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Recall issued for popular treadmill after child dies

<p><span>Peloton has recalled more than approximately 125,000 of its treadmills after previously claiming their equipment was not dangerous.</span><br /><br /><span>There have been injuries to at least 29 people and a child has died.</span><br /><br /><span>The company said it would now offer full refunds for the Peloton Tread+ treadmills.</span><br /><br /><span>They retail for more than $US4,200 ($5,400). It will also stop selling them.</span><br /><br /><span>The recall follows after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission warned on April 17 that owners of the Tread+ treadmill with children and pets should immediately stop using them.</span><br /><br /><span>The warning came after a six-year-old child died after being pulled under the machine.<br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841088/daily-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/62969fb9a8134ecfa95e73a191db208e" /></span><br /><br /><span>Peleton initially denied the safety commission, saying the warning was "inaccurate and misleading" and there was no reason to stop using the machines.</span><br /><br /><span>Company chief executive John Foley also said at the time he had "no intention" of recalling the treadmills.</span><br /><br /><span>However, a little less than a month later, Mr Foley apologised and said the company "made a mistake" in their initial response to the safety commission.</span><br /><br /><span>Peloton is best known for its stationary bikes, but it introduced treadmills about three years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>In the last three months of 2020, Peleton brought in $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) in revenue due to most gyms being closed throughout the year in response to COVID-19.</span><br /><br /><span>Peloton said it received 72 reports of adults, kids, pets or other items, such as exercise balls, being pulled under the treadmill.</span><br /><br /><span>29 of those reports were of children who suffered injuries, including broken bones, cuts and the one fatality.</span><br /><br /><span>Joseph Martyak, a spokesman at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said it appeared the design of the machine could make it more likely to pull people, pets and items under the machine than other brands of treadmills.</span><br /><br /><span>A full refund is being offered until November 6 from Peloton.</span></p> <p><span>Peloton said they would move the treadmill free of charge if the owner did not want to get rid of it, to a room where children or pets could not access it.</span><br /><br /><span>Peloton said it would also update the software so a passcode was required to unlock it.</span></p> <p><span><em>Images: Peleton</em></span></p>

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Christian Porter moves to strike out sections of ABC defence

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Former Attorney-General Christian Porter's lawyers have applied to keep radio and television broadcasting company<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-06/christian-porter-applies-strike-out-parts-abc-defence-defamation/100122360" target="_blank"><em>The ABC</em>'s</a><span> </span>defence confidential.</p> <p>There's also a hearing into whether parts of the<span> </span><em>ABC's<span> </span></em>defence should be struck out entirely.</p> <p>Porter is suing the<span> </span><em>ABC<span> </span></em>as well as journalist Louise Milligan in the Federal Court after a story about an anonymous letter being sent to the Prime Minister contained a historical rape allegation from 1988.</p> <p>The article did not name the Attorney-General as the subject of the complaint, but Porter's team claimed that he was easily identifiable.</p> <p>Nearly a week after the article was published, Porter came forward and identified himself.</p> <p>The woman who made the claims has since taken her own life.</p> <p>As the case is being heard in Federal Court, Porter can ask the court to strike out parts of the<span> </span><em>ABC's<span> </span></em>defence on a range of grounds, including that the defence contains scandalous, frivolous or vexatious material or is likely to cause prejudice or embarrassment.</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>ABC<span> </span></em>filed its defence with the court on Tuesday, but it has not yet been made public due to Porter's lawyers applying to have some of the material omitted.</p> <p>In a statement, the<span> </span><em>ABC<span> </span></em>says it "supports having all materials in these proceedings, which are in the public interest, open to public scrutiny".</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Furious dad slams childcare's "pathetic" penalty after son left in hot bus

<p>A Perth childcare centre has been penalised for inadequate supervision after a four-year-old boy was found locked inside a mini-bus.</p> <p>Mulberry Tree Childcare Centre in Mt Hawthorn has been hit with a $15,000 fine after the incident in October last year.</p> <p>Tom Shipp was picked up from his nearby kindergarten, but when he arrived at the Loftus Recreation Centre, the little boy was left on the bus.</p> <p>The worker did not do a headcount or check the bus was empty before locking the door.</p> <p>The child was left alone on the bus for 11 minutes on a 31C day, with the vehicle parked in direct sunlight.</p> <p>When Tom was found, he was crying and unsettled.</p> <p>Staff went to look for him after his father arrived at the centre asking where he was.</p> <p>Mulberry Tree Childcare has since implemented new bus run procedures with more checks and balances.</p> <p>But Tom's father Anthony Shipp is not satisfied with the $15,000 fine, telling The West Australian his son could have died.</p> <p>“Purely by chance, I went to the centre at 3.30pm. We normally pick him up at 5pm,” he said.</p> <p>“I think it’s just a minor slap on the wrist for an organisation as big as Mulberry Tree - it’s nothing to a company that size.</p> <p>“It’s pathetic.”</p> <p>Shipp said the fine was not a big enough deterrent and he was shocked at how many incidents such as this have occurred at other daycare centres around the country.</p> <p>“Personally, I no longer trust any centre to transport kids in buses.</p> <p>“Clearly these fines have very little impact on this happening again and again.”</p> <p>The WA Regulatory Authority released a statement saying it was important for service providers to review their transportation policies, risk assessments and practices.</p> <p>“Being approved to operate an education and care service in WA carries significant responsibilities and obligations to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://dlgc.communities.wa.gov.au/LegislationCompliance/Lists/Enforcement%20Actions%20ECRU/DispForm.aspx?ID=242&amp;Source=https%3A%2F%2Fdlgc%2Ecommunities%2Ewa%2Egov%2Eau%2FLegislationCompliance%2FPages%2FECRU%2DEnforcement%2DActions%2Easpx&amp;ContentTypeId=0x01001680BDFDBEEA1C4ABE0B192F984CBB9E" target="_blank">the department said</a><span> </span>in a statement.</p> <p>“It is important that service providers review their transportation policies, procedures, risk assessments and practices to ensure they are adequate, and that staff - including casual and relief staff- are frequently trained in following these policies and procedures.</p> <p>“The transportation practices put in place must be robust to protect against human error and to ensure thorough vehicle checks are undertaken every time.”</p>

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Woolworths takes a stand against “brilliant” trolley hack

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Woolworths is warning customers against attempting a trolley hack involving using a key when you don’t have a gold coin went viral on TikTok.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video started circulating on the platform as a”life hack” that told viewers to insert a key into coin-operated trolleys when they don’t have coins on hand.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Quickly labelled as “brilliant” and a “clever solution” to a familiar problem, but Woolworths has said it could cause serious problems.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While trolley locks are not commonly used in Woolworths stores, we strongly encourage customers to only use coins in the trolley lock mechanism,” a spokesperson told news.com.au.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There have been previous instances where customers’ goods or keys have become stuck in the lock, and they may also damage the lock.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Ballarat man who made the video found the advice was well received, with the video watched more than 25,000 times.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Insert your key, pull it out, pull your key out, and you have a trolley,” he said in the video.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While some appreciated the tip, one commenter said they had tried it recently and it didn’t work.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others were confused as to why the Woolies trolleys were coin-operated, as most Australian supermarkets provide them free of charge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, differing local government by-laws mean that some stores have trolley locks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The exception to this is Aldi, with trolleys needing a gold coin to use across the country as a way of keeping prices down on their products.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last year, the same key trick shared by an Aldi shopper prompted the German retailer to issue a warning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A spokesperson said in June, “We recommend that our shoppers continue using gold coins or an Aldi trolley token to unlock their trolleys. Other objects may become stuck or damaged.”</span></p>

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Queen caught up in new royal security scare

<p>The Queen has been caught up in two major security scares in just six days.</p> <p>Reports claim two intruders, a 31-year-old man and his 29-year-old girlfriend, scaled a fence at Windsor’s Royal Lodge on April 25.</p> <p>Police intercepted the couple and arrested them.</p> <p>The lodge is home to Prince Andrew, near where Queen Elizabeth regularly walks her corgi dogs and goes horse riding.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841022/quene-elizabeth-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2005479a15c14898bb8b8f20cd79456d" /></p> <p><em>Queen's Windsor Estate</em></p> <p>The breach follow just six days after a woman was mistakenly allowed into the Lodge grounds by security guards.</p> <p>The 44-year-old Spanish national claimed to be Andrew’s fiancée and was waved through by guards at the gate.</p> <p>The intruder spent 20 minutes travelling around the grounds before they attempted to enter the building.</p> <p>She told security her name “Irene Windsor” and proclaimed she was engaged to the Duke of York.</p> <p>Maps of the residence and a self-defence key ring were allegedly found in her handbag.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841024/quene-elizabeth.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f4c2b55936be46ec89ca27becf67b51d" /></p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>The Sun</em>, Princess Diana’s former protection officer Ken Wharfe has called for security to tighten their reign on royal households.</p> <p>He said they are “totally unacceptable and make the Queen vulnerable.”</p> <p>“This is very worrying and things really need to change,” he added.</p> <p><em>Images: Getty</em></p>

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"You suck!": Gladys heckled in the street by a child

<p>NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has revealed she was heckled in the street by a "young kid" who yelled: "You suck!"</p> <p>Sitting down with Kyle and Jackie O, Berejiklian said she took the taunt in stride.</p> <p>"It's a bit of fun," she said, as she accepted that such incidents came with the territory.</p> <p>Berejiklian told the KIIS radio hosts about the heckler after radio host Jackie Henderson said she’d never met anyone who didn’t like the Premier.</p> <p>“That’s not true,” Berejiklian said.</p> <p>“The other day, someone yelled at me, it was very funny … I like to walk a lot, and it was during lunchtime in the city.</p> <p>“There were hundreds of people out there and then this young kid rolls down his window and he yells, ‘Gladys you s-u-c-k’,” the Premier continued, spelling out the word suck.</p> <p>“I just said to my team, ‘We’re driving on the way back.”</p> <p>Berejiklian was asked about a number of topics in the lighthearted interview, including her own take on alcohol and cannabis.</p> <p>The Premier said she’d lived a relatively “sheltered” life and had never drunk enough alcohol to have a hangover.</p> <p>“I’m just being honest, I’m kind of in the very, very, very, very, very small minority,” she said.</p> <p>“Like, all my family members have had those rites of passage, which I’ve not had, because I didn’t really, it wasn’t me … I’ve been a little bit sheltered in that regard.”</p> <p>She also said her views on legalising cannabis in NSW has not changed.</p> <p>Her government recently shot down a proposed new drug regime whereby the punishment for low-level drug possession would be eased.</p> <p>“No, it’s status quo,” she said of her opinion on the matter.</p>

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Is this the world’s most arrogant piece of parking?

<p>Resident's in Sydney's southeast are fed up with "arrogant a**holes" taking up parking spaces in their neighbourhood - often taking up two spots at a time.</p> <p>One resident in the Botany/Mascot area took to social media, furious about one driver's behaviour.</p> <p>A driver had taken up two car spaces, but not just any parking spots - they were reserved for “parents with prams”.</p> <p>“You’re just that arrogant that you think you’re so special you can take up two spots so no one parks near you then you should remove your head from your rectum ASAP!” an enraged resident posted to a local Facebook group along with the picture.</p> <p>The photographs caused outrage and soon other people began sharing more bad parking stories.</p> <p>One person even called for an “album” so they could keep a record of the area’s worst drivers to “give awards out at the end of the year”.</p> <p>“I don’t normally do this, but this truly is a case that deserved attention!” the original poster said.</p> <p>“Worlds (sic) worst Parker or worlds most arrogant a**hole - you decide!</p> <p>“But if you can’t park in spots already designed for extra space, you have issues.”</p> <p>A local said they had called someone out in the past for parking exactly like this, and the female driver said she needed to park like that because she had twins.</p> <p>“One particular lady pointed out that she always parks like this because she has twin babies and needs the room to get her capsules in and out,” they said.</p> <p>“I have twins (they’re now 6 years old) and I NEVER parked like this!” another mother said.</p> <p>The area seems to be inundated with people who don't know how to park, as many people came forward with their own stories of frustrating drivers. </p>

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Alan Jones slams Australia’s “disproportionate” COVID-19 response

<p>Sky News host Alan Jones has slammed the Australian government for their coronavirus response, saying it has been “disproportionate from day one”.</p> <p>Jones particularly raised issue the government’s treatment of Australians overseas, calling it a “stain on the Morrison Government.”</p> <p>“Unlike those in Canberra, we on this program have not forgotten the 35,000 stranded Australians who are barred from their own country,” he said.</p> <p>“There are grounded planes at airports right around the country. Why can't the Federal Government commission these planes and have all those bureaucrats, who enjoy big salaries, establish a strategy, urgently, to collect our fellow Australians from overseas?</p> <p>“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had 35,000 Australians register their interest to return to Australia but, still, nothing has been actioned by government. Around 5,000 of those registered are classified as vulnerable.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840921/alan-jones-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/749e8a21d6e9446b9d7c3d8320ef186d" /></p> <p>“The government sets a limit on those allowed into the country. It is currently 6,000 a week. Therefore, when it comes to airlines, they are forced to limit their capacity.</p> <p>“This leads to inflated ticket prices - basically extortion - where Australians are priced out and bumped off flights because non-citizens are willing to pay the price of both the travel and the quarantine.”</p> <p>Last week, the Sky News host came after the government for not doing a “good enough” job to rescue stranded Aussies overseas.</p> <p>“The government’s defence is that it has provided $29 million to fund 3,900 Australians coming home, despite 5,000 being assessed as vulnerable,” Mr Jones said.</p> <p>“But there are Qantas and Virgin planes parked all over Australian airports, empty.</p> <p>“We seem to have money for everything, rent them, hire them, bring Australians home.”</p>

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"Cannibal" accused of killing mum and eating remains for TWO WEEKS

<p><strong>WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT</strong></p> <p>Alberto Sanchez Gomez, 26, is accused of strangling his mother, chopping up her body and putting it into lunchboxes, which he allegedly stored in the fridge and ate over the course of two weeks.</p> <p>Gomez had frequently been violent towards his 66-year-old mother Maria, who had taken out a restraining order on him but would frequently accept him into her home whenever he called.</p> <p>Gomez allegedly murdered his mother in Madrid on February 21st, 2019 after family friends alerted police about not seeing Maria in several days.</p> <p>Police officers were greeted by Gomez, who admitted he strangled his mother, but police were not prepared for what was inside.</p> <p>Inside the house, officers reported Maria's limbs were wrapped in plastic and left in various rooms in the house.</p> <p>The stench was so bad that many officers were violently sick as well as being in shock at the violent scene.</p> <p>Other parts of Maria's body were in the fridge as well as the oven. Gomez later admitted that he spent 15 days eating his mother's remains and fed the parts he didn't want to his dog.</p> <p>Maria had tried in vain to get her son the help he needed as he was admitted to psychiatric care three times. Gomez would routinely physically attack his mother, and she was terrified of him.</p> <p>Despite her friend's concerns, Maria would let her son back into her life after being served the restraining order, saying "What am I going to do? After all, he is still my son."</p> <p>The court currently believes that Gomez is suffering from a mental illness and was at the time consuming hard drugs.</p> <p>Gomez is currently on suicide watch in prison due to his fragile mental state and the police officers who were at the scene of the crime will be testifying on Tuesday in Madrid's provincial court.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Newsflash</em></p>

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Woman shocked by threatening note left in backyard

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Sydney woman has revealed the sinister note left next to a bone she found in her backyard.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cheri Blair, 66, found the bone on Monday when she let her puppy out into her backyard in Sydney’s northern suburb Lane Cove.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Feeling suspicious about discovering the bone, she then found a nearby envelope containing a note.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Opening the unsealed letter, she was “shocked” to read the threat to her puppy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The note read, “Your dog is to be poisoned, too much barking, sorry but no choice, your fault”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Blair told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">7news.com.au</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about the “sickening” discovery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If they had a problem with us, they should have said,” she told the publication.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Claiming the bone was specifically a dog treat available in pet shops, Ms Blair speculated the neighbour would have had to specially buy it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Blair said she rushed her pet to the vet. After inducing vomiting, Jolene was unharmed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After sharing the threatening note, Ms Blair said she had received messages from neighbours saying they had not heard her dog barking.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, she does recall one incident on Saturday where Jolene had been barking for about 20 minutes. She said she remembered hearing a female voice yelling “shut up” and wondered if they may be behind the incident.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After sharing her experience on Facebook, comments poured in with messages of support and outrage, with many calling it “horrifying”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What a [cowardly] thing to do … hide behind a note! This makes my blood boil,” one wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“How disgusting is this?” another commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Absolutely terrible to hear that someone would stoop so low as to put poison in the backyard for the pup to ingest,” a third said.</span></p> <p><br /><strong>Image credit:</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> 7News</span></p>

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The worst road rules fine you can be slapped with

<p>70 per cent of NSW drivers claim they have been victims of vicious road ragers on NSW roads, a new study by NRMA has found.</p> <p>Andrew Nerlich was a victim of a violent attack after being punched in the head 15 times by a 20-year-old motorist.</p> <p>The incident following a minor collision on Sydney's northern beaches.</p> <p>"People should be able to go about their business safely, accidents happen," Mr Nerlich, said.</p> <p>"Everybody makes mistakes."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840855/road-rule-fine-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/791b66fdf9c244d98387402151db6703" /></p> <p>In NSW, road rage-related offences can cost you a hefty fine of up to $3300, or in worse cases – an automatic loss of license for five years or even up to 12 months jail time.</p> <p>"What can begin as a simple mistake, somebody cutting you off can very quickly spiral out of control," Peter Khoury from NRMA, told 9News.</p> <p>Mr Khoury says drivers are forgetful that there may be dashcam recordings of incidents.</p> <p>NRMA is urging drivers not to "overreact" while behind the wheel.</p> <p>"Every bystander with a smartphone is now a recording witness - every dashcam an extension of the law," the motoring body said.</p> <p>"You are now more chance of getting caught and charged and your embarrassing behaviour featuring extensively on the news and across social media."</p>

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Return of a great ANZAC Day tradition

<p>The easing of COVID-19 restrictions across Australia has meant that the age-old and famed Anzac Day tradition of two-up can return to local pubs and clubs this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">The beloved Australian betting game - part of a tradition as ingrained as the Anzac legend itself - was missed last year to the closure of RSLs and cancellation of Anzac services under COVID-19 restrictions.</p> <p dir="ltr">2020 saw Anzac Day marches cancelled across the country while only official dignitaries were allowed to attend remembrance services. The rest of the country were encouraged to stand on their driveways with a torch instead.</p> <p dir="ltr">While some Australians find Anzac Day a sombre occasion and march wearing relatives’ medals, others see it as a raucous time at the pub playing two-up on the only day of the year the game is legal.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ahead of Anzac day, NSW Veterans Affairs Minister Geoff Lee urged veterans to book their post-march reunions early ‘so you get a place and get together with your mates and even play two-up.’</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>What is two-up?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">First played by World War I veterans, the popular pub game has continued to be played every Anzac Day in their memory.</p> <p dir="ltr">The game was introduced to Australia by the English and Irish as ‘pitch and toss’ and was popular among soldiers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though a rope is used to mark out a 10m circle in today’s renditions, veterans would originally use bayonets.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN10R4ODnPd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN10R4ODnPd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Phoenix Woollahra (@thephoenixwoollahra)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><span>When it comes to actually playing the game, the rules are fairly simple and can be found on the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/two_up/howto/" target="_blank">Australian War Memorial</a><span> website.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Using a small wooden board known as a ‘kip’, the player, known as a spinner, tosses two to three pennies in the air and the other players bet on which side they’ll land.</p> <p dir="ltr">Money can be wagered on whether both the coins land on heads, tails, or odds (one head and one tail).</p> <p dir="ltr">The spinner wins with two heads, loses on tails and can’t spin again, and throws again if it’s odds.</p> <p dir="ltr">Before the spinner can toss the coins, the ringie, who runs the ring, will call ‘come in spinner’. The ringie ensures that the coins are thrown more than three metres in the air and don’t touch the roof or land outside of the ring.</p> <p dir="ltr">As per tradition, winning punters decide whether to tip the spinner for their services.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN60bTqB2lq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN60bTqB2lq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Alexandra Hotel (@thealexandrahotel)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Is two-up legal in Australia?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Since two-up is considered an unregulated form of gambling, the game is prohibited on every day except for Anzac Day.</p> <p dir="ltr">On the day, licensed premises can host games provided they donate all of the proceeds to charity.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNrfQjsq02l/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNrfQjsq02l/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Club Ryde (@club_ryde)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Prior to the NSW government restricting gameplay in 1981, two-up continued to be played among returning veterans across the country.</p> <p dir="ltr">Two years later, Victoria followed suit in banning the game, followed by the rest of the states.</p> <p dir="ltr">Today, the game can be played in most Australian pubs or RSLs to commemorate the pastime.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Where can I play two-up this year?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Come Sunday afternoon, your best choice will be your local pub or club. But state COVID-19 restrictions will differ when it comes to how many people can play at each venue.</p> <p dir="ltr">In NSW, rules developed by authorities restrict gameplay to outside only, with players spaced two square metres from each other, and the surrounding crowd can only place bets with players directly next to them.</p> <p dir="ltr">On the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nsw.gov.au/about-nsw/anzac-day-nsw" target="_blank">NSW Government website</a>, NSW Health wrote, ‘If you choose to watch or play two-up you should follow the COVID restrictions of the venue where you are playing at as well as the general advice about Anzac Day social activities.’</p> <p dir="ltr">As for venues, NSW Health advised them to ‘discourage participants from passing through the crowd to make/take bets’.</p> <p dir="ltr">ClubsNSW chief executive Josh Landis condemned the move,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/nsw-health-covid-restrictions-stop-anzac-day-two-up-games/news-story/a94c8412b899bb9c32571842721a0230" target="_blank">telling<span> </span><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>, ‘It would help if someone could explain why playing two-up is considered riskier than dancing together, sitting next to each other for hours in a movie theatre of attending a football match in a crowd of thousands.’</p> <p dir="ltr">Some venues have said the restrictive guidelines mean they can’t host two-up.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘The guidelines are so strict that we will not be holding Two Up at the club this year,’ Hendrik Vesser, chief executive of Balgowlah RSL told<span> </span><em>The Daily Telegraph</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Vesser went on to say, ‘They are too restrictive, for a start they say we have to hold it outside and we normally hold it in the function room so that creates issues for us.’</p>

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Dangerously realistic scam targeting Australia Post customers

<p>Australians are falling victim to a very realistic scam.</p> <p>Scamwatch has warned consumers about an email circulating which appears to be from Australia Post.</p> <p>The email asks recipients to pay a small delivery fee.</p> <p>"Scammers are continuing to impersonate Australia Post by claiming you need to pay a small shipping fee for your parcel," it said.</p> <p>"The emails may look legitimate with real logos and contact details, but are just an attempt to steal your credit card details. Just delete the email."</p> <p>Members of the public replied to the tweet to share similar experiences.</p> <p><img style="width: 458.7554269175109px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840841/1-2021-04-21t111409857.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c3373686ec224ee08965d9756a232981" /></p> <p>"I got this, but as a phone message, deleted," one wrote.</p> <p>"I had the same thing but for paypal," another replied.</p> <p>Australia Post has been made aware of the scam and posted on its website warning customers to stay away from it.</p> <p>This year there were 62,895 scams reported with a financial loss of $63,136,741.</p> <p>Such scams are more popular due to a surge of online shopping in 2020 with year-on-year online purchases growing 57 per cent.</p> <p>"Around four in five households – that’s 9 million – bought something online at some point in the year," Australia Post's website states.</p>

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Fake Bunnings! Overseas hardware clone baffles fans

<p dir="ltr">New photographs of an eerily similar Bunnings store have cropped up that have everyone talking on social media.</p> <p dir="ltr">Builders Warehouse, not to be confused with Bunnings Warehouse, has opened in the Philippines. The two chains share the same classic colour scheme, hammer logo, and even the uniform are lookalikes.</p> <p dir="ltr">The only difference? Instead of the famous ‘Lowest prices are just the beginning’ slogan, Builders Warehouse has gone with ‘You build. We provide.’</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height:375.3846153846154px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840811/builders-warehouse-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7c512fe3dd24449c904ac9e06a436c56" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.53846153846155px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840810/bunnings-warehouse-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4f089538f97f473e935ca4b591e3842f" /></p> <p dir="ltr">It is understood that Bunnings Warehouse isn’t affiliated with Builders Warehouse.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bunnings fans on Twitter were surprised by the similarities.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘Sincerest Form of Flattery? Meet #Bunnings Warehouse Clone - Our Builders Warehouse,’ said one.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.53846153846155px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840814/builders-warehouse-3.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/06cb1c5113f2449fb62b7c84ab057eef" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>According to </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://ourbuilderswarehouse.com.ph/home" target="_blank">its website</a><span>, Builders Warehouse started in 2018 and now has five stores across the Philippines, including Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga, Malolos, and Bulacan. It describes itself as the go-to for home improvement in the Philippines.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><img style="width: 500px; height:281.53846153846155px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840812/builders-warehouse-4.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0920009faac34e808f2199655e9b1da6" /></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The similarities don’t stop there either, with similar mission statements.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the Builders Warehouse website, ‘Builders Warehouse is anchored in delivering first-class construction materials to everyone who needs a hand in home building from the groundwork, furnishing up to the final modifications of any structural development’.</p> <p dir="ltr">On the Bunnings website, it reads, ‘Our ambition is to provide our customers with the widest range of home improvement products in accordance with our lowest prices policy, backed with the best service.’</p> <p dir="ltr">However, Bunnings did not wish to comment on the new Filipino stores.</p>

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Can milkshakes and sharks teach kids consent?

<p dir="ltr">Criticism over the government’s ‘bizarre’ new campaign designed to educate school kids on consent have come from sex educators and advertising bodies alike. In the campaign, actors discuss respectful relationships with the help of a milkshake, taco and a shark.</p> <p dir="ltr">The videos, made by The Good Society, Morrison government’s Respect Matters organisation, discuss topics involving consent and relationships across the different school groups. In the videos aimed at senior high-school students (Years 11-12), actors act out the process of gaining consent through a discussion of ‘trying milkshakes’ and other activities.</p> <p dir="ltr">The ‘Moving the Line’ campaign also features a man trying to convince a woman to swim in shark-infested waters, reassuring her that they’ll be fine with his spear gun. Another depicts a man eating tacos to discuss sexual assault, saying that people have desires and objects such as tacos do not.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://thegoodsociety.gov.au/about/what-is-the-good-society" target="_blank">The Good Society website</a>, all content has been developed to align with the Australian curriculum, but rape prevention advocates have criticised the resources, saying that they fail to meet national education standards.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fair Agenda and End Rape on Campus on Australia (EROCA) called for a complete review of the content featured on the website. In a statement, the two groups said the videos are often “confusing” for teens trying to navigate the behaviours the videos try to address.</p> <p dir="ltr">Caitlin Roper of Collective Shout, a national body campaigning against the objectification in media and advertising, agreed and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/latest/governments-sex-and-consent-education-video-slammed/1b924691-c64e-4b1d-b1a8-a313eabd8357" target="_blank">told 9Honey</a><span> </span>the videos are “confusing and awkward”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“They underestimate young people’s ability to comprehend sexual assault completely,” Roper said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s important to have a national dialogue, but the content widely missed the mark.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The Good Society launched last week with 350 online materials about safe and respectful relationships for schools and families. As part of the government’s Respect Matters program, the program aims to support respectful relationships education in Australian schools and change attitudes of young people around domestic, sexual, and family violence.</p> <p dir="ltr">The push for better consent education came after Sydney activist Chanel Contos’ petition to teach consent earlier, which received 4,000 testimonies detailing school-aged sexual assault.</p> <p dir="ltr">These include allegations of violent rapes, coerced drinking, and sexual harassment, mostly perpetrated by young male students.</p> <p dir="ltr">Roper says the new videos, including the one depicting a woman rubbing a milkshake in a man’s face, avoid ‘real, honest, and meaningful conversations’ and neglect to acknowledge the ‘highly gendered’ nature of sexual assault.</p> <p dir="ltr">Depicting a woman as the perpetrator, “didn’t acknowledge the fact it is overwhelmingly women and girls enduring sexual assault and rape by men and boys,” Roper said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Kids are open to having these tough conversations, but the concept of consent alone is quite limited.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“Better education around sex and consent is largely meaningless without looking at the wider culture and male sexual entitlement,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">A recent report by UN Women found that 97 percent of women experienced some form of sexual assault or harassment before they turn 24, and 97 percent of men who experienced sexual assault were assaulted by men.</p> <p dir="ltr">The videos also drew criticism for downplaying the experience of the victim and for offering more support to the perpetrator.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a narration over an infographic likening sharing milkshakes to consent, the narrator said, ‘In a respectful relationship, if someone moves the line, you might be upset but ultimately want to repair the situation.’</p> <p dir="ltr">In the video, the woman, named Veronica, smears a milkshake in the face of her visibly unhappy male counterpart, Bailey.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘It’s just a funny game, Bailey. I know you really like my milkshake,’ Veronica tells him.</p> <p><img class="post_image_group" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/NbkEtQQ1DhxyN-_fHZdBJtzjHFE6jV1y3mcHCgnH6ieGUiwgwIbEbzrjkbEGBPEXnD8VyY0q_jo-ywiCptX8h6KEiUbx6ROzUet4N_IwlT-pPHPZdaHm8d2ZM1-2JM82N2CCtaU_" alt="" width="396" height="214" /><span></span></p> <p dir="ltr">‘Maintaining any relationship is hard work, but handling a disrespectful relationship can be upsetting, lonely, even dangerous. In fact, it can be one of the hardest things we do in our lives,” the narrator continues.</p> <p dir="ltr">Brandon Friedman, co-founder of sex education program Elephant Ed, told 9Honey, ‘Any engagement with young people around consent and respectful relationships needs that balance between humour and clear and concise messaging.’</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMwCOXfDlZh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMwCOXfDlZh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Elephant Ed 🐘 (@elephant.ed)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">‘Historically there has been taboo and shame that surrounds these issues and often people will side step around them without tackling them. But young people are crying out for educators to tackle them head on.’</p> <p dir="ltr">Social media was filled with criticism of the campaign, as many slammed how the videos approached teaching consent.</p> <p dir="ltr">EROCA wrote, ‘Yes the videos are weird. They trivialise what is a very serious issue. But they’re just one small part of what’s wrong with this resource. We need the government to start listening to actual experts in violence prevention.’</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I spent three days digging through the government's website. I watched every video. I read all of the accompanying materials. <br /><br />I cannot work out what the milkshakes, tacos or sharks are supposed to represent. And I run an org called "End Rape on Campus Australia". <a href="https://t.co/sshajJPAkk">https://t.co/sshajJPAkk</a></p> — Sharna Bremner (@sharnatweets) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharnatweets/status/1383943321345613825?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 19, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">When the program launched last week, Federal Education and Youth Minister Alan Tudge said the program would be a ‘vital role’ in informing young Australians on consent and sex education.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘These materials will provide additional support to better educate young Australians on these issues and have been designed to complement programs already being offered by states and territories,’ he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘I will be discussing these matters further with my state and territory counterparts when we meet later this month.’</p> <p dir="ltr">Consent education on the Australian curriculum will be publicly reviewed on April 29.</p>

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How long does it take to get demerit points back in New South Wales?

<p>The demerit point scheme in New South Wales is regulated by <a href="https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/view/html/inforce/current/act-2013-018#ch.3-pt.3.2">Part 3.2 of the Road Transport Act 2013</a>, and its related regulations.</p> <p>How many demerit points do I have to accrue before I am suspended from driving?</p> <p>The law states that a driver will have their licence suspended if he or she accrues a specific number of demerit points within a three year period.</p> <p>The number of points relating to each licence type are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Unrestricted licence: 13 points</li> <li>Professional driver: 14 points</li> <li>Provisional P2 licence: 7 points</li> <li>Provisional P1 licence: 4 points</li> <li>Learner licence: 4 points</li> </ul> <p>How long will I be suspended if I accrue these points?</p> <p><a href="http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/rta2013187/s33.html">Section 33 of the Act</a> prescribes the following periods of suspension in the event demerit points are accrued or exceeded:</p> <table border="0" width="814"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="359"> <p>Number of demerit points incurred within previous 3 years</p> </td> <td width="177"> <p>Period of licence suspension</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="359"> <p>13 (or 14 in the case of a professional driver) to 15</p> </td> <td width="177"> <p>3 months</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="359"> <p>16 to 19</p> </td> <td width="177"> <p>4 months</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="359"> <p>20 or more</p> </td> <td width="177"> <p>5 months</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Can I elect to have a good behaviour licence?</p> <p><a href="http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/rta2013187/:~:text=36%20Driver%20may%20elect%20to%20be%20of%20good%20behaviour%20as%20alternative,-(cf%20DL%20Act&amp;text=(3)%20If%20a%20pers">Section 36 of the Act</a> provides that a full licence holder who has accrued or exceeded his or her demerit point limit may apply for a <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/what-is-a-good-behaviour-licence-in-new-south-wales/">good behaviour licence</a>, instead of being suspended from driving.</p> <p>This licence lasts for a period of 12 months.</p> <p>If a driver accrues two or more demerit points while on a good behaviour licence, he or she will be suspended from driving in accordance with the following table:</p> <table border="0" width="814"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="200"> <p><strong>Demerit Points</strong></p> </td> <td width="200"> <p><strong>Original Suspension</strong></p> </td> <td width="200"> <p><strong>Suspension for a breach on a good behaviour licence</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="200"> <p>13 to 15</p> </td> <td width="200"> <p>3 months</p> </td> <td width="200"> <p>6 months</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="200"> <p>16 to 19</p> </td> <td width="200"> <p>4 months</p> </td> <td width="200"> <p>8 months</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="200"> <p>20 or more</p> </td> <td width="200"> <p>5 months</p> </td> <td width="200"> <p>10 months</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>How long does it take to get my demerit points back?</p> <p>According to the Act, demerit points are subject to deletion 3 years after the date of the offence for which the points are accrued.</p> <p>So, for example, if 3 demerit points are accrued for an offence of speeding by more than 10km/h but not more than 20km/h on 5 April 2021, those demerit points are subject to deletion 3 years after 5 April 2021; although, for administrative reasons, the RMS may exercise discretion to add a reasonable period, to allow for payments and potential appeals.</p> <p>According to the <a href="https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/demerits-offences/demerit-points/how-it-works.html">RMS website</a>, this period may be an additional 4 months.</p> <p><a href="http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/rta2013187/s41a.html">The Act also states that</a> all demerit points are deleted upon the commencement of any driver licence suspension.</p> <p>Going to court for a traffic offence?</p> <p>If you are going to court over a traffic offence, call Sydney Criminal Lawyers anytime on (02) 9261 8881 for expert advice and formidable representation by one of our <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/videos/appeals-against-driver-licence-suspensions-by-the-rms/">experienced traffic lawyers</a>.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission from <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-demerit-points-back-in-new-south-wales/">Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</a> </em></p>

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How Prince Charles' role will change after the death of Prince Philip

<p>As Prince Philip was laid to rest on Sunday, many royal fans have been wondering about the next steps of the monarchy.</p> <p>This is due to Queen Elizabeth II being without her most trusted advisor for the first time in 73 years.</p> <p>Prince Charles now assumes the role of the Queen's closest confidant as he prepares to be King when his mother passes away.</p> <p>He also has the title of "The Duke of Edinburgh" as the eldest son and heir to the throne.</p> <p>As the Queen's motto is "if I stop, I drop", it'll be interesting to see whether or not Prince Charles helps ease the new workload that comes with Prince Philip's passing.</p> <p>Prince Charles also reportedly met with Prince William and Prince Harry to discuss the next steps for the monarchy after the funeral service for Prince Philip.</p> <p>An insider explained to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14689387/harry-reunited-william-charles-brothers-rift-healed/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>: “It’s early days but you’d hope this is exactly the first step Philip would have wished for.</p> <p>“It is not known what was said behind closed doors and when the cameras were turned off, but it’s unfathomable to think Megxit and Oprah did not come up.”</p> <p>“Harry and William appeared cordial as the cameras rolled and that seemed to pave the way for Charles to join them when everyone had left.”</p> <p>As the Queen's 95th birthday is this Wednesday, a roster of support has been made so that the Queen can turn to a trusted friend or family member when she needs it the most.</p> <p>There are also hundreds of Prince Philip's patronages left vacant, with Prince Charles having to decide how many patronages and engagements there should be.</p>

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Scrabble fans furious over banned words

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Scrabble fans are furious over the board game owner's decision to ban a long list of words that are now considered slurs.</p> <p>The decision has angered players so much that three prominent members of the global Scrabble Players' Organisation have quit.</p> <p>One of Scrabble’s owners, however, has said there are no other games where players “can win by using a racial epithet”.</p> <p>Scrabble is owned by Hasbro and Mattel, with both firms restricting certain words from officially being able to score points.</p> <p>More than 200 dictionary defined terms have now been banned from being used in Scrabble.</p> <p>British author Darryl Francis resigned from the World English-Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) and spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em></a><span> </span>about his decision.</p> <p>“Words listed in dictionaries and Scrabble lists are not slurs,” Mr Francis wrote.</p> <p>“They only become slurs when used with a derogatory purpose or intent, or used with a particular tone and in a particular context.</p> <p>“Words in our familiar Scrabble word lists should not be removed because of a PR purpose disguised as promoting some kind of social betterment.”</p> <p>Francis said he left due to Mattel forcing the changes on the game.</p> <p>Mattel has said the company made changes due to recent global events, including Black Lives Matter.</p> <p>“We looked at some of the social unrest that’s going on globally. I’ve heard the argument that these are just words, but we believe they have meaning,” Mattel’s global head of games told<span> </span><em>The Times</em>.</p> <p>“Can you imagine any other game where you can score points and win by using a racial epithet? It’s long overdue.”</p> <p>Some of the banned words include "Abo, "boong", "n****r", "c**t", "Paki" and "shiksha", which is a derogatory term used to refer to a non-Jewish girl or a Jewish girl who doesn't live up to traditional Jewish standards.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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