An estimated 75,000 backpackers working, or who have worked in Australia, could be back-paid hundreds of millions of dollars after the Federal Court ruled the so-called backpacker tax invalid.
Australia’s largest cotton farm Cubbie Station has opened its gates to local government councillors from across the Murray-Darling Basin.
Maryanne Slattery, a senior water researcher at the Australia Institute, tells a Q&A audience that the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is a “train wreck” and government water reforms have “exacerbated this drought”.
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority warns it will be another ugly summer, telling politicians that unless it rains soon, water conditions will get worse.
Sussan Ley says she believes only people who have a “connection to farming” should be allowed to own water in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Exit packages are one of six measures the National Farmers’ Federation has requested of the Federal Government in a bid to help those affected by what it says is unprecedented drought.
The former Liberal leader takes aim at an “entrenched anti-climate sentiment” in the Coalition, telling a gathering of farmers that regenerative agriculture can offset a high amount of future emissions.
The Federal Government is falling short on its own commitment to boost funding for services to keep Australia free from pests and disease.
Farmers are entitled to a new, one-off payment from the Federal Government to help them decide if their farm is sustainable or could be sold.
An independent MP is leading a crossbench call pushing the Government to do more to help farmers and rural communities face climate change challenges into the future.