Last Updated: September 17, 2014

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Petition fights rates inequity

A PETITION demanding an inquiry into rural and regional municipal rates was tabled in Parliament today.

Marine park fishing push

 TROUT FISHERS: Opening of trout season in Victoria has no effect on anglers fishing waters like Lake Bullen Merri, which rem...
PRESSURE is mounting on the Victorian Government to allow recreational fishing in marine parks.

A ’Bulk delivery

Mobulk electorate profile
THE southern and Northern parts of the Monbulk electorate are poles apart.

Three-way battle for Monbulk

Thinkstock generic image of hand voting, putting piece of white paper into ballot box.
LABOR’S Monbulk MP heads into the Victorian election as an underdog.

Trade missions bound for Beijing

MP David O'Brien at Carisbrook
MORE than 60 agribusiness representatives will visit China during the next fortnight on trade missions.

Tasmania's warning on RET

West Coast warning on RET
TASMANIA'S West Coast Mayor has given Opposition leader Bill Shorten a message to take back to Canberra.

Too busy PM snubs UN climate summit

TONY Abbott is choosing Parliament over attending a UN climate change summit in New York.

Wind farms ‘appalling’: Hockey

 Wind turbine. Wind farm. Alternative energy.
JOE Hockey has again attacked wind farms as “appalling”.

Water change may cause ‘disarray’

 EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY 22 APRIL. Bush Heritage Bio Blitz team discover Naree Station's biodiversity. Bush Heritage recently ...
WATER management risks falling into “disarray” without “well-resourced, independent body”.

$75m deal for road repairs

Fixer - George St, Burwood
THE Victorian government will today announce $75 million in road resealing upgrades.

Door to open on China deal

28/04/2012 NEWS: Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Twiggy Forrest on his homestead Minderoo. Source: Andrew Forrest/FMG ...
MINING billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest to join a 40-strong delegation of farming leaders in China.

Madigan fuelled for action

Senator John Madigan
JOHN Madigan says he’s got something the Abbott Government doesn’t — “empathy and compassion”.

Nats to stand in Eildon

 Deputy Victorian Premier and National Party Leader Peter Ryan talks about speed camera policy
UPDATE: LABOR’S Eildon candidate says the National and Liberal parties “pitted themselves against each other” to try and win the seat.

Ill wind blows over RET

Ill wind blows over RET
LANDHOLDERS have hit out at the VFF’s calls for the Renewable Energy Target to be scrapped.

Unity on coal gas cracks

Unity on coal gas cracks
RURAL communities should be open-minded about coal-seam gas mining, the NFF boss says.

Labor denies DEPI rumour

MP Jacinta Allan (Victorian Minister for regional and Rural development.....speaking at announcement of Grant Recipients unde...
RUMOURS are rife Labor will split Victoria’s DEPI if elected in November.

Immigration Illegal worker crackdown

No visa? We’re coming after you
UPDATE: NOT one farm business or employer was fined or prosecuted despite 52 illegal workers being caught on Victorian farms.

Cattle Council reacts to reform call

 22mar07 Senepol Cows (2) Some grass fed cattle.
THE Cattle Council says it is “strongly opposed” to the establishment of new beef representative group.

Crean’s live cattle role

New Labor Hotham candidate shares views on crossing
FORMER Labor leader Simon Crean could be the new boss of Australia’s live cattle exporting industry.

Review has eye on levies

Review has eye on levies
INDUSTRY warns any changes to the agricultural levy system must enhance the long-term competitiveness of agriculture.

Training: skills shortage fix

Federal pollies at Gillman
YOUNG workers will be offered new training schemes shaped by employers to meet market demands.

Black Saturday tax dispute

Black Saturday tax dispute
POWER companies have been taxed on cash received for safety improvements after Black Saturday.

Irrigation backflip angers farmers

CEO of the TFGA Jan Davis outside the Launceston TFGA building.
TASMANIAN farmers have been stunned by a major policy turnaround in the Greens’ alternative Budget.

Don’t hold up Korean FTA: NFF

Don’t hold up Korean FTA: NFF
FARMERS are urging a swift ratification of the Korean Free Trade deal despite political opposition.

Maverick MP Shaw expulsion bid fails

Geoff Shaw to appoligise
UPDATE: THE motion to expel Geoff Shaw in Parliament has failed.

John Madigan quits DLP

Senate Question Time
UPDATE: VICTORIAN senator John Madigan has announced he is resigning from the Democratic Labour Party.

Turnbull’s broadband pledge

Clive Palmer Speech
MALCOLM Turnbull has used parliament to reaffirm a promise made to a Swan Hill school student.

No escape for wild dogs

No escape for wild dogs
PETER Walsh will effectively abolish the 3km buffer zone rule that protects dingoes and wild dogs on crown land.

Container port plan blasted

Flight from Tas to Vic
PLANS for a Geelong container port would require Port Phillip Heads to be “blasted” with explosives.

Controversial MP Buswell quits

CONTROVERSIAL MP Troy Buswell has quit politics as he battles bipolar disorder.

Dairy’s Kiwi phobia

Dairy’s Kiwi phobia

A SENIOR dairy leader has told the Australian industry to stop “obsessing” with New Zealand.

New blood fights for first flag


THE Geelong Football League will crown a first-time premier regardless of this weekend’s grand final result.

US leans on Aussie beef

 FEBRUARY, 2004 : RFID (radio frequency identification) tagged cow in Victorian abbatoir, 02/04. Using RFID, cows are tracked...

AUSTRALIAN imported lean grinding meat has hit record levels in the US.

Axion 800 in a Claas of its own

 Axion 800 Claas tractor, built in France, former Renault factory, just won tractor of year and machine of year, 2013, at Agr...

VICTORIAN and southern NSW producers at Henty will be the first to see the all-new Claas Axion 800.

Easy life, easy rider

Grasshopper Advntures

JASON Williams turned a few thousand dollars on his credit card into a successful business.

Editor’s Letter: September 2014

Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

I’M not one to be sucked in by outlandish statements or broad generalisations but I just love this one: “Deep down, everyone wants to be a farmer.”