Easy choice for ag role
IF the Coalition wins the September 7 federal election, their choice of Agriculture Minister is simple.
Captain Snooze wins debate
THE Australian Insomniacs Association has praised Sunday night’s nationally televised political leaders’ debate, calling the 60-minute talkfest one of the most significant global breakthroughs in slumber creation this century.
Malcolm in the middle
WHEN discussing federal politics and the upcoming election almost everybody asks the same question first up – why isn’t Malcolm Turnbull the Opposition leader?
Ag sacrificed again
EVERYONE wants to know what Joel Fitzgibbon’s farm qualifications are following his sudden elevation to the federal Agriculture Minister’s post after Joe Ludwig resigned from Cabinet suddenly last week in the wake of Kevin Rudd’s successful leadership coup.
Mixed Grylls on the menu
RETIRING Federal Independent MP Tony Windsor set off a flare for rural Australia’s future in his retirement speech last week by highlighting the successful independent political style and achievements of Brendon Grylls' WA Nationals.
Ask Canberra: level playing field
THIS week Diane Carter, Mundubbera, Queensland asked what the government, opposition and other political parties are doing to ensure a level playing field between Australia’s farmers and our American and European competitors.
Ask Canberra: Does govt care?
THIS week’s question is: “Is this government interested in the survival of Australian agriculture – run by Australian Farmers?”
Budget's glaring omission
THE federal budget contained some rather interesting inclusions - and a few notable omissions - from an ag perspective.
Ask Canberra: Boosting meat's workforce
THE first question in our new series comes from livestock producer Steve Kolb in WA, who wants to know whether our meat processing workforce can be bolstered to increase flexibility and speed-up operations during tough times.
Whose ABC?
THE question of why “our ABC” has such a biased agenda against the live export industry is a source of anger for industry and rural folk.
Do you want lies with that?
NATIONAL party Richmond candidate Matthew Fraser is fast learning how to serve political punches - and now understands sometimes it’s better to duck than return fire at an imaginary foe.
Joyce already in the scrum
BARNABY Joyce’s move to take on Independent MP Tony Windsor for the NSW seat of New England seems to have sparked some internal division around state based parochialisms within the National party.
WA leads the way for Nats
THE continued meteoric rise of the WA National party shows the federal Nationals and other state branches what can be achieved from the powerful force of independent political bargaining and branding, driven by charismatic leadership and daring vision.
Beach babes battling biotech
I WANT to thank the producers of a video message that arrived in my inbox for altering the pace and tone of my daily grind.
Emerson needs to get on task
ONE of my favourite Canberra pastimes is observing Trade Minister Craig Emerson’s public appearances, where he’s either singing or talking about anything other than important trade issues.
Election year intrigue
OPINION: FEDERAL politics will be dominated by the focus on this year’s election, which promises to provide an uncompromising contest and answer some lingering questions about the nation’s future.
Colin Bettles takes a look back over the year’s top 10 rural and farming sector issues out of Canberra.
Searching for Morrissey
I’VE absorbed Morrissey’s musical musings for the past quarter of a century but never fully understood his political or social views, including those on animal rights.
Gift of the gab needed
OPPOSITION leader Tony Abbott could hammer the final few nails into Labor’s political coffin by delivering a strong, stirring speech in the next few months.
Cyber trolls hiding under our bridge
THE issue of cyber-bullying, or "trolling", is not just isolated to high-profile sportsmen, celebrities, and politicians - the rural community is also exposed to similar cowardly attacks.
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