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Topic: regional australia
Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Closures and cuts herald a black day in the bush. So where are the Nationals?

Regional media desperately needs more support from the Nationals, who have secured only limited funding compared to what's available for other regional services.

Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

When it comes to rorts, why is it always the Nationals?

Nationals ministers are routinely exposed for rorting government programs. Is this the mindset of the whole party?

Government jobs scheme ‘savaged’

Good morning, early birds. The government’s $220 million regional jobs scheme is under fire for skewed funding decisions, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison is pitching his drought preparedness plan. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

What’s really driving voter disillusionment

Disempowerment lies behind the angst that has fueled the rise of minor parties in recent elections. And there is substance to voters' concerns.

Xenophon’s spare change helps (a) Crikey, (b), Nick Xenophon, (c) basically no one else

Nick Xenophon's media reform deal helps small, Australian publishers. We can count the number of businesses that will benefit on one hand.

Newspapers like <em>The Border Mail</em> play a crucial role in their communities, and Fairfax's plans to gut its regional newsrooms have locals worried they'll be left without a voice.

‘We need local journalists’: communities plead for their papers

Newspapers like The Border Mail play a crucial role in their communities, and Fairfax's plans to gut its regional newsrooms have locals worried they'll be left without a voice.

Was one of the last administrative acts by Stephen Conroy as communications minister a direction to the Australian Communications and Media Authority to investigate whether regional Australia is getting enough coverage of local news and events?

Media briefs: local news review … Reece calls it … Snowden on screen …

Was one of the last administrative acts by Stephen Conroy as communications minister a direction to the Australian Communications and Media Authority to investigate whether regional Australia is getting enough coverage of local news and events?

It seems appropriate during the ALP leadership squabble that one of those hung parliament initiatives that sealed Julia Gillard's prime ministership, a new think tank dedicated to regional issues is set to launch next week.

New think tank for regions fulfils hung parliament promise

It seems appropriate during the ALP leadership squabble that one of those hung parliament initiatives that sealed Julia Gillard's prime ministership, a new think tank dedicated to regional issues is set to launch next week.

A senior public servant has called for the public service to stop being so "docile" and start asserting itself more in the national interest -- and given a backhander to ministerial staff along the way.

Public service ‘docile and unassertive’

A senior public servant has called for the public service to stop being so "docile" and start asserting itself more in the national interest -- and given a backhander to ministerial staff along the way.

Asylum seekers risking their lives on leaky boats and enduring intolerably harsh conditions in makeshift camps, are a vital ingredient in the supply of labour for the skills shortage ridden Australian economy.

Free markets means free movement of labour

Asylum seekers risking their lives on leaky boats and enduring intolerably harsh conditions in makeshift camps, are a vital ingredient in the supply of labour for the skills shortage ridden Australian economy.