A Senate inquiry into the future of big regional cities has heard fly-in, fly-out workforces can bring considerable benefits to regional communities.

Western Australia's Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has heard that state and local government employees have taken cash in exchange for dodgy roadworthy and license checks.

A parliamentary committee has called on the Baird Government not to force amalgamations of NSW councils unless they are bankrupt or non-functioning.

The Adelaide City Council has imposed new rules that mean only 10 food trucks can operate in the city before 6pm.

A crossbench Senate inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has held hearing in Broken Hill.

The New South Wales Government says it will spend $16 million on new, science-based approaches to preventing shark attacks.

Environmental activists are celebrating a Western Australian Government rejection of hydraulic fracking on a large section of agricultural land.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn says it may launch legal action against poker machines, arguing that they breach consumer law.

Australia has a new political party – the Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA).

A bill to expand a Perth council to include some major neighbouring assets appears unlikely to go through.

The New South Wales Government says forced council amalgamations are well and truly on the table, after its recent report found most are not ‘fit for the future’.

The Denmark Shire has a new president, after councillors in the southern Western Australian region voted this week.

The Federal Government is trialling a new “Constituency Question Time”, which will open up the floor to more questions from both Government and Opposition MPs.

A protest is on in Queensland this weekend to get one man to change his mind.

The Victorian Government has taken on recommendations from the state’s Essential Services Commission to cap council rates.

A $400 million deal has been signed for Western Australia’s first garbage-burning power station.

High levels of toxic metals, found in and near mining towns, appear to be negatively influencing the brain development of children living nearby.

The Member for Cairns, Rob Pyne, is taking action on claims of wrongdoing at a number of far north Queensland councils, particularly Tablelands Regional Council.

The Tasmanian Government has been forced to launch a full-scale inquiry into unresolvable conflicts within the Glenorchy City Council.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced increased federal government funding to tackle the issue of partner violence in Australia, and experts say the funds must reach rural and regional communities.

Experts want irrigators and other water-users to speak out about their stresses and pressures.

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