The Australian Local Government Association has lashed out again proposed changes to natural disaster funding arrangements.

Queensland councils have put their foot down on the issue of State support for resource impacted regions.

Cuts to the office in charge of developing northern Australia mean remote communities will continue missing out, some say.

The West Australian Local Government Association says forced mergers will cost councils from $4.1 to $7.2 million per amalgamation, and the State should step in to help.

West Australian mental health authorities say politicians should not decide the freedom of mentally impaired people.

An Australian mining firm has come across a vast new water source in the Northern Territory.

A high-tech and visually-stunning software suite will bring a better look at data.

Authorities are looking into allegations of “cartel conduct” by mining companies and Aboriginal heritage service providers.

A string of natural disaster has created a new risk in North Queensland, with many going uninsured because their premiums are too high.

There will be plenty of issues to mull over when representatives from across Queensland’s local government sector converge next week.

The West Australian Government has finally released details of planned council mergers, but the Local Government Association says it is just the start.

There is concern over big gaps in government reports on how often Australians' private internet and phone records have been accessed by law-enforcement, and one city council is becoming the poster child.

The Bureau of Meteorology has released the Australian Groundwater Explorer - a new online groundwater data tool that gives a comprehensive picture of Australia's groundwater resources.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has released a green paper on agricultural competitiveness, listing 27 dams and irrigation projects that may warrant Commonwealth involvement.

The Victorian Government has put up an interactive online map for plotting mining and exploration leases.

New tools will help beach towns get ready for more destructive weather.

The Australia Institute (TAI) has fired another shot at the coal industry, in its quest to turn the Australian public against the old energy industry.

Governments representing about 40 per cent of the global economy are negotiating against the interests of freedom, universal health and human rights – and the private talks on peoples’ future will soon continue in Australia.

Names have been drawn for what could be the most keenly-watched local government election ever.

Eight police officers have now been arrested over charges of theft and abuse of public office.

Local governments typically have the greatest power to directly influence lives, and some councils are using that connection to help lift residents out of poverty.

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