Outrage as Aussie PM Abolishes “Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


AngrySquid

Australia’s new conservative Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has begun making cuts.

On Friday, the government will also announce the immediate dismantling of a raft of government advisory bodies, expert panels and national steering committees.

The bodies scrapped are: Australian Animals Welfare Advisory Committee; Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Committee; International Legal Services Advisory Committee; National Inter-country Adoption Advisory Council; National Steering Committee on Corporate Wrongdoing; Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee; Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula; High Speed Rail Advisory Group; Maritime Workforce Development Forum; Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing; Insurance Reform Advisory Group; and the National Housing Supply Council.

What is the Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee you might ask?

All researchers planning to carry out any investigation in the Australian Antarctic program that involves vertebrate animals (including fish), or cephalopods such as octopus or squid, must obtain ethics approval from the AAEC.

So if you’re going to do any experiments on fish or squid, you have to get permission from the AAEC. Except now there will be no AAEC. So you’ll just have to ask Aquaman.

Or as the Herald Sun is reporting the story, “Prime Minister Tony Abbott risks a community backlash but he said some of the 21 groups being abolished had “outlived their original purpose” and it was part of his pledge to cut bureaucracy and red tape.”

A backlash from the squid community perhaps.

  • Veracious_one

    he needs to outlaw Muslim immigration if he is serious about saving Australia…

  • Gee

    Well since cephalopods excrete black ink instead of red – the Australian government might be able to balance their budget easier

  • motherofbeaver

    It’s nice to see that some sanity still exists in the political world.

  • tickletik

    He needs to do these cuts with a real machine gun, and real bullets.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “Or as the Herald Sun is reporting the story, “Prime Minister Tony Abbott risks a community backlash but he said some of the 21 groups being abolished had “outlived their original purpose” and it was part of his pledge to cut bureaucracy and red tape.””

    So it’s actually possible to make such a determination? I’m stunned.

  • Jason

    The fact that these things even exist show how much of a problem some people have with the idea of small government, Good onya Tony! Now just scrap the carbon tax and stop the boats and we’ll be all good. :)

    Interesting fact for American readers. The Australian conservative side of politics is represented by the Liberal party. Liberal in the sense that they actually support personal liberty and small government, not totalitarianism like you’ve got in the states.

    • Wombat

      I guess that’s why Howard spent a half a billion dollars disarming us all.
      Don’t make me laugh.

      • Wombat

        …and to be clear, I hate all the major parties. Anyone who thinks and of these collectivist bastards are interested in personal liberty need to get off the crack pipe.

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    Australia may have more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia. This is extraordinary news, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time, when Australia is ruled by a good government. They Aussies are in a position to put a stop to the Salafi funding network.

    http://moneymorning.com/articles/this-massive-discovery-has-put-the-saudis-into-a-panic/

  • Joan Davidson

    Good on Tony Abbott – under Labor, we had far too many such useless entities. He is also cutting many of the ” Green” committees and other such uselless money users.