1. Graphic footage of whale slaughter
Activists from Sea Shepherd Australia have released graphic images of the Japanese whaling fleet processing harpooned minke whales in waters south-east of Tasmania.
Sea Shepherd Australia’s managing director, Jeff Hansen, said the International Whaling Commission’s Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was being tainted by the illegal slaughter of these whales. The Sea Shepherd is now pursuing the Japanese fleet after finding all five of its vessels in the Southern Ocean.
2. Bali mother and daughter deaths
Police have ruled out foul play in the case of the tragic deaths of mother and daughter, Noelene and Yvana Bischoff who died within hours of each other on Saturday in Bali. Local police speculated food poisoning or anaphylaxis was to blame.
The ABC report that a doctor who has examined the bodies says there are signs of choking or asphyxiation. However there are reports that the family has refused to allow an autopsy -sending a letter through the consulate stating their wishes.
This morning SkyNews have revealed that under Indonesian law an autopsy can proceed without permission from today.
3. Missing man found
A family searching for their missing son have found him through the most amazing stroke of luck – from a picture on the front page of a newspaper, and by harnessing social media.
For more go to this post here. “Homeless man found by family.”
4. Coalition Direct Action plan
Acting opposition environment spokesman Tony Burke has told The Australian that the Coalition’s Direct Action plan was “a dressed-up slush fund, which is ineffective and costly”.
The comments come after the release of a green paper that shows that companies will not be punished if they fail to meet their carbon emissions targets under the Coalition’s Direct Action plan. Instead, the government will introduce “flexible compliance arrangements”.
The Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt said the plan was not designed to be punitive.