Australia’s conservative coalition government has never denied that religion is an important factor in choosing who will be admitted from Syria and Iraq. The favoritism is justified by the claim that Christians are more at risk from the Islamic State and other groups that engage in indiscriminate murder. Some Christians feel that members of their religion are the unacknowledged victims of the wars in Syria and Iraq.
Australia, with its abundant coal, natural gas, wind and sunshine, is turning into an international case study in how not to manage energy riches. Electricity is becoming more expensive and less reliable. This year, government officials considered shutting down parts of the power grid in the biggest city, Sydney, during sweltering summer days because the networks couldn’t meet the demand.
Leading English trainer Charlie Appleby maintains that while the huge Godolphin racing outfit was elated with their first Sydney Cup success on Saturday, the stable was still firmly focused on winning this year's Melbourne Cup. He said that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum contacted him an hour after the stable's success in Sydney and said while he was "highly delighted", the same emphasis on winning the Melbourne Cup would remain.