ABC RURAL: Australian Meat Industry Council gets a grilling at Senate meat processing inquiry

Pic source: meatprojects.com.au BY Anna Vidot The Australian Meat Industry Council has fronted a Senate inquiry in Canberra to defend processors against claims of collusion and anti-competitive behaviour. The Senate's Rural Affairs committee is investigating the red meat processing industry, and producers' claims around a lack of transparent pricing information and processor consolidation leading to…

DUBBO DAILY LIBERAL: Time for education equality is now

Pic source: studiesinaustralia.com THE federal government needs to act quickly to address barriers facing rural and regional students, according to National party senator Bridget McKenzie. Last week saw the government pass changes to Youth Allowance eligibility, including removing the Family Assets Test and the Family Actual Means Test from the Youth Allowance Personal Test from…

SWAN HILL GUARDIAN: Changes to ‘illogical’ test a win for country kids

Pic source: ncsehe.edu.au BY Kate Thorburn COUNTRY students considered asset-rich but cash-poor are able to access youth allowance for the first time, after the eligibility test for the financial assistance program was loosened. A bill was passed in Canberra last week excluding farms and trusts from the eligibility test for youth allowance, which assists full-time…

ABC RURAL: Parents celebrate as Parliament signs off on Youth Allowance changes to make university more accessible for country kids

Pic: ICPA members celebrate youth allowance changes. Source: ICPA/ABC Rural     BY Anna Vidot The Federal Parliament has signed off on changes to Youth Allowance that will make it easier for rural and remote students to go to university. The Family Actual Means Test and Family Asset Test will be removed from the Youth Allowance Personal…

THE GUARDIAN: Gambling laws: government should impose national tax, says senator

Pic source: dss.gov.au BY Katharine Murphy The federal government should impose a new national gaming tax and prohibit Australians from gambling with foreign operators through “banking and other tools”, Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie has said. The Victorian backbench senator, who flagged her plan with the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, when he was communications minister, said…

Will Female Foodies be the Future of Australia’s Economy?

•Women are driving the creation of digital technology in the food industry •Australia’s Food industry is more valuable than mining •Huge potential for economic growth: technology start-ups could add $100 billion to Australia’s GDP* Hackfood 2015 Liz Kaelin, Monica Wulf, Natia English With the future of Australia’s mining industry beginning to fade, a growing community…