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Companion animals delay women leaving domestic violence

Violent partners exploit the relationship between owners and their companion animals

Women in domestic violence relationships delay leaving due to concern their abusive partner might hurt or neglect their animals left at home.

A research team from The University of Queensland examined the impact domestic violence had on companion animals and how this affected the victim’s decisions.

Dr Catherine Tiplady from the School of Veterinary Science said from the 13 participants in the study all reported their companion animals were abused or threatened by abusive male partners and they delayed leaving due to concerns their partner would hurt their animals.

“The types of physical animal abuse included kicking, hitting, and throwing, as well as ‘forced intimacy’ by forcing a cat to lay with the abusive male ‘until she gave up’,” Dr Tiplady said.

“One of the participants in the study said she delayed leaving for just over nine years, at which stage she elected to euthanise all three dogs because she couldn’t take them with her, and to leave them with her partner would have led to them being harmed as punishment for her leaving.”

Dr Deborah Walsh from UQ’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work said a consistent theme across animal abuse cases connected to domestic violence was the violent partner exploiting the close relationship between the woman and her companion animal in an attempt to gain power and control over her. 

“In some cases animals act protectively toward the woman and pay the ultimate price for that act,” Dr Walsh said.

“One of the most concerning results we found was some animals developed a generalised fear toward all men after they had been harmed.

“Most of the animals went on to have high levels of anxiety and fear-based behaviours long after the woman and the animals had left the violent partner.”

The study highlighted the need for more education to be provided through domestic violence organisations about where they can go to seek help for their animals.

“Many women used animal fostering, however they found the duration was insufficient and expressed anxiety about the need to find safe, animal-friendly accommodation within the 28 fostering days available for women in refuge,” Dr Walsh said.

“We also found very few women were willing to confide in veterinarians about the domestic violence and animal abuse. 

“Veterinarians need to be educated on issues regarding animal guardianship during domestic violence to enhance their ability to provide knowledgeable and compassionate support when confronted with these cases in practice.”

The team of researchers included Dr Walsh, Dr Tiplady and Professor Clive Phillips from UQ’s Centre of Animal Welfare and Ethics.        

The study was published in Society and Animals.


Thursday 5 October, 2017: The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) strongly urges the Senate Education and Employment Committee’s recommendations in the Penalty Rates Report be rejected, as the ARA believe the Labor majority on the Committee have no understanding of the Penalty Rates Decision’s positive impact on employment in the retail industry.


ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said the Committee’s recommendations to overturn the Penalty Rates Decision would severely damage the pathways and opportunities for employees within the retail sector.


“It baffles us how the Labor Members of the Committee want to overturn the Fair Work Commission’s Penalty Rates Decision, as for more than a century the Government have entrusted this expert industrial body to fairly balance the interests of employers and employees” Mr Zimmerman said.


“It should be noted that the current Fair Work Commission was set up by past Prime Minister Julia Gillard, whilst she was Minister for Employment, to be the independent umpire in determining significant employment conditions such as penalty rates.”


“We are extremely shocked that the Labor Members on the Senate Committee did not refer to the ARA for any questions about the Penalty Rates Decision, as we have been the peak body association leading this case and its positive impact on employment within the retail industry.”


The ARA and its members have previously called on all sides of Government to implement the Productivity Commission's recommendations on Penalty Rates and wage agreements to improve efficiency for retailers and employees across the sector.


“As Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA’s) in the retail industry have fallen to drastic levels, the ARA congratulate the Committee in recognising the ineffectiveness of the current EBA system and the Better-off Overall Test (BOOT),” Mr Zimmerman said.


“However, the ARA also note that the Committee has not given any recommendations on how to improve the EBA system and how to get bargaining back on track.”


The ARA and its members want to see the Productivity Commission's recommendations enacted to create a fairer, more effective EBA system to guarantee a bright and prosperous future for retail employees.


“The current EBA approval system is too inflexible and we urge the Committee to provide a more practical bargaining system for the retail industry and its employees,” Mr Zimmerman said.


The ARA have been the only retail association that has participated in the inquiry, and continues its strong tradition of advocating for wage fairness in the retail industry.

Fair Work Ombudsman discusses new laws with franchising sector
With less than three weeks until new laws making some franchises and holding companies liable for underpayment of workers take effect, the Fair Work Ombudsman has cautioned the industry against being complacent.

Speaking at the National Franchising Conference on the Gold Coast, Ms James said the new laws set clear expectations that a franchise needs to consider how to prevent exploitation of workers in its network.
“Franchisors should be asking themselves, what steps do they need to take to ensure the businesses within their network are paying workers correctly,” Ms James said.

“By now, franchisors should be making it clear to its network that it expects franchisees to comply with workplace laws. Best practice would be to enshrine these expectations within franchising agreements.
“Franchisees should also have clear guidance on how to identify and correct mistakes when they occur.”
Ms James’ comments follow a roundtable discussion held on 4 October attended by senior members of the Fair Work Ombudsman and key stakeholders in the franchising industry, including representatives of industry organisations and some of the nation’s largest franchisors such as McDonald’s and 7-Eleven.
“We are keen to work with franchisors, their advocates and advisers to understand their needs and more information will be published in the Help for franchises section at when the changes take effect later this month,” Ms James said.

“We are currently looking at what support we can offer to assist the franchise sector to get ahead of the curve and we look forward to hearing from key employer groups and some major franchisors at the Roundtable about how we can best assist,” Ms James said.

“While we welcome the provisions within the new Act, including the new penalties for serious contraventions which could see businesses penalised up to $630,000 and individuals up to $126,000 per contravention, it is our preference to prevent breaches from occurring in the first place,” Ms James said.

“We recognise that investing proactively in compliance has a cost for a franchisor but it should be seen as an investment to protect your brand and reputation as well as the wellbeing of the workers who support and build the brand.”

However, Ms James warned franchisors against taking a narrow view of their responsibility to ensure compliance in their networks.

“In passing the new laws, the Parliament has reflected the community’s concerns about deliberate exploitation of vulnerable workers,” Ms James said.

“We will apply the new laws judiciously and fairly but we will not hesitate to use them to the fullest extent to protect vulnerable workers, I encourage franchisors to be proactive in taking steps to promote compliance in their networks.”

Employers and employees seeking assistance can visit or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.
Baby Boomers Dominate Pet Sharing Economy: Report

The sharing economy isn’t just for Gen Y’s as would be retirees are now working smarter not harder.

New research from PetCloud shows while only 3% of their pet carers offering services are over the age of 55, they complete over 20% of all jobs.

They are smashing their younger counter parts, on average completing 600% more bookings and earning over 5 times more income.

Many baby boomers don’t need the funds to retire but PetCloud allows an affordable and flexible way to substitute their incomes and get job satisfaction.

Offering doggy day care means retirees can have the best of both worlds, just like pet sitter Jolie Wheeler.
“There is serious money to be made!” she said.

“It’s an opportunity to run your own business, and you can work it as much or as little as you want.”

PetCloud sitter, Debbie Taylor left her 20 year career in pharmacy to run her at home pet sitting business through PetCloud.

“I’m 57 years old this year, and I have the best job in the world,” she said.

PetCloud is like AirBnB for pets connecting pet owners with pet carers through their national online website.

Giant Australian marsupials were like no other

Diprotodon undertaking mass migration, while being observed by a giant
lizard (Megalania) and giant grey kangaroos. Credit: Laurie Beirne

A giant prehistoric Ice Age marsupial related to wombats and koalas has been discovered to be the only marsupial known to have ever followed annual seasonal migration.

Likening it to “Australia’s Ice Age Serengeti”, the University of Queensland’s Dr Gilbert Price tracked the now extinct megafauna diprotodon – a three-tonne beast up to 1.8 metres tall and 3.5 metres long – using fossils and geochemistry tools.

Dr Price’s team have shown that the Ice Age diprotodon would make seasonal, round-trip pilgrimages up to 200 kilometres in search of food.

“We were able to do all this by analysing tiny samples from this giant’s tooth,” Dr Price said.

“It goes back to that old saying ‘you are what you eat’, because the chemicals of the food they consumed became part of their teeth.

“But it’s also true that ‘you are where you ate’, especially if you are a plant eater, because the geochemistry of the soils where plants grow also become fixed into a herbivore’s tooth.

 “Why this is exciting is, although marsupials like kangaroos might migrate on a nomadic basis, there are none today that follow set seasonal patterns.

“It seems that the ecology of Ice Age Australia is so different to that of today.”

Dr Price describes the ecology of Australia as “similar to Noah’s Ark”, given species and ecosystems developed largely in isolation and at their own pace, cast adrift from other connected land masses.

He said the extinction of the diprotodon may provide some insight about the possible threats to contemporary migratory mammals and the consequences if they are wiped out.

“What are the implications of losing a major migratory animal like a zebra or wildebeest?” Dr Price said.

“Diprotodon was also a big herbivore that would have been capable of eating you out of house and home.

“How does taking an animal like that out of the ecosystem impact the vegetation and the numbers and predatory order of other animals?

“Diprotodons would have been a food source themselves, and their absence would have far-reaching impacts.”

Dr Price’s research was the convergence of a long-held interest in diprotodons and his proximity to the multi-million dollar Centre for Geoanalytical Mass Spectrometry (CGMS), based at UQ.

The CGMS is a facility which allows Queensland’s major research institutions to combine resources and knowledge to purchase and operate advanced analytical laboratories which perform functions such as dating and tracking human and animal evolution.

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