Melbourne abattoir remains open despite evidence of abuse, and more zedlines...

Animal rights activists have released footage of Star Poultry Supply abattoir in Keysborough, Melbourne boiling chickens alive. Photo source: Flickr

The footage, obtained in March, was given to Victoria’s abattoir regulator, but no formal animal cruelty investigation was conducted, allowing the slaughterhouse to continue operating.

The department responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws, Agriculture Victoria released a statement to ABC’s 7.30 saying they were “satisfied” with the company’s handling of the situation and staff were being retrained.

But the RSPCA are asking why the company could continue operations while under investigation.
Submissions on Sunshine Coast development declared invalid

An administration error has seen every public submission made about Sekisui’s Yaroomba Beach project at Coolum declared void.

Residents who wish to make a submission on the development applications now have until January 16.

All submissions made during the original public notification period must be re-lodged to be legally considered.

To make a submission, head to and click on this hour’s news bulletin for a link.

Farmer recovering from arson through patience and persistence

Farmer and owner of Good Harvest Organics, Mick Dan is slowly recovering his local produce after an arson attack left his business barely recovering.

The dedicated farmer decided to visit small-scale organic farmers in Tasmania, gaining strength and faith to rebuild his business.

Mr Dan said organic farms hold high sustainability; the produce has no pesticides or herbicides, and is more nutritionally dense than non-organic food.

He credits his family and friends for the crucial process of his business’ recovery.
Commonwealth Bank reduces fossil fuel lending

The Commonwealth Bank has issued a statement to shareholders saying to expect its declining support of the coal industry as it finances the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The statement indicates the bank is unlikely to lend to new large coal projects.

Chairwoman Catherine Livingstone said climate change poses both a business risk and a responsibility for the bank.

Financial activist Julian Vincent from Market Forces said the statement is one of the surest indicators on the declining future of coal.

China marked to emerge as world leader in climate change

The Lowy Institute yesterday released a report pointing to the possibility of China emerging as a global leader in Climate Change.

The report highlights that whilst US President Donald Trump made the decision to withdraw from the UN Paris agreement, the Chinese President Xi Jinping has only strengthened his support for low-carbon energy and the UN climate accord.

With further long-term technological advances, as well as ongoing economic change, it is likely China will eventually show greater diplomatic ambition in regards to acting on climate change.

However, the report also acknowledges this unlikely to occur within Xi Jinping’s term, with ongoing domestic issues such as managing a successful shift away from fossil fuels.

Egyptian former security chief advising Saudi allegation crackdown

Egypt’s former security chief, Habib el-Adly, is reported to be advising the Saudi crown prince amidst arrests of Saudi elite and their allegations of physical abuse during detention.

During his time as the country’s security head, Adly developed a reputation for human torture, disappearances and other human rights abuses.

Adly has been reported to be consulting the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman during an examination of corruption, including the detention and abuse of cabinet ministers and the country’s leading businessmen.

He has been accused of directing security forces to fire at civilians and protesters during demands of a regime overthrowal.