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Queensland prisoners to get nearby milk right after MP complains about imports

By Isobel Roe and Isabella Higgins

Updated December 12, 2015 16:40:08

Joe Bradley Photo: Joe Bradley has been a dairy farmer for more than 40 years. (ABC News: Isabella Higgins)

4 Queensland prisons have banned imported milk after a complaint from Katter’s Australian Party MP Shane Knuth.

Mr Knuth said he was horrified to discover that since August, the Queensland Corrections division has been buying imported UHT milk from New Zealand for prisoners in Lotus Glen, Townsville, Wolston and Brisbane correctional centres.

The Dalrymple MP mentioned it had taken away company from the state’s struggling dairy farmers.

“You just can’t make decision like this to say ‘OK we’ll save a handful of cents but we’ll give a kick in the guts to the market that surrounds it’,” he stated.

He took the concern to new Corrections Minister Bill Byrne earlier this week.

A spokesman for Mr Byrne stated the minister instantly banned the use of long-life milk in favour of the nearby item.

Orders for fresh milk have already been made.

‘It sends the appropriate message’

Joe Bradley, who has been a dairy farmer for 40 years, stated the Government’s move to use local create in prisons fills farmers like him with hope.

“People just do not realise how fortunate they are to have food that is developed in a clean, green way here in Australia,” he said.

“Farmers are price-takers and we are obtaining our guts ripped out … we require support.”

Queensland Dairy Farmers Organisation chief executive Adrian Peake welcomed the Minister’s announcement but wanted “to get the message by way of all of government they should usually be supporting neighborhood farmers”.

“It is truly important that the Government supports the nearby industry due to the fact our farmers have been through a actually challenging time, with the supermarket value wars, and that is been unrelenting, so any assistance is welcome,” he said.

Topics: dairy-production, livestock, rural, qld, brisbane-4000, townsville-4810

1st posted December 12, 2015 15:44:37

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Shorter stretch for Indian prisoners who pass yoga exam

Updated December 02, 2015 21:13:47

Prison officers in western India say they have come up with a novel way for inmates to safe early release — master some yoga poses and pass an exam.

Inmates at Yerwada Central Jail in Maharashtra state can reduce their sentences by up to 3 months if they impress wardens in the ancient Indian practice, stated the prison chief responsible for the program.

“There is a written and physical exam and these who excel will be provided remission with respect to their efficiency,” stated Bhushankumar Upadhyay, extra director basic of the Maharashtra prison department.

“We have started the written tests and the practical examination will commence in January. We are going to hold two exams a year and prisoners can get a maximum of 3 months early release.”

Mr Upadhyay mentioned the plan was aimed at enhancing their mental and physical wellbeing.

Prisoners have to answer questions such as “What is Yoga?” and “How does it assist you?” as well as execute a series of complex moves.

“Yoga has been identified to be really constructive in harmonising our mental and physical power. It has played a wonderful function in the formation of the soul,” Mr Upadhyay said, providing away 1 of the answers.

The initiative at the prison in Pune, close to Mumbai, is the most current in a extended line of yogic programs to have began because India’s yoga-loving leader Narendra Modi was elected prime minister in Could final year.

He has set up a ministry devoted to advertising yoga and other standard Indian treatment options, and also began free of charge yoga classes for his government’s three million bureaucrats and their households.

Indian scholars believe yoga dates back five,000 years, primarily based on archaeological evidence of poses discovered inscribed on stones and references to Yogic teachings in the ancient Hindu scriptures of the Vedas.

Its recognition worldwide is at an all-time higher, and in June, millions marked the initial International Yoga Day.

AFP

Subjects: prisons-and-punishment, meditation-and-prayer, india

1st posted December 02, 2015 21:02:48

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