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By Kerry Lonergan I’ve just been invited to an ‘F20’ meeting in Sydney. F20, as further reading revealed, is a meeting of corporations broadly involved in ‘farming’ (thus the ‘F’) – and is being held just prior to the G20 conference in Brisbane. Which brings to mind the other meetings... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Overflow
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Image by Nate Gray By Pip Courtney Until his two great mates Queensland cattleman John Quintana and Bathurst stock agent Charlie Maher died in a tragic plane crash in March, Peter Dowling had never written a poem. But during a long outback drive in the days after the accident the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at The Overflow
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By Pip Courtney Viewers to tell me they love Landline, but I was taken aback recently when Kylie Stretton told me her two primary schoolers loved it. I asked her why and she said they love farming. I was puzzled ...happy they're watching but puzzled, as I thought Landline a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at The Overflow
By Kerry Staight When I started scripting my story on the Great Artesian Basin I had a dilemma - keep a section in about isopod sex because it was fascinating or cut it out for the good of the whole story. I went with the latter because this is really... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at The Overflow
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Image by Angus Mcdiarmid/ Flickr CC BY-NC By Kerry Lonergan Unless you are a football fan or a business student, the odds are you will know little about Joe Lewis. The fact is Joe Lewis looks likely to emerge over coming months as one of the most important decision makers... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at The Overflow
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By Sean Murphy - Images courtesy of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists It had all the courage and skill but none of the first world spectacle usually associated with rodeo events. The scene was a small field on La Campina, a 500 hectare farm about two hours from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at The Overflow
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By Sean Murphy - Images courtesy of IFAJ 2013 Conference With a jarring lurch forward, a tractor pulling three hay carts filled with journalists is bumping down a dusty track on a 2500 hectare farm near the town of D'Amante , 450km from Buenos Aires in Argentina. We are in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at The Overflow
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Congratulations to Sean Murphy who is the toast of the rural journalism world this week after winning the international star prize for rural broadcasting. He won the video category for 'Freedom of Choice', an in-depth look at a landmark contamination case in Western Australia involving GM canola. The judges praised... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at The Overflow
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By Kerry Staight For almost ninety years the underground bakery at Farina, around 650 kilometres north of Adelaide, didn't produce a single loaf. A lone light, at first light, signals the ruin has reopened for business. "When you walk in here first thing in the morning say five o'clock, you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at The Overflow
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By Pip Courtney The term 'horse whisperer' became part of horsey language in 1995 when Nicholas Evans' debut novel 'The Horse Whisperer' became a best seller. A hit movie directed and starring Robert Redford followed 3 years later, and ever since the term's been applied to those who deserve the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at The Overflow
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Video by Peter Curtis / Sound by Jack Tegg / Images by Pip Courtney Recipes courtesy of Chaxiraxi Afonso Higuera Talking out loud about how I would track down a chef to prepare and talk about mussels on camera, Spring Bay Seafood boss Phil Lamb said, "Oh there's a Spanish... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at The Overflow
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By Prue Adams Our family life changed on a crisp and sunny April Sunday. While fossicking around in the garden, I heard a plaintiff bleat from the paddock below. One of the 12 ewes we run on our 9-acre Adelaide Hills property had given birth to a lamb in the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at The Overflow
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By Prue Adams Images by sound technician Tony Hill There’s not a lot in Spalding – cute and historic as it is, tucked in the shadow of the southern Flinders Ranges. A general store, a post office, a smattering of stone homes and a pub. That’s it really. But take... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at The Overflow
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By Kerry Staight For my final story of 2012 I dusted the cobwebs off my swag, teamed up with two of the funniest ABC operators and headed out to a remote cattle station east of Broken Hill, to cover an "international" cricket match. From the story (see: Field of Dreams)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at The Overflow
Video by Camilla Plunkett Landline gets its fair share of work experience students and interns and we’re delighted to say many of them have kicked on to find good jobs in rural and regional journalism. Back in 2009 Camilla Plunkett came to us for a short stint while completing a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at The Overflow
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By Kerry Staight If you want to fire up an Australian farmer, bringing up subsidies is one way to go about it. It's a sore point because Australian farmers don't get much government assistance and many of their competitors do. According to the latest figures from the OECD (Organisation for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2012 at The Overflow
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By Sean Murphy Of all the potential risks involved in a Landline assignment, being eaten by a great white shark is probably not high on the list, but it was a serious consideration on a recent trip to Western Australia. On a three week road trip covering more than six... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at The Overflow
By Guest ABC Open Producer, Susan Rooney-Harding If you loved the movie Red Dog you'll love this - being a dog person, I fell in love! After doing 'A day in the life of a shearer' a few months ago and seeing how hard the sheep dogs work and how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2012 at The Overflow
By Guest ABC Open Producer, Susan Rooney-Harding Have you ever wondered what life is like for a shearer? I have! So I set out to Bellsgrove Station just over the South Australian border to find out more. It was just as I imagined it. As I entered the shed I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at The Overflow
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By Pip Courtney Photographs and videos by Craig Berkman and Pip Courtney Landline hasn't missed a Beef Week since the first one back in 1982. This year presenter Pip Courtney and commodities and weather expert Kerry Lonergan headed to Rockhampton with cameraman Craig Berkman and sound recordist Graham Chadwick. Here... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at The Overflow
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Photographic contributions by Landline staff Landline's South Australian reporters Kerry Staight and Prue Adams hit the road on a regular basis covering the winegrape growing regions, the grain belt, the Indigenous lands up north and the fishing towns along the coast. The Murray River ends in South Australia and there... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at The Overflow
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By Peter McCutcheon A lot can go wrong when you're making a TV program. One of my worst memories is waking up an hour before dawn and stumbling through the dark, searching for the perfect spot to film the rising sun over the Torres Strait during an Anzac Day ceremony.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at The Overflow
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So Sam ‘I'm-a-Barbie-girl’ Kekovich wants us to throw some juicy chops on the backyard grill this Australia Day. The Lambassador’s latest ad has already proved a big hit on You Tube (in excess of half a million hits to be precise) and that message seems to have bounced clear across... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at The Overflow
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By Prue Adams There are some stories that just make you laugh. I’m sure for those who work in the turkey business, the novelty has long worn off. But for a reporter and camera crew of two who’ve never come across a gaggle of gobbling turkey toms (the name for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at The Overflow
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By Tim Lee Nowhere in the nation is there such a cluster of champions. Between them they have won almost every major prize of the Australian turf. And some like Better Loosen Up, a Japan cup winner, have international laurels to their name. Might and Power, a dual Melbourne Cup... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at The Overflow