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where did Eastern Australia's volcanoes come from? - Conversation
ten year old coal-fired power station written off as worthless - ABC
unsustainable new housing in Sydney - Bloomberg
"single-glazed, black-roofed properties crammed together with little natural greenery. Access to shops or services nearly always requires getting into the car"
Canberra: out of the smoke and into the hail - Guardian
hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent moving sand to maintain Adelaide's beaches - InDaily
Australia is not prepared for future bushfires: "the Federal Government is missing in action" - ABC
towns in east-central Australia are wilting - Guardian
only Saudi Arabia is worse than Australia for activity inequality - Stanford
CSIRO/AEMO study concludes that solar and wind now clearly cheaper than coal (in Australia) - RenewEconomy
am I ever going to get to walk the Overland Track and see the Walls of Jerusalem? - Guardian
high temperatures during the day are one thing, but a 36° overnight minimum?! - ABC
the future for increasing numbers of towns: water and air-conditioning are going to be life-critical - ABC
trying to work out why and how wombats have cubic poo - PBS
in Australia, European food has higher status than Asian food - ABC
Sydney is facing steadily increasing bushfire risk - Guardian
Australia tries to legislate around encryption - MarkNottingham
a history of Sydney trams - ABC
northern Australian raptors intentionally spread fires - Crikey
Australia is pushing outdated transport ideas, without consultation and ignorning advice - Conversation
what the big Tesla battery in South Australia actually does - RenewEconomy
how the white ibis conquered Sydney - Neighbourhood
the sorry history of Australia's National Broadband Network - Monthly
Australian backyards are vanishing - Conversation
all the disadvantages of suburbia without the advantages
Australia gets a month-long Studio Ghibli showcase - Broadsheet
Australia's richest union - MichaelWest
an Australian postal plebiscite would basically be a bad survey - Bonham
no dramas at all since the UK legalised same-sex marriages 3 years ago, Australia get your act together - SMH
the Australian government is being run by anti-science activists - Quiggin
Australia's heatwave - I'll take Oxford's 4 degree days anytime! - Guardian
letting Catholic priests into Australia was a mistake - Monthly
after allowing for parental background, Australian private schools do no better than public ones - Age - IZA
Australia should have an inheritance tax - MacroBusiness
Australia's gas market is totally rigged - MichaelWest
"even in the US it is recognised that monopolies need to be regulated"
a good chance cleaning up Peabody's Australian coal mines will end up being paid for by the government - MichaelWest
Australian Green finance policy is just neoliberal capitalism done better - MB
Australia is fine with illegal immigrants, it only hates legal asylum seekers - GlobalPost
Australia switched to decimal currency fifty years ago - SMH
it's going to be easy to lose your Australian citizenship - NewMatilda
Australia has indefinite copyright for unpublished works - SMH
rookie independent Australian politician has learned on the job - SaturdayPaper [via @seancarmody]
the housing crash we had to have: the Australian bubble - Prosper
medical ethics and the Australian Border Force Act - FairerSociety
Tony Abbott wants to be able to make Australians stateless, by ministerial fiat - SMH
linguistic and genetic evidence for Australian baobab history - Conversation - PLOSONE
a Tasmanian bakery is a destination for Japanese fans of Kiki's Delivery Service - TransformativeWorks
"class" has been removed from public discourse in Australia - Monthly
why Starbucks failed in Australia - Vice
Australia is now the Saudi Arabia of the South Pacific - Slate
the Australian Tax Office rules that bitcoin is a commodity rather than a currency - ATO
not the world's most liveable city if you need to go to the toilet - Crikey
Australian law enforcement wants your metadata - Guardian
two Europeans adopted by Aborigines in the mid-19th century - ABC
Australia has "a gambler's addiction to roads" - Age
"road agencies and other road project proponents in industry and the community spend next to no effort examining what problems their projects and plans are trying to solve, other than the perceived problem that they do not have enough road funding"
Australia: betraying the helpless to torture and murder - HeathenScripture
how Australia's largest coal-mining company avoids paying any tax - SMH
compared to Europe, renters in Australia (or the UK) have no rights - Choice [via Robert]
slow but steady improvements to central Sydney for pedestrians and cyclists - SydneyCycleways
17 of Australia's best bookshops - BuzzFeed
add goannas to Australia's dangerous wildlife - SouthImage
(cows kill as many people in the UK as all of Australia's "dangerous" animals put together)
not much is known about marsupial lions - Monbiot
why Morwell is burning - SaturdayPaper
Australian Heatwaves: Hotter, Longer, More Often - ClimateCouncil
the bushfire damage at the Wollangambe and Mt Wilson - FatCanyoners
links between global warming and bushfires - ClimateScience
The claim that "a specific fire event as seen in the Blue Mountains in the last week is not caused by global warming" is nonsense, except with a terribly naive idea of causality.
the history of Australian property prices - MacroBusiness
background on the Indi election result - TheHoopla
Barry Jones on asylum seekers - Conversation
"The dehumanisation of refugees is our greatest moral stain since the campaigns to hunt down and kill Aborigines."
Australia interns pregnant women in malaria-ridden concentration camps - Age
who will be the bastardest? - FirstDog
it's the Kowmung and the Shoalhaven and the Geehi I eucalypt for - FatCanyoners
ending the great Australian complacency - Age
for some purposes, Australia is no longer part of Australia - Conversation
could Iran just "excise" its reactor sites from the legislation implementing the Non-Proliferation Treaty?
100% renewable energy is feasible for Australia - BusinessSpectator
the politics of alcohol in Alice Springs - Inside
Alice Springs [my review]
an end-user view of the Australian National Broadband Network - Wyres [via Matty]
prejudice against refugees in Australia - Age
nonsense in support of data retention laws - Crikey
solar power and off-peak electric car charging - SMH [via @StephenMa]
wind now cheaper than coal or gas in Australia - Bloomberg
religious discrimination: why is Gillard even talking to nutcase Wallace? - SMH
genome data suggests Indian gene flow to Australia 4000 years ago - SciDaily - PNAS
Australia's opposition on climate change: lying through their teeth or just incredibly stupid? - Conversation
coal seam gas addicts attack science - GlobalMail [via StephenMa]
there's a reason Australia has got rid of its 1c and 2c coins - xkcd
Sydney is building some cycling infrastructure! - SydneyCycleways
Australia's energy is becoming less carbon-intensive - Age
moving to Alice Springs - Inside
in the UK, Volleys cost £40! - Dunlop
some proper questioning of Australia's likely next prime minister - ABC
rhetoric trumps reality on migration and the carbon tax - ABC
a new report on the economics of Australian power generation - ABC
wind cheapest by 2020, solar by 2030
why is a Green politician calling for lower power prices? - ABC
does Australia have a housing shortage or not? - AFR
stupid anti-science depressingly popular in Australia - Age
census finds 300,000 fewer Australians than expected - Age
lessons from the Trio Capital fraud - NewM
the bears are circling Australia - CNBC
but how probable are these worst-case outcomes?
High Court upholds iiNet victory in copyright case - Suzor
Australia has low-doc mortgage fraud too - SMH
could it be 2120 before Melbourne houses return to 2010 real prices? - MB
it took 110 years from the 1890 peak
yes, Sydney should revive the terrace! - Domain
Australia's carbon tax needs to be high enough to stop brown coal development! - Age
the Australian "State of the Climate" - CSIRO
failing to reform Australia's classification/censorship system - GeordieGuy
Sydney-siders should come to sunny - and mostly dry - England - SMH
should elephants and rhinos be introduced to Australia? - Guardian
a first-hand account of the First Fleet and the foundation of Sydney - 1788 [my review]
I had one of the earliest personal web sites in Australia - RogerClarke
Australia to charge polluters for their carbon emissions - Bloomberg
huge government subsidies for coal power stations in NSW - ClimateSpectator
psychology helped find HMAS Sydney - ResearchDigest [via PeterMartin]
an article on Blue Mountains canyoning - NationalGeographic
an "it's complicated" option for gender on Australian passports - BBC [via Mertz]
bicycle helments and thalidomide - WarOnTheMotorist
it's as if half the Australian media were run by flat-earthers - Conversation
Australian High Court stops refugees being sent to Malaysia - Guardian
the Australian debate over bicycle helmet laws - Conversation
helmet laws kill bike-sharing programs - Grist
"Dublin has 450 bikes versus Melbourne's 600, but its fleet clocks 5,000 trips per day, while Melbourne's barely manages 70"
a carbon tax will boost jobs and growth in Sydney - SMH
Victorian government endorses medical quackery - BetterHealth
more fact-free "science" from the Australian - Deltoid
household electricity consumption in NSW has declined 2% per year for four years - ABC
Tony Abbott has abandoned economic rationalism as well as science - CanberraTimes [via Hidden]
a guide to Australia's far left - Slackbastard
some thirty odd different groups - right out of Monty Python
gun madness in New South Wales - SMH
"children younger than 12 would be allowed to own and shoot high-powered air rifles"
Paul Keating on the carbon tax - YT
no plans to scrap the Australian 5c coin - ABC
the UK really should get rid of its 1p and 2p coins
Australia to remove cigarette-packet advertising - NewSci
Australian solar power stations - ABC
photos of Australian coal train crash - Sentimental
do bikeways increase property prices? - Crikey
but who'd trust a real-estate agents opinion on this?
the politics of means-testing welfare in Australia - SMH
what Australians actually earn - ABC
"the median earnings of all employees is $44,146 per year"
it's not safe to take newborn babies out in trendy parts of NSW - News
whooping cough vaccination rates have dropped too low
Sydney's cultural demographics - JPG
solar scheme shows why Australia needs a carbon tax and not ad hoc government subsidies - SMH
Australian treatment of asylum-seekers is brutal - NewMatilda
housing insulation program fire risk was a furphy - Crikey
a carbon abatement cost curve for Australia - MacroB
Antony Green on the three-way fight over Balmain - ABC
I'm glad I went to the trouble of voting from Arusha
the confusion that is climate change denial - ABC
"if there was a real case against a significant human influence on climate, why is so much of what passes for public debate based on fabrication?"
Australian hysteria about a carbon tax is ridiculous - ABC [via Ethos]
I hope everyone in Cairns and Townsville is battened down - BOM
before/after aerial photos of Brisbane floods - ABC
Australia: the last epic bubble - SeekingAlpha [via Bubble]
Brisbane floods could reach 5 metres - ABC
the Wivenhoe dam had better not fail
six Australian birds declared extinct - SciAm
Australian bookshops versus online sellers - FlyFalcon
80% of Emerald is under water - ABC
is Australian sovereign debt really riskier than Britain's? - Economist
Ross Gittins: limited gains for Australians from migration - SMH
the Australian keeps publishing shonky climate change stories - Deltoid
a British view of Australian parliament - FT
great Australian water myths - ABC
we really need to stop un- or marginally productive uses
Australia's last big property bubble ended in 1891 - DailyReckoning
getting the cars out of Sydney - SMH
it'll need a big culture-change to make it cycle-friendly, though
Australian housing: bubble waiting for a prick - Unconventional
a retrospective on six years in Alice Springs - Elsewhere
BHP boss calls for price on carbon - ABC
the ABC's Four Corners is a mouthpiece for the Cato Institute - ABC
NSW has the lowest Green vote of the Australian states/territories - ABC
boats and the Australian election - BatteriesRedux
does lyme disease exist in Australia? - SMH
NSW schools might get ethics as an alternative to scripture - SMH
last year I spent a day in Emerald, in central Queensland - Emerald travelogue
occupations and voting patterns in Australia - Crikey
training quolls not to eat cane toads - ABC
I've finished "Wordpressing" my - Australian Bookshop Directory
if anyone has any contributions that would be great!
writeup of a weekend away in 2008 - Kangaroo Valley

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