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NSW has become the first state in Australia to automatically ban anyone convicted of serious animal abuse from ever owning or working with animals again, reports Tiffanie Turnbull, from AAP. Vaccinations are going full steam ahead at some Adelaide hubs.
A government bill introducing tougher penalties for animal cruelty and bestiality passed the state parliament on Thursday night, after two years of advocacy by Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst. Young Australians reported a significant increase in anxiety and depression symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report.
Of 1,927 young people, who were on average 22 years old when they were surveyed, half rated their mental health as having worsened.
Despite increases in generalised anxiety and depression, the study, led by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, found no increase in young people seeking out support for their mental health from health professionals.
Emily Upton, a UNSW researcher and clinical psychologist, said in a statement:
A separate study based on the same survey data found a decrease in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm among young people during the pandemic.
Compared to February 2020, alcohol consumption among young people during Covid restrictions between May and June last year dropped by 17%.
Dr Philip Clare of the University of Sydney said:
OK, it looks like we will be hearing from Queensland officials at 10.30am (AEST).
But the good news is, we already know there had been no community spread overnight.
Flood warnings remain at “moderate” for large areas of eastern regional Victoria.
Labor’s industry spokesman, Ed Husic, has responded to the attorney general’s department saying it has asked former foreign minister Julie Bishop to clarify her role at Greensill Capital, the collapsed finance group.
As we reported this morning, Bishop approached the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, for a meeting with Treasury before she signed the lobbyist register.
Husic said:
NSW has become the first state in Australia to automatically ban anyone convicted of serious animal abuse from ever owning or working with animals again, AAP’s Tiffanie Turnbull reports.
A government bill introducing tougher penalties for animal cruelty and bestiality passed the state parliament on Thursday night, after two years of advocacy by Animal Justice party MP Emma Hurst.
A psychologist and survivor of domestic violence, Hurst says human and animal abuse often go hand in hand. The new penalties are a significant step towards addressing both crimes, she said in a statement.A psychologist and survivor of domestic violence, Hurst says human and animal abuse often go hand in hand. The new penalties are a significant step towards addressing both crimes, she said in a statement.
She cites one case where a Sydney man was jailed for serious animal cruelty after he stabbed a dog with a pitchfork six times, then hung the dog to a tree and left it to die over many hours. She cites one case where a Sydney man was jailed for serious animal cruelty after he stabbed a dog with a pitchfork six times, then hung it to a tree and left it to die over many hours.
A petting zoo operator, that man was not banned from working with animals again, she says.A petting zoo operator, that man was not banned from working with animals again, she says.
The new NSW legislation is unique in that the ban is for a lifetime and is automatically imposed upon conviction.The new NSW legislation is unique in that the ban is for a lifetime and is automatically imposed upon conviction.
Hurst is now urging other states to follow suit.Hurst is now urging other states to follow suit.
It should be easier for Australians to get their smartphones, tablets and other devices repaired or replaced, the Productivity Commission has found.It should be easier for Australians to get their smartphones, tablets and other devices repaired or replaced, the Productivity Commission has found.
The commission reviewed the so-called “right to repair” in Australia and received more than 300 submissions and comments. Many consumers complained that companies were making it harder and more expensive to get devices repaired by anyone other than the manufacturer. The commission reviewed the so-called right to repair in Australia and received more than 300 submissions and comments. Many consumers complained that companies were making it harder and more expensive to get devices fixed by anyone other than the manufacturer.
The most common issues with phones, for example, are smashed screens or the need to replace the battery, but increasingly, companies like Apple and Samsung are making it harder for consumers to repair it themselves or get it repaired by anyone but Apple or Samsung. The most common issues with phones, for example, are smashed screens or the need to replace the battery, but increasingly companies like Apple and Samsung are making it harder for consumers to repair it themselves, or get it repaired by anyone but Apple or Samsung.
You can read the full report below:You can read the full report below:
Good news from Queensland.Good news from Queensland.
The sunshine state has recorded no cases of Covid-19 overnight, local or otherwise!The sunshine state has recorded no cases of Covid-19 overnight, local or otherwise!
This comes after two unknowingly infected Victorians entered Queensland while their home state was in lockdown and subsequently tested positive on the Sunshine Coast.This comes after two unknowingly infected Victorians entered Queensland while their home state was in lockdown and subsequently tested positive on the Sunshine Coast.
The Victorian Royal Commission into Crown will be extended by two and a half months due to the “seriousness of evidence produced through hearings and submissions to date”, the inquiry says.The Victorian Royal Commission into Crown will be extended by two and a half months due to the “seriousness of evidence produced through hearings and submissions to date”, the inquiry says.
Commissioner Ray Finkelstein was due to report by 1 August, but this has now been pushed back to 15 October. His budget has also been pumped up from $10 million to $19.75 million.Commissioner Ray Finkelstein was due to report by 1 August, but this has now been pushed back to 15 October. His budget has also been pumped up from $10 million to $19.75 million.
Victoria’s acting premier James Merlino said:Victoria’s acting premier James Merlino said:
The minister for consumer affairs, gaming and liquor regulation, Melissa Horne, said the evidence heard at the commission so far was “significant”.The minister for consumer affairs, gaming and liquor regulation, Melissa Horne, said the evidence heard at the commission so far was “significant”.
Ooh, would you look at that, the Queensland press conference should be at around 10am (AEST). So in about 40 minutes.Ooh, would you look at that, the Queensland press conference should be at around 10am (AEST). So in about 40 minutes.
In terms of today’s press conferences, there are two big ones we are waiting for. Victoria, where we will hear all about lockdown ending and maybe a little about what comes next, and Queensland, where we will learn if there has been any more community spread of Covid-19 on the Sunshine Coast.In terms of today’s press conferences, there are two big ones we are waiting for. Victoria, where we will hear all about lockdown ending and maybe a little about what comes next, and Queensland, where we will learn if there has been any more community spread of Covid-19 on the Sunshine Coast.
No confirmed times on either of these yet, but I will keep you posted.No confirmed times on either of these yet, but I will keep you posted.
Amnesty International has collected new evidence of human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, which it says has become a “dystopian hellscape” for hundreds of thousands of Muslims subjected to mass internment and torture.Amnesty International has collected new evidence of human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, which it says has become a “dystopian hellscape” for hundreds of thousands of Muslims subjected to mass internment and torture.
The human rights organisation has collected more than 50 new accounts from Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities who claim to have been subjected to mass internment and torture in police stations and camps in the region.The human rights organisation has collected more than 50 new accounts from Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities who claim to have been subjected to mass internment and torture in police stations and camps in the region.
Testimonies from former detainees included in a new report launched on Thursday allege the use of “tiger chairs” – steel chairs with leg irons and handcuffs that restrain the body in painful positions – on detainees during police interrogations.Testimonies from former detainees included in a new report launched on Thursday allege the use of “tiger chairs” – steel chairs with leg irons and handcuffs that restrain the body in painful positions – on detainees during police interrogations.
You can read the full report below:You can read the full report below:
Star swimmer Maddie Groves has pulled out of the Australian Olympic swimming trials just days before the event begins in Adelaide, saying her last-minute withdrawal should be a lesson to “all misogynistic perverts in sport”.Star swimmer Maddie Groves has pulled out of the Australian Olympic swimming trials just days before the event begins in Adelaide, saying her last-minute withdrawal should be a lesson to “all misogynistic perverts in sport”.
Groves, who won two silver medals at the Rio Games five years ago, was aiming to reach her second Olympics at the national trials, which start this weekend and run for six days. But the 26-year-old butterfly specialist, also a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, announced her decision not to compete in a social media post on Wednesday night.Groves, who won two silver medals at the Rio Games five years ago, was aiming to reach her second Olympics at the national trials, which start this weekend and run for six days. But the 26-year-old butterfly specialist, also a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, announced her decision not to compete in a social media post on Wednesday night.
In a separate message posted on Thursday “for emphasis” and to “make them pervs quake in fear from the number of people supporting a statement that threatens their existence”, she made allegations about her treatment by an unnamed individual involved in the sport.In a separate message posted on Thursday “for emphasis” and to “make them pervs quake in fear from the number of people supporting a statement that threatens their existence”, she made allegations about her treatment by an unnamed individual involved in the sport.
Groves wrote:Groves wrote:
You can read the full report below:You can read the full report below:
There is a bit of confusion on the airport front when it comes to travel from Victoria to NSW.There is a bit of confusion on the airport front when it comes to travel from Victoria to NSW.