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Have Australia’s gun law reforms effectively stopped firearm massacres?

Published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine, scholars at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University used mathematical techniques to test the null hypothesis that the rate of mass shootings in Australia before and after the 1996 law reforms is unchanged.

The National Firearms Agreement, enacted after the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania in which 35 died and another 23 were seriously injured, saw the destruction of more than a million firearms—perhaps a third of the country’s private gun stock.

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2018 COMMUNITY HERITAGE GRANTS OPEN

The National Library of Australia invites applications for 2018 Community Heritage Grants. Now in its 25th year, this popular grants program makes available up to $15,000 to community groups to help preserve and manage locally held but nationally significant cultural heritage collections.

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1914 – First Allied shot of WWI fired in Victoria Australia.

5 August

The First Allies shot of the first world war was fired from the Port Phillip batteries. The German ship SS Pfalz was trying to flee Port Phillip after it had been informed of the outbreak of war.

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1916 The Battle of Fromelles begins

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19 July

Fromelles was the first major battle fought by Australians on the Western front. Fromelles saw British and Australian troops attack the German lines in a prelude to the battle of the Somme. Continue reading “1916 The Battle of Fromelles begins”

Indigenous artefacts found at Sydney light rail construction site, calls to halt work 

There are calls for construction to stop on a section of Sydney’s new south-east light rail line after tens of thousands of Indigenous artefacts were discovered there. Continue reading “Indigenous artefacts found at Sydney light rail construction site, calls to halt work “

Western Australian Government deny Aboriginal site has heritage value

The Western Australian government says that a site where thousands of Aboriginal artefacts were discovered in the 1970’s Continue reading “Western Australian Government deny Aboriginal site has heritage value”

1936 – Last Tasmanian Tiger Dies

7 September – On this day

The last Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) died in the Hobart Zoo. Continue reading “1936 – Last Tasmanian Tiger Dies”

3D-printed a replica of an iron-age artefact to revive a rich musical culture

An archaeologist has 3D-printed a replica of an iron-age artefact to revive a rich musical culture in ancient Ireland. Continue reading “3D-printed a replica of an iron-age artefact to revive a rich musical culture”

Hugh Jackman in Odyssey talks

Hugh Jackman may star in a new production of Homer’s Odyssey set to be made by Lionsgate, no release date has yet been set.

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1860 – Burke and Wills

20 August 1860 – On this day

Australian explorers Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills departed from Royal Park, Melbourne to commence their doomed expedition to cross the Australian continent from South to North.

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