Last chance to have say on cattle and sheep welfare

Public submissions on the draft Australian animal welfare standards and guidelines for cattle and sheep close on Monday 6th May. Visit DAFF’s Animal Welfare page for submission guidelines. The new standards and guidelines will replace the current model codes of practice for the welfare of cattle and sheep and cover a full range of on-farm…

Autolib could help us get off the road to nowhere

Melbourne is seen by some as the Paris of the southern hemisphere so perhaps it’s time to take on some of the City of Light’s traffic innovations. Melbourne residents have prided themselves on their favourable standing on various liveability scoreboards but the increasing congestion on our roads is threatening Victoria’s liveability and its productivity. The…

Anzac Day – modern Ozboys stir mixed emotions

As Anzac Day draws near, the towns and villages of the Somme Valley prepare for the annual Australian invasion. The memorial at Villers-Bretonneux is filled with French workers bustling to and fro, setting up lighting, audio and a complex seating grid in anticipation of another packed dawn service. Each year the crowds grow bigger here,…

Even bombs can’t stop these runners

As I started to watch the footage of the Boston Marathon bombing and saw 78-year-old Bill Iffrig being blown off his feet, I thought that he, like so many others, was going to be horrifically injured. I was appalled to see other competitors just weave around his prone body in their desire to get to…

Update: man charged over turkey cruelty

Further to our Don’t love ’em story, the ABC reports that a poultry worker has been charged with torturing birds destined for slaughter at a turkey processing plant south-west of Sydney. Police Rural Crime Investigators have examined video footage captured by an animal rights group at the Tahmoor plant. They allege several live birds had…

5 things I hate about online writing

1. List articles. Does everything have to be reduced to a shopping list? What happened to the narrative; the creation of ambience; the set-up; the logic of a well rounded argument? It’s easy in list articles to cover superficiality with a veneer of thoroughness because the list doesn’t require the use of balancing arguments ,…