A beacon of reason amid the chaos

Have a look at this photo from the front page of Melbourne’s Herald Sun. In all the chaos and reprehensible behaviour surrounding the shooting down of MH17 one figure stands out metaphorically as a symbol of efficiency, credibility and decency, although literally he is in the background – in the media coverage, anyway. It is…

“Average” age of Oscar nominees says nothing

Feisty women are in vogue and feminism is no longer a dirty word In Hollywood, if we are to believe the breathless reporting about this year’s female line up of Oscar nominees. Not only that, but these feisty women are also older women. According to Vicky Roach, writing in the Herald Sun (2/3/14 p. 93)…

Vets call for live export ban

A vet who spent more than a decade working on live export ships has submitted a shocking report to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s review of the trade, listing multiple examples of sheep and cattle being smothered and injured in overstocked and dirty pens on long-haul voyages from Australia. The submission by Dr…