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Demonizing Dingoes on Fraser Island is criminal – Hans Brunner


Fraser Island provides the last opportunity to secure the protection of purebred Dingoes. It is therefore our obligation to look after them as we look after elephants, tigers, lions, rhinos,monkeys etc.
(dingo searching for food on Fraser Island- Jennifer Parkhurst photographer)
While we spend millions of dollars on these exotic species we not only neglect our own iconic dingoes, we actually demonize them and especially so on Fraser Island.

Great Forest National Park- urgently needed for Victoria


Victoria is still far from having a comprehensive, adequate and representative national park and conservation system, and most major threats to nature identified in past reviews are still very much with us – habitat loss and degradation, invasive species, harmful fire regimes, over-grazing, modified water flows. Precious habitat remnants are being bulldozed for urban expansion or roads.

This article also appears on the AWPC website.

Looking down the tunnel of the IGR to a poorer future

The Intergenerational Report's (IGR) predecessors assume that the answer to our future prosperity lies in the combination of population growth, productivity and participation. After an almost unprecedented 24 consecutive years of economic growth, we certainly have achieved population growth, productivity is declining, there's record high unemployment, but where's the prosperity?

Gas price explosion - corporate greed


Economists are predicting that Australia will be the world's biggest exporter of LNG by 2018, overtaking Qatar's production. Instead of being able to enjoy prosperity and the economic benefits, consumers and manufacturing industries will be held hostage to the multi-national mining giants' demands.

Gas producers in the eastern states were once devoted to supplying domestic buyers, but now they are now chasing export dollars. Until very recently, gas extracted in Australia stayed in Australia. Because our nation has abundant natural gas reserves, it meant our gas prices have stayed low by global standards. 

The loss of insulated prices will mean we are forced to compete with buyers across Asia who prepared to pay top prices.

Cuts to CSIRO: A lobotomy of Australia's intellectual prowess

The Abbott government's $111 million budget cut to the CSIRO will mean job losses for 489 researchers and support staff by mid-next year. It's a lobotomy of Australia's intellect, and a savage pruning of our nation's ability to be a developed, knowledge-based economy. First the Abbott government removed the title of science minister (the first time it has occurred in 80 years) and folds it into the portfolio of Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane,

Australia is "going backwards" according to new report


Almost half of Australia's terrestrial ecosystems are threatened, 85 per cent of its rivers have been modified and twice as many Australians die from air pollution annually than road accidents, according to a report on the state of the country's environment.

42 environmental growth have cooperated to bring us this damning report, and hopefully will be a wake-up call that we are living beyond our means, and must change.

Broken Borders

While the media and political debates focus on cracking down on boat people, Fairfax media have exposed that rampant visa fraud is happening. It's a multifaceted yarn. Up to 9 in 10 skilled migrant visas are bogus.

Militants are suspects in visa frauds. Afghan applicants 90% flawed!

FRASER ISLAND DINGO PROTECTION: Special fund-raiser effort


On 10th August 2014 a Special Event is being held by Animal Active Australia to raise money towards printing costs for a new campaign for the Dingoes of Fraser Island.

This campaign seeks to raise awareness and gather accurate information about the plight of the Fraser Island Dingoes from the Queensland government.

Fears proposed land clearing changes put threatened species at risk


In this week’s budget Premier Mike Baird slashed funding for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage by almost 10 per cent.
(image: Environment Minister (NSW) Rob Stokes)
This review is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on the most important laws protecting native plants and animals in NSW.
Conservationists fear that threatened plants and animals are under attack from a review of conservation laws in NSW, due to a review to land clearing laws.
(Reprinted from AWPC website)

R.I.P. Elms - The second jumps racing death this week and the fourth this season.

2014 is the year of the horse, but our State continues to allow athletic and highly trained horses to be maimed, injured and killed for jumps racing profits.
7 year old gelding Elms has been KILLED after breaking down in the second hurdle at Casterton on Sunday 25th May.
After jumping the first hurdle, Elms broke down on the flat and was grabbed by barrier attendants. Veterinary surgeons later reported that Elms had severely fractured his right fore cannon while racing on the flat.

Pension Reform and the "budget crisis"

Little Dorrit: Pensioner Entertainment

How can we justifiably expect older people to keep working until 70, especially bearing the stresses of physical/manual work? Those without the obligatory hundreds of thousands of dollars in superannuation stored away, likely will be those who are forced to work to 70, and then claim unemployment benefits.

The South Australian Greens are supporting Stop Population Growth Now party


The South Australian Greens have given their first preferences at next Saturday’s 15th March state election to the Stop Population Growth Now party.

In an enlightened move for the Greens, the party in SA is actually acknowledging the strong and obvious link between living standards, environmental conservation and climate change – something that shouldn't be so obscure for the rest of the party with an environmental focus!

United States attempts to overthrow popularly elected government of Venezuela

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas in marches for and against President Nicolás Maduro's government Saturday, as the nation's massive divide became ever more evident. Maduro succeeded late leftist icon Hugo Chavez last year, with the country's economic problems at the heart of often violent marches that have left 10 people dead and scores injured.
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DEPI inspectors are failing to carry out their duties

Victorian Sale Yards Investigation? A Farce! Stand up and be counted coalition!


Australia's Sale yards – The Facts
R-E-S-P-E-C-T Just not there!!
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, simple word but afraid never used around the sale yards of Victoria .The operators, transporters, and even the state government appear to despise animal activist interference or should I say intervention when it comes to helping animals in some distress!

DINGO DAY Friday February 14, 2014

National Dingo Day plans for a FULL BLOWN PROTEST MARCH IN MELBOURNE VICTORIA ON THE 14th FEBRUARY 2014 at 11.55 am Spring Street, full see Facebook for details

Whittling away of green wedge in Frankston threatens wildlife

Submission against 11.8 Request for Planning Scheme Amendment Stotts Lane.
by Craig Thomson, wildlife carer
The proposed Amendment seeks to rezone the land from RCZ3 (Rural Conservation Zone Schedule 3) to Neighbourhood Residential Zone, include the site within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), remove the Green Wedge and apply a Development Plan Overlay (DPO) to the site. These changes also require consequential changes to the Land Use Framework Plan and the Housing Framework Plan in the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS).

Scare Jobs: Locals Losing Out — Again! (report: Party for Freedom)

Demographers Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy of Monash University have released their most recent report, entitled Party for Freedom: ‘Scare Jobs: Migrants or Locals at the end of the Queue?. This damning report highlights the incompatibility of recent and current immigration policies sponsored by both Labor and Liberal governments.

Taiji: Japan's new bizarre and grizzly marine “mammal park”


In a cruel twist of irony, the Japanese town Taiji, made infamous by Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, will open as a marine mammal park.  In response to the outrage caused by the film, the Japanese government will re invent the town of Taiji, to give the thin facade of respectability as a marine “nature reserve”.

Stop the Pilliga Forest coal seam gas mining

Really informative video inside, beautifully put together by trevorjbc, containing a variety of knowledgeable speakers in the field, and showing the landscape. Farmers and environmentalists don't want CSG mining, but the government is likely to face a backlash from the minerals sector unless it acts. Critics fear that fracking not only opens up cracks in the coal seam, but could also result in gas escaping into drinking water as it rises to the surface. It would be economically reckless and short-sighted for the supply of CSG to destroy valuable farmland, and compromise underground water supplies. There are fears from some landholders that the ban in Victoria will be lifted. (This article has been adapted from a comment).

Threatened Species Day, 7 September

In 1996, on the sixtieth anniversary of the last Tasmanian tiger’s death in Hobart Zoo in 1936, 7 September was declared ‘National Threatened Species Day’ — a time to reflect on what happened to the thylacine and how similar fates could await other native plants and animals unless appropriate action is taken.

Image: Numbat, Perth Zoo, Western Australia

Federal Elections - policies of some minor parties


There are a record number of 54 political parties represented in the Senate in these elections.
There are obviously glaring "gaps" in concerns and policies not being addressed by the mainstream parties, the ALP and the Coalition.
Each party below, and the list is not exhaustive, was searched for policies on:
wildlife
environment
population growth/immigration
animal rights
asylum seekers
(if any are absent it's because no policy was found)

Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy Review a bitter disappointment


The President of the National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program (NDPRP), Jennifer Parkhurst, labelled the Queensland government’s recently conducted review of the Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy a bitter disappointment. They outcome of the policy review to be a whitewash, with very little being done in practice to shift the focus of the management strategy to dingo conservation.

Our right to jobs negotiated away

Unbeknown to most of those commenting on the numbers of 457 visas outside the EMA (Enterprise Migration Agreement) issue, as part of Doha round of trade negotiations, the Labor Government processed and negotiated away Australia’s rights to apply labour-market testing to temporary overseas workers in the 457 visa program.
Some Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) also commit Australia to temporary entry without limits and without labour market testing, for certain categories as intra-corporate transferees (executives, managers and specialists, independent executives and “contractual service sellers”).

Julia Gillard turns a cold shoulder to live export activists

More than 100 protesters rallied against live animal exports during a Federal community cabinet meeting in the marginal Melbourne Labor seat of Deakin.
Animals Australia organised the event with plans to greet Prime Minister Julia Gillard on her arrival at the Norwood Secondary College venue in Ringwood. There was a heavy police presence.

New wave of Superbugs - a "catastrophic" threat


(Ultra-resistant mutant bacteria--more frightening than sci-fi movies from the 1980s. Film still: The Fly)
Antibiotics are the wonder drugs of modern medicine. They've allowed doctors to save and extend life by killing infection and enabling ground breaking surgery.
England's chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, says that antibiotic-resistant bacteria posed a ''catastrophic threat'' to human health, and likened it to the dangers of terrorism.
Factory farms are artificially accelerating the evolution of superbugs, and are bringing us closer to the day when antibiotics won't work.

457 temporary visas rort

457 visas will be tightened.


What was initially intended as a way of plugging temporary skills gaps had become a permanent feature of the Australian labour market.  Thanks to some common sense from our new Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor, 457 visas will be tightened.

Earth has reached "peak farmland"


A study by researchers at Rockefeller University in New York that found we're using more agriculture now than we ever still claims there's going to be fewer of us at some point. It's just not a lack of available farmland or food that's going to kill us. Jesse Ausebel explains that while the common perception is that meeting humanity’s food needs is the task of farmers, there are many other players, including those of us who can choose what to eat and how many children to have. It's a denial of Malthus' warnings.

See also: USDA agricultural census program is a covert surveillance operation to compile government database of food and farm assets of 27 March 2013 - Ed

Melbourne, Let's Talk about the Future, Oct 2012


Over the next 40 years, Melbourne's is to be projected, or force-fed, to grow geographically and in population.
The discussion paper is how to plan for that growth and miraculously at the same time “ensuring our city remains one of the most diverse, distinctive and liveable cities in the world”. The “discussion” is not about democratically deciding whether we want the growth or not, but propaganda that endorses the benefits of growth, and how to implement it. It's a long term vision, of continuous growth- whether we want it or not!

Damning DSE and DPI Reports from Victoria Auditor-General


In a report released 24th October, Auditor General Des Pearson said DSE's compliance standards were worse than DPI but neither were adequate. He said neither department could be sure its compliance activities contributed to protecting natural resources, primary industries and the environment as the legislation intended.

DON'T ALLOW VICTORIA TO BECOME A KILLING FIELD FOR KANGAROOS


The commercial slaughter of Kangaroos was banned in 1982 by the Cain Government but it's reintroduction was raised again in 2002 when the Bracks Government presided and was fully investigated by the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee of Parliament (ENRC). It was considered unsustainable then due to inadequate numbers of kangaroos, and it's unsustainable now.
Not only is this industry unsustainable and un-Australian but it would bring danger into our bushland where recreational visitors should be safe.
The industry is known for its inhumane treatment of Kangaroos from misfired shots, orphaned young, stress on family mobs through lights and noise, cruel disposal of Joeys and the compromisation of the genetic integrity of the gene pool.

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