Brisbane Times Tony Moore July 30, 2015
Two turtles and two seabirds have been found covered in oil in the wake of a spill near Townsville, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has confirmed.
GBRMPA general manger operations Mark Read told reporters in Townsville that a large dead flatback turtle and a juvenile flatback turtle, plus two boobies, had been found covered in oil.
However Mr Read said tests by veterinarian experts at James Cook University suggested the adult turtle may have died before the oil spill.
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ABC News Briana Shepherd, Claire Moodie 25 July 2015
A former West Australian government minister wants a long-running case of chemical poisoning from a weed-spraying program in the Kimberley to be reopened.
The Australian Elizabeth Colman 21 July 2015 p. 7
The Australian Border Force is bolstering its efforts to seize products containing asbestos which are entering Australia “under the radar” through online sales. Asbestos is being found in toys, including a CSI-style science kit with “forensic” dusting powder that contained asbestos, a necklace made from cancer-causing chrysotile asbestos, childrens’ crayons containing asbestos fibres.
Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg said the challenge posed by online commerce was “huge”.
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ABC News 14 July 2015
After a drawn-out campaign longer than the war in which they served, Australia’s Vietnam veterans have finally won an important battle in their fight for proper recognition of their service and sacrifice.
The Australian War Memorial (AWM) has decided the official history of the conflict should be rewritten to provide a more accurate account of the use of Agent Orange, the chemical herbicide blamed for a range of cancers and other health problems.