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Canberra Report: Ending a costly loophole for the wealthy

Under Bob Hawke's leadership, Paul Keating remodelled the Australian economy.

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Canberra Report: Cool heads must prevail over tariffs

Donald Trump has put "free-trade" back on everyone's mind. Free trade is international trading free of tariff barriers.

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Protecting environment protects food and profits

Last week's episode of the ABC's 4 Corners must surely shake the stub born, ignorant and lazy out of their slumber and denial.

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Canberra Report: Sobering reality of climate policy inaction

This week's episode of the ABC's Four Corners program must surely shake the stubborn and ignorant out of their slumber and denial.

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10 point plan for Australian agriculture

What’s in a number? In 2013 the National Farmers’ Federation released its “Blueprint for Australian Agriculture”.

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Restoring trust the only hope for fragile deal

The Murray Darling Basin is Australia's main food bowl. The health of the basin is critical to our food security and food exports.

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Canberra Report: Kristina will do a great job

If all the paperwork comes through in time, former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally will be sworn in as Senator tomorrow. She will replace Labor's Sam Dastyari.

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OPINION PIECE: Hunter drought

In the wake of The Mercury's feature piece last Friday about how savagely hit local farmers have been by the drought, we asked Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon for his thoughts. It is his area of expertise and, as a Cessnock local, he knows the extent of the problem up close.

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Canberra Report: Changes to childcare aid a concern

REVELATIONS that changes to the rules around child care assistance eligibility will adversely impact upon low to middle income families are a real concern.

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Canberra Report: Liddell plan a good result for region

JUST before Christmas AGL released its long-anticipated plan for electricity generation in the Upper Hunter.

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