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AFL must move urgently to solve perversity of competition draw

Now that the new AFL dispensation is in place, and a certain amount of goodwill is flowing its way, and its ears are open to entreaties, there is one matter it should deal with straight away, and that is the perversity that is the AFL draw.
Now that the new AFL dispensation is in place, and a certain amount of goodwill is flowing its way, and its ears are open to entreaties, there is one matter it should deal with straight away, and that is the perversity that is the AFL draw.
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A NEW research project is looking at what motivates cotton farmers and their employees to “stick at it” through thick and thin. A NEW research project is looking at what motivates cotton farmers and their employees to “stick at it” through thick and thin.
GUN shearer John Dalla was shocked by PETA’s shearing footage and says it's a long way from a true representation of his industry. GUN shearer John Dalla was shocked by PETA’s shearing footage and says it's a long way from a true representation of his industry.
RAIN or no rain, cattle prices have the potential to rise by up to 40 per cent in 2015 as the flow of cattle off-farm finally contracts. RAIN or no rain, cattle prices have the potential to rise by up to 40 per cent in 2015 as the flow of cattle off-farm finally contracts.
ADELAIDE company Rossi Boots is furious the federal government went shopping overseas to find cheaper boots for the armed services. ADELAIDE company Rossi Boots is furious the federal government went shopping overseas to find cheaper boots for the armed services.
2:36 PM Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has challenged his stuttering team to back up the conviction that its best football is good enough to better all comers, refusing to put a ceiling on...
1:59 PM BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON: Australian road champion Simon Gerrans has quit the Tour de France after more than two weeks due to lingering injuries sustained in his crash in stage one in Leeds
1:38 PM What can I say? It’s always great to see an Australian win on the Tour de France, even if they are not on your team.
12-year-old Claire wrote to the PM about funding for paralympic football. All she got was a form response.
1:26 PM 12-year-old Claire wrote to the PM about funding for paralympic football. All she got was a form response.
1:19 PM Protesters carrying banners have disrupted Bill Clinton’s speech moments after he began speaking at an AIDS conference in Melbourne on Wednesday.
New paid parking laws and security restrictions are being blamed for the potential closure of childcare services at Parliament House.
1:15 PM New paid parking laws and security restrictions are being blamed for the potential closure of childcare services at Parliament House.
British Open champion Rory McIlroy may have a new lady in his life to celebrate his victory with.
12:38 PM British Open champion Rory McIlroy may have a new lady in his life to celebrate his victory with.
Headline consumer prices rose by 0.5 per cent in the June quarter, broadly in line with market expectations, as higher prices for health services, dwellings and tobacco offset falls for travel, petrol and telecoms equipment and services.
12:23 PM Headline consumer prices rose by 0.5 per cent in the June quarter, broadly in line with market expectations, as higher prices for health services, dwellings and tobacco offset falls for...
Confusion remains over former Fremantle coach Mark Harvey's non-involvement in an official Dockers history book launched on Wednesday.
11:53 AM Confusion remains over former Fremantle coach Mark Harvey's non-involvement in an official Dockers history book launched on Wednesday.
Siblings launch a site that could be superior to the popular online marketplace thanks to one crucial difference.
11:51 AM Siblings launch a site that could be superior to the popular online marketplace thanks to one crucial difference.
11:09 AM ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight has been included in the Wallabies squad for the Rugby Championships, despite the Fijian-born winger not being available for selection until September 11.
Rampaging Brumbies winger Henry Speight is the only new name in the Wallabies squad to play in the Rugby Championship next month. 
11:05 AM Rampaging Brumbies winger Henry Speight is the only new name in the Wallabies squad to play in the Rugby Championship next month. 
Your cat may never give up your secrets. But your cat photos might.
10:58 AM Your cat may never give up your secrets. But your cat photos might.
10:49 AM The Canberra Raiders will begin the search for a new assistant coach immediately after Matt Parish was granted an immediate release to return to Sydney. 
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is travelling to the Netherlands where he will meet aircraft bringing the victims of the MH17 disaster back from Ukraine.
10:32 AM Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is travelling to the Netherlands where he will meet aircraft bringing the victims of the MH17 disaster back from Ukraine.
10:08 AM The Commonwealth Bank has slashed its five-year fixed mortgage rate to a new record low for the lender, a sign competition in the mortgage market remains intense.
9:51 AM Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie has declared she ''won't be scripted'' and that being a senator will not change her in the wake of controversy over comments she made about her ideal man.
Newcastle Knights fullback Darius Boyd has been admitted to a mental health clinic in order to seek treatment for depression.
9:44 AM Newcastle Knights fullback Darius Boyd has been admitted to a mental health clinic in order to seek treatment for depression.
Suspended Essendon coach James Hird is back in Melbourne, and he is keen to return to his club, pending a discussion with fill-in coach Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson.
8:32 AM Suspended Essendon coach James Hird is back in Melbourne, and he is keen to return to his club, pending a discussion with fill-in coach Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson.
7:27 AM He'd successfully swiped a couple of iPads when his daring escape faltered.
Before the Tour de France entered the Pyrenees on Tuesday for the first of three stages in the mountain range bordering Spain, Michael Rogers said: “I’m not a big fan of riding 230km into a headwind with a couple of guys. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
7:20 AM Before the Tour de France entered the Pyrenees on Tuesday for the first of three stages in the mountain range bordering Spain, Michael Rogers said: “I’m not a big fan of riding 230km...
6:02 AM Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from his signature paid parental leave scheme and into childcare services,...
3:26 AM Her teenage son narrowly missed boarding the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight, but Tessa Woollett had no concerns flying out from Sydney with the same carrier to bring him home.
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Thankyou GrainCorp for letting us know, some of us can sleep a little easier now.
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There needs to be a summit of MLA (and their affiliates ) AWI, NFF , and state farming groups
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On Monday night on ABC The BUSINESS there was a closing snippet on a Water (think it was,
SINCE its inception in 1990, Emerald’s Ag Grow Field-Days has gone from strength to strength.
Over time, it has survived droughts, floods, industry downturn and whatever the world economy had to throw at it.
18 Jul 14 SINCE its inception in 1990, Emerald’s Ag Grow Field-Days has gone from strength to strength. Over time, it has...
MARKETS and economics as a driver of northern agricultural development is a key focus of Northern Australia Food Futures conference being held at Darwin from November 3-5.03 Jul 14  1 MARKETS and economics as a driver of northern agricultural development is a key focus of Northern Australia Food...