Dominating the headlines this week was the issue regarding food labelling laws in Australia following the Nanna’s frozen berries Hepatitis A scare. Food security will be increasingly of interest to people as global supply chains fully replace local food production. How safe is our food in this brave new world of multilateral trade deals, often involving countries that have lax or non-existent basic levels of quality control? Also dominating the headlines this week is the Abbott government’s decision to deploy an extra 200 Australian soldiers to Iraq (along with a NZ contribution of 140) on a training mission to shore up the regime of Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad. Is this what it appears to be? Or, does this latest Australian deployment signify a slow yet inexorable escalation in the West’s war against ISIL?

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