Labor pledges stronger support for farmers

Federal Labor leaders have promised more stringent controls on banks to help farmers in financial distress. Labor would go further than the banking royal commission recommendation not to charge default interest on farm loans during natural disasters, Labor leader Bill Shorten said in a joint statement with agricultural spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon and financial service spokeswoman […]

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Big medical bill chargers to be laid bare

Dealing with breast cancer is distressing enough without having to re-mortgage your home or extend your credit card limit to cope with unexpected out-of-pocket medical costs. But according to Breast Cancer Network Australia boss Kirsten Pilatti, the need to take such desperate measures is an all too common story. One woman was told by her […]

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Heat prompts total fire bans across Tas

Authorities will be on high alert with most of Tasmania under total fire ban as the state continues to sweat after recording its second-warmest summer. Fire bans have been declared across southern Tasmania and the west coast for Saturday. The day is forecast to be extremely dry and temperatures will reach the high 30s across […]

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Fire ban stays for SW Vic as heat sticks

Victoria’s southwest will remain under total fire ban as the state continues to swelter through a heatwave. Temperatures on Saturday across Victoria are expected to hit the high 30s and even reach 41C at Casterton in the southwest. Melbourne is predicted to reach a hot and sunny 37C. The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a […]

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