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the RSPCA has partnered with two other major animal welfare organizations to lobby both clothing brands and sheep farmers to stop sheep mulching.

RSPCA Australia, four legs and Human society International say they will work with the wool industry to encourage raising sheep that do not require mulesing.

Mulesing is the process of removing folds of skin from the tail area of ​​a sheep. It is done to reduce fly attacks and is mainly performed on sheep that have folds of skin, such as merinos.

This was once the industry standard in Australia, where fly attacks can be a deadly problem, but over the past two decades, many wool producers have focused on raising sheep that do not require of mulesing.

Some farm organizations are also changing their standards to discourage mulesing. The Victorian Farmers Federation lobbied for regulations requiring the mandatory use of pain relievers when mulleting sheep, which entered into force last year.

But the Australian Superfine Wool Producers Associationhe stays in support of practice.The wool expert from Four Paws, Rebecca Picallo Gil, said more than 3,000 Australian wool producers had already switched to herds without mules.

Humane Society international Georgie Dolphin noted:


With the advanced genetics available today, it is unacceptable to continue raising wrinkled sheep that are prone to fly attack. Our organizations want to see the end of mulesing in the next decade, an easily achievable goal.








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PM confirms reopening of international borders on Wednesday for some visa holders

One of the co-presser’s most tangible announcements has been Scott morrison confirming that the international borders would reopen as planned on Wednesday.

We reported last week that this was likely, but a group of international students and other travelers anxiously messaged Guardian Australia over the weekend hoping for some certainty. It should be a relief for them.

First, a brief recap: the government announced at the end of November that it was postponing from December 1 to December 15 the plan to reopen Australia to qualified international cohorts and students, as well as to holders of humanitarian visas, of work, vacationer and temporary family.

This “break” also included reopening to travelers from Japan and South Korea. This was to gather more information on the Omicron variant. As it stood, the Australian border was “already closed to travelers, with the exception of fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family, as well as fully vaccinated New Zealand Greenway travelers. Zealand and Singapore and limited exemptions, ”according to the government statement at the time. .

All arrivals to Australia also require a negative PCR test and the completion of Australian Traveler Declaration forms detailing their vaccination status and confirming the requirements to comply with state and territory public health requirements.

While the government has signaled that it wants to continue with the reopening, these things are still subject to change, based on the latest advice regarding Omicron – so many travelers were concerned their plans would be disrupted again. But Morrison, standing next to the South Korean president Jae-in Moon, told reporters:


We also have strong ties to tourism and education – some 20,000 Korean students come to Australia to study – and we look forward to welcoming them again as we are so many skilled tourists, business travelers and migrants. And on Wednesday of this week, we’re going to move forward even further. Borders will be reopened to both Korea and Japan and for skilled migration and students as we conclude the break we announced several weeks ago.

Morrison praised the high level of immunization in both countries, adding:


I know that over 123,000 Australians of Korean descent will be eager to see their friends, family and them able to come together and this has been made possible by Korea’s outstanding achievements in handling Covid and I congratulate the President for their achievements.

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A quick word of warning about the Scott Morrison / Moon Jae-in joint bailiff defense announcement.

The Morrison government has confirmed that a billion dollar defense contract for new self-propelled howitzers for the Australian military has been awarded to Hanwha Defense Australia.

Excerpt from Morrison’s press release: “Based in Greater Geelong, the contract will provide self-propelled howitzers and armored ammunition supply vehicles, as part of the LAND 8116 Phase 1 project. The government committed to this project in May 2019. “The Minister of Defense at the time, Linda reynolds, announced in September last year that Hanwha Defense Australia had been chosen to build 30 self-propelled howitzers for the ADF, which will be built in the Geelong region, as you can see this story at the time.

Morrison and Moon attended the signing of the contract ahead of their joint press conference at the Canberra parliament this morning. In today’s statement, the government says the original contract “covers 30 self-propelled howitzers, 15 armored ammunition refueling vehicles and weapon tracking radars that help find enemy artillery, collectively referred to as the family. of Huntsman vehicles ”.

Defense Minister Peter Dutton said: “The main ability of the new vehicles is to fire and move quickly, avoiding enemy counterattacks. This project will mean a significant increase in the level of firepower and security for the capacity of the Australian artillery.

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Thousands of Queenslanders will finally dine at their homes on Monday after spending months stranded across the border in New South Wales.

The border between the two states reopened at 1 a.m. Queensland time.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll estimated 50,000 vehicles would cross in the early hours of Monday morning, with long delays expected.

All vehicles were required to present a border pass that was only made available to those traveling from hot spots an hour before the border opened, leaving many already anxious travelers more worried about returning home .

You can read the full report below:

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Queensland registers new local case of Covid-19

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