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Drought stimulus package includes $100 million for SA to turn on desalination plant, leaving water for farmers upstream
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:18:00 +1100
Murray River water destined for Adelaide will be reallocated to farmers upstream so they can grow feed for their livestock, as part of a federal drought stimulus package announced today.
Victorians 'unfairly' boosting large organisations exempt from rates, local governments say
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 15:44:00 +1100
The group representing Victoria's councils calls for organisations like independent schools, pokies clubs and churches to pay their fair share of rates because "mum and dad homeowners" are unfairly cross-subsidising private and commercial enterprises.
Victorian Aboriginal voters have elected an Assembly to advance the treaty process. So what's next?
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 11:04:00 +1100
The Victorian Government's historic treaty negotiations with the state's Aboriginal communities are one step closer this week, with the election of the First Peoples' Assembly. But the toughest yards to meaningful treaties still lie ahead.
Melbourne is set for some wild weather, but the forecast for the Melbourne Cup is good
Sat, 02 Nov 2019 10:14:00 +1100
Victoria should brace itself for extreme weather over the next few days, with the bureau forecasting damaging winds, flooding rains and snow before conditions clear up for Melbourne Cup day.
Rain is predicted for south-east Australia this weekend, but where is it going to fall?
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:43:00 +1100
Yes, rain is on the forecast for parts of the country, although it won't be drought-breaking. But as the rainclouds gather on the horizon the question we are all asking is: "Where is it going to fall?".
Backpacker tax ruling gives farming groups hope it'll entice working holiday labour back to Australia
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:47:00 +1100
'What a waste of time and energy': Farmers, the strongest opponents of the Federal Government's backpacker tax, have welcomed a court ruling saying it was discriminatory.
Backpacker tax ruled 'a disguised form of discrimination' and overturned by Federal Court
Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:49:00 +1100
An estimated 75,000 backpackers working, or that have worked in Australia, could be back-paid hundreds of millions of dollars after the Federal Court ruled the so-called backpacker tax invalid.
Cubbie Station tours Murray-Darling councillors through its controversial cotton holding to show there's no water
Tue, 29 Oct 2019 16:42:00 +1100
Australia's largest cotton farm Cubbie Station has opened its gates to local government councillors from across the Murray-Darling Basin.
Murray-Darling Basin boss paints grim picture for more fish deaths, algal blooms
Sat, 26 Oct 2019 09:39:00 +1100
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority warns it will be another ugly summer, telling politicians that unless it rains soon, water conditions will get worse.
Farmers in South Australia's Riverland fear they will not survive another year, with water prices skyrocketing
Sat, 26 Oct 2019 06:00:00 +1100
The price of water increases to $980 a megalitre for South Australia, as industry bodies expect prices to reach Millennium Drought levels.

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