Visa crackdown is 'worth examining ': Brendan O'Connor
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Sydney - M E Times Int'l: Labor has indicated they are open to plans to push more migrants to settle in regional areas. It comes as Malcolm Turnbull confirmed the Coalition is considering a new population policy amid concerns of lack of infrastructure in the major cities. Shadow Employment Minister Brendan O'Connor told Sky News the government's proposal is 'worth examining,' indicating some regional communities are 'crying out' for skilled migrants to locate to their areas.
Victorian Government must enforce the rule of law: Dutton
Melbourne: Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is reportedly urging the Victorian government to enforce the rule of law after an apartment brawl left a teenager dead. The 19-year-old died during an out-of-control party in a Melbourne unit early on Saturday morning. Mr Dutton told Fairfax Media the death of Laa Chol was tragic and needless loss of a young life.
Aussies are helping to buy food and other necessities for farmers struggling with drought.
Sydney: The New South Wales Government's drought assistance has tipped over $1 billion, after a fresh cash injection for struggling farmers the Premier says have faced an "unforgivably dry winter".
Aussies everywhere are responding to calls to help farmers struggling to cope with devastating drought conditions.
In states like New South Wales, about 99 per cent of farmers are dealing with drought conditions and are not producing enough food to feed their animals.
Some farmers are spending about $7500 to get one trailer of hay to help fed their animals.
But generous Australians are supporting fundraising campaigns to help farmers pay for the massive cost of keeping their animals alive.
Sydney schoolboy Jack Berne has already raised more than $20,000 through his Fiver for a Farmer initiative and many other Australians are also giving generously through many other charities.
Sydney housing stress highest on record, as rental pressure hits
Sydney: The latest instalment of the Melbourne Institute's study of Household Income and Labour Dynamics (HILDA), shows that the high cost of accommodation in Australia's biggest city has pushed "housing stress" to an all-time high.
It was an all-time record for the survey, which has been running since 2001.
HILDA professor Roger Wilkins said while housing stress has been around "for a while", the study showed that it was increasingly associated with renting rather than home ownership.
"I think it largely reflects that interest rates are quite low and so once you get into the housing markets you might find mortgage repayments affordable," professor Wilkins said.
Tenants' Union of NSW senior policy officer Leo Patterson Ross said HILDA's latest results were no surprise.
"Over the last few years, incomes have not been rising as fast as rents," he said.
He added: "HILDA results highlighted the need for the NSW Government to look at rental reforms to make it more stable for families.
Australian lamb prices continue to sizzle as overseas demand soars
Melbourne: In the middle of winter, there is nothing more comforting than a traditional lamb roast.
The thing is, you might end up paying through the nose for the privilege if prices continue to head north like they have been.
Supply of lamb is traditionally tight during this time of the year, until the new season's offspring hits the market.
Appetite for Australian lamb overseas continues to grow too, helping to keep prices high.
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The United States, Australia's biggest market, is consuming more and forking out double the price of lamb retailing in Australia.
Australia resisting US Congressman's calls to act against China
Canberra: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has rejected a push from a US politician to conduct freedom of navigation exercises against China. Congressman Joe Courtney has told The Australian our government should do more to mount pressure on the Asian powerhouse. Ms Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne are in the United States for the Australia-US Ministerial meetings.