Forced into taking action against the company responsible for sickening live sheep export conditions, the Department of Agriculture couldn't even bring itself to name it.
The Department of Agriculture has tried to explain away its regulatory failures on live sheep exports, insisting it didn't know things were so bad. But they knew perfectly well what was going on.
The National Party has succeeded in keeping the brutal live sheep export industry alive, insisting that the bureaucrats at the heart of its failed regulatory system can be trusted to fix it.
During his period as Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce halted any efforts to improve animal welfare standards in live exports, expunged animal welfare from his department and degraded existing protections. And his department has followed his example.
A terrified government is rushing to do whatever it can to save the live export industry -- including attacking its own bureaucrats and embracing the opposition.
The company responsible for recent horrific footage of dying live export animals has been repeatedly found in breach of the what passes for industry regulation, and nothing has ever been done about it.
The F35 is really quite terrible. Even worse than you'd thought ... Agriculture and Water, too hard ... role out the Pope Welcome Wagon ...
As a consumer, understanding the impact of fishing practices on the environment can be a little daunting, writes Paulina Olszanka, a freelance journalist.
An extraordinary disconnect in Australian food policy development occurred yesterday, writes associate professor Mark Lawrence, of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University.