Holding the banks to account

THE intensifying heat from the farm debt debate has prompted a flurry of activity from bankers trying to quell foreclosure fears.
THE intensifying heat from the farm debt debate has prompted a flurry of activity from bankers trying to quell foreclosure fears.
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FIREFIGHTERS plan to take advantage of milder weather on Friday as bushfires continue to burn in Victoria's north-east.
FIREFIGHTERS plan to take advantage of milder weather on Friday as bushfires continue to burn in Victoria's north-east.
EYEBROWS were raised and a muffled buzz of excitement swept the Kyneton saleyards yesterday when a useful pen of 350-kilogram Angus steer weaners made the startling money of $825 a head. EYEBROWS were raised and a muffled buzz of excitement swept the Kyneton saleyards yesterday when a useful pen of 350-kilogram Angus steer weaners made the startling money of $825 a head.
CROPS in the Moolort area of Central Victoria have been judged as just about average as farmers neared an early finish to the 2014-15 harvest. CROPS in the Moolort area of Central Victoria have been judged as just about average as farmers neared an early finish to the 2014-15 harvest.
AFTER a difficult 18 months dealing with pricing wars and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers will welcome a report on income increases. AFTER a difficult 18 months dealing with pricing wars and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers will welcome a report on income increases.
AN independent review of the Water Act has focused on cutting red tape and improving Basin Plan performance.
19 Dec 14 AN independent review of the Water Act has focused on cutting red tape and improving Basin Plan performance. | Changing climate to hit water...  | ACF flags Basin concerns 
AFTER years of turmoil, the Elders AGM in Adelaide yesterday carried a more comfortable and confident tone.
19 Dec 14 AFTER years of turmoil, the Elders AGM in Adelaide yesterday carried a more comfortable and confident tone. | GALLERY: Yankee Shout turns 81
THE 175-year-old agribusiness group Elders will shift headquarters from its historic building in the Adelaide CBD next year.
19 Dec 14 THE 175-year-old agribusiness group Elders will shift headquarters from its historic building in the Adelaide CBD next year. | Elders sure of better times  | Elders getting back on track 
WOOLWORTHS suppliers' products could be pulled days before Christmas if they refuse to fund the Cheap Cheap campaign.
19 Dec 14  2 WOOLWORTHS suppliers' products could be pulled days before Christmas if they refuse to fund the Cheap Cheap campaign. | Woolies accused of bullying...  | Woolies goes to town on city sites 
THE Coalition has watered down claims it has slashed water infrastructure funding by half, calling them “completely wrong”.
19 Dec 14 THE Coalition has watered down claims it has slashed water infrastructure funding by half, calling them “completely wrong”. | Water plan no dam good for ag  | Running the well dry for coal 
WITH earnings from this season's grain harvest dwindling badly, GrainCorp is again on the lookout for more diversification options.
18 Dec 14  4 WITH earnings from this season's grain harvest dwindling badly, GrainCorp is again on the lookout for more diversification options. | ADM ups Wilmar stake  | Dry bites hard at GrainCorp 
WOOLWORTHS has been accused of bullying suppliers into paying millions of dollars to fund a discount war, drawing ACCC's attention.
18 Dec 14  4 WOOLWORTHS has been accused of bullying suppliers into paying millions of dollars to fund a discount war, drawing ACCC's attention. | Woolworths' baby steps into China  | Humbled Coles admits it did wrong 
BARNABY Joyce promised the rural debt roundtable would not become a bank bashing exercise but his rhetoric since has escalated.
18 Dec 14  10 BARNABY Joyce promised the rural debt roundtable would not become a bank bashing exercise but his rhetoric since has escalated. | Banks calm foreclosure furore  | 'No need for ­moratorium', say... 
BARNABY Joyce is delighted at the early start of the Japan-Australia trade deal, and a new plan for livestock exports to Lebanon.
18 Dec 14 BARNABY Joyce is delighted at the early start of the Japan-Australia trade deal, and a new plan for livestock exports to Lebanon. | Aussie cattle on a Thai beef roll  | Top-dollar Wagyu stars revealed 
RETAIL heavyweight Woolworths has made its first land grab, as it rolls out its new convenience store strategy in Melbourne.
17 Dec 14 RETAIL heavyweight Woolworths has made its first land grab, as it rolls out its new convenience store strategy in Melbourne. | Investors' hard questions for...  | Woolworths must prove it can... 
SENATOR Richard Colbeck welcomed an announcement that Coles will take full responsibility for unconscionable conduct.
17 Dec 14  1 SENATOR Richard Colbeck welcomed an announcement that Coles will take full responsibility for unconscionable conduct. | Humbled Coles admits it did wrong  | Coles, ACCC to settle supplier case 
THE landmark Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement will enter into force in January 2015, says Trade Minister Andrew Robb.
16 Dec 14 THE landmark Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement will enter into force in January 2015, says Trade Minister Andrew Robb.
COLES faces penalties of $10 million and may have to pay $16m in refunds after admitting unconscionable conduct with grocery suppliers.
16 Dec 14  7 COLES faces penalties of $10 million and may have to pay $16m in refunds after admitting unconscionable conduct with grocery suppliers. | Code for cracking supermarket power  | Private-label brands lose their... 
COLES' dramatic mea culpa and proposed settlement with the competition watchdog has received a mixed reaction from suppliers.
16 Dec 14  4 COLES' dramatic mea culpa and proposed settlement with the competition watchdog has received a mixed reaction from suppliers. | Humbled Coles admits it did wrong  | Code for cracking supermarket power 
JOE Hockey says a 20pc drop in wheat prices in six months has contributed to an unprecedented fall in the national terms of trade.
15 Dec 14  7 JOE Hockey says a 20pc drop in wheat prices in six months has contributed to an unprecedented fall in the national terms of trade. | Another $100m in drought loans 
ANDREW 'Twiggy' Forrest's tactic of having friendly companies hold exploration rights over his Pilbara farm has, for now, come unstuck.
15 Dec 14 ANDREW 'Twiggy' Forrest's tactic of having friendly companies hold exploration rights over his Pilbara farm has, for now, come unstuck. | Forrest seeks input on farming... 
THE chief executive of Australia's biggest bank has refused to cave in to ­political pressure and impose a mora­torium on farm receiverships.
15 Dec 14  11 THE chief executive of Australia's biggest bank has refused to cave in to ­political pressure and impose a mora­torium on farm receiverships. | ANZ halts farm repossessions  | Banks calm foreclosure furore 
AUSTRALIA'S big four banks have roughly twice as much exposure to agriculture than they do to resources.
15 Dec 14 AUSTRALIA'S big four banks have roughly twice as much exposure to agriculture than they do to resources. | Another $100m in drought loans  | Rural debt stoush heads north 
FARMING urgently needs to look at long-term solutions for success rather than get bogged down by short-term priorities, says MP Angus Taylor.
15 Dec 14  5 FARMING urgently needs to look at long-term solutions for success rather than get bogged down by short-term priorities, says MP Angus Taylor. | ANZ halts farm repossessions  | Another $100m in drought loans 
PRODUCERS are unlikely to see better returns as a result of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), Rabobank reports.
15 Dec 14  3 PRODUCERS are unlikely to see better returns as a result of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), Rabobank reports.  | Robb chuffed with ChAFTA  | Fears over ChAFTA impact on... 
GRAIN milling success story, Manildra Group, has notched up another landmark this year, adding meat processing to its interests.
13 Dec 14  1 GRAIN milling success story, Manildra Group, has notched up another landmark this year, adding meat processing to its interests. | JBS reveals its market appetite  | Missing the boat on food processing 
LEADING farm lenders NAB and Rabobank have attempted to allay concerns about bank foreclosures on drought-stressed producers.
12 Dec 14  18 LEADING farm lenders NAB and Rabobank have attempted to allay concerns about bank foreclosures on drought-stressed producers. | Another $100m in drought loans  | Big four's $107b farming debt 
THE ‘bath milk’ implicated in the death of a Victorian toddler has been recalled by the ACCC.
12 Dec 14  5 THE ‘bath milk’ implicated in the death of a Victorian toddler has been recalled by the ACCC. | Toddler dies after drinking... 
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Congratulations to Environment Minister Lisa Neville for scrapping an utterly irresponsible and
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Rob. As Bill says, what you do with your time and resources is YOUR choice and no one else's to
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Yes wtf, the Liberals will set up the merchants to gouge the grower even further.
ANOTHER warning about the misuse of poppies has been issued by Tasmanian growers, after the theft of a small number of heads, or capsules, in the south of the state.16 Dec 14 ANOTHER warning about the misuse of poppies has been issued by Tasmanian growers, after the theft of a small number...
FARMERS in the Dargo, Glenaladale, Walpa and Lindenow district - still recovering from this year’s bushfires and last year’s floods - are protesting against mineral sands exploration for zircon and titanium deposits on private land.10 Dec 14 FARMERS in the Dargo, Glenaladale, Walpa and Lindenow district - still recovering from this year’s bushfires and...