Many media outlets have noted the drop in religiosity indicated by the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census results, and I tend not to reiterate the same stuff the mainstream media have come up with unless there is something else that can be said. However, the disparity between this census and other recent surveys is something that has piqued my interest.
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Now that abortion probably will be recriminalised in many states in the US, it is worth remembering that, in Australia, abortion was largely or completely removed from the criminal code in the various states and territories between 1998 and 2020.
In a rant about the supreme idiocy of Murdoch ‘ruperter’ (i.e. faux journalist) Adam Creighton1, I briefly explained what the 1973 Roe v Wade decision was about:
I went to my local GP and received my second booster (Pfizer again) at lunchtime yesterday, after having received my first booster in the middle of January1. It was touch and go whether I would be able to make it, after having been as sick as a dog for a fair proportion of he last month; first with a virus, followed by a secondary bacterial infection; then with another virus which stopped me eating much for a few days.
There is a new idiocy from the rabid Republican christofascist* gun nuts in the United States to try to counter the calls for gun control after the Uvalde school massacre. This massacre led to the deaths of 19, mostly ten-year-old children, and two of their teachers1.
I started feeling unwell on a Monday night, with tiredness and aching joints. This got worse on the Tuesday when I ached all over, had a mild headache, and an intermittent cough. Thinking it might be Covid-19, I did a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) which turned out to be negative. That was a bit of a relief.
When the pandemic hit Australia, after a while, the state governments started having daily pressers at which they gave the number of Covid-19 cases and the number of deaths. In New South Wales, these continued until early September, 2021, when then premier Gladys Berejiklian cancelled them1.
For some unknown reason, and in diametric opposition to all the available evidence, the media seems to think that because the federal government tells them that they are ‘superior economic managers’ of our economy, it is actually true. I suspect the mainstream media think this because their proprietors want to keep the public funds flowing into their coffers by way of subsidies, grants, government advertising and tax cuts.
While it was clear that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison was on the nose, and that it seemed likely that the Coalition would lose the election, it was unexpected that it would be such a drubbing. The Coalition was reduced to their lowest proportion of seats in the House of Representatives since the Liberal Party first ran in a federal election in 1946.