Rural Australia

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Watch the margins: competitive market forces have come to Australia’s rural electorates
Community-based independents, regional migration and the magic of electoral marginality have the capacity to make sitting MPs work harder for every vote

Gabrielle Chan

19, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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The federal election questions soon to be resolved in Queensland
Analysis: the state that has a history of favouring incumbents is facing a rightwing battle for the Senate and a potential Green wave in the city

Ben Smee

19, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Some voters in regional Australia could face hours-long drives to cast their federal election vote
Labour shortages, exacerbated by Covid, still likely to affect some booths, despite calls to ADF and emergency service personnel

Cait Kelly

19, May, 2022 @7:15 AM

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‘Set up for failure’: bush GPs frustrated by ‘chaotic’ locum system
Medical workers say they are disillusioned by policies that ‘do not reflect the reality of how rural health systems work’

Jordyn Beazley

18, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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‘We were kind of terrified’: rural Telstra customers lose service for a week
An eight-day outage in the NSW town of Uralla exposed major vulnerabilities as a grassfire, medical emergency and business disruptions hit

Michael Burge

16, May, 2022 @6:39 AM

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Return of the rodents: Australia’s farmers on high alert for another mouse plague
Last year’s record invasion devastated rural areas and this year’s bumper harvest is seeing mouse numbers increasing again

Caitlin Cassidy

13, May, 2022 @8:00 PM

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More regional aged care homes to close unless government funds pay rise, experts say
With around two-thirds of regional nursing homes operating at a loss, industry says ‘the crisis is upon us, but it’s going to get worse’

Natasha May

12, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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‘We will believe it when we see it’: the unanswered questions surrounding the Dungowan Dam
Funding for the project has blown out to $1.275bn, but Tamworth locals are still in the dark about where the water will come from and who will control it

Tom Plevey

11, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Coalition’s ‘groupies’ taunt at independents will only turn off voters, Cathy McGowan warns
Government’s increasingly strident rhetoric is ‘sliding off’ independent candidates, former Indi MP says

Natasha May

10, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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One Nation has changed, says Barnaby Joyce, as he preferences them second on how-to-vote card
Nationals leader says Pauline Hanson’s party of ‘10, 15 years ago’ is not the party of today and is ‘less likely to cause damage to my nation’ than others

Tom Plevey

10, May, 2022 @1:39 AM

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‘We don’t feel it’s safe’: the systemic failures in rural healthcare
Medical staff say western NSW health system is so under resourced patients are palmed from hospital to hospital

Jordyn Beazley

07, May, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Damning report on NSW regional health a test of Nationals’ power of persuasion
John Barilaro and Barnaby Joyce were never shy in pleading the case for the regions. Can the party respond just as forcefully now?

Michael McGowan

06, May, 2022 @8:00 PM

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