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…

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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…

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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…

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