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New survey reveals just how far Aussies go when it comes to pets and online profiles

Just saying whether you prefer dogs or cats may no longer be enough to gauge romantic compatibility, with the PETstock 2022 Pet Parent Report giving new insights into just how far many Australian pets are allowed into their owner’s lifestyle, kitchen, bedroom and even their bank accounts!

And while the report may implicitly suggest that match makers need a longer list of pet-related screening questions, 56 per cent of cat owners surveyed said they would explicitly choose someone else who had a dog or a cat on a dating app. 

The findings also reveal that 65 per cent of pet owners let their pet sleep on or in the bed with them, and that habit may be a deal breaker for some people.
“We typically perceive people who have positive attitudes towards animals as being more caring and empathetic and these are traits we tend to look for in a partner, explains Animal Behaviourist Dr Kate Mornement.

“Pet parents may also prefer to date a potential partner who also loves animals because they perceive them as a better match in terms of values and lifestyle,” she added.

“Recent research has shown that dogs can sense our emotions by reading our facial expressions. This might explain why some pet parents swear by their pet's ability to tell whether people they meet are nice (or not) and could make a potential match for their owner.”

Screening questions may need to vary depending on where people live, with those surveyed in Brisbane the most likely to prefer pets over children (57 per cent) and Sydneysiders were the least likely to have this attitude (39 per cent), but only if they did not already have kids (with the national figure being 51 per cent).

Brisbane also led the nation with people who would rather sleep next to their pet than their partner (42 per cent), whereas only 35 per cent of pet owners in Perth felt this way.

The way pets are perceived can be a critical difference between the sexes too, with more men (15 per cent) believing that their dog had “done something heroic like saved another animal or someone’s life” compared to 8 per cent for women, and women feeling safer in the house alone, when they had a pet with them (84 per cent compared to 59 per cent of men).

Women are slightly more likely than men to take their cat out for a walk on a leash (with 1 in 5) owners stating they do.

Whereas, 15 per cent of women were embarrassed by their dog’s behaviour at a dog park or similar, and only 9 per cent of men felt the same, and in general men were more confident to let their dogs off the leash in public places.

Female pet owners were far more likely to support animal charities and prefer pet charities over human charities and are more likely to include their pet in their will and also outspent men on their pets.

Similarly, more cat owners donate to animal charities and prefer pet charities over human charities.

And it seems it is true that cats are more popular with women, and in metropolitan areas, and that they are perceived to rule the house.

More than half of cat owners have more than one cat - although people over 45 are more likely to only have one feline in the house.

Almost half (47 per cent) of dog owners say they cook for their dog (almost double the 26 per cent of cat owners who do this) and are more likely than cat owners to give supplements, feed scraps and feed their pet at the same time as they eat, the 2022 PETstock Pet Parent Report found.

“Research shows that, in general, there is considerable overlap when it comes to the attitudes of men and women towards animals, however people can have different preferences when it comes to living with pets. For example, some pet parents don’t mind their pets sleeping on the bed or couch, whereas others might prefer their pets to sleep in their own bed,” Kate explains.

“Understanding these preferences in a potential partner can help gauge romantic compatibility, avoid conflict and ensure a successful relationship,” concludes Kate.

2022 PETstock Pet Parent Report

Research was undertaken by PETstock in March 2022. Total sample size was 1583. The figures are representative of Australian pet owners aged 18+ nationally.

Dr Kate Mornement

Dr Kate Mornement is an Applied Animal Behaviourist, consultant, expert witness, educator and media spokesperson based in Melbourne. She has a PhD in canine behaviour, from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in zoology (Animal Behaviour) from La Trobe University.

Australia’s pet population is not the only thing to have boomed during the pandemic, our love for our pets has skyrocketed with 4 out of 10 owners preferring that their pet - rather than their partner - sleep next to them, PETstock’s 2022 Pet Parent Report found.

With more Aussie pets than people – over 3.4 million
[1] – it’s no surprise that furry, feathery and scaly pet parents across the country take the health and wellbeing of their pets very seriously.

A new survey of almost 1,600 Australian pet owners confirms that more people believe their pets should be valued at least as highly as other humans.

The PETstock 2022 Pet Parent Report findings reveals dogs are still the most popular type of pet, and it seems that the emotional connection is one of the strongest experiences dog owners share, with a whopping 96 per cent believing that their dog will mend a broken heart and sense when their owner is not feeling themselves.
“Pets provide us with comfort, companionship and a sense of security. This has been especially important for many pet parents during the pandemic.

Lengthy lockdowns and working from home has helped many people to bond even more with their pet and has provided others with an opportunity to bring a new pet into their lives because they were home more,” explains Animal Behaviourist Dr Kate Mornement.

“Our pets really helped us cope with the stress, uncertainty and loneliness we experienced during the pandemic, which is testament to the strength of the human-animal bond,” says Kate. “It’s no wonder so many dog owners believe their dog can mend a broken heart because dogs are very perceptive of our emotions and behaviours. They can often tell when we’re feeling blue.”

Almost half (44 per cent) of pet owners are content to have a pet, rather than the idea of having children and the number of respondents who take their pets out in a pram, backpack or on their bike is growing (currently 7 per cent).

Pet parents who also have children strongly believe that pets teach good values and behaviours to their kids, and 57 per cent of all pet parents include the “fur kids” in family portraits or Christmas photos.
“Learning to care for a pet is such a wonderful experience for children. They learn responsibility and empathy towards animals and the needs of others and caring for a pet connects children to the natural world,” explains Kate.
More Aussies are adopting pets with 44 per cent owning a rescue pet, the report found.

“The rate of animal adoptions increased dramatically during the pandemic, which is great news for rescue pets. Pet parents are seemingly more open to different types of animals and breeds.

Provided they make a considered and sustainable choice when adopting a pet, taking into account their circumstances and lifestyle, this will give rescue pets the chance to live a wonderful and happy life.

“The fact that an increasing number of Australians have or are considering adopting a rescue pet, especially those most in need, such as senior pets, adult cats and bonded pairs, is just fantastic,” says Kate.
Even workplaces are increasingly pressured to allow “pawternity leave” when pets need care with the demand far higher for it than the 6 per cent of workplaces which currently offer it, the survey found.

“We benefit so much from sharing our lives with our pets, whether it’s just their company or the oxytocin release we get while patting them, that the trend towards pet being valued family members will become a stronger cultural force in the workplace,” she says. 
“It may even get to the point where employee packages are more competitive because they provide benefits which make it easier to care for a pet while at work.”
As many Australians are more conscious of their health and diet, this rubs off on what pets find on their plates and the new data finds many pets are being fed supplements, less are being fed scraps and almost four out of every 10 pet owners of people will cook for their pet, particularly if they have a dog.

When it comes to pet safety, the survey reveals Australians are highly responsible pet owners with 95 per cent of pets microchipped and a similar number of homes (93 per cent) which have been pet-proofed.

Roughly 40 per cent leave on TV or radio on to keep pets less stressed when they are alone, and the rise of using smart devices or even specialised streaming - like DOGTV - is also noticeable.

“Pet technology such as DOGTV, pet cameras and treat dispensers can be very beneficial when we do need to leave our pets at home. These types of technology can provide our pets with entertainment, help them cope with being on their own and also allow us to check in on them or give them a treat when we’re away from the home,” says Kate.

The growth of on-demand streaming entertainment in our homes, and possibly the increased time many spent inside during the pandemic could have contributed to a surge in naming pets after a TV or film character (up to 22 per cent), while the standbys of choosing a name based on the pet’s character or sticking with a name it was already given continue to be popular.

And when it comes to money, Australians follow through on their love of “all creatures great and small” spending an average of $1,801 per year, with half of women surveyed preferring to donate to pet charities over human charities and almost 18 per cent mentioning their own pet in their wills.

Other key findings of the PETstock 2022 Pet Parent Report:

● Almost one in three (29 per cent) of owners have outfits and costumes for their pets, while up to 5 per cent of those surveyed say they buy matching outfits for themselves and their pet.

● Up 25 per cent of pet owners admit to having held birthday parties for them.

● Almost six out of 10 dog owners use code words around their pet, so it “doesn’t understand what I’m saying”.

2022 PETstock Pet Parent Report

Research was undertaken by PETstock in March 2022. Total sample size was 1583. The figures are representative of Australian pet owners aged 18+ nationally.

Dr Kate Mornement

Dr Kate Mornement is an Applied Animal Behaviourist, consultant, expert witness, educator and media spokesperson based in Melbourne. She has a PhD in canine behaviour, from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in zoology (Animal Behaviour) from La Trobe University.

[1] Animal Medicines Australia, Pets and the Pandemic, 2020

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The DOGS SA South Australian State Agility Championships are being held over the three days of the June long weekend at the home of the Southern Districts Kennel & Obedience Club.

The event will feature the best handler and dog teams from throughout South Australia and interstate competing for the state titles in agility, jumping, snooker, gamblers and strategic pairs. 

With over 400 entries for the 3-day event there will be plenty of action in a sport that involves handlers running courses with their dogs and directing them through jumps, tunnels, weaving poles and other obstacles in the order set by an accredited judge. 

As with equine show jumping, it’s the fastest clear round that wins. It is entertaining to watch and requires the handlers to be agile, quick-thinking and reasonably fit and also have a good working relationship with their dog.

Competitors vary in age but the majority of those involved in SA are women over the age of 40 who come from a range of backgrounds, working with a variety of dog breeds and sizes. 

Agility offers a sport for those who can no longer be involved in high intensity team sports such as netball, football, hockey or even other sports such as tennis, athletics or equestrian but want to stay healthy and fit competing at events throughout the year.

Training and competing in agility gives competitors a friendly, healthy environment to be involved in the local community as many get dogs as companions and weekly training encourages social engagement.

The 2022 State Agility Championships are being held at the grounds of the Southern Districts Kennel & Obedience Dog Club.

When: Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th & Monday 13th June 2022.

The competition will commence at 8:30am and continue until around 4:00pm each day.

Where: Wilfred Taylor Reserve, Cnr States and Wheatsheaf Roads, Morphett Vale, SA, 5162

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Photography Credit (all): Jenny Barnes - Dog Photography

MEDIA RELEASE, 18th May 2022

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Spread the puppy love: posing pups to raise money for animal therapy centre

Snapshot Selfie Gallery is hosting a pup-friendly day on Saturday 11th June at its Penrith location.

From pedigree Frenchies to rescue Greyhounds, all fur babies are invited to visit the twenty-five perfect backgrounds to show off their personality and raise money for Nepean Therapy Dogs.

"Any dog owner knows how much joy their pet brings them, so this is a perfect way to raise money and spread that puppy love with others who need some TLC." says Heather Caesar, owner of Snapshot Selfie Gallery.

The movie-quality sets range from a gold-bar-filled bank vault to a Barbie box to a confetti-filled shower cubicle.

For pups who are more of a Monica or a Rachel, the iconic Friends Central Perk couch will be ideal.

The event will take place on Saturday 11th June from 10am - 5pm and the Selfie Studio will be donating 100% of the profits of the day to Nepean Therapy Dogs.

Nepean Therapy Dogs
provides trained dogs and handlers to help people in the community overcome stressful events such as hospital visits, palliative care, or family court.

Pet parents should book online to secure their one hour booking. Changing rooms are available for any pups who wish to bring multiple outfits.

When: Saturday 11th June 2022, from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Where: 486 High Street, Penrith, NSW, 2750

Cost: Tickets are $30 per adult and $25 per kid (maximum of one dog per adult). 

To book, visit

To contact Heather, click here

MEDIA RELEASE, 18th May 2022

Are you ready to take on one of Australia's cutest volunteer roles?

With National Volunteer Week (16-22 May 2022) upon us, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT want to recognise the valuable contribution and support of all volunteers, who play a critical part in the organisation.

This year during National Volunteer Week, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is calling on everyday Australians to open their homes to the next generation of Guide Dog puppies by volunteering as Puppy Raisers, also known as one of Australia’s most labradorable voluntary roles.

This year’s National Volunteer Week theme is ‘Better Together’, reflecting on the fact that being a volunteer is a great way to help build communities and create a better society for everyone. Puppy Raisers achieve this by helping Guide Dogs provide a life-changing service of independence and freedom to someone who is blind or has low vision.

From around 8 weeks of age Guide Dogs are placed with volunteer Puppy Raisers who provide basic training and a loving home, so they become well socialised, confident, and focussed before they start their formal Guide Dog training twelve months later. This includes establishing good toileting, feeding, sleeping, and walking routines.

Raisers will also attend weekly training sessions so the puppy can learn basic skills such as sitting nicely when being groomed, walking nicely on a lead and developing good house manners - all of which sets them up to develop the skills they’ll need to change a life.

Guide Dogs NSW, Puppy Development Manager Karen Hayter says, "Guide Dogs wouldn’t be sustainable without the assistance of our volunteers.
"Puppy Raisers are a tremendous support to the community and ultimately help Australians living with blindness or low vision lead independent lives”.

Sydney-based Sian Stallworthy has been a Puppy Raiser for nearly 4 years, during which she has raised three beautiful puppies for Guide Dogs NSW. Sian is now raising Quinlee, who is 14 months and will soon be returning to Guide Dogs for his final months of training.

"The Puppy Raising process has been amazing. Not only do I get the joy of looking after a new puppy which the whole family loves, but I also get to contribute to the work of Guide Dogs, which is doing a fantastic job at supporting people with low vision and blindness."

"Since I began Puppy Raising, I have realised how crucial this stage of the Guide Dogs training program is, and how valuable the work by all the team is during this stage. But it really shows if you put the hard work in the rewards are life changing."

"Volunteering with the Guide Dogs team has also been a delight, they offer support every step of the way, as well as being very generous with their time and the supplies they provide. Puppy Raising has definitely been one of the most rewarding things I have done."

Puppy Raisers need to have a fully fenced yard, be away from home no more than four hours at a time, have access to a car and be able to attend training days in their local area. Puppy Raisers must also be available for information sessions, vet checks and Puppy Pre-School.

“We are looking for people that are home most of the time and who are interested in putting effort into training and socialising the dog. What you get in return is a life-changing experience and knowing that you’ve positively contributed to your community,” Ms Hayter said.

While Puppy Raisers are responsible for everyday activities such as grooming, house training and exercising their pups, Guide Dogs provides a strong support network.

“Guide Dogs provides the food, veterinary care, flea and tick prevention and you will have a dedicated Puppy Development Adviser on hand to answer any questions and provide guidance to our Puppy Raisers,” Ms Hayter said.

It takes over two years and costs $50,000 to breed, raise and train each Guide Dog. Like all of the organisation’s services, Guide Dogs are provided at no cost to those who need them.

You can find out more, and apply to become a Puppy Raiser by visiting the Guide Dogs website:

MEDIA RELEASE, 17th May 2022

Second Chance Animal Rescue and Moon Dog cordially invite you to their Rescue All-Stars Launch event!

SCAR and Moon Dog have collaborated to create a Juicy Pale Ale  with a whole heap of character, just like the rescue pets featured on the front of the cans.

In a nationwide competition, 8 real-life rescues were chosen to be featured  on the front of this new range of cans. Each one features the story of the winning doggo and their characteristics and why they're so doggone lovable!

Please join us at Moon Dog OG in Abbotsford on Sunday 29th May for the launch of this exciting beer collection, meet some of the winning real-life rescue pets and possibly best of all – there will be puppy cuddles (up for adoption) and a dog kissing booth for those needing a pooch smooch.

"Local partnerships with like-minded, animal loving companies just like Moon Dog are exactly what we're looking for here at SCAR. We rely on support like this to continue our life saving work." says Marisa, CEO of Second Chance Animal Rescue.

"We're thrilled to be working with
Moon Dog and can't wait to taste our collaboration."

The Rescue All Stars Beer will be available at all good bottle shops from the 31st of May and if you can’t wait that long, head to the Moon Dog online store to buy your pack from 26th May.

Beer and event proceeds will go toward raising awareness and funds for Second Chance Animal Rescue and their lifesaving work in the community, helping rescue and rehome abandoned pets and supporting pet owners doing it tough by providing free pet food and medical care to those in need.

"We're really excited about this collaboration. We're big dog lovers here at Moon Dog and being able to celebrate rescues and support a great cause felt like a natural fit for us." says Moon Dog’s Dave Langlands.
What: Rescue All-Stars Beer Launch Event

When: Sunday 29th May 2022, from 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Where: Moon Dog OG, 17 Duke St, Abbotsford, VIC, 3067

For the latest details, visit the Facebook Event's page 

Bring your pooch and join them for:
  • Puppy Cuddles!
From 12-2pm, four 10-week old Staffy puppies*. On a rotation (to allow for breaks/rest). *Surrendered to SCAR at approx. 3 days old. 

Cuddles available for a donation. People will be able to express interest in adopting them and apply. 
Please note: They will not be available for adoption on the day. 
  • Doggy Kissing booth: 2-5pm or until all kissed out!
  • Best Dressed Dogs Competition: spot prizes throughout the afternoon  
  • Great raffle prizes including loads of SCAR merch and a slab of Rescue All Stars beer.
About Second Chance Animal Rescue:

Second Chance Animal Rescue was founded in 2008 after vet nurse and shelter volunteer, Marisa Debattista, witnessed first hand how many beautiful animals needed help, versus how few resources were available. SCAR now has a shelter, animal hospital and vet (open to the public) and a dog grooming facility in Craigieburn.

“We offer a number of free services not readily available within the state – such as our Safe House for Pets program, where we find temporary homes for pets whose owners are domestic violence survivors, as well as our Outreach Program offering free medical care and pet food to those struggling financially. To be able to offer these programs free to those needing them, we rely on sponsors, fundraising and donations.

We are thrilled to be partnering with Moon Dog on this exciting collaboration. With the word ‘Dog’ in their name and their dog loving ethos it felt like a natural fit.’ says Marisa.

Over the course of the next twelve months, Marisa and the team aim to achieve the following:

✔️ De-sex 300 animals and assist over 300 underprivileged pet owners with free veterinary treatments via the Pet Outreach Program;

✔️ Hand out over 2000kg of pet food to struggling pet owners via the Free Food Bank;

✔️ Offer free emergency respite care to 50 animals belonging to domestic and family violence survivors via the Safe House for Pets Program.

For more information, please visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 16th May 2022

Get baking for your dog this World Baking Day (May 17) – it’s good for you and your best friend!

Baking for those you love is good for your soul. It contributes to stress relief and makes you feel you’ve done something good for someone else, especially for your four-legged best friend.

This World Baking Day on May 17, Beau’s Biscuits – the maker of Australia’s most tail wagging, lip licking dog baking biscuit mixes – are encouraging people of all ages, especially the kids, to bake up pet-friendly bikkies for their loved pooches!

“Why should only the humans enjoy the yumminess of homemade cakes and biscuits? Dogs love treats just as much as we do and deserve it!” says Sarah Morrissey, Woofing Creator of Beau’s Biscuits with her husband Luke.

With about 6.3 million dogs* in Australia, many pet owners are treating their companion animals as family members, increasingly mimicking traditional parent-child relationships.

“For many people, fur babies are their babies. Our dog Neela is always happy to see us. It’s nice to have a happy wagging tail greet you, given both our teenage children generally now greet us with a grunt!” laughs Sarah.

“This World Baking Day we are encouraging dog loving families to get into the kitchen and bake up a batch of delicious dog-healthy treats for their loved dogs,” says Sarah. “It’s also a great way to get the kids in the kitchen and away from their screens, even if only for a short time!”

Plus, there are many reasons why you should bake for your dog, says Sarah.

✔️ Baking is a calming activity and can help make you less stressed

✔️ Helps your dog eat healthier – you know exactly what you’re feeding your pooch.

✔️ Boosts your morale and enhances all your senses (how good does that smell!)

✔️ Gets your creative juices flowing

✔️ Helps to build your bond with your dog

Remember, some common baking foods are toxic to dogs. These include xylitol (found in some peanut butters), onions, garlic, chocolate and raisins. Please consult your vet for advice.

Beau's Biscuits Sarah Morrissey
 with her friends Gypsy & Banjo.
Offering convenience without compromising on nutrition or taste (because your pup shouldn't have to),
Beau’s Biscuits Grain Free Dog Treat Baking Mixes gives doggies right around Australia the opportunity to enjoy the home baked goodness
of ‘dem Bones, BoBo Biscuits, Barkday Cakes and more, PLUS help support dog loving charities!

Beau’s Biscuits dog baking mixes are animal naturopath-approved, all natural, no preservatives and filled with human grade ingredients that are healthy for dogs!

A 1kg pack of Beau’s Biscuits will make up approximately 100 biscuits. Not only is it great to know exactly what goes into your dog’s treats, it’s also very cost effective, working out at around 20 cents a treat!

And if you needed any more incentive to bake for your pooch, your purchase of a Beau’s Biscuits Bake Mix also helps to support dogs with $1 from every sale going to dog loving charities.

To date Beau’s Biscuits have supported Pets of the Homeless, Hear No Evil Dog Rescue and Petember. The dog loving charities to also receive proceeds from World Baking Day include Story Dogs and All Over Staffy Rescue. Customers can choose which charity they wish to support.

So! Get baking and whip up a batch of ‘dem Bones, BoBo Biscuits, Pumpkin’ Donuts or Red Velvet Pup Crepes. Your pup will thank you for it! 

For more information, please visit

About Beau’s Biscuits

Beau’s Biscuits dog baking mixes are grain free, animal naturopath-approved, all natural, no preservatives and filled with human grade ingredients that are healthy for dogs! Lovingly made in Victoria and delivered to doors right around Australia.

To bake more, visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 11th May 2022

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"Greyt Masters: Awaken
is a collection of original paintings created by the kennel kids at Greyhound Rescue

Greyhounds were invited to participate in creating artworks as a form of enrichment. Enrichment activities are excellent to help rescued hounds develop confidence and decision-making skills. For more information, please visit

These incredible rescued Greyhounds (aka Pooch-cassos) have created these original paw-traits which are now going to auction to raise much needed funds for Greyhound Rescue!

This latest collection “Greyt Masters: Awaken” reflects the artists’ real-world experiences in a thematic journey through the juxtaposition of what was and what still could be. Works in this exhibition vary in style, yet are inextricably connected by a common thread of consciousness and vitality.

Have you ever wondered how Greyhounds learn to paint? 

Here is a short video to show you how these original masterpieces are created.

What: Greyhound Rescue's Fundraising Auction

Where: Yulli's Brews, 75 Burrows Road, Alexandria, NSW,  2015

When: Sunday 29th May 2022, from 2:00pm – 6:00pm

You can also bid online here

About Greyhound Rescue

Greyhound Rescue ethically rescues, lovingly rehabilitates, and safely rehomes greyhounds; giving them a voice through advocacy and education. Greyhound Rescue is the largest independent greyhound rehoming organisation in Australia, and the only independent greyhound rehoming organisation in NSW with its own kennel facility. We have over 13 years’ experience and expertise in greyhound welfare and rehoming.

MEDIA RELEASE, 10th May 2022

Pet ownership barriers to be broken down

Pet charity Paws for a Purpose are conducting a national survey to learn about the key factors that may be preventing wider pet ownership in Australia.

Pet ownership provides valuable social and health benefits to both the pet and their owner, yet many people, including the vulnerable and elderly, are often unable to experience pet ownership.

Dr Mark Kelman, co-founder and CEO of Paws for a Purpose, says discovering why people are unable to own pets is key to finding ways to help spread the benefits of pet ownership – with “pets” defined as any domesticated creatures ranging from insects to horses.

“Pets provide unconditional companionship and owning one can improve wellbeing and alleviate loneliness and isolation in our communities,” says Dr Kelman.
“Yet if you are vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or on a low income, pet ownership can often be out of reach, due to a plethora of circumstances.
“We’ve designed this Pet Ownership Survey to better understand how and why people can and can’t own pets, as a first step towards developing projects to support those most in need of help to own a pet or keep their current pets.

“We need your help. Please take a few minutes to complete our confidential Pet Ownership Survey as we strive to understand barriers to more people owning pets.”

Start the survey:

The survey takes 5 to 15 minutes to complete. The information collected in this survey will be used for research purposes only. 

All responses remain completely anonymous, and your identity will never be linked to any answers.

MEDIA RELEASE, 5th May 2022

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