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Agriculture Minister Joyce defends White Paper's drought loans, R&D spend and lack of inland rail plan

14:02 EST

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says he is sympathetic to the concerns of drought-affected about concessional loans, but has made no commitment to change the controversial schemes any time soon.

Farmers want more Federal Government enticements to insure crops against natural disasters

12:17 EST

Federal Government efforts to entice grain growers into insuring against disasters have failed to impress farmers.

Townsville Hospital emergency department sets record for patient numbers amid Cyclone Yasi

12:10 EST

Health experts say new research has found the Townsville Hospital in north Queensland set an Australian record in the number of patients treated in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi.