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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 like ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Did Tony Abbott suggest that men might be better suited to leadership positions?

Apparently Australian politician, Tony Abbott suggested men are better at leadership in 1998: He has said, and I quote, in a discussion about women being under-represented in institutions of ...
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Did Abbott oppose Mandela, and play rugby in South Africa during apartheid?

From https://twitter.com/geeksrulz/status/515303326993235970 (53 retweets, 22 favorites) #heyasio Some men fight for what is right, and achieve greatness. Others care only for themselves. In ...
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Was there a recent spate of violence against Indians in Australia?

I recently came across a journal entry, written in December 2012, about racial violence in Australia. The entry mentioned an incident against a woman targeted for singing in French. I assume this ...
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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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Does Australia label GMO foods?

From a facebook photo What Labeling of US food looks like in Australia... Raw for beauty blog The picture contains a purported list of ingredients for frosting in Australia: INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, ...
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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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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 there 80,000 unoccupied residential properties in Melbourne, Australia?

There have been a number of claims that there are many unoccupied properties in Melbourne, Australia, and that this causes a meaningful difference in the price of rentals and purchase. For example, ...
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Does the Australian Government provide more pension to refugees than the elderly?

A few years ago, a viral email in the USA falsely claimed that refugees received greater weekly welfare support than American retirees. Snopes addressed it: Claim: The U.S. government provides a ...
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Is Lyme Disease endemic in Australia?

The New South Wales state government's Health department has a fact sheet about Lyme disease: Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Typical symptoms include fever, ...
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Do Australian pedophiles travel to Southeast Asia to abuse children there?

Australia is considering a law that would ban international travel for registered pedophiles. The reasoning seems to be the assumption that they frequently travel to Asia or south pacific islands for ...
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Does Halal certification fund terrorism?

Australia's One Nation political party claims Halal certification funds terrorism: Do you realise that you are paying a tax/surcharge that funds ISLAMIC SCHOOLS AND MOSQUES, when you do your ...
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Does Victoria have the highest taxes, debt and power prices in Australia?

The Victorian Liberal leader Michael O'Brien in a Facebook post Makes the claim that the state of Victoria has the highest taxes, debt and power prices of all the states in Australia. Does this add up?...