The "watergate" scandal around the purchase of water from a politically-connected tax exile isn't atypical of Australian capitalism — it's the model for much of Australian business.
Faced with extremists siphoning off the National Party vote, the Coalition's standard response is to pork barrel. Stand by for lots of money to be showered on regional NSW and Queensland.
We don't need any more proof the system is broken. It's time for a total renegotiation of relations between city and country.
Irrigators have been getting hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer handouts to return water to the Murray-Darling when far less expensive, and more effective, ways of achieving the same goal have been ignored by governments.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is a microcosm of the National Party — his problems are theirs, and theirs are his.
The fit of deregulation that led to the live export debacle in Australia barely saved taxpayers $30,000, but it was good business for the Coalition and their donors.
Some farmers may fear the needle attack could stop consumers buying strawberries, but the contamination crisis is unlikely to make a major on impact growers’ woes.
A report touting the benefits of building dams in Northern Australia says anything but, despite the efforts of Matt Canavan to spin it.