With women woefully underrepresented in local government nationwide, several councillors have begun to speak out about what it means to be often the only female in regional chambers.

Today is day two of a conference bringing local and state government workers together to improve the efforts of both.

A band of roaming metallurgists will visit some of Australia’s most remote schools, burning things, blowing them up and getting students excited about mineral science.

The Palmer United Party has matured from a political curiosity into a proper powerhouse, picking up new members and continuing to annoy the established factions.

The world's biggest coal port has been sold for $1.75 billion, but residents of the city it serves may have been short-changed.

A Supreme Court ruling has stopped one council from increasing rates on rental owners, which several other regions have already done.

The divining rod has been replaced by a digital equivalent, with the launch of an internet database for groundwater monitoring.

The Northern Territory Education Minister has toured a number of remote schools in Queensland to learn about a new education strategy.

Anti-gas protestors have been allowed temporary camping privileges at the site of their stand-off with Metgasco drills in New South Wales, but the local council says their time is up.

The Federal Treasurer says further increases to the pension age are inevitable, and that people should “work as long as they can”.

A native title agreement has been signed to allow deepwater port to go-ahead in WA.

A Victorian council and a workers’ union have come to an agreement which will keep them both from wasting time and money on a legal dispute.

Shire of Halls Creek says its liquor restrictions are not working and has urged the Parliament to think about a change.

Studies have suggested that false economies are being created to argue in favour of Perth’s local government amalgamation.

A shake-up in the wake of former NSW premier Barry O’Farrell’s resignation last week has left the state with a new Local Government Minister, and stimulated concern as to how he will manage broad council reforms.

One US city has dumped millions of litres of drinking water after a local teenager was spotted urinating in the supply.

A plan to sell one state’s power poles and cables has already prompted parties to claim a share of the hypothetical profits.

Reports today say some Medicare Local executives have been warned that the Federal Government plans to shut down the current system.

The City of Perth is looking at bringing back laws to make begging a crime, as numbers on the street increase.

State, federal and local government authorities have toured cyclone-hit regions of north Queensland in the wake of the weekend deluge, with funding packages announced and rolling-out for thousands of residents.

A recent poll has shown waning support for the federal Coalition government in regional areas.

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