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The Business of Fast Fashion

‘Fast Fashion’ refers to clothing and accessories that are designed to reflect current industry trends, yet produced using less expensive materials to ensure a low price tag

Saving our Mothers

In honoring Mother's Day, Save the Children released the 14th annual State of World's Mother report.

Stop Coca-Cocal trashing Australia

Greenpeace Australia made a new coke ad with a twist. It exposes how this drinks giant is willing to let plastic pollution trash our ocean and kill our marine life.

Thanks a Million Australia

The New Zealand tourism industry is saying a big "Thanks a Million"to Australian visitors to celebrate the record of welcoming a million Australians in a 12-month period

People! Zara commits to go toxic free

Zara, the world’s largest clothing retailer, today announced a commitment to go toxic-free following nine days of intense public pressure. This win belongs to the fashion-lovers, activists, bloggers and denizens of social media. This is people power in action

Saturday, February 18

AIME show floor features set to inspire with Oxygen Bar, ‘Streets of Melbourne’ and AIME Community Hub


The Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME), 21 – 22 February, is thrilled to announce exciting show floor highlights that will celebrate its 25 year history, and immerse visitors into the culture that is AIME.
This year’s show will see the return of the successful AIME Community Hub, decorated in the iconic purple and silver accents to highlight the anniversary. The Hub is the perfect place for visitors to get connected, recharge both themselves and their devices, gather information, and view live footage from around the show floor. The Hub will feature a dedicated photo booth and an interactive ‘Post-it Note’ wall, which lets visitors share their AIME moments and inspirations. This year AIME has partnered with Microhire, who will provide an innovative video wall and interactive social media broadcast that will post live updates at the HUB for a truly immersive experience for guests.
AIME has once again partnered with with Clifton Productions and exponent, to create the AIME Knowledge Lounge, a unique educational environment that provides two full days of learning opportunities, easily accessible on the show floor and open to all attendees free of charge.
The Hyatt Regency Lounge has been designed to encourage people to connect by offering Confident, Clever and Energetic experiences. An oxygen bar will provide the revitalising effects of pure oxygen in a variety of flavours, helping to rejuvenate and energise visitors, while a juice bar will provide healthy refreshments.
Celebrating the local and international guests, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is hosting a food fair called ‘Streets of Melbourne’ that will highlight locally sourced produce, local delights and delicious food accessible to all visitors. 
Be Challenged will showcase a range of activities and programs aimed to engage visitors and encourage them to learn something new. From the latest gamification technology to experiencing the thrills of playing in an Orchestra, visitors will have the opportunity to join in the latest in interactive team building activities.
Ian Wainwright, Event Director – AIME, Reed Travel Exhibitions commented on why these features strengthen visitor experience.
“This year we focused on enhancing the visitor experience by providing opportunities to engage and interact with technology and creating a fun collaborative atmosphere for networking. Everyone involved in AIME becomes truly immersed in the experience of doing business, being inspired, making connections, and engaging and interacting with exhibitors.
“AIME 2017 is sure to cater to all our visitor’s needs, and features a few surprises to make it even more memorable. Beyond connections, AIME is about celebrating our community, our powerful meetings and events industry and of course, our 25th birthday,” said Mr Wainwright.
Register online for free or tickets are $25 at the door.

Sunday, January 29

MORE THAN 1 MILLION AUSSIE KIDS IN POVERTY, TEACHERS FORCED TO HELP BUY BASIC SCHOOL SUPPLIES, SURVEY REVEALS

Australian teachers are spending hundreds of dollars from their own pockets on basic school supplies for students because of widespread poverty affecting Australian children, new data reveals.

A recent survey sample of teachers from a broad cross section of primary schools in Australia showed 92 per cent had purchased essential classroom materials with their own money, 69 per cent of whom spent up to $500 on classroom and student stationery supplies in the past year.

The survey was conducted by leading teaching innovation company Education Changemakers and Australian stationery brand, Yoobi, which operates on a very simple premise: for every Yoobi item purchased, another Yoobi item is donated to a child or classroom in need in Australia through The Smith Family.

Yoobi is a socially conscious business which addresses an often-forgotten problem experienced in disadvantaged families. The Australian Council Of Social Service (ACOSS) Poverty Report 2016 showed that this back to school season 1.1 million children and young people * will be living in poverty across Australia and won't be able to afford what they need for school.

When putting food on the table is a struggle, many of these children will start the school year without the basic items they need to participate in class or complete assigned homework. As a result, many Australian school teachers are taking on a personal financial burden in order to ensure their students don’t suffer. 

The survey found that:
·         92% of Australian teachers have bought essential classroom materials out of their own pocket in the past year.
·         91% of Australian teachers have worked with students that haven’t had access to basic school supplies at home.
·         Individually, almost one third (27%) of Australian teachers are spending more than $500 of their own money each year on classroom and student stationery supplies.
·         Almost half (47%) spend between $100 and $500 a year and 1 in 10 (10%) will spend upwards of $1,000 per year out of their own pockets.

The issue was commonplace across the survey sample, with teachers surveyed from all states in Australia in both metropolitan and regional/rural areas.

Mr Kalish said that with enough public support, the ‘You Buy, Yoobi Gives’ approach could go a long way in remedying the problem.   In just 12 months of operation in Australia, Yoobi has already donated enough school supplies to cover 24,000 school children for an entire school year; that’s over 330,000 Yoobi items.  In the US where the brand originally launched in 2014, the number of children impacted has reached over 2 million.

We like to think of Australia as the lucky country – and in many ways it is – but that image obscures the facts that 91% of Australian teachers say they have  worked with students that haven’t had access to basic school supplies at home,” Kalish said.

“Especially at this very busy Back to School period, we are urging parents to consider choosing Yoobi over other similar brands to help provide basic school supplies to less fortunate students, while stocking up on the essentials for their own kids for the year ahead.  It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Kalish said Yoobi had seen fantastic success in its first year , not only because of its one-for-one “give” model, but because of the bright, happy and colourful style of its products, most of which retail between $3 and $10.

“Recent price comparisons show Yoobi is still one of the most cost-effective stationery brands in the market, in some cases costing less than half that of its nearest competitors,” he said. 

“Shopping for back to school items is always a time of excitement and anticipation as kids get ready to head into another school year, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case for all Australian kids. Yoobi is about levelling the playing field by providing fundamental access to school supplies for children in need and with the help of the back to school shopping public, we are well on track to achieve our goal of providing to 100,000 kids in the next year.”

Wednesday, July 13

Greyhound racing ban a courageous move

The peak body for veterinarians has supported the move by New South Wales to ban greyhound racing, while also expressing concern about the animals affected.
 
President of the Australian Veterinary Association, Dr Robert Johnson, said while they move forward with this ban, there needs to be assurances for the welfare of the dogs involved.
  

“As the Premier noted, the phasing out of the industry will affect many people and communities that rely on this industry and we want to be sure that transition arrangements will support their needs as well as the greyhounds.

“We would encourage any other state or territory considering such an action to consult with the AVA so we can help to develop an effective plan that supports greyhounds during the transition,” Dr Johnson said. 
 
AVA spokesperson Dr David Neck said it will be a considerable challenge to care for the greyhounds during the transition and ensure their welfare is not compromised. 

“There needs to be an adequate timeframe to appropriately phase out the industry while not compromising the welfare of the dogs. The veterinary profession is certainly willing to help these efforts and work with stakeholders.
 
“We encourage families to consider rehoming a greyhound as they can make wonderful pets. No one wants to see greyhounds euthanased as a result of this decision, and we sincerely hope this can be avoided,” Dr Neck said.

Monday, July 4

KOJO Secures Creative Account for Racing Victoria

Racing Victoria (RV) has appointed creative services business KOJO to develop creative strategy and execution across all channels for the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival.
The appointment builds upon a successful 12-month partnership, where KOJO was engaged to develop an integrated content and social strategy for the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival and the 2016 Relaxed Racing campaign.
Sarah Stewart, RV Marketing Manager, commented on KOJO’s appointment to lead the overarching creative strategy that will set the tone of this years’ Spring Racing Carnival – Australia’s biggest horse racing event.
“This year we have taken a different approach by bringing KOJO on board to further develop our customer-led strategy including creative design and execution across all mediums with an increased focus on digital channels. This integrated approach will ensure a bold and imaginative strategy is reflected across the entire customer journey, maximising our audience’s engagement in the Spring Racing Carnival, the highlight of Australia’s sporting, social and fashion calendar.
“The appointment follows on from the success of KOJO’s strategic approach, the quality of the team’s work and ability to bring the Spring Racing Carnival’s unique stories to life,” said Ms Stewart.
Stephen Lord, Chief Strategy Officer at KOJO recognises the need for brands to think differently to engage target markets across both traditional and contemporary platforms.
“In the past year, KOJO has seen increasing interest from clients in our creative approach, leading customers on a memorable journey across a range of integrated channels ensures they engage and embrace brands. At KOJO we merge strategy, creativity, production experience and technology to truly inspire audiences. Our approach to marketing, communications and advertising is about partnering with confident brands to push the boundaries and communicate their stories like never before, all in order to create memorable experiences that deliver great business outcomes.
“We are excited by the opportunity to extend our partnership with Racing Victoria. We look forward to bringing the Spring Racing Carnival brand to market, securing its position as the leading sport and entertainment event in Australia,” said Mr Lord.
The Spring Racing Carnival officially launches on September 1 and includes 45 feature race days across Victorian city and country racecourses concluding with the Ballarat Cup on 19 November.

Monday, June 20

Better animal welfare top of election agenda for vets

The Australian Veterinary Association’s (AVA) 2016 federal election policy platform is calling for the new government to improve its animal welfare framework.

AVA President, Dr Robert Johnson said that the community expects to consume food sourced from production systems with high welfare standards.

“Australians expect their government to take an active role in ensuring our country’s food production systems promote high animal welfare standards.

“The Australian government needs to dedicate resources to a new national framework, including the development of animal welfare standards that consumers can trust,” he said.

The AVA’s Better animal welfare, productivity and biosecurity policy platform highlights the need for the Australian government to resume its national leadership and investment in animal welfare, and better regulation of livestock export.

“We believe the Export Supply Chain Assurance Scheme should be reviewed regularly and animal welfare standards should be continuously improved over time, with the involvement of veterinarians.

“We also believe that the animals’ welfare can only be assured during their voyage with a truly independent veterinarian on every live export vessel who can report on animal health and welfare without fear or favour.”
The AVA’s policy platform also makes recommendations about other issues that need addressing on the national agenda including:

  •  Increased funding for fighting antimicrobial resistance
  • Better livestock disease surveillance and response by employing more veterinary staff in key animal health and biosecurity areas
  • Targeted investment in higher education.

Dr Johnson said that veterinarians are uniquely qualified to ensure the safety of the food we eat, guard access to export markets, and care for those companion animals that are valued family members. However, he warns that if we are going to be able to have the right number of vets with the right skills in the right places in the future, the government needs to address this now.

“The future sustainability of the veterinary workforce is under threat. Investment in veterinary education is poorly targeted resulting in a workforce that is growing at an unsustainable rate.

“Veterinary education is one of the most expensive courses. There needs to be a commitment to prevent construction of any new veterinary school or expansion of existing facilities that are designed to enable a university to increase its intake so there’s more efficient use of government resources.

“Increases in veterinary degree student fees should also be limited, to be in line with potential earnings,” Dr Johnson said.