The Statistic

14th December, 2018
Amount of cash accidentally destroyed or lost in Australia: Estimated up to $AUD7.6 billion
Source: Reserve Bank of Australia

 

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Moments

14th December, 2018
HANDSHAKE: Between guards representing North and South Korea after both countries dismantled 11 guardposts inside the Demilitarised Zone between the two nations.
KILLED:
By police, the man believed to be responsible for the murder of three people near a market in Strasbourg, France.
CRASHED: A high speed train in the Turkish capital of Ankara leaving at least nine people dead and scores more injured.

 

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Essays

In an article first published on The Conversation, LISA BITEL, a US-based historian and religions, looks at the story behind Santa Claus...

US Catholic commentator, THOMAS REESE, in an article first published on Religion News Service, reflects on the state of the world this Advent - and the hope that Jesus Christ brings despite what we see around us...

In an article first published on The Conversation, SOPHIE RUSSELL, of UNSW, and CHRIS CUNNEEN, of the University of Technology Sydney, argue that evidence shows investment in designing local solutions to overcome the drivers of crime and incarceration is working to reduce Indigenous incarceration rates...

They Said It

"I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called 'advice of counsel,' and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid."
- US President Donald Trump speaking via Twitter after his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years prison for offences including arranging payments to conceal Trump's alleged affairs.

 

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This Week on the Web

14th December, 2018
Major reports to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - which some believe was built on the site where Jesus was born - are reportedly lifting spirits in the town. Read MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH's story published by Associated Press...

 

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The Word Explained

10th December, 2018
Culus regio elus religio: A Latin phrase meaning 'the religion of those in power dictates the religion of the people'.

 

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