Affected workers say the cut will see their families' incomes slashed by thousands of dollars each year.
Your morning news snapshot from around regional Australia and beyond.
Nick Miller The call is a big blow to Australia, which is about to start trying to negotiate a free trade agreement.
Tom McIlroy A loophole is allowing the Liberal Party elder to pocket his entire $200,000 a year pension on top of full pay for new envoy role.
Fairfax Media has been nominated in 11 categories at this year's Walkley Awards for excellence in Australian journalism.
Michael Koziol A male staffer for a Liberal MP in New South Wales attempted to identify himself as a woman as part of a sneaky factional deal to win an executive position in a student election.
James Massola, Nick McKenzie Malcolm Turnbull has publicly contradicted his predecessor, Tony Abbott, declaring the former prime minister's office had been aware of negotiations in 2015 to trade a senate vote for a change in gun laws.
James Massola, Michael Koziol Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs has acknowledged she misled a Senate inquiry this week by impugning the reputation of a journalist who reported critical comments she made about Australian politicians.
Peter Hannam The CSIRO needs to ensure its research into the coal seam gas remains independent of industry.
RAAF Base Richmond welcomed another new C-27J Spartan aircraft on Tuesday.
Greyhound rescuer Peta Akester angered over Baird's greyhound backflip.
Westbound overtaking lane to open shortly.
The Preschool has been nominated for two small business awards for its customer service and wellbeing offerings.
Variety Scholarships to help children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.