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CHRIS UHLMANN: The Prime Minister Tony Abbott is planning to tour communities in the grip of drought as the Government begins to finalise an assistance package for farmers.
But one of his rural backbenchers says the Government, Opposition and farming groups should have been much better prepared to respond to the growing crisis. Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan says he warned his party about the situation in New South Wales and Queensland five months ago. He told political reporter James Glenday no-one had a plan.
BILL HEFFERNAN: You absolutely ... Read more >
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With his habit of wading into policy issues wearing size 14 Blundstones, Bill Heffernan's warning on Monday that large corporations who shirk their co... Read more >
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L iberal senator Bill Heffernan has had the last laugh on the serious question of security at the national Parliament.
Earlier this year security ... Read more >
The threat of an armed assault on Parliament House in Canberra is being taken so seriously that some ministers may be shifted from ground floor office... Read more >
Agricultural levies will be heavily scrutinised during a Federal Senate inquiry over the next three months with beef and grains likely targets of pote... Read more >
The Abbott Government’s efforts to speed up the NBN rollout are paying off for residents and businesses across New South Wales as work begins to conne... Read more >
A wide-ranging review of Australia's agricultural levy system is set to be undertaken by the Senate.
The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transp... Read more >
The Senate inquiry into the grassfed beef cattle levy is being expedited for imminent release this week or next.
A recently leaked draft of the inq... Read more >