Daily News Roundup

October 29, 2018

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Guinea pigs seized by RSPCA looking for new homes in Brisbane

The RSPCA is trying to find homes for more than 200 guinea pigs seized from harmful conditions in Brisbane, following a complaint to the cruelty complaint line last week.

It is believed the guinea pigs were housed in a garage and were being used for commercial breeding.

Mark Townend, chief executive of the RSPCA Queensland, said the animals had been taken into a care centre but now needed homes.

“The problem is there were 200 males and females all mixed up in cages and over the next 60 days we could have a lot more guinea pigs,” he toldABC Radio Brisbane’s Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston.

“You could only imagine the living conditions.

“Keeping two or three guinea pigs is okay, but keeping 200 is a lot of work and these people didn’t keep up with the living conditions.”

Guinea pig housing shortage

Mr Townend said the RSPCA also needed donations of hutches to house the animals.

“We’re putting the guinea pigs out to our foster network, but we need additional foster carers and we need to find specialised cages,” he said.

“We prefer rabbit hutches as there is more room for them to move around, but rabbits are illegal in Queensland, so we have to ship them up from down south.

“There are also little igloo houses, which we can use which gives them a little privacy.

“We place water bottles that sit on the edge of the cages too, so we have to buy quite a bit of equipment to keep these animals.”


Man arrested after woman assaulted in Adelaide’s southern suburbs

A man on the run from police after being suspected of committing a serious assault against a woman in Adelaide’s southern suburbs has now been arrested.

Key points:

  • A woman was allegedly assaulted at a Christies Beach house
  • She was taken to the Flinders Medical Centre in a serious but stable condition
  • Police searched for the man for several hours and closed off a local street

Officers were called to a Christies Beach house, south of Adelaide, just before 8:00am.

They discovered a woman at the house with multiple injuries.

“She’s been treated at the scene before being taken to the Flinders Medical Centre in a serious but stable condition,” Senior Constable Mick Abbott said.

“We’ve got numerous resources down there, the police helicopter has been used in the search and the dog squad is also assisting.”

Police said the suspect — who is known to the victim — was believed to have left the Cocking Road house on foot.

That prompted a manhunt which ended a short time ago.

“A man has been arrested following a serious assault at Christies Beach this morning,” SA Police said in a statement on Twitter.

The man was located on Castle Road and police said further details would be made available shortly.

During the incident, police closed off the road to the public and have maintained a heavy presence in the area.

They earlier said they did not believe he was “a danger to any other members of the community”.

The arrest follows a number of attacks on women in South Australia in recent weeks.

Last week a woman was allegedly murdered at the nearby Colonnades Shopping Centre.

A 20-year-old man was charged and remanded in custody to appear in court again in March.


Cricket Australia contributed to circumstances surrounding ball-tampering scandal, review finds

An independent review of Cricket Australia (CA) has delivered a scathing report on the governance and culture of the organisation.

Key points:

  • Cricket Australia urged to accept its responsibility for circumstances that gave rise to ball-tampering scandal
  • CA labelled as “arrogant and controlling” and not living up to its values
  • Review says players lived in a “gilded bubble” disconnected from family and influence of the community

The review described Australia’s players as living in a “gilded bubble — disconnected, for much of each year, from families, friends and the grounding influence of community”.

They see themselves as being part of a “machine that is fine-tuned for the sole purpose of winning”, the review said.

The review was commissioned in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March. Captain Steve Smith and co-captain David Warner received 12-month bans while Cameron Bancroft has two months remaining on his nine-month ban.

“I think potentially for a little bit, we got a little bit wrapped up in our own self-importance,” Test captain Tim Paine said at a media conference.

“We’re the lucky ones playing for Australia. It’s not our cricket team, it’s Australia’s cricket team, and I think for a little while, we lost that.”

Paine said it is clear to players what the country expects of them as representatives of the country.

“We know what’s right and we know what’s wrong. We know what Australian cricket expects of us. And we’ll be holding each other accountable,” he said.

“So if it does happen or it does start to get out of control, it won’t just be me, it will be a number of guys who know where we sit on that and how far we go and where we don’t go.”

The key recommendation from the review is that the leadership of CA accept its share of the responsibility for the circumstances that gave rise to the ball-tampering incident at Newlands.

CA, in a written response to the recommendation, accepted its portion of the blame and indicated its wish to improve the game of cricket in Australia.


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