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Geographic variation of voting in Australia

Even a casual observer of Australian politics will likely know that the Coalition tends to do better in some areas, and Labor in others. However, some important patterns are missed, either because geographic variation is often examined at the electorate level (sometimes obscuring important variation within divisions, which can be relatively large sptial areas) or because the mapping is not done as well as it could be. 654 more words



Melbourne’s Anglican bishops have again urged the Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull, to change the narrative on children in detention despite the High Court decision that there is no legal impediment to returning more than 250 asylum seekers to Nauru. 382 more words


Lauren Jackson to wait to decide on Rio Olympics

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson will wait until March to make a final decision on whether to play in her fifth Olympics for Australia. 120 more words


This is why it’s not a good idea to film a venomous spider up close

Oh, hell no.

Spiders, especially one the size of Shaquille O’Neal’s hand, don’t belong in living quarters. And when they jump at you … yeah, I’d leap out of my drawers and shout expletives, too, all while on my escape through a wall. 22 more words


Get High, Mate: Australia to Legalize Growing Marijuana Nationwide

AUSTRALIA — Mates down under will soon be able to legally get high.

Wednesday, officials in Australia are expected to puff-puff-pass a new bill that would legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use nationwide. 110 more words


It's Valentine's Weekend! Byron Bay, February 10


Friday should be mostly sunny. There may be some rain showers on Saturday morning, but Saturday afternoon and Sunday should be warm and sunny – perfect for some Valentine’s Day beach celebrations! 350 more words


Becky's Pre-Intermediate class at the Farmers Market

This morning Becky’s Pre-Intermediate class also visited the Byron Bay Farmers Market. Find out what they got upto, in their own words…

Today we went to the market with the Lexis class and we bought a coffee and the best juice ever!!! 131 more words

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