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Australian opposition to Muslim immigration exaggerated – Roy Morgan Research

November 1st, 2016 Comments off

Source: Australian opposition to Muslim immigration exaggerated – Roy Morgan Research

In stark contrast to the widely reported Essential Research Poll in mid-September that claimed Australians opposed Muslim Immigration 49% cf. 40%, independent research by Roy Morgan shows Australians continue to support Muslim immigration (58% cf. 33%) as well as Asylum Seeker Immigration (66% to 25%).

Five weeks ago, Australians were bombarded with the news that we, as a nation, or the majority of us, did not want Muslims coming into the country – based on a poll by Essential Research.

I said at the time, in several interviews (Listen to radio interview with 2SER), that we believed it was highly unlikely that these results were true.  Roy Morgan surveys over several years from 2010 to 2015, showed majority support for Muslims, refugees and others immigrating to Australia. We believed it highly unlikely that sentiment would have changed so dramatically. The latest Roy Morgan Research showed indeed Australians continue to support Muslim Immigration, albeit with a reduced majority.

It is crucial that public opinion surveys on such important issues as this are independent and conducted with a sample which is truly representative of the Australian population.

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Newspaper has Shorten comfortably ahead in contest with Abbott

June 18th, 2015 Comments off
From The Age this morning.
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Maybe we should spare a thought for the dead cricket umpire

November 30th, 2014 Comments off

It was in Israel where cricket is not a major sport but still. This sporting death was relegated to page 10.


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Germany’s move to sun and wind power and other news and views for Sunday 14 September

September 14th, 2014 Comments off
The small German island of Heligoland, a popular tourist destination, is undergoing dramatic change as the wind industry takes over. Video Credit By Erik Olsen on Publish Date September 13, 2014.

The small German island of Heligoland, a popular tourist destination, is undergoing dramatic change as the wind industry takes over. Video Credit By Erik Olsen on Publish Date September 13, 2014.

  • Sun and Wind Alter German Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind  -“Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. They are wind turbines, standing as far as 60 miles from the mainland, stretching as high as 60-story buildings and costing up to $30 million apiece. On some of these giant machines, a single blade roughly equals the wingspan of the largest airliner in the sky, the Airbus A380. By year’s end, scores of new turbines will be sending low-emission electricity to German cities hundreds of miles to the south.”
  • The journalists who never sleep – “‘Robot writers’ that can interpret data and generate stories are starting to appear in certain business and media sectors.”
  • Power from the people: what privatisation has meant for Britain – “Britain has changed beyond recognition in the past 20 years. A failed government policy must take much of the blame.”
  • Iraq: The Outlaw State – Max Rodenbeck in the New York Review surveys four recently published books on Iraq and notes how a fusion of the homicidal and messianic is not without precedent in Iraq. The use of seemingly gratuitous cruelty as a form of display—as a talisman of godlike power and an advertisement of worldly success—has old roots there. “… the country that is now Iraq—although alas not, perhaps, for much longer in its current shape—is no stranger to the ghoulish and macabre. The Mongols, famously, built pyramids of skulls when they pillaged and razed Baghdad in 1258 and again in 1401. It was in Iraq in the 1920s that Britain introduced newer, cheaper methods for keeping unruly natives under control, such as chemical weapons and aerial “terror” bombings. Saddam Hussein’s three-decade-long Republic of Fear, with its gassing of Kurdish villagers, grotesque tortures, and mass slaughter of dissidents, made the later American jailers of Abu Ghraib look downright amateur.”
  • Sweden election: Social Democrats may regain power
  • Nations Trying to Stop Their Citizens From Going to Middle East to Fight for ISIS – “France wants more power to block its citizens from leaving the country, while Britain is weighing whether to stop more of its citizens from coming home. Tunisia is debating measures to make it a criminal offense to help jihadist fighters travel to Syria and Iraq, while Russia has outlawed enlisting in armed groups that are “contradictory to Russian policy.” The rapid surge of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and its ability to draw fighters from across the globe, have set off alarm bells in capitals worldwide. Countries that rarely see eye to eye are now trying to blunt its recruitment drive.@
  • Wine As Economic Indicator: Do Sales Of $50 Pinots And Merlots Predict Our Economy’s Future?
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Students from Korea and Singapore best at problem solving but Australians above average

April 1st, 2014 Comments off


Students from Singapore and Korea have performed best in the first OECD PISA assessment of creative problem-solving with students from Australia scoring above the OECD average.

85,000 students from 44 countries and economies took the computer-based test, involving real-life scenarios to measure the skills young people will use when faced with everyday problems, such as setting a thermostat or finding the quickest route to a destination.

2014-04-01_oecdproblemsolvingYou can test your own skills with sample questions (use Mozilla Firefox) at


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An Oscars election contest

February 26th, 2014 Comments off

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Thailand political crisis makes Asian newspaper front pages Wednesday 22 January but ignored in Australia

January 22nd, 2014 Comments off

A big contrast between the way the newspapers of Asia are treating Thailand’s flirtation with civil war (see below) and the way Australian newspapers relegate it to inside coverage (see here).22-01-2014 bangkok

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Illegal immigrants passed among themselves 36 ways to escape the crackdown on them – to no avail. On the first day of a nationwide swoop, some 6,000 immigrants were checked by the authorities and more than 1,500 of them were arrested. MCA, meanwhile, is asking for the exercise be suspended until after the Chinese New Year because legitimate workers too are being held until their documents are verified. KUALA LUMPUR: MCA has called for the nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants to be postponed to prevent inconvenience to the people in the run-up to the Chinese New Year celebration.

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North American papers overnight


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Even Collingwood supporters can have friends

January 3rd, 2014 Comments off

I can’t resist it despite the colours of the bird.


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Phasing out antibiotics in livestock- News and views for Sunday 15 December

December 15th, 2013 Comments off

News and views noted along the way.

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  • FDA finalizes voluntary rules on phasing out certain antibiotics in livestock
  • North Korea ‘summons business people from China’ – “North Korean business people are being recalled from China following the execution of top official, Chang Song-thaek, says a South Korean report. Leader Kim Jong-un may be purging associates of Mr Chang, who was in charge of economic ties with China.”
  • Abe vows to protect freedom of skies at Asean summit – “Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed a strong concern over China’s newly declared air defense identification zone, vowing to secure freedom of aviation at a summit meeting between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that began Saturday. He stressed the need for all countries to comply with international law in relation to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, and said he wanted to build economic ties that are governed by law rather than power, and reward those who make honest efforts.”
  • Ozone Hole Won’t Heal Until 2070, NASA Finds – “SAN FRANCISCO — The banning of ozone-depleting chemicals hasn’t yet caused detectable improvements in the Antarctic ozone hole, new research suggests. Instead, changes in the South Pole’s ozone hole from year-to-year are likely the result of natural variations in wind patterns, researchers said here Wednesday (Dec. 11) in a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.”
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Dr Who at the box office – News and views for Tuesday 26 November

November 26th, 2013 Comments off

Some items noted while browsing along the way.


Boasting by the spooks the reason for Australia-Indonesia crisis

November 22nd, 2013 Comments off

It is as if the lads and lasses at the Defence Signals Division wanted to show their peers worldwide just how clever they were. There seems no other reason for them creating the slide show that was eventually released by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The “secret” information released by Snowden and published by The Guardian and the ABC contained nothing really secret at all beyond the revelation that DSD had once tapped into the 3G mobile phone used by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono. No state secrets. Not titillating exchanges beyond the President and his wife. Just this diagrammatic presentation of who was heard saying what to whom:


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Now. Look at that! Aren’t we just so clever?


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Selfie: an Australian started it on the ABC

November 19th, 2013 Comments off

2013-11-19_wordoftheyearAnd, says the Oxford, it was an Australian who first brought the selfie into the mainstream.

While it is safe to say that selfie’s star has risen over the last 12 months, it is actually much older than that. Evidence on the Oxford English Corpus shows the word selfie in use by 2003, but further research shows the earliest usage (so far anyway) as far back as 2002. Its use was, fittingly enough, in an online source – an Australian internet forum.

2002 ABC Online (forum posting) 13 Sept.
“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”

Since then the usage has just grown and grown:



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Europe’s Remarkable Achievement – Paul Krugman

November 17th, 2013 Comments off

Europe’s Remarkable Achievement –

Compare industrial production with data from the 1930s, which can be found here. When I compare the Eurozone now with Europe then, I get this chart:

My joke slogan for Obama has been, “It’s not as bad as the Great Depression!” But Europe can’t even claim that. At this point it’s just as bad as the Great Depression — and where European economies were recovering strongly by this point in the 30s, they’re stalling now.


Doing worse than the 30s; that’s a remarkable achievement.

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The tweet of the day

November 15th, 2013 Comments off


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