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REGIONAL AUSTRALIA PAYING THE PRICE AGAIN FOR ABBOTT’S LIES

Tony Abbott said at the last election he wouldn’t increase taxes. Now Australians will pay every time they fill up their vehicles.

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW, TUESDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2014

SUBJECT/S: Government’s drought package in chaos; Cuts to R&D in the agricultural sector; Class action – 2011 live export suspension, Minister misleading the House.

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BARNABY MISLED THE PARLIAMENT, BUT FARMING FAMILIES ARE THE REAL VICTIMS

Barnaby Joyce misled the Parliament and thousands of farming families last week when he said “But it is not the case that you apply for the money and then you have to wait for your application to be approved. You actually get the money straight away”.

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PM MUST ACT ON BIOSECURITY

The Prime Minister must immediately intervene in the spat between his ministers and  rule out any transfer of biosecurity out of the Department of Agriculture.

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BARNABY FORCED TO ‘FESS UP

Barnaby Joyce came out from behind the Speaker’s protection tonight and conceded he’d misled Australian farming families.

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BIOSECURITY THREAT REMAINS

Barnaby Joyce passed up a golden opportunity to reassure Australia’s agriculture sector that biosecurity will remain within the Department of Agriculture where it belongs.

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FARMING FAMILIES GIVEN FALSE HOPE

Farming families were again given false hope of government drought assistance today when the Agriculture Minister failed to correct an answer he gave during Question Time on Monday.

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MEDIA STATEMENT - Gough Whitlam

I had the very great pleasure and privilege of knowing Gough Whitlam well.

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CESSNOCK ADVERTISER COLUMN 22ND OCTOBER 2014

Last week I attended the launch of a McKell institute report titled: Meeting the Shortfall.  It was commissioned by Clubs NSW.

It is well documented that with an aging population and a future in which workforce participation will be in decline, government's will find it harder to fund community services like child care and aged care.  The report reinforces that point. 

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TIME TO CHANGE STATUS QUO

THE J. K. McDougall Lecture Series started as celebration of the centenary of the Ararat ALP branch. J. K. McDougall was a farmer, poet and prose writer, an activist and politician. He was also champion of regional development and responsible for the extension of telephone, telegraph and postal services in his electorate. On Friday, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs JOEL FITZGIBBON delivered the 12th lecture in the series. This is an edited version of his speech:

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