Last Updated: September 02, 2014

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Council rates autonomy

VICTORIAN councils want to retain control over their budgets and rates, rejecting a plan to cap rates.

Migrants won’t undercut Aussies

Migrants won’t undercut Aussies
EMPLOYERS will be barred from paying skilled migrants anything less than equivalent Australian staff.

'‘Wary' of RSPCA cruelty move

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland
BARNABY Joyce questions practicalities of RSPCA’s push for mandatory reporting of animal cruelty.

Hazelwood report delivered

Hazelwood report delivered
THE Victorian government says it will respond promptly to the Hazelwood mine fire inquiry results.

Foreign workers called in

A NEW plan to ease labour shortages will enable employers to hire foreign workers on reduced salaries.

Drought packages fail farmers

REPS Question Time
AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce rejects claims drought assistance is failing to reach farmers.

RET review met with debate

REPS Question Time
UPDATE: THE climate change sceptic who reviewed the RET denies his views coloured his work.

Joyce brings banks to the table

Global Food Forum
AGRICULTURAL Minister Barnaby Joyce is bringing banks and debt-laden farmers to the table.

Libs not keen to extend parks

Fluker Post MP02 12 Apostles Marine Park
THE Victorian Government says it has “no plans” to extend Victoria’s marine park network.

We’re all getting ‘fracked’

 NEWS.COM SPECIAL - Victorian DLP Senator John Madigan with the 750-piece Australian-made crockery set which is still gatheri...
KEY crossbench senator John Madigan urges government to focus on “ordinary” Australians.

Farm levy battle reignites

Mushroom Grower and Levies
A ROW about how much farmers pay in mandatory government levies has boiled over.

Farmers’ China FTA fight

Farmers’ China FTA fight
AUSTRALIA’S farmers are launching a campaign to win support for a free-trade deal with China.

Foreign investment pitch

Foreign investment pitch
FARMERS are being urged to change their attitudes towards foreign ownerships of Australian farmland and agribusiness.

Division over second port

 Sealand Container Terminal at Port Adelaide. freight containers cargo /Freight
LABOR and the Coalition remain at loggerheads over the location of a second container port for Melbourne.

Liberals select Ballarat mayor

Artwork - Liberal Party of Australia logo.
BALLARAT councillor Josh Morris is the new Liberal candidate for Western Victoria.

Budget savings ‘misreported’

WARREN Truss says “hysteria” over local government funding has been “misunderstood”.

GMW board boost

 02/01/2003. Waranga Reservoir. Waranga western channel, outlet, main takeoff structure. Goulburn Murray Water.
IT is girl power all the way at Goulburn-Murray Water.

Pipeline to cut consumer costs

Mike Baird in Newcastle
A PROPOSED 900km gas pipeline to the Northern Territory would reduce NSW consumers’ prices.

Palmer apologises for China insult

Palmer United Party Meeting
CLIVE Palmer has apologised for calling the Chinese government “mongrels” that “shoot their own people”.

Senate plea for water trigger

Senate plea for water trigger
ANTI-CSG campaigners try to stop the government’s plans to hand environmental powers to the states.

Senator wants ‘levy democracy’

Senator Leyonhjelm
PRIMARY producers would vote on industry levies every three years under proposed reforms.

Katter gunning for pig shooting

Question Time
IF RENEGADE MP Bob Katter were the federal agricultural minister he would be “shooting as many wild pigs as I could”.

Coaltion closing in on Labor

Tony Abbott
THE federal coalition has narrowed Labor's slim lead in the latest Newspoll.

Napthine's reign due to end

election poll results for MOnday
THE latest Newspoll shows Victoria’s Coalition government will be swept from power.

VRET pressure mounts

Greens Lloyd Davies
UPDATE: VICTORIAN Labor will withhold its renewable energy policy until the Federal Government’s is revealed.

Baillieu bows out of election

FORMER Premier Ted Baillieu today announced he will not recontest his seat of Hawthorn at Victoria’s November 29 election.

RSPCA wants mandatory reports

RSPCA wants mandatory reports
FARM managers failing report animal cruelty would face fines or prosecution under proposed laws.

Greens ‘have farmers’ backs’

 Generic image of three onions isolated on the white background.
THE Greens are being hailed as industry saviours following a decision to support a rise in horticultural levies.

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.

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.

#FTA4dairy kicks off

#FTA4dairy kicks off

DAIRY farmers today launched a #FTA4dairy “selfie” campaign to help secure a China-Australia FTA.

WEG riders on road to Rio


AUSTRALIA’S dressage riders have secured a team place at the Olympic Games at Rio in 2016.

Vic farmers feeling flat

Haywards of Locksley Wines

VICTORIAN farmers’ confidence eased this quarter, citing concerns about the agricultural economy.

Mother bins cut back downtime

Mallee Machinery Field Days.

AS headers work faster, chaser bins and grain transfer to on-farm silos can struggle to keep up.

Steve bends the rules

Steve bends the rules

THERE was no crisis or yearning for a creative outlet that triggered Steve Tobin’s career change.

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.