Coalition’s controversial backpacker tax could be killed by the courts

An international tax accounting company hopes to know by February if its legal challenge to the backpacker tax will see the controversial measure overturned.

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.

Queensland’s first medicinal cannabis farm vows a duty of care to local patients

Months behind schedule, Queensland's first licensed medicinal cannabis farm has started growing plants with the aim of manufacturing medicines from early next year.

As lawsuits against Bayer pile up, farmers fear ‘vital’ Roundup will be killed off

The world's biggest farm chemical company, Bayer, is facing billions of dollars in lawsuits after a US jury found last month the weed killer Roundup caused a school groundsman's cancer, prompting fears among Australian farmers that the chemical will be banned or restricted.

Facial recognition, apps and robots the future of shopping, Alibaba bosses say

China e-commerce giant Alibaba plans to open 1,000 of its new-age supermarkets in the next five years and it has Australian produce on its shopping list.