- This country town is a secretive centre for big pharma drug production and an alleged cartel - ABC News:
A local Duboisia grower, speaking to the ABC on the condition of anonymity because of financial risk, said not even farmers knew much about the opaque supply chain of the drug companies. [...] Locals half jokingly call the Duboisia industry the "Kingaroy Mafia".
- Friendlyjordies defamation case: Jordan Shanks apologises to John Barilaro to settle claim | New South Wales | The Guardian. That ended surprisingly quietly in the end.
- Morrison accuses critics of wanting 'kangaroo court' as Liberal MP crosses floor over integrity bill | Australian politics | The Guardian:
On Thursday morning, the Tasmanian Liberal MP Bridget Archer crossed the floor to support independent MP Helen Haines' push to establish a federal integrity commission. Archer had told Guardian Australia she was frustrated with the government's “inertia” on the issue.
- Russell Hill and Carol Clay: 55-year-old man charged with murders of Victorian campers | Victoria | The Guardian:
A 55-year-old Melbourne man has been charged with the murders of Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
- 'Dangerous monopoly': Labor and Greens support judicial inquiry into media diversity and News Corp | Australian media | The Guardian
- COVID-19 is speeding up Australia's shift towards a cashless future - ABC News. We still have a lot of times and places where it's assumed you're carrying cash, from the guy cleaning windscreens at the lights to those bastard shopping trolleys that want a dollar coin. We don't yet have an easy, quick, high-trust way to give someone a couple of bucks without cash.
The instrument's popularity did not last far beyond the 18th century. This may have been due to the inability to amplify the volume so as not to be drowned out by other instruments. Some claim this was due to strange rumors that using the instrument caused both musicians and their listeners to go mad. ... A modern version of the "purported dangers" claims that players suffered lead poisoning because armonicas were made of lead glass. However, there is no known scientific basis for the theory that merely touching lead glass can cause lead poisoning.