Domestic pet slaughter on the rise in South-East Asia - and more 11am Zedlines

Tourists are being pushed to eat dog in South-East Asia as a cultural experience despite the risks and violence involved: (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Ipswich City Council questioned:

The Ipswich City Council and Mayor Paul Pisasale are coming under fire for their refusal to answer questions about how the Mayor’s wife came to be given a paid council position.

It was revealed earlier this week that Councillor Pisasale had made email correspondence asking for his wife Janet to be given a job as an administrative assistant in September of 2013 before being hired a week later.

It has been argued that his wife was merely an emergency fill in when the administrative assistant left on short notice, however, it has been revealed the Mayor’s previous assistant did not leave her position until six months after Mrs Pisasale was hired.

Central Queensland aims to improve diversity and multiculturalism:

A Botswana man who relocated to central Queensland wants to share his culture and traditions to bolster diversity and multiculturalism.

Lawrence Chitura and his family made the 12,000 kilometre move to Rockhampton as an auto-electrician under the 457 visa program in 2006 before moving further west to Blackwater in 2010.

One of only six African families in Blackwater, Mr Chitura started the Central Queensland African Association after hearing stories of other new migrants that did not reflect his positive experience.

The group aims to open a language school or a boot camp to benefit both the African and Australian communities.

The Australian Martin Luther King:

Australia has witnessed its own Martin Luther King moment after a speech by Indigenous journalist Stan Grant goes viral.

The speech addressed the impact of colonisation and discrimination at The Ethics Centre IQ2 debate series last year and has since acquired 750,000 online views.

The core sentiment behind the address was the notion that racism was at the heart of the Australian Dream, an idea that has drawn praise from many of the wider public.

Clive Palmer dodges misconduct claims:

Federal MP Clive Palmer has denied wrongdoing amid claims he put business interests ahead of workers at his Queensland Nickel refinery.  

Mr Palmer has put forward $250 million worth of assets from two of his other companies to float the struggling refinery, which went into voluntary administration last week, after applying to have the companies added to the secured creditors list, prioritising them in the event of liquidation.

After revelations came to light Queensland Nickel had donated more than $21 million to the Palmer United Party since 2013, Mr Palmer says the move, along with the sacking of 237 workers last week, was an attempt to keep the struggling refinery afloat.     

Domestic pet slaughter on the rise in South-East Asia:

A rise in the slaughter of stolen pets in South-East Asia is being blamed on Western tourists increasing demand.

Dog is traditionally eaten by many in Vietnam, China and South Korea despite animal rights groups saying it is cruel, dangerous, and spreads disease, with the Korean populace saying the pain inflicted on the dog before its death improves flavour.

Approximately five million dogs are eaten in Vietnam per year and 2.5 million in the Korean Peninsula with tourists being pushed to try it as a cultural experience without understanding the cruelty and health risks associated.

Sudanese asylum seeker to stand trial over tunnel crossing:

A Sudanese man who walked the Channel tunnel from France in an attempt to reach Britain is to face trial under an obscure law for obstructing a railway.

Abdul Haroun walked 12 hours in near total darkness before being arrested by British police near the tunnel’s end.

Despite being granted asylum, which was hoped would lead to the dropping of charges against him, he attended a hearing last week where a trial date was set for June 20.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison.