Good morning, early birds. A former ASIO director is urging Chinese-Australians to assist security agencies in weeding out Chinese interference, and the immigration minister wants to help new refugees adjust to rural life Down Under. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
The government insists party affiliation has no bearing on which electorates receive drought funding. But not everyone is convinced.
What's needed now is a bold plan for rural Australia, sold with a bit of very tough love.
Good morning, early birds. Former High Court Justice Murray Gleeson has been lauded for his speech in support of Indigenous recognition, and a funding battle looms as the Bush Summit calls for action to protect rural Australia. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
The Nationals' position in Victoria is very different to that in other states, as the party polls at only 3% or 4%. Will the party keep its kingmaker status this state election?
Most pundits and pollies discount rural seats, but country Victoria could be the crucial difference Denis Napthine's Coalition government needs to retain power.
Crikey readers talk asylum seekers on Manus Island, the reality for Australian farmers, the gender pay gap and why Wills and Kate might be doing our air force a favour.
Unfair lending practices and a system that favours bankers over farmers is threatening rural Australia's livelihoods, says a Queensland farmer and grazier. Freelance journalist Amanda Gearing hears his story.
Many in politics are against foreign investment in rural Australia, but farmer and rural communications specialist Robbie Sefton says sometimes it is the only way for small farms to survive.