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No, this is not a real satellite image of Australia. This is a heatmap of the areas affected by Australia's brushfires compiled using composite satellite images from NASA between December and January 5th by artist Anthony Hearsey. As explained in a BBC article: It is actually artist Anthony Hearsey's visualisation of one month of data of locations where ...


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Yes, they do share... but not specifically because of the fires or out of a sense of altruism. According to AFP Fact Check: University of Adelaide ecologist Dr. Michael Swinbourne told AFP via email on January 16, 2020: “Wombats will share their burrows with other animals at the same time. I wouldn't say that wombats are "happy" about sharing with other ...


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TLDR: No. Initially, I wrote that this was just silly, but now I see it is worse than that. It is tautological. Map of rail route on the right. Perhaps the funniest idea of this conspiracy theory is that there is a single, cohesive proposal for a new high speed rail link between Brisbane and Melbourne, rather than a political quagmire. The Wikipedia page ...


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BBC Report on recent Australian fire maps One image shared widely by Twitter users, including by singer Rihanna, was interpreted as a map showing the live extent of fire spread, with large sections of the Australian coastline molten-red and fiery. But it is actually artist Anthony Hearsey's visualisation of one month of data of locations where fire ...


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This answer focuses specifically on Queensland's capital Brisbane, since its history is best documented, but the general principles would have applied to other towns as well. 1) Is it true that these streets were used to curfew indigenous Australians? Yes, it is -- but the naming predates the policy. More specifically, boundaries were defined to set the ...


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I believe this question is based on a misunderstanding of the poorly-expressed claim (which seems to be plagiarised on many sites). Compared with the distortions caused by First Past the Post voting, Preferential voting gives an advantage to minority parties: Dr Peter Chen from the University of Sydney said preferential voting allows for a greater number ...


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This looks, at best, to be a careless mistake if not an intentional lie. The key problem is that mW/m2 is no longer considered a meaningful standard. Here are the Australian government's current standards on exposure to non-ionizing radiation, adopted in 2002. Here is Table 4 from page 8: This may be where the 10,000 came from. But notice that the unit ...


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Yes... and no, depending on your definitions. In October 2019, GetUp! submitted a "Political Campaigner Return" to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) With "electoral expenditure" of $2,314,890 and total payments of $14,446,914, Advance Australia can argue that only 16% of the payments went on electoral expenditure in financial year 2019. GetUp!...


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The answer to your headline question is yes, coal seams in the blue mountains are burning. But that has been the case for the last 6000 years or so as Mt Wingen (Burning Mountain) at the north end of the Blue Mountains has coal seams that have been continuously burning for that long. There are others which seem to have been burning at least since the sixties,...


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The claims seems to be roughly correct in the sense that the TAPRI report has this data; from the report linked by Legion600: Table 2 shows that at the time of Census in 2016 these temporary migrants constituted a significant share of all those employed in the occupations listed. For example, this amounted to 19 ...


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The Australian government links to a 2018 Dutch study for a standards comparison. Although this study doesn't cover the 5G band, the EU-Australia similarities in the 3G-4G band (right columns) suggest the claim of large differences in the 5G band is probably unreasonable in general (but see end of answer for exceptions). Australia is the 1st below the row ...


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