rural

rural October 28, 2017

Exploitation of backpacker labour

Stories of upfront bonds, failure to pay wages, harassment and deplorable conditions are being heard by the parliamentary inquiry into whether a modern slavery act is needed to protect working backpackers from exploitation.

rural July 15, 2017

Deadly clash between farmers and conservation

A coronial inquest into the murder of NSW environment officer Glen Turner will raise critical questions of government regulation where biodiversity conservation clashes with farmers’ rights.

rural February 4, 2017

Economics don’t add up for rural relocation

While the deputy PM sees relocation to rural areas as a solution to poor housing affordability in capital cities, the risks are high without government support for infrastructure and planning.

rural May 13, 2017

Homelessness after cyclone Debbie

In the aftermath of cyclone Debbie’s floodwaters, the northern New South Wales town of Murwillumbah is suffering a housing crisis, with homelessness rife.

rural December 17, 2016

Land grab to take farms for Singapore Army training base

A government proposal to compulsorily acquire farmland outside Townsville, to be leased to the Singapore Army for a training base, has local graziers gearing up for a fight.

rural December 10, 2016

Pauline Hanson’s plans to expand One Nation

She may be as much pilloried celebrity as politician, but when One Nation leader Pauline Hanson speaks, the disillusioned listen.

rural August 27, 2016

Exclusive: Toxic chemical conflict on Defence sites

Consultants paid millions by Defence helped revise chemical safety standards that could shield the department from multiple compensation claims.

resources August 6, 2016

Measuring fugitive CSG emissions

As coal seam gas is promoted as essential to Australia’s future energy needs, there is insufficient research being funded on the contribution to climate change of ‘fugitive emissions’ from gas mining.

rural March 19, 2016

Victoria’s duck-hunting season sparks controversy

As duck numbers dwindle, the Victorian government’s decision to support this year’s hunting season has sparked claims the regulatory body is biased.

resources February 20, 2016

South Australia ponders nuclear waste options

The initial findings of a royal commission into the merits of South Australia becoming a hub for uranium mining and waste storage raised as many questions as they answered.

rural February 13, 2016

Migrating bat colonies wreak havoc in northern NSW

NSW Northern Rivers residents are losing sleep as their towns succumb to chattering, defecating flying foxes. But rather than moving on the colonies, is the better answer to adapt to their existence?