Just eight of 170 chemical regulator staff accept offer to go bush for Barnaby

A Senate hearing is told the agency at the centre of Barnaby Joyce's controversial decentralisation scheme has convinced just eight of 170 staff to move from Canberra to Armidale.

Melons left to rot in paddocks as listeria outbreak cripples industry

Thousands of rockmelons have been left to rot in paddocks near Geraldton on the Western Australian coast as record low prices and lost markets mean they are simply not worth picking.