The Pickering Post
Monday, 25th March 2019

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PNG logs going to foreign interests

An estimated 5.1 million hectares of Papua New Guinea's customary land has been given to mostly foreign-owned companies under special leases.

PM not fair on states over NDIS: Abbott

A well-managed economy will enable the federal government to pay for the national disability insurance scheme, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says.

NZ inequality growing: report

A new report on inequality in New Zealand shows a widening gap between European and Maori and Pacific Island families.

NZ PM to vote in favour of gay marriage

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he doesn't have a problem with gay marriage as it doesn't affect his marriage to wife Bronagh.

O'Neill likely to be PNG PM again

It's expected Peter O'Neill will be sworn in as Papua New Guinea's prime minister for the fourth time in a year on Friday.

Poll result improving, says Labor MP

Labor MP Graham Perrett says Labor has a lot of work to do to get voters on side but the latest poll shows it's moving in the right direction.

SA's Ruston keen to work on Murray plan

River issues will be a priority for South Australia's newly chosen senator-elect Anne Ruston.

Brough denies wrongdoing in Slipper case

Mal Brough says he has always told the truth about his involvement in the sexual harassment case against parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper.

Aboriginal ceremonies overpriced: elder

Melbourne councils are paying up to $850 for a 20-minute welcome-to-country ceremony that should only cost a few hundred dollars, says an elder.

Why I sacked the governor: Bracks

Former Labor premier Steve Bracks axed Victorian governor Sir James Gobbo 12 years ago because he was linked to a Liberal-dominated lunch club.

Many people still fear carbon tax: Abbott

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says a lot of people are still worried about the carbon tax, despite the findings of a new poll.

We won't put any more into NDIS: NSW govt

The NSW government says it won't be contributing any more money towards a trial of the NDIS and is calling on the Commonwealth to accepts its offer.

NDIS Will Be Yet Another Stuff-Up

Abbott wrote to Gillard on three separate occasions asking that he be included in a non-partisan push to get the NDIS underway.

Closing fire stations 'risk to community'

The FBEU says NSW government plans to slash $70 million from Fire and Rescue's budget will close stations and put communities at risk.

Second asylum boat within 24 hours

Border Protection Command says it intercepted a boat full of asylum seekers on Saturday night - the second within 24 hours.

Household wealth boost for Aussies

The average growth of household wealth jumped by more than 20 per cent over a six-year period compared to US households which declined by 30 per cent.

Shorten plays down productivity regulation

Ahead of the release of a report into the government's Fair Work Act, Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten says there's no productivity silver bullet.

Defence to have inquiry into Afghan crash

An inquiry into a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in May 2011, which claimed the life of an Australian soldier begins on Monday.

Coalition slams boat arrival off WA coast

The fact a boatload of asylum seekers got so close to the WA coastline shows border protection forces are under pressure, the coalition says.