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Officials' cab fares cost $60k a day

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

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

Abetz

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.

Brother of Customs boss to be sentenced

Michael Pezzullo

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...

Trevally tipped to soon be off our menus

Trevally at $4.99 kg.

Andrew Darby A once-prized table fish is being considered for the threatened species list, in a further challenge to Australian fisheries managers.

Brown urges slaughter ban

Horrified reactions to an ABC TV report on the brutal slaughter of Australian sheep in Pakistan have prompted the Greens, veterinarians and animal rights groups to renew calls to ban live exports.

Exported cattle face ear mutilation

Pakistan plans to cull thousands of Australian sheep after they were found to be infected with harmful bacteria, Karachi's top administration official said.

Richard Willingham Australian cattle exported to Egypt could have their ears chopped off before slaughter as part of the country's crackdown on hormone injections in animals, enraging animal activists.

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

Removalists

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

Jock Laurie

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

Cattle

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

beef cattle

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

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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

Freshly harvested Kestrel potatoes. iStock photo.

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

Potatoes

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...