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland
THE third forum to discuss the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture will be held today.

Tirade Palmer's China rant

Clive Palmer
CLIVE Palmer has gone on an extraordinary tirade against China on Q&A, saying they are ‘mongrels’ who are trying to take over Australia.

Hockey out in Geelong

Joe Hockey arrive at dinner
FEDERAL Treasurer Joe Hockey has put a week of high drama behind him with a night of fine dining on the Geelong Waterfront.

Councils must share load: Truss

WARREN Truss has told angry local councils they also needed to contribute to federal budget saving measures.

FIFO suicides MPs back FIFO suicide inquiry

MPs back FIFO suicide inquiry
A West Australian inquiry into a spate of suicides among FIFO workers is likely to go ahead.

100 day warning Victorians put Premier on notice

election poll results for MOnday
PREMIER Denis Napthine faces a huge challenge to overcome a four-point gap in the polls and win the election.

Petrol problems Hockey: 'I'm sorry for the hurt'

House Of Representatives Question Time
TREASURER Joe Hockey has issued a grovelling apology to Australians after his ‘poor people don’t drive’ gaffe earlier this week.

CSIRO animal health scientists axed

 Tour of CSIRO AAHL East Geelong's new state of the art Laboratory. Scientist Shane Riddell working with Microscope
EIGHT roles in microbiology and virology at Geelong’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory will go as budget cuts hit CSIRO.

Shaw alleges MP travel rort

Looking for Geoff Shaw
SUSPENDED Victorian MP Geoff Shaw claims other state politicians have been rorting travel expense claims.

Napthine cool on Olympic bid

Premiers budget meeting
MELBOURNE is well placed to host another Olympic Games, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says.

Hockey cops criticism

Joe Hockey
VOTERS and politicians have slammed Treasurer Joe Hockey’s poor-people-don’t-drive claim.

Safety net no plus for pensioners

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PENSIONERS and other concession card holders may not benefit from a capped number of GP co-payments.

Independents push for hemp

MPs join forces to push for Australian farmers to grow industrial hemp for human consumption.

Election a minor party game

Ricky Muir
FOLLOWING Victoria’s election, a novice could hold the balance of power in Victoria’s Upper House.

Port advisers announced

Economy Grows 4 Percent In Second Quarter
THE Victorian Government has announced its advisers for the sale of the Port of Melbourne.

Senator’s take on farm dispute

Senator Leyonhjelm
THE battle over an Echuca farm should spark a renewed focus on private property rights.

No ag-gag laws considered

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VICTORIAN Premier Denis Napthine says there are no “ag-gag” laws before the State Government.

Make supermarket code work

 Chris Delaney, Deputy Chairmen of the AFGC, Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson, Coles CEO Ian McLeod and Tjeerd Jegen...
FARM groups demands a code of conduct for supermarkets must be “strong and independent”.

PUP, Katter merger ruled out

Senator Jacqui Lambie
PALMER United Party senator Jacqui Lambie would never merge with Katter’s Australian Party.

Tony Abbott back on top

Tony Abbott back on top
THE latest polls shows the Coalition’s primary vote is back up to 40 per cent for the first time since April.

Leader quits Palmer’s party dwindling

Question Time
CLIVE Palmer’s party has been reduced to just one MP in Queensland Parliament, with the shock resignation of its state leader.

Joyce in swipe at ACCC’s role

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland
AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce has hit out at the competition watchdog and the law it enforces.

Alpine plea to Labor

 High country cattle grazier, Charlie Lovick herding cattle on his Merrijig property near Mansfield in Victoria. Charlie has ...

VICTORIA’S mountain cattlemen are pleading for Labor to rethink its tough love stance on alpine grazing.

Picola opens its books

Country footy merger

PICOLA and District president Shane Railton says the league will continue to look at options to expand its competitions.

Cambodia eyes Aussie cattle

The announcement by Federal Government to halt live cattle export to Indonesia is going to have a negative impact on the Nort...

CAMBODIA is expected to be opened as a new market for Australian cattle.

Massey Ferguson show and tell

Massey Ferguson show and tell

NEW Massey Ferguson tractor and farm machinery ranges will be revealed at the Vision of the Future Expo.

Extra special visit to Horsham

Extra special visit to Horsham

WHEN Jerilderie-born Rosalie Ham signed up to have her book The Dressmaker made into a movie, she had a couple of clauses.

Editor’s letter: August 2014

Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

IN case you’ve ever wondered how important branding is, you only have to listen to Rita Bikins from Red Rock Olive oil at Pomonal to know the truth.