Animal welfare law reform could rein in horse owners’ rights

The Victoria State Government has been accused of commercial sidestepping the consultation proposed changes to animal laws that could see licenses brought in for horse events and horse activity. Animal Care Australia (ACA) horses and livestock representative Karri Nadazdy said as a major stakeholder, ACA responded to the ‘Plan for Victoria’s new animal care and … Read more

Your chance to put the blowtorch on the belly of bad bank behaviour

Regional Australians angry over continued bank closures have a chance to have their voice heard in Federal Parliament. The Regional‘s Australian parliamentary petition, calling for an immediate moratorium on closures and a new banking inquiry, has been approved and can be signed online until 12.59 am on 6 October. It comes as the number of … Read more

Licences for horse activity and events on the cards in Victoria

Licenses for any professional horse activity and events in Victoria could be brought under proposed new animal welfare laws. The proposal has been outlined in a plan developed as part of the reform process for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and states that anyone ‘showing and exhibiting animals for a commercial purpose’ … Read more

Horses to benefit as Victoria plans update of animal welfare laws

Licenses for any professional horse activity and events in Victoria could be brought under proposed new animal welfare laws. The proposal has been outlined in a plan developed as part of the reform process for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and states that anyone ‘showing and exhibiting animals for a commercial purpose’ … Read more

Banking sector chaos sparks call for government intervention

After misinformation on bank closures by the Finance Sector Union caused chaos, Dale Webster calls for intervention in an open letter to Treasurer Jim Chalmers. DEAR DR CHALMERS, We need to talk about Peterborough. It’s a town in South Australia. Last week, it found itself in the national news for the first time since Bob … Read more

Regulator rights errors but bank data doesn’t add up

Geo-coordinates showing services in paddocks and former rural bank sites wrongly listed as full-service branches — it’s time APRA did its job and checked the information banks are providing, reports Dale Webster. The NUMBER of significant mistakes identified in federal government records set up to monitor banking service levels across Australia have been corrected. Former … Read more

‘Piggy’ banks rack up rural closures

The “big four” banks started pulling out of regional Australia more than 30 years ago, but lack of transparency has made confirming the scale of closures difficult. Dale Webster reports. I HAVE SPENT more than a year counting banks. It’s not an introduction to a story I could have foreseen myself writing 12 months earlier … Read more

Regional bank closures set to become election issue

Bank closures in regional Australia will be an election issue for the first time for years, as the findings of a Government inquiry are being handed down just before the Federal Election. The Coalition Government is due to release a report into a whirlwind investigation into the growing problem next month, just weeks before the … Read more

Odds on regional banks will be gone despite inquiry

Despite the recently announced Government inquiry into regional banking services, it appears the process won’t save individual bank branches, writes Dale Webster. IF THERE IS one almost-certain outcome from the 2021-announced Government inquiry into regional banking services it is that not one bank branch will be saved in the process. Sportsbet wouldn’t even touch this, the … Read more

‘Big four’ banks casting a dangerous shadow

Dale Webster exposes the “big four” retreat from regional Australia, leaving cashed-up and bankless towns watching their money go round and round. CASTERTON, GRENFELL, Home Hill, Nathalia and Toukley. Five Australian towns that were, until recently, set apart by one dubious achievement shared by no others: they had all lost a full hand of the “big … Read more