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  • Food labelling laws on hold until August

    Following a number of highly publicised food poisoning scandals this year involving imported foods (particularly frozen berries from China and canned tuna from Thailand), PM Tony Abbott ordered the Minister for Industry Ian McFarlane and the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce to prepare a proposal to be presented to the cabinet by March.

  • "Easy to buy liquor underage" - ALSA responds to claim

    A professor at Curtin University has said on ABC's Radio National that "at least half of young people said that they find it easy to buy alcohol under age." Whilst Mike Daube, Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University, concedes that some retailers are responsible when it comes to selling alcohol to kids, he adds that many are not and contends that governments need to act on it.

  • Hotel owner fined for serving alcohol to a drunk patron

    A Gympie hotel has found itself in court for providing alcohol to a patron that was already drunk.

  • Greater numbers of young Australians preloading and getting drunk

    In the past year, the number of young Australians that are drinking to get drunk rose by an alarming 60%, while 73% admitted to preloading on alcoholic drinks at home before going out. These figures were collated during a comprehensive survey of Australian's drinking habits.

  • Punters in Mackay lose big on pokies

    Punters in the northern Queensland city of Mackay lost a whooping $5,584,562.45 on poker machines in the month of March 2015. This figure is up a staggering $361,350.12 on the previous month.

    Derek Tuffield, deputy chairman of Gambling Help Network Queensland, is not surprised, unfortunately, by these statistics. He indicated that it is a very real problem facing the community.

  • Tax windfall for SA from interstate online gambling companies

    A decision has been made that will allow state governments to charge online gambling companies tax based on the location of the gambler rather than where the head office of the company is located.

  • Crack down by Gold Coast restaurant inspectors

    Food safety inspectors in Queensland could be forgiven for thinking that they were in the kitchens of third world countries when they encountered a rat running loose in an oven as well as a pasta-making machine with rodent droppings in it. The list of complaints and offences is indeed long and honestly makes the stomach churn ...

  • Top Gold Coast restaurant slapped with $20,000+ fine for continued food safety breaches

    Southport's Top One Chinese restaurant has been served a fine of $22,500 plus costs for breaches that can only be described as a menu of monstrosities following raids by health inspectors from the Gold Coast City Coucil.

    The licensee of the restaurant, Ricky Kwok Fai Wong, appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Friday to enter a guilty plea to breaches of the Food Act.

  • Product Recalls - April

    The NSW Food Authority advises that the following products from David Jones Pty Ltd have been recalled :


    • Hotel Chocolat Milk-Free Goose Egg  -  400g, 1 large almond chocolate egg and various pieces of almond chocolate puddles, all 'Best Before' dates


  • Breaching 1.30am lockout leads to fine for Sydney hotel

    Licensee of the CBD venue Hotel Chambers, Chady Khouzame, has pleaded guilty in the local court to breaching the 1.30am lockout by allowing two patrons into the hotel after 1.30am.