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Gippsland train chaos

UPDATE: Gippsland train services to be thrown into disarray during the height of next month’s election.

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Wine Victoria voices election wants

 STM Generic wine Pic Stewart Allen
WINE Victoria has made its needs clear in the lead-up to the State Government election.

Dumping loopholes probed

 in season tomatoes Picture: Supplied
ANTI-Dumping laws will be the focus of a federal parliamentary inquiry amid growing loophole concerns.

Several contest seat of Morwell

Several contest seat of Morwell
THE Indi movement is on in Morwell.

Victorian votes lost in the haze

Morwell electorate profile
THE Hazelwood coal mine fire in February has turned up the heat on sitting MP Russell Northe.

Motorbike plan ‘brain dead’

Martin Parkinson
AXING laws to fit imported motorbikes with mudguards is “brain dead”, says a Liberal senator.

No change for food dumping laws

Ian Macfarlane
INDUSTRY Minister Ian Macfarlane has admitted the Federal Government will not toughen laws over foreign food imports.

No push for e-tags

 Electronic tagging of sheep
UPDATE: THE sheep industry is ‘extremely disappointed’ by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s announcement today.

Victoria’s rural road pledge

EXCLUSIVE: THE Country Roads and Bridges program will be extended if the Victorian Coalition is re-elected.

Micro parties hunt for power

 Bruce Poon (in suit) senate candidate for the Animal Justice Party leads protesters through the city protesting live animal ...
MORE than double the number of parties that ran in the 2010 election will contest the November 29 poll.

Vic candidates hit the gas

Vic candidates hit the gas
VICTORIAN Coalition candidates breaking party ranks, speaking out against coal-seam gas and fracking.

China FTA must deliver: Shorten

Bill Shorten
LABOR leader Bill Shorten says any free trade deal with China must deliver on agriculture.

Farm groups urged to unite

 Brent Finlay, National Farmers' Federation President.
UPDATE: STATE farming organisations could be merged under a plan to unify agricultural representation.

Votes ‘in the wind’ for Labor

Votes ‘in the wind’ for Labor
LABOR hopes its stance on wind energy will help win a key rural battleground at next month’s election.

Wild dog battle rages

 Brinkworth shooter Shaun Mills and one nights fox catch strung on the barbed wire fence. Although there is a build-up of fox...
THE Coalition will invest $4 million into aerial baiting of wild dogs throughout the next term of Government.

Labor ahead of Coalition: poll

LABOR’S lead over the federal government has increased, the latest Newspoll shows.

Vic pollies not well known: poll

Vic pollies not well known: poll
WITH just over a month to go until the election, most Victorians still don’t know who the opposition leader is.

Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Gough Whitlam dead at 98
FORMER Prime Minister Gough Whitlam has died at age 98.

Green Paper’s cool reception

Opposition Agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon and Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce pictured at The Global Food Forum in S...
LABOR says Barnaby Joyce’s future plan for agricultural is full of problems but light on solutions.

Farmers to make way for dams

SOME farmers will have to take a hit if proposed plans to build more dams are approved, Barnaby Joyce says.

Safeguarding waterways a must

 Mt Gambier's Blue Lakes water levels are dropping.Mt Gambier's Blue Lakes water levels are dropping. Aquifer Tours owner and...
MINING and agriculture can only coexist if the health of aquifers and waterways can be safeguarded.

Fitzgibbon in bush push

Fitzgibbon in bush push
LABOR frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon says the party must boost its campaigning in rural Australia.

Water woes warning

Generic views of the Murray River at Boundary Bend on Victorian side between Robinvale and Toolybuc.
THE soon-to-be abolished National Water Commission urges governments not to “drop the ball” on water.

Farming vision unveiled

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland
UPDATE: BARNABY Joyce says biosecurity remains “the greatest threat” to Australian agriculture.

Stoner quits NSW ministry

Andrew Stoner
ANDREW Stoner has resigned from NSW ministry just two days after stepping down as deputy premier.

About face Stoner backflip: 'I quit the ministry'

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ONLY two days after he resigned as Deputy Premier,  Andrew Stoner has quit the ministry.

Country independents form alliance

 Undated. Bombardier's V'Locity fast train, which is due to service Victorian regional cities. VLine.
THREE Victorian independent candidates have formed an alliance to better represent regional voters.

State Election Palmer's wife to run for Gaven

 ***MUST CREDIT*** Anna Palmer and Clive Palmer at the Gold Coast Media Club's Christmas function on Friday, November 25, 201...
CLIVE Palmer has announced his wife Anna will run against independent MP Dr Alex Douglas for the seat of Gaven.

Tight fight in the margins

 Max and Jean Dunstan, Casterton are unhappy with the Glenelg highway between Casterton and Coleraine (and all the way to Bal...
THE Western Victorian electorate of Wendouree is anyone’s for the taking.

Wendouree election Power in Wendouree's hands

ONLY some Wendouree residents know they can influence the result of an entire election.

Gippsland train chaos

A V-Line Velocity train, (Fast Train), crosses the Barwon Heads road at Marshall.

UPDATE: Gippsland train services to be thrown into disarray during the height of next month’s election.

Boy aged 11 kills rare albino deer

Boy aged 11 kills rare albino deer

THIS is the photo of an 11-year-old boy who has just shot dead the rare buck while out hunting with his dad.

Case mid-sized tractor updated

Case mid-sized tractor updated

CASE IH has hit the 100hp market with its new Farmall C mid-size tractor range.

Mont De Lancey is a treasure

Mont De Lancey

SURROUNDED by orchards, Mont De Lancey homestead sits snugly in a postcard-perfect landscape.

Editor’s Letter: October 2014

 Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

THE Weekly Times held its first FORUM last month, a day for farmers to get together and hear from some successful producers and marketing gurus on how to build a strong business brand.