A mum takes note
MEMORIES: Mother's Memo is a collection of newspaper columns by journalist Lyn O'Rourke. The Dolan's Bay mum of three (now adult) children originally wrote the columns for the Sunday Mail and Sunday Sun in Brisbane. She has gathered the columns in a book and mums everywhere will chortle at the story of how the loss of a marker for the family "nerve centre" whiteboard spelt disaster or the politics involved in coaching a children's sports team.
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PETITIONS: The Fat Free TV Team, part of the Cancer Council NSW, has launched a petition asking Australian TV network CEOs to follow the lead of Disney USA and make children's programs and kid's channels free of junk food ads.
Sign it and read more at communityrun.org/petitions/demand-fat-free-kids-tv.
Not so free range
PRODUCE: A new survey by independent watchdog Choice has found less than 1 per cent of respondents think the egg industry's proposed free-range egg standard meets their expectations of what free range means. The Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) wants a new standard that would allow a maximum of 20,000 hens per hectare on the outdoor range for eggs labelled free-range. Choice spokeswoman Ingrid Just said currently a free-range label can mean anything from 750 to more than 20,000 birds per hectare, and the confusion shows why an official, national free-range standard is needed. Animals Australia are also opposed to the plan and have launched a campaign to allow consumers to have their say on the issue.