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From Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries brochure Can I have a pet rabbit?, Why are pet rabbits illegal in Queensland? Rabbits are Australia's most destructive agricultural and environmental introduced animal pest, [...] Can I get a permit for a pet rabbit? A permit cannot be issued for keeping pet rabbits of any variety ...


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No, it is not a real photo. It is computer rendering created by Anton Balazh, a graphic artist who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia This graphic is available in his portfolio on Shutterstock: Highly detailed Earth, illuminated by moonlight. The glow of cities sheds light on the detailed exaggerated terrain and translucent water of the oceans. Elements of ...


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I'm going to take a wild guess, and say the first time you heard of drop bears was from a recent Pharyngula post that mentioned them. I'm guessing a few people were introduced to the concept by that post. As both an Australian citizen and an avowed skeptic, this is a difficult question to answer. To spoil a traditional joke is seen as unaustralian. However, ...


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This is a new paper published in a peer reviewed journal. It will take time before it garners the positive or negative citations that are the real peer review. In the mean time, our best option is to rely on non-expert opinion to judge the quality of this evidence. The research that you have already done about the claim seems like half of an answer already. ...


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The Australia-headquartered corporation BlueScope produces specialty coated steel. For example see ZINCALUME® steel: Next generation ZINCALUME® steel’s patented Activate® technology introduces magnesium into the aluminium-zinc alloy coating, improving galvanic protection by activating the aluminium. The result is a tougher protective coating that's ...


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Victoria is the only state where to my understanding the usual exceptions to requiring licensed electrical contractors are not directly listed in the relevant Act, so my answer focuses on the situation there. Electrical work in Victoria is regulated by Energy Safe Victoria. Their website lists the legislation they administer. One of the documents they ...


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This is true, but misleading Temperatures over 50 were routinely measured in Australia in the 19th century, but it was due to the fact that Australia hadn't modernized its weather technology until 1910, which is when "official" Australian heat records begin. The pre-1910 data have not been “wiped from the record”. They are still available on the Bureau’s ...


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No they haven't. Searching Google for the picture brings up this fallowing blog post which address this picture particularly. It cites the 2011 Australian Crime Report (alternative link) published by the Australian Institute of Criminology. from the post: Below is a chart from the annual Australian crime stats report for murders — the short version: ...


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American Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus Claim #1: One of the smallest Eagles in the world. False Length of the American Bald Eagle is 94-106 cm (this is in the length range of 85 - 106 cm for Aquila audax) and wingspan is 5.9-7.5 ft (1.8-2.3 metres). Weight is approximately 6.5 to 14 lbs (3 kg to 6.5 kg) which is more than the weight of Aquila audax ...


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Yes, this is true. The 2014 budget allocates $145.8 billion to social security and welfare and $24.2 billion to defense. In the 2013 budget this was $138 billion versus 22$ billion. Of course this is only the budget and not the real expenditures, but considering that there's one order of magnitude of difference between the two budget posts, even massive ...


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It's not true in Queensland, at least. The Electrical Safety Act 2002 specifies that "electrical work" may only be done by licensed electricians, but Section 18-2-c specifically excepts changing light bulbs from electrical work. Electrical work does not include the following .... replacing electrical equipment or a component of electrical equipment if ...


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That information is based on a survey by the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF), which was undertaken by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER): A sample of 150 primary schools and a sample of 150 secondary (or central) schools were selected with probability proportional to size of the student populations (Grade 6 and Grade ...


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No, it's not true As reported here, the new hospital does have a prayer room with washing facilities, but the prayer room isn't "exclusive" to Muslims. It merely accommodates Muslims, who wash as part of their five-times-daily prayers. Those involved in the design say that if Christians or others had a similar requirement, they would be accommodated in the ...


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TLDR: No. Australia's most deadly animals are in fact foreign. Below is a break down of animal deaths in Australia. First native animals and then non-native animals. Where discrepancies exist in the data, both values are stated. Native Animals Snakes: With 41 recorded deaths between 1980 and 2009 (source 1) (or 53 from 1979-1998(source 2)), snake deaths ...


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The claim in the picture is completely and utterly wrong for a number of reasons. Tanya Pilbersek's maiden speech was in 1998, not 2002. It does not mention the words ISIS or terrorist, or anything related. ISIS did not even exist in 2002 (or 1998) The question "has [she] said anything on record to this effect?" is too vague to answer, and even considering ...


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This one surprised me. I had started writing an answer suggesting that this was most likely a misunderstanding of a claim by Professor Des Cahill to a Victorian state inquiry in 2012: AT LEAST one in 20 Catholic priests in Melbourne is a child sex abuser, although the real figure is probably one in 15, the state inquiry into the churches' handling of sex ...


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Many stock photo sites sell images like this. If you compare these you see they are digitally enhanced or that digital elements have been added, some sites say e.g. for your photo Elements of this image furnished by NASA.** They attribute the copyright to 'Antartis' or 'Antartis Professional Photography'. This appears to be Anton Balazh from St. Petersburg, ...


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That claim cannot really be proven or disproven, because there is not clear (or objective) what "cheap" means. Nuclear power is fairly cheap, but it is not the cheapest. As already mentioned in a comment "cheap" is only really useful in comparison to something else (i.e. in this case other energy sources). Furthermore, it depends on the costs that are ...


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Yes, a vast majority of the people aboard first European ships to settle Australia were convicts. The first European settlers arrived in Australia in the First Fleet. Wikipedia: The total number of free people was 348 and the total number of prisoners was 696, coming to a total of 1044 persons. This is supported by a quote from the Empire Newspaper of ...


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Referring to RMIT professor Des Cahill's 2012 analysis, the answer is yes to the '1 in 20' figure based on a population of 378 Corpus Christi priests graduating between 1940 and 1966 out of which 14 were convicted of child sexual abuse, and also the church authorities had admitted that another four who had died were also abusers which gave a rate of 4.76 per ...


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There are many specialty steel variants, and no doubt at least some of them are patented by Australian firms and therefore cannot be sourced from other places. Also, the exact composition of the raw materials (any source will leave its trace contaminants) can have an effect on the resulting alloy, and Australian steel mills are going to source their raw ...


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The relevant paper seems to be "Cinzano, P., Falchi, F., Elvidge C.D.  2001, The first world atlas of the artificial night sky brightness". It gives numerical data per country and as of excellent observation conditions Australia is in the list of many other countries who are also pretty good. In table 1 they give numbers of how many percent of the ...


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Mainstream media reports suggest the fandom is genuine. So, like, likable: Tony Abbott's Facebook popularity soars thanks to Narendra Modi indicates that Indian PM Narendra Modi has a lot of facebook fans, and getting mentioned by him may have slashdotted Abbott: But a spokeswoman for Mr Abbott said the increased traffic was genuine and that no "likes" ...


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TLDR: The claim does appear to have support from scientific studies. Details: The original claimant has tweeted a citation to support her claim: It's true! Smokers die earlier so cost the health system less than healthy people who clog up hospitals in old age http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/6/e001678.full The cited article ("The net effect of ...


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No. Max Ingman and Ulf Gyllensten, Mitochondrial Genome Variation and Evolutionary History of Australian and New Guinean Aborigines, Genome Res. 2003. 13: 1600-1606, doi: 10.1101/gr.686603 This paper looked at the genetic diversity of Australian Aborigines and other indigenous populations in the area. It concludes: The proposed genetic separation among ...


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I'd like to add to Sancho's answer. His answer is very correct, there is no ban on small-breasted porn models, but there is an "in practice" reality to the claim due to how the censors categorise and interpret the classification systems in Australia. There is no specific rule stating that small breasts are bad, but in practice many complaints are registered ...


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Probably not, but also likely unfalsifiable. As your second source states: A researcher, says it is the most conclusive evidence to date that a Bigfoot creature may be roaming the Australian wilderness. As the Wikipedia article states: As is the case with the North American Sasquatch, many people discount the existence of the Yowie considering it ...


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No, he ist not the best paid Post CEO. Frank Appel the CEO of Deutsche Post AG (German Post) has a salary of 5.2 million Euro, which when considering the current exchange rate fluctuations within the last year is somewhere between AUD 7.2 and 8.3 million. Source: Berliner Zeitung


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