The revelations on 60 Minutes last night are the latest in a long saga that shows the live export industry is fundamentally rotten. It is a bitter irony that the ship involved is actually in Fremantle at the moment, and that Emmanuel Exporters has not faced a single penalty for a sequence of failures that caused thousands of sheep to be cooked alive and die in their own ordure.
This week the Turnbull Government has quietly performed the largest act of marine vandalism in Australia’s history. Minister Frydenberg has ignored both the science and the overwhelming public input on this issue to tear great holes in the fabric of Labor’s national marine protection network.
Labor is calling on regional Australians to have their say on the NBN rollout as part of Parliament’s new NBN inquiry.
Parliament’s NBN Oversight Committee is holding an inquiry into the rollout of the NBN across rural and regional Australia and is accepting submissions from residents, business and consumer advocacy groups.
People in Fremantle are struggling to afford basic health care, with Malcolm Turnbull’s Medicare freeze driving out-of-pocket costs up and forcing thousands of locals to skip care.
It shouldn’t be easy to forget that Australia is an island, yet modern communication and transport makes it so. The jetliner, the internet and 21st century freight logistics create the impression that we are not separated from the rest of the world by vast oceans.