An extract from Crikey

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Subject: An extract from Crikey
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:59:16 +1000
I have been sent this as being an extract from Crikey.  As I don't feel
like parting with $191 of my hard-earned I haven't been able to check it at

Victorians have become resigned to strange anomalies from their government,
> like the fact that while it's not possible to buy a tram ticket on an
> actual tram, it is possible to pay a fare evasion fine on the spot on said
> tram. Another such anomaly has been found by a tipster in the wildlife
> research field, where volunteer researchers who tag and release native
> birds are now being charged $505 to have their activities approved by an
> ethics committee. Our tipster thinks the ethics committee is a good idea,
> but baulked at the cost. The Department of Environment and Primary
> Industries says the increase in fees last year was because the previous fee
> didn't cover the committee's costs. What really adds insult to injury for
> our tipster is that in Victoria, a duck hunting licence costs a mere
> $158.70. So it appears if you can't afford to do ethical research, there's
> another option.

Martin Butterfield
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