The Federal Government is considering a rebate plan for public sector workers who buy locally-made cars, in what has been called an attempt to repair the political damage from proposed changes to the fringe benefits tax.

The Federal Government has launched a new program to help the thousands of Australians employed in artistic or creative services.

An incredible nineteen shires in regional Queensland have joined the drought declared list, bringing the total drought-affected area to just under half the state.

A new round of grants has been awarded in the Regional Arts Fund, providing money to innovative projects in regional governments of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.

Analysis of 103 different government-sector wage deals has revealed the massive disparity in pay between employees in the same classification band but different departments.

The Queensland Government will set up a new trade office to spruik the state’s high-quality beef in Jakarta.

The West Australian Government has lost an appeal against a spent conviction given to public servant Gary Stokes, who was found guilty of leaking confidential information to a former Premier.

The highly-controversial Shree Minerals’ Tarkine mine project has gained approval by the Federal Environment Minister, despite outcry from the population over dangers to the Tasmanian devil.

A study undertaken by the University of New South Wales has modelled the impacts of an approved plan to pump water from the Macquarie River to the city of Orange, finding greatly increased risks to river health than were identified in the project’s environmental assessment.

A new report published by the Federal Government’s National Transport Commission (NTC) says a consistent set of road rules and vehicle standards across the country could improve road safety.

New statistics have shown one person dies at a Western Australian workplace every 21 days, prompting the state's unions to push for a greater focus on safety at work.

Cougar Energy has ditched its multi-million dollar law suit against the Queensland State Government over the forced closure of an underground coal gas project.

The Queensland Government claims early childhood education is a big priority - leading school authorities across the state to ask why $100 million less was spent on pre-schools and kindergartens than had been budgeted.

In a bold offer to the private sector the Queensland Government says it will entirely outsource the daily operation of a Sunshine Coast hospital.

Official figures out this week have shown Australia's annual rate of inflation has slowed to 2.4 per cent, and Darwin’s inflation rate growth remains the highest among the nation's capital cities.

The new Federal Environment Minister has flown into (or at least over) hot water in Tasmania, joining the battle on multiple fronts between Government, conservationists and miners.

A report on the cost and impact of shale coal mining says Australia needs to adopt nation-wide legislation before the practice escalates.

New South Wales has voted for its worst road and unsurprisingly picked the Pacific Highway.

Australia’s Catholic school have signed on to the Federal Government’s school funding reforms, but Victoria and WA are still holding out.

Preselection is complete for the Victorian seat that used to belong to Julia Gillard, with the former PM’s pick being officially endorsed by Labor.

The Federal Agriculture Minister has said he regrets the hasty ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia in 2011.

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