Monthly Archives: November 2015

Federal audit uncovers shocking state of Australia’s wildlife trade compliance system

The Australian government’s regulation of wildlife trade – including illegal smuggling and wildlife cull permits – has been “undermined” by outdated computer systems and a failure to develop effective monitoring systems says a federal audit office report. Shambles, dog’s breakfast … Continue reading

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Report reveals research agency approved $15 million for consultants and committees

The federal agency that awards Australian government funding for research projects agreed to spend more than $15 million on consultants’ fees over the past financial year, according to its 2014 -15 annual report . The Canberra-based Australian Research Council  approved more … Continue reading

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Genetic analysis aims to improve Australian working dog science and welfare

Finally, there’s a wage estimate for Australia’s hard working, high performance farm dogs. According to a University of Sydney veterinary science study that’s mapped the genetics and calculated the economic value of these super-smart dogs, they perform work estimated to be … Continue reading

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