I was the only insider allowed to speak at the Murray-Darling royal commission. Here’s what I told them

I am a former Murray-Darling Basin Authority executive who gave evidence at the royal commission, and my concerns were reflected accurately in its sensational report. Australians deserve transparent and legal management of this water resource, funded and owned by all of us, writes Jason Alexandra.

Don’t let the campaigning fool you, politics junkies: PM is signalling no early election

It is hard to think of a recent campaign where so many seats genuinely felt up for grabs by Labor, leaving Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison with their campaigning work cut out for them, writes Laura Tingle.

Helping farmers in distress doesn’t help them be their best

While there appears to be overwhelming public support for helping farmers through drought, concerns have been raised that in our rush to help we don't do more harm than good, write Neal Hughes and Steve Hatfield-Dodds.

Calls for new ag visa to be designed by farmers to ensure labour security

Fruit and vegetable growers want a specialised agriculture visa to help them secure a reliable workforce, saying existing schemes are not good enough.