Puppy-farm crack down - and more 9am Zedlines

The state government is looking to introduce a new bill that will crack down on puppy-farming.

Worst QLD suburbs for immunisation

Some of Queensland’s most prestigious suburbs are failing to reach acceptable immunisation levels, according to new national data.

The National Health Performance Authority figures show areas such as Paddington, Noosa Heads, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts are among the worst of the state’s “black spots” for vaccination records, with almost one in five two-year-olds not fully vaccinated.

Medical and government officials are committed to raising the levels to 95 per cent, a number necessary to protect the small minority who do not respond to immunisation efforts.

 

State government looks to shut puppy farms

The state government is looking to shut-down puppy farms, with a new bill expected to enforce compulsory registration, standards, and guidelines for dog breeders.

An estimated 100 operators are currently active in Queensland, with some keeping dogs and puppies in inhumane and cruel conditions.

Some animal welfare activists and pet shops say while it’s a step in the right direction, the proposed laws will not work, claiming they will do nothing to assist the breeding dogs who remain in factories.

 

Cardinal Pell responds to critics

Cardinal George Pell has responded to criticism at his inability to appear in Australia to testify before the child sex abuse royal commission.

A statement from his office said he is prepared to “meet with and listen to victims and express his ongoing support” after he testifies in Rome.

The response comes as comedian Tim Minchin’s popular song Come Home (Cardinal Pell) passes 400 thousand views on Youtube.  

 

CSIRO staff dispute job cuts

CSIRO staff have launched a Fair Work challenge against the cutting of 350 jobs from the scientific organisation.

The CSIRO Staff Association lodged the dispute with the Fair Work Commission, claiming the organisation had not held adequate consultation.

A spokesperson for CSIRO said they are aware of the application and will work with affected parties.

 

China militarising in South China Sea

China has established a surface-to-air missile system on a disputed island in the South China Sea, according to Taiwanese and US officials.

The system has been deployed on Woody Island in a move that heightens tensions in the regions and renewed warnings against militarism.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the reports have been fabricated by Western media.

 

Logging companies ripping off PNG

Foreign logging companies are avoiding paying tax and costing Papua New Guinea hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

An investigation by the Oakland Institute found logging interests are using groups of linked companies to shift profit offshore and avoid taxes.

The report comes as Papua New Guinea battles with its worst cash flow crisis this century as health and education services fail to receive funding.