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Is it illegal to own a rabbit in Queensland unless you're a magician?

From all that is interesting How Bunny Rabbits Took Over Australia — And What The Government Is Doing About It In Queensland, Australia, it’s illegal to own a pet rabbit unless you’re a magician. ...
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Is this a satellite image of Australian bushfires?

This image has been widely shared on Facebook and other social media platforms: Is this a satellite image of Australia, taken recently to show the currently burning bushfires, or is it a computer ...
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Do drop bears exist?

A drop bear is a carnivorous bear that is known well for hanging in the tops of trees, and dropping down on potential prey to attack, hence the name. They eat medium-large mammals, often times many ...
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Are raptors in Australia intentionally spreading brush fires to smoke out prey?

Articles have been popping up with headlines like the Daily Mail's "Birds of prey are starting fires DELIBERATELY: Kites and Falcons are 'intentionally dropping smouldering twigs' to smoke out mice ...
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May only licensed electricians change light bulbs in Australia?

Just researching legal oddities and came across this one: Dumb Laws in Australia Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb. Some sources attribute it only to the state of Victoria. Does ...
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Is Australian fauna more dangerous?

It's a popular meme, "in Australia everything tries to kill you", often backed up by the list of dangerous animals, such as box jellyfish, variety of spiders, salt water crocodiles and sharks. However ...
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Does Australia produce unique 'specialty steel'?

Wikipedia quotes Bob Woodward's Fear : Trump in the White House, writing: Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull successfully lobbied President Trump to get an exemption at the 2017 G20 ...
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Did Australia ban small-breasts pornography?

There is a widely spread news about Australia banning pornography featuring actresses with A-cup breasts. Aussie censor balks at bijou boobs Australia's 'small breast' ban Australia Bans Small ...
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Did violent gun crime rates rise in Australia after the 1996 gun control laws?

In 1996 Australia passed the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) which greatly restricted the option to legally own some types of guns by private citizens. The activist site, World Public Union claims ...
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Can kangaroos walk backwards?

Source From Exploring Nature: They cannot jump backward because of their thick, muscular tail. Their long feet and heavy tail also make walking impossible, forward or backward. The ...
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Is this a real photo of Australia? [closed]

How was this photo captured? Is it CGI? It looks a little odd to me. EDIT: No, nobody claimed this was a real photo, I was personally curious and skeptical to whether it was, and unaware of the ...
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Do 20% of Australian children think pasta comes from animals?

Prominently displayed on the front page of noted nutrition advocate Jamie Oliver's web page is the claim that "20% of Australian children think pasta comes from animals". A google search shows that ...
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Do wombats share their burrows during fires?

In the wake of the devastating bushfires currently burning in Australia, an image has been widely shared on social media: Here is one example from Twitter, retweeted 11K times: While I have an ...
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Were 50°C (122°F) days recorded across Australia during the 1800s?

The article Forgotten history: 50 degrees everywhere, right across Australia in the 1800s claims that there were regular recorded temperatures above 50°C across Australia in the 1800s: Australians ...
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Is dancing at private New Year's Eve parties forbidden in WA, Australia?

Not The Bee has posted this commentary with a screenshot of some kind of an official WA authorities account claiming that dancing at private parties is not permitted: I tried to verify if this is the ...
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Is this comparison of wedge tailed eagles and bald eagles accurate?

From https://twitter.com/dannolan/status/665409197685764096 (408 RTs, 495 likes), though another comparison between the two exists in Australian Popular Science [US flag, picture of American Bald ...
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Does the Australian government spend more on welfare than on defense?

Is it true that the Australian people spend more on welfare than they do on defense? This was claimed by Joe Hockey: Each year, the Government spends more on welfare than we spend on the education ...
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Were Boundary Streets in Queensland named as boundaries that Indigenous Australians were not allowed to cross?

This Facebook post has been shared over 7000 times: Do you know the history of the many Boundary Streets around Qld? It was the boundary of where Indigenous Australians were not allowed to cross ...
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Have 5% of Australian Catholic priests been charged with child sexual abuse offences?

From The Monthly: Letting Catholic priests into Australia was a mistake There are around 3000 Catholic priests in Australia, plus a few hundred retirees. Of these, an astonishing one in 20 has ...
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Do smoking-related deaths save cost to health service?

Australian columnist Miranda Devine recently claimed that smoking-related deaths save cost to the health system: “Well cigarettes aren’t that bad really when you think about it,” Devine said. ...
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Was Australian colonisation started as a penal colony?

It seems to be a very wide spread claim that Australia was started as a British penal colony. When I first heard of it as a young kid, I envisioned some crime infested dystopia like in the movie ...
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Does sharing a shower use less water?

From what I found on the Internet, a brief shower is more water efficient than a bath. I was wondering if there is any research about water use with more than one person using a shower? My gut ...
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The extinction of the thylacine: could some still survive?

(Image comes from Wikimedia Commons) The last known thylacine died in 1936, and the species was officially moved from 'endangered' to 'extinct' in the 1980s. Since the last living specimen died, ...
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More stars visible from the Australian outback than anywhere else on earth?

An ad for Vodafone in Cairns airport, Australia, presents as a fact "worth ringing home about" that you can see more stars from the Australian outback than anywhere else on earth. While the ...
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Were there fewer first-home buyers in Australia in 2017 than seventh-home buyers?

An ABC news item today quoted a claim about the Australian property market without any indication that they verified it: [Queensland] State Housing Minister Mick De Brenni said that last year more ...
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Did unrestricted speed limits lead to fewer deaths in the Northern Territory of Australia?

Drive reports that a section of highway in the Northern Territory has has been switched back and forth between no speed limit, and 130 km/h speed limits over the past decade or so, with some dispute ...
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Is new nuclear power cheap? [duplicate]

A common theme amongst calls for nuclear power in Australian politics is the idea that nuclear power is cheap. For example, the United Australia party (Wikipedia) ran the below full page add making ...
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Do Australian Aboriginal people have low intelligence and sexual control?

Margaret Sanger wrote in What Every Girl Should Know: Sexual Impulses--Part II New York Call 29 December 1912 and also in her 1916 What Every Girl Should Know at page 47 and a 1920 version and in ...
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Are one in four victims of intimate partner homicides in Australia male?

In the YouTube video The WAR on MEN is total government misinformation, John Cadogan makes the claim that "One in four victims of intimate partner homicide in Australia are male." He gives a ...
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Do 7 out of 10 Australians support drug testing welfare recipients?

On the Liberal Party of Australia's Facebook feed they posted an image that makes the claim that "7 out of 10 Australians support drug testing welfare recipients". Is this true? What is it based on? ...
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Do Australian cyclists need to pay registration fees?

The Facebook page "Meanwhile in Australia" has posted a meme with over 10,000 likes, and about 2,000 shares: All Australian bike riders will now have to carry photo id and pay rego just ...
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Will the new Royal Adelaide Hospital have a Muslim-only prayer room while other religions share?

This meme is making the rounds: The new Royal Adelaide Hospital will have an exclusive Muslim prayer room, while all other religions will have to use a common area. Share if you think this is ...
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Is the Australia Post CEO the highest paid postal executive on the planet?

There has been a lot of noise recently about how much the Australia post CEO (Ahmed Fahour) earns. One of the statements I came across was in this image that states he is the highest paid postal ...
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Did Pfizer Australia give its employees different COVID-19 vaccinations to the general public?

A conspiracy-minded Facebook friend recently linked to the (Australian) Therapeutics Goods Administration's Batch release assessment of COVID-19 vaccines. It lists seven batches of the COMIRNATY ...
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Is food handled in China but available in Australia less safe than food handled in Australia?

Recently, there's been an incident involving frozen berries handled in China spreading Hepatitis A in Australia. People are responding to this by arguing for better labeling of where food products are ...
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Was the penal system used to colonise Australia?

A claim was made by Margaret Atwood on the Stranger Than Fiction podcast that the British had a strategy to colonise Australia via the penal system. That is, their motivation for sending criminals to ...
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Was 10-year old Australian girl assigned homework to discuss erections and ejaculations with her father?

The Paradise writes Australian MP: 10-year-old School Girls Assigned Homework to Ask Their Dads About “Erections and Ejaculation” Original clip about the matter can be viewed on channel claiming to ...
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Did a war memorial in Australia have a Japanese flag on the floor to trample?

From twitter: Australia's 'HATE' against JPN; War memorial hall in Sydney require visiters to trample down JP flag./ @mizubasyo シドニ "シドニ" is Japanese for "Sydney". Is this photo from a war ...
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Is Coober Pedy derived from an Aboriginal phrase for "White man in a hole"?

Coober Pedy is an opal mining town in the middle of nowhere in Australia. It's very hot, and lots of people live underground. I've frequently heard that it means "White man in a hole" in a local ...
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Was there a time when the RSL banned Japanese cars from their carparks?

From Prime Minister - Address at CEDA's 2014 State of the Nation Conference, Parliament House, Canberra Prime Minister Menzies for instance opened up trade with Japan at a time when Japanese cars ...
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Has a carbon price lead to a 8.6 percent drop in electricity demand in Australia?

In a press release China’s pilot carbon trading market taps UNSW expertise (press release is by the UNSW, which is my employer) Minister Combet highlighted the benefits to date of Australia’s ...
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Are (former Australian Prime Minister) Tony Abbott's Indian Facebook likes fake?

Source Hey Tony brah... Hahve [sic] you been buying Facebook likes? ... Either thaht [sic] of [sic] you're really popular with 18-34 year olds from New Delhi. Are the Facebook 'likes' Abbott ...
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Could the Australian Aborigines have Descended from Three People?

My anthropology professor claimed that certain genetic simulations showed that the Australian Aborigines could have descended from a population of only one man and two women. Those three people and ...
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Are yowies real?

According to several articles, yowies (i.e. wild, unidentified, hominids, reputed to live in Australia) have been allegedly observed by many. For example, in this Herald Sun article about a man in ...
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Are supermarket shelves in Australia currently empty because of absenteeism due to COVID?

A recent News.com.au article Scott Morrison announces change to isolation rules for workers in critical supply chain industries quotes Australia's Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly: [he] said that ...
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Is Australia the highest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the OECD?

The Australian earth hour web site claims that Australia is the highest greenhouse gas emitter per capita in the OECD. I've also heard this claim elsewhere. DID YOU KNOW… Australia is the highest ...
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Does the "Double Demerit Point" scheme in parts of Australia reduce serious car accidents?

In Australia, drivers earn "demerit points" for committing driving offenses. Being awarded more than a certain number of demerit points in a given period (typically 12 in any 3 year period) ...
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Was the Australian Bureau of Statistics website "attacked"?

Last night (August 9th) was census night in Australia. Conveniently, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have a website where you can enter your household's statistical information. If you ...
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For the same size, is real estate cheaper in Australia than Japan?

From an upvoted comment: Size of an apartment isn't very good measure of how rich some is. Let's say a house that would make you filthy rich in Tokyo might be considered tiny rathole in ...
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Are 20% of cleaners, store packers, and food and hospitality workers in Australia on temporary visas?

In a recent Facebook post, Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts makes the claim that 20% of Australia's cleaners, store packers and food hospitality workers are on temporary migrant visas. According ...
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