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Government sued over live export ban


Colin Bettles Cattle exporters are mounting a class action, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, against the Commonwealth over the 2011 live export ban.

Officials' cab fares cost $60k a day

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Fergus Hunter, Jonathan Swan Federal bureaucrats are spending more than $62,000 a day on taxis, with costs escalating over the past few months.

Brother of Customs boss to be sentenced

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Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and James Massola The brother of Australia's Customs and border protection chief Michael Pezzullo will be sentenced for corruption charges on Tuesday in a development Labor and the Greens say the agency boss should...

Spin 'army' may come with $190m price tag


Noel Towell The federal government's ''army'' of spin doctors and communications staff has grown to more than 1900, according to data supplied by departments and agencies.

New federal loans will help farmers: NFF

Concessional government loans worth $420 million will help farmers who are being "smashed" by the high Australian dollar and rising production prices, the National Farmers' Federation says.

Live exports to Egypt suspended

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Chris Johnson The Australian livestock sector is again reeling after the emergence of new footage showing extreme cattle cruelty in Egyptian abattoirs.

More animal cruelty claims in Malaysia



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Richard Willingham Controversial live exports trade facing further scrutiny with fresh allegations of cruelty.

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Plan for local farmers to go global

Upper Hunter Valley mining. Farmer drives tractor through fields beside a coal train with the Bengalla mine in the background. Muswellbrook.

Darren Gray Farmers have been set the goal of lifting agricultural productivity by 30 per cent by the year 2025, under a Gillard government plan for the food industry that aims to capitalise on the surging...

Anger over loggers' grab of exit cash

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Andrew Darby A $44 million federal government bailout of struggling logging contractors has ended in anger.

Rudd pitches Gillard out of home base


Ross Peake As the removalist van arrived to move Julia Gillard out from The Lodge, just across the road Kevin Rudd was pretending to pitch a winner.

Farmers optimistic on future

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Darren Gray National Farmers' Federation chief says 2012 'one of the most positive years on record'.

Northern neighbour's meat market pricing out Australians exporters


Michael Bachelard and Richard Willingham Nobody notices as the first steer is led quietly into the killing box. There is no struggling and no lowing.

Indonesians short on beef after import quotas hurt

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Michael Bachelard, Richard Willingham STRICT import quotas on Australian cattle have left the Indonesian marketplace short of beef and prices soaring at the busiest time of year.

Trouble in the Top End


Richard Willingham Northern Australia's cattle industry is struggling to recover from the scandal surrounding how cruelly our cattle were being slaughtered in Indonesia.

Potato industry roasts PM in import row

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Richard Willingham A CARTOON portraying Prime Minister Julia Gillard and senior ministers Joe Ludwig and Craig Emerson as children playing a video game has been launched by the potato industry as part of its war to...

When the chips are down … fight to keep out the Kiwi spud invaders


Richard Willingham THE potato industry has stepped up its fight to block imports of New Zealand potatoes, with the launch of an online campaign that portrays the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and ministers Joe Ludwig...

Activists fear new cruelty cases in animal sacrifices

Animals Australia has called on the government to implore exporters to ensure animals are not sold to non-approved facilities.

Richard Willingham Animal rights activists fear there will be more revelations of cruelty to Australian sheep exported to the Middle East during an upcoming Muslim festival.

Catch of the day: super-trawler ban

Ross Peake The federal government is promising a ''root and branch'' review of fisheries management law after it stepped in to ban the controversial super-trawler Abel Tasman from Australian waters for two...

Super trawler caught in legal net

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David Wroe The controversial Abel Tasman super trawler faces a two-year ban on fishing in Australian waters under planned changes to environmental law that have been hailed by recreational fishers but will cost...

Trawler stoush hooks Ludwig

Lenore Taylor, David Wroe Two disaffected members of the fisheries management committee that paved the way for the supertrawler Margiris to come to Australia wrote to Fisheries Minister Senator Joe Ludwig in June pleading...