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Alasdair Thompson made the comments on New Zealand radio, saying women had more time off for their periods. Remember? We covered it in the news bites here. He’s been sacked after his position became ‘unsustainable’.
That was kind of hard to explain. A Gold Coast beauty salon handed out flyers saying they will donate $1 for every wax booked in to the Animal Welfare League. The flyer featured a young lass, legs akimbo, with a strategically placed cat between them. Cue puns about fur flying. The Australian Christian Lobby complained. Do they have a point?
Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig last night announced he was lifting the ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia, providing graziers and suppliers signed on for new permits which would ensure ‘a supply chain assurance regulatory model’ which is mumbo jumbo for ‘make sure you know where you are sending your cattle’. The Government says abattoirs in Indonesia will be independently audited to ensure they continue to meet animal welfare standards. Minister Ludwig said: “ These new orders allow the export of live cattle only where animals can be managed through supply chains that meet international standards. These strict new conditions have been written into all export permits. They require exporters to trace cattle from properties, onto vessels, into feedlots and into abattoirs that meet agreed international standards. Permits will only be issued to those exporters who can demonstrate that this will be the case.” All this comes as Indonesia announces it is likely to significantly cut back the numbers of Australian beef exports next year from 25 per cent to around 10 to 5 per cent. Has the Government completely borked this issue? Or did they do the right thing?