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Homelessness on the rise.
Posted By: Bear @ Today at 10:14 am in TAS
Homelessness at Hobart showgrounds overwhelming show society president.

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Scott Gadd says the number of homeless people at the showgrounds is overwhelming.

ABC News: Emily Street

The man who has been dealing with an influx of homeless families at the Hobart showgrounds has had enough, and says the situation cannot continue.

More than 20 people are now sleeping in tents and caravans at the showgrounds because they can't find housing.

Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania president Scott Gadd says the more attention there is on the showgrounds, the more people turn up.

"Every time we seem to move somebody onto a better situation, more come through the gate," Mr Gadd said.

He says one woman with a broken arm and broken neck arr ... [more]
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Migrants Stem Population Decline in Rural Areas
Posted By: Charles @ Today at 10:08 am in Australian National News
Migrants and refugees stem population decline in regional areas

ABC Rural
By Sarina Locke and Lily Hoffmann

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Photo: A refugee of civil war, Leonard Nyandwi has moved his family to Hamilton, Victoria, to work as a joiner and grow his own food. (Lily Hoffmann, ABC Rural)

Since escaping war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Leonard Nyandwi has found refuge on the farmland around Hamilton in western Victoria, a place famous for its wool.

He spent 14 years in a refugee camp in Tanzania before being resettled in Melbourne in 2010, but only now can he feel at home in the open spaces, not producing wool, but simply growing his own food.

Mr Nyandwi represents a significa ... [more]
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Sharia in Aceh, Indonesia
Posted By: Charles @ Today at 09:49 am in Asia / Pacific
Sharia in Aceh: Patrolling the streets of Indonesia's most conservative province

Correspondents Report
By Anne Barker

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Photo: Sharia police roam the street looking for criminal activity. (ABC News: Phil Hemingway)

"Your jeans are too tight. And you should be wearing a longer blouse."

It sounded like something my mother would say when I was a teenager, telling me how I should or shouldn't dress.

But those were the words of a police officer in Aceh, Indonesia's most conservative province.

Aceh is the only province that has introduced Sharia law, under a special agreement struck with Indonesia more than a decade ago, to end the long-runnin ... [more]
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Animal Logic
Posted By: Charles @ Today at 09:09 am in "Burning Questions"
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This is the penultimate question for this series of Burning Questions and I'm offering 3 points for a correct solution and 1 point for those who "almost" solve this logic puzzle.

Several of Ms. Carroll's students (Erica, Linda, Oliver and Sam) each gave an oral presentation today on different wild animals (antelopes, giraffes, monkeys and tigers). Match each student to their animal and grade (A, A-,B+,C+), and determine the length of each presentation (2, 3, 4 and 5 minutes).

1. The student who gave the presentation on tigers was either the student who spoke for 5 minutes or the presenter who got the A-.

2. Neither the presenter who gave the presentation on tigers nor the student who gave the presentation on antelopes was Sam.

3. Neither the presenter who got the A ... [more]
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SA election: Liberals claim victory
Posted By: Flin @ Today at 07:19 am in SA
SA election: Liberals claim victory as Labor's Jay Weatherill concedes
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Steven Marshall and Liberal deputy Vickie Chapman at the Liberal victory party.

Liberal leader Steven Marshall has declared a "new dawn" in South Australia after claiming victory in the SA election, with his party poised to form government for the first time in 16 years.

Mr Marshall arrived to a rock star's welcome at the Liberal election function, walking to the stage to the sound of The Killers song The Man.

"A massive thank you to the people of South Australia who have put their trust, their faith in me and the Liberal team for a new dawn, a new dawn for South Australia," he told cheering supporters a ... [more]
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Ski Lift Accident
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 08:47 am in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
This looks like a skiers worse dream.

... [more]
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CEO pay packets reaching pre-GFC levels of $5m
Posted By: Bear @ Mar 16 2018, 08:16 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
CEO pay packets reaching pre-GFC levels of $5m.

The average top chief executive in Australia is earning $5.2 million, a figure not seen since before the global financial crisis. It comes as wage growth remains stagnant for most workers.

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Wayne Swan said the report showed 'gross distortions in CEO pay relative to average worker earnings'. Photo ABC News: Matt Roberts.

A new report that analyses data from Australia's top 100 companies shows that the average chief executive pay dropped from $5.5 million before the GFC to $4.7 million in 2011. But it has steadily crept back to $5.2 million.

Australia's highest reported CEO salar ... [more]
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Morrison - 1100 jobs a day?
Posted By: Bear @ Mar 16 2018, 08:08 AM in Australian - Latest Political Stories

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2017 was the best year for jobs growth ever and that growth is continuing into this year with the number of jobs in Australia increasing for the 16th straight month in January – the longest consecutive run of jobs growth ever.

Labour force figures released today by the ABS show that seasonally adjusted employment increased by 16,000 to a record high of 12,453,500.

The Turnbull Government has put in place the right policy settings and this is now paying off with our economy creating, on average, around 1,100 new jobs a day.

Part-time employment rose by 65,900 over the month, to a record high, of 3,992,600, and is now 110,100 (or ... [more]
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Dutton Offers Help to White South African Farmers
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 15 2018, 06:03 PM in Other Political News
Peter Dutton wants Australia to help white South African farmers who he says are facing violence, land seizures

By political reporter Caitlyn Gribbin and Africa correspondent Sally Sara

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Photo: Peter Dutton says people need help from a "civilised country like ours". (ABC News: Jed Cooper)

White farmers facing violence in South Africa "deserve special attention" from Australia, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has said.

Mr Dutton has ordered his department to investigate how to bring the farmers, who he says are facing "horrific circumstances" of land seizures and violence, to Australia.

He said he had watched television footage and read ... [more]
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Businessman May Have Aboriginal Status Revoked
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 15 2018, 05:43 PM in ACT & NT
NT businessman awarded Indigenous grant worth more than $400,000 may have Aboriginal status revoked

By Christopher Walsh

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Photo: Allan Lodge has had his Aboriginal status questioned. (Facebook: Allan Lodge)

A Darwin businessman who used a "confirmation of Aboriginality" certificate to obtain a $407,000 Indigenous grant, has had the document called into question by the Aboriginal corporation that awarded it.

Allan Lodge, 48, was certified in November 2015 as being Aboriginal under the previous board and CEO of the NT Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation.

Chair Eileen Cummings said the current board of directors last night determined that Mr Lod ... [more]
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Round 2 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 15 2018, 05:22 PM in Australian Rugby League
Running a bit late today. Thursday's fixtures catch me napping at times!

Thursday March 15:

Sharks v Dragons

Friday March 16:

Roosters v Bulldogs

Broncos v Cowboys

Saturday March 17:

Warriors v Titans

Panthers v Rabbitohs

Storm v Tigers

Sunday March 18:

Sea Eagles v Eels

Raiders v Knights
... [more]
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ALP Targets Retiree Shareholders
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 14 2018, 03:43 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Labor's plan to abolish cash refunds reopens debate about retirees' wealth

By political correspondent Louise Yaxley

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Photo: Frustrated retirees have strong concerns over Labor's proposal to scrap cash refunds for some shareholders. (Julian May:

Labor's plan to abolish cash refunds for some shareholders has reopened the debate about how much government support retirees deserve.

The ALP announced on Tuesday that if a person is not eligible to pay any tax then they should no longer be able to convert excess credits into a cash refund from the tax office.

That inspired frustrated retirees to contact the ABC about their concerns over the pol ... [more]
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Stephen Hawking Dies Aged 76
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 14 2018, 03:24 PM in Breaking News
Stephen Hawking dies aged 76, family says

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Photo: Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy. (Angela Micu)

Physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, British media is reporting his family as saying.

He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning (local time), according to a statement from his family.

"His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking's side — and supported him — throughout his life," the statement said.

His children Lucy, Robert and Tim said they were deeply saddened by their father's passing.

"He was a grea ... [more]
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Windows vs Ford
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 14 2018, 11:35 AM in Science & Technology
Windows vs. Ford.

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For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on. At a recent computer expo (COMDEX) : Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, Ford issued a press release stating:

If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1.... For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash.........twice a day.

2.... Every time they repainted the lines in the road ... [more]
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"I Wouldn't Have a Bloody Clue" - Beattie
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 13 2018, 05:31 PM in Australian Rugby League
ARL Commission boss Peter Beattie sorry for failing to name Cronulla Sharks

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The Cronulla Sharks must be wondering what they have to do to get recognised in rugby league's halls of power.

New ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie was last night unable to name the Cronulla NRL side in an interview with commentator Phil Gould.

It was reminiscent of an infamous incident in which Beattie's predecessor John Grant misnamed the "Cronulla Hawks" during a Kangaroos team announcement.

Beattie, a former Queensland premier and self-described lifelong rugby league fan, apologised for the gaffe, putting it down to a case of nerves.

It will no doubt lead to some awkward moments for Beattie, who replaced Grant last m ... [more]
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'We've done an abysmal job'
Posted By: Bear @ Mar 13 2018, 05:20 PM in Australian National News
'We've done an abysmal job': Australia is struggling to handle its swelling population.

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Australia is growing fast. In one year we added nearly 400,000 people to our population. That is like adding a city the size of Canberra.

But, of course, we are not building new cities. Most of those new residents are swelling the populations of our four major cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Between 2006 and 2016 Melbourne has added close to 1 million people. Sydney was not far behind adding 800,000.

In the same period, Brisbane and Perth grew by almost half a million.

The pressure points are plain to see — from congestion on the roads and rail networks, to the struggle to keep up with demand for schools and hospitals.

Back in 199 ... [more]
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Housing Demands Swallowing Farms
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 13 2018, 09:24 AM in NSW
Sydney's housing demand is swallowing farms on the harbour city's fringes

By Philippa McDonald

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Photo: The amount of homegrown produce Sydney eats is set to plummet. (ABC News: Philippa McDonald)

Relentless urban sprawl in the harbour city is swallowing farms on the city's fringes so quickly produce from the Sydney Basin will be almost non-existent within 15 years.

Farms in the Sydney Basin currently produce 20 per cent of the city's food needs, however, researchers at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are forecasting that number to fall sharply.

Laura Wynne, a senior research consultant at the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures, said the fi ... [more]
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Former Union Boss Faces 62 Charges
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 12 2018, 04:09 PM in CRIME -
Former union boss allegedly spent $440,000 on corporate credit card, court told

By Kathleen Calderwood

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Photo: Derrick Belan has pleaded not guilty to misusing his corporate credit card. (AAP: Dean Lewins)

A former union official accused of racking up $440,000 in personal expenses on his corporate credit card used it to pay for cars, household items and accommodation, a court has been told.

Derrick Belan, who was the National Union of Workers' (NUW) New South Wales secretary, is facing 62 charges.

It is alleged he made false invoices and fraudulent electronic transfers, and misused his corporate credit card between 2011 and 2015.

Dozens of invoice ... [more]
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Labor's $250m promise to Catholic schools.
Posted By: Bear @ Mar 11 2018, 07:13 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Labor's $250m promise to Catholic schools reveals a funding horror story.

Bill Shorten’s pledge comes as the latest in a series of deals on both sides of politics corrupting fair school funding plans.

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Sun 11 Mar 2018

Almost a year ago we thought that peace had been declared in the school funding wars. True, the Turnbull government’s “Gonski” school funding changes fall well short on many fronts but the government did try to bury the special deals that have dogged school funding for decades. After less than a year Labor has resurrected them in a planned gift of $250 million to Catholic schools in the first two years of a new Labor government.

Both sides of ... [more]
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Hollywood Hypocrisy
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 11 2018, 01:58 PM in Entertainment
Opinion: People are turning away from The Oscars because of the hypocrisy in Hollywood

Paul Murray | The West Australian
Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:44PM

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Ellen DeGeneres, with Kevin Spacey in the background, and her selfie at the 2014 Oscars ceremony.

Ah, Hypocriwood. Can someone ring a bell when we reach peak hollyocrisy. Surely, it can’t be too far away. Hollywood and hypocrisy have sadly become synonymous.

When will those overpaid and underworked pretenders stop preaching their humanity to the rest of the world and realise most people only want to see them act?

People paid for their skill as chameleons and who exist in that very artificial environment of fame may not be our best arbiters of ... [more]
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Libs' Jobs for the Boys (and Girls)
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 11 2018, 01:40 PM in Other Political News
Liberals under fire for high paying jobs for mates

Shane Wright | The West Australian
Saturday, 10 March 2018 12:00PM

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The former director of the Liberal Party, Tony Nutt, has secured two taxpayer-funded jobs that will see him paid $114,000 a year.

Mr Nutt, who oversaw the near-death election campaign of 2016 when Malcolm Turnbull squeaked home as Prime Minister, will take up a $93,000 a year post on the board of Australia Post and a separate $21,000 job on the National Museum of Australia Council.

The appointments were announced yesterday by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield.

While at Australia Post board meetings, Mr Nutt will be ... [more]
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Major Fire Threat on Crown Land
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 11 2018, 10:06 AM in WA
Wet, cool summers create major fire threat on neglected crown land

By Rebecca Dollery

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Photo: Two people perished in the Yarloop bushfire in 2016, WA's last major fire. (AAP/DFES)

Farmers and volunteer firefighters say huge swathes of unmanaged land across Western Australia are presenting a major fire hazard, and have called for urgent action to avoid another tragedy.

They say two cooler and wetter than usual summers have allowed the State Government to drag its heels on the matter, and that political will is drying up as memories fade of devastating fires in recent years.

Mic Fels, who farms 50 kilometres north-east of Esperance, said an area of unallocated crown ... [more]
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More Cars!
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 11 2018, 09:23 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Last week's "Cars" questions revealed far more acceptable alternative answers than I was expecting. This week (hopefully) there is just one acceptable answer to each question!

Pop songs have, for some time, been used in commercials to sell products.

This week’s quiz looks at commercials (aired in Australia) used to sell cars.

The clues are a little bit cryptic and I need you to identify the make of vehicle being “sold” by these 3 songs.

1. Fleetwood Mac suggest we take our individual path to which vehicle?

2. A Song with a number by Blur leads us to this car.

3. An Aussie called Mia covered Iggy Pop to promote this brand.

... [more]
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Fake News Spreads Faster than Truth
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 10 2018, 12:39 PM in FAKE NEWS
'Fake news' spreads faster online than the truth, finds biggest-ever study

ABC Science

By technology reporter Ariel Bogle

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The spectre of "fake news" hangs over social media, from Twitter to Facebook.
(Getty Images: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto)

Who is to blame for spreading false rumours online? A new study suggests it's not just the bots. It's us.

False news spread "farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly" than true news on Twitter between 2006 and 2017, a team of US scientists has found.

Their study, published today in the journal "Science", is one of the largest long-term investigation of fake news on social media ev ... [more]
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Deal Excludes Australia From US Tariffs
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 10 2018, 12:14 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Donald Trump, Malcolm Turnbull hit on deal to exclude Australia from new US tariffs

By political reporter Jane Norman

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed Australia will be exempt from US President Donald Trump's new steel and aluminium tariffs — but denied the two leaders are working towards a new "security agreement".

Mr Trump hinted at the exemption earlier today when he tweeted he had spoken to Mr Turnbull, who he said was "committed to having a very fair and reciprocal military and trade relationship".

"Working very quickly on a security agreement so we don't have to impose steel or aluminium tariffs on our ally, the great na ... [more]
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North Korea offers to stop nuclear testing
Posted By: Flin @ Mar 9 2018, 10:42 AM in Asia / Pacific
North Korea offers to stop nuclear testingNorth Korea offers to stop nuclear testing
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North Korea has committed to stop nuclear and missile testing, South Korean officials announced at the White House.

A South Korean delegation hand-delivered a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for US President Donald Trump.

South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, made an announcement on North Korea in the White House briefing room.
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Sydney company linked to N Korea coal sale
Posted By: Flin @ Mar 9 2018, 08:05 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Sydney company linked to N Korea coal sale
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Australian authorities are investigating a Sydney-based property company accused of breaching United Nations sanctions on North Korea by brokering an illicit sale of coal, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters.

Independent UN experts monitoring the implementation of sanctions accused Brigt Australia and its director, Livia Wang, of falsely stating that the shipment of coal had come from Russia when it had originated in North Korea, which has been subject to a UN Security Council ban on coal exports since August.

Brigt Australia and Wang did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The case against a company with no apparent experience in trading coal illustrates how UN ... [more]
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WA Nationals leader Mia Davies denies Barnaby Joyc
Posted By: scepo @ Mar 8 2018, 12:15 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
WA Nationals leader Mia Davies denies Barnaby Joyce 'conspiracy' to bring down former leader
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The leader of the WA Nationals Party has denied suggestions she or her branch were involved in a conspiracy to bring down former deputy prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

The WA Nationals Party have launched an internal review of how allegations of misconduct by Mr Joyce levelled by a former WA Rural Woman of the Year, Catherine Marriott, became public.

Fairfax Media is also reporting former WA Nationals leader Terry Redman alerted WA state Nationals president James Hayward on February 17 that a further "flood of claims" were expected to be made by a group of regional women against Mr Joyce.

Mr Joyce ... [more]
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2018 NRL Tipping Round 1 Fixtures & Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 7 2018, 10:04 AM in Australian Rugby League
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It's that time of the year again and, hopefully, we'll retain our usual band of tipsters from previous years and possibly add some new "experts".

As a non-follower of the game I haven't a clue how the opening round might go .... but that hasn't hurt me in the past!

Here we go then (tips in bold and red):

Thursday March 8:

Dragons v Broncos WIN

Friday March 9:

Knights v Sea Eagles LOSS

Cowboys v Sharks ... [more]
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World's Oldest Message in a Bottle
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 7 2018, 08:59 AM in WA
Oldest-known message in a bottle found on WA beach 132 years after being tossed overboard

By Charlotte Hamlyn

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Photo: The world's oldest-known message in a bottle — a form filled out as part of a German experiment to understand ocean currents. (Supplied: Kym Illman)

A Perth family has made an extraordinary historical discovery after becoming bogged on a West Australian beach.

Tonya Illman was walking across sand dunes just north of Wedge Island, 180 kilometres north of Perth, when she noticed something sticking out of the sand.

"It just looked like a lovely old bottle, so I picked it up thinking it might look good in my bookcase," she said.

But ... [more]
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