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New road markings introduced on dangerous motorway: Do you know what they mean?

<p>One of Sydney’s most dangerous motorways has introduced new road markings in a bid to reduce the number of tailgating accidents.</p> <p>Large V-shaped arrows have been painted onto the M1 Freeway in New South Wales to give drivers a visual indication of how far back they should be from the car in front of them.</p> <p>The markings and accompanying signs have been introduced after more than 700 rear-end collisions were reported on the same 13km stretch of the freeway in the past five years.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fnswroadsafety%2Fvideos%2F315539919170670%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=476" width="476" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>The white arrows are painted between George Booth Drive at Seahampton and Palmers Road interchange at Ryhope, near Newcastle.</p> <p>Signs have also been placed on the strip, which read: “Keep at least two chevrons apart”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:377.56714060031595px;" src="/media/7822492/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/453b1faff43a4db4944f590060c59526" /></p> <p>Two chevrons, which are the large V-shaped arrows on the road, equals to 92 metres.</p> <p>Failing to keep at a safe distance can result in a maximum penalty of $448 and three demerit points.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.news.com.au"><strong><u>news.com.au</u></strong></a>, Centre for Road Safety chief executive Bernard Carlon said keeping a safe breaking distance was crucial on the road.</p> <p>“Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you is a basic road safety technique that we were all taught when we were learning to drive,” he said.</p> <p>“The higher the speed limit, the greater the distance you need to leave to react if something goes wrong.”</p> <p>Learner drivers are instructed to maintain a three-second gap between themselves and the car in front of them by using roadside landmarks as an indicator of distance.</p> <p>However, drivers are also told to increase the gap if there are dangerous weather conditions, such as rain and fog.</p> <p>On the M1, the 92-metre recommended gap will equate to a three-second gap on the 110km/h road.</p> <p>Do you think these road markings will be helpful for drivers and increase safety? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Bombshell suggestion for Lyn Dawson’s killer – the person Chris Dawson's family think did it

<p>Chris Dawson’s family have made an explosive accusation against serial killer Ivan Milat as they allege he is the one who killed Lyn Dawson.</p> <p>According to<em> </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/chris-dawsons-family-reveal-ivan-milat-theory-murder-charge-085733744.html" target="_blank"><em>7 News</em></a>, Chris’ family believe she may have been murdered by Milat. The suggestion comes after they previously claimed that she <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/the-chris-dawson-relative-that-went-missing-22-years-before-wife-lynette" target="_blank">ran away from home in 1982</a>. </p> <p>“Milat … is alleged to have killed several women around the same time and in an area Lyn was seen,” said Chris’ brother Peter Dawson to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/chris-dawsons-family-reveal-ivan-milat-theory-murder-charge-085733744.html" target="_blank">7 News</a></em> in a written statement.</p> <p>Peter believes there could be a possibility of Ms Dawson coming face-to-face with the murderer as Milat’s victims were hitchhikers and “Lyn didn’t drive”.</p> <p>Peter went on to send a list of names that fell victim to Milat’s heinous crimes to <em>7 News</em> and said there was a possibility of Ms Dawson being one of them.</p> <p>Chris did not apply for bail on Thursday when he appeared in court, a plea that was also formally refused.</p> <p>The former football player will have the opportunity to apply for bail when he visits court on Friday.</p> <p>His legal team have revealed that he will be pleading not guilty.</p> <p>But according to the man who led the Milat investigation, former assistant police commissioner Clive Small says the events that led to Ms Dawson’s disappearance did not fit Milat’s case.</p> <p>“I would suggest (the chance is) very much next to zero,” he told <em>7 News</em>.</p> <p>Mr Small said Milat had an eery habit of collecting souvenirs from his victims, but there were none from Ms Dawson.</p> <p>The murders committed by Milat all occurred within four years – between 1989 and 1993 – and the country was left at a standstill after the discovery of his victims.</p> <p>Seven people had mysteriously disappeared and their bodies, which had either been shot or strangled, were discovered in Belanglo State Forest in NSW.</p> <p>Chris is yet to accept the charges made against him, as he claims he is innocent. According to the father-of-three, Ms Dawson had voluntarily left their Bayview family home in Sydney’s north, to join a religious cult.</p>

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Think twice before breaking the rules: Double demerit season is almost here

<p>Aussies are being warned to abide by road rules as double demerit season looms closer.</p> <p>Police will be on high alert for those breaking the rules on New South Wales roads from December 21 to January 1 this year.</p> <p>Those caught speeding, using their mobile phone while behind the wheel, not wearing their seatbelt and riding without a helmet will be on the receiving end of a pricey fine and a loss of demerit points.</p> <p>Motorists who are caught using their mobile phones while driving or stopped at a red light will lose 10 demerit points and receive a fine of $337.</p> <p>If used in a school zone the fine is bumped up to $448 and a loss of 10 demerit points.</p> <p>Drivers who are caught speeding 10km/h over the speed limit will face a loss of eight demerit points and a fine of $353, and those speeding 40km/h or more above the limit will lose 14 demerit points and receive a whopping $3821 fine.</p> <p>Motorcyclists also need to remain wary as riding without a helmet will hit them with a $337 fine and a loss of six demerit points.</p> <p>If a passenger on the offender’s bike is also without a helmet, that would be a further loss of 12 demerit points.</p> <p>If drivers are caught wearing no seatbelt or a faulty one, then they will lose six demerit points and a $330 fine.</p> <p>Double demerits will take place during the holiday period, starting from December 21 to January 1.</p> <p>It will then start back up during Australia Day long weekend from January 25 to January 28.</p> <p>Other states and territories are not exempt from the rules either, as double demerits in Western Australia will take place from December 21 to January 6, and the Australian Capital Territory will also impose the system.</p> <p>Only New South Wales, Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory implement double demerit points.</p> <p><em><strong>Double demerit points and fines for offences</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Using a mobile phone behind the wheel:</strong></p> <p>New South Wales: 10 demerit points / $337 fine</p> <p>Australian Capital Territory: 6 demerit points/ $557 fine</p> <p>Western Australia: 6 demerit points/ $400 fine </p> <p><strong>Motorcyclists caught without a helmet:</strong></p> <p>New South Wales: 6 demerit points/ $337 </p> <p>Australian Capital Territory: 6 demerit points/ $151 fine</p> <p>Western Australia: 0 demerit points/ $550 </p> <p><strong>Drivers not wearing a seatbelt:</strong></p> <p>New South Wales: 6 demerit points/ $330 fine </p> <p>Australian Capital Territory: 6 demerit points/ $92 fine </p> <p>Western Australia: 8 demerit points/ $550 fine </p> <p><strong>Speeding over 10km/h:</strong></p> <p>New South Wales: 8 demerit points/ $353 fine</p> <p>Australian Capital Territory: 2 demerit points/ $92 fine </p> <p>Western Australia (9km/h): 4 demerit points/ $200 fine </p> <p><strong>Speeding over 40km/h:</strong></p> <p>New South Wales: 14 demerit points/ $3821 fine </p> <p>Australian Capital Territory: 8 demerit points/ $693</p> <p>Western Australia: 12 demerit points/ $1,200</p>

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New police investigation: Was Madeleine McCann killed by a drunk driver?

<p>She disappeared at the age of three and has been missing for 11 years. Madeleine McCann was on a holiday in Portugal with her family when she vanished in 2007 while her parents were having dinner in a nearby restaurant.</p> <p>Sadly, there hasn’t be a credible sighting of her since that night.</p> <p>For 11 years British police, Scotland Yard and the toddler’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have worked endlessly over the past decade to try and locate her.</p> <p>In what could be a positive sign, a new lead came into play recently. As reported by <span><em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7820354/madeleine-mccann-looking-for-parents/">The Sun</a></em></span>, British police are re-examining the theory that the toddler woke up in the middle of the night, left the apartment and began walking around the villa looking for her parents.</p> <p>According to the theory, Madeleine walked out of the complex and could have possibly been struck by a drunk driver, who placed her body in a car and buried her later.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Scotland Yard officers are looking into the possibilities of a kidnapping or burglary gone wrong.</p> <p>“A meeting took place at the HQ of the General Attorney’s Office, which was attended by the prosecutor from Portimao, who is in charge of the Portuguese inquiry,” a Portugal informant said.</p> <p>“One of the lines of investigation that continues to be pursued is that Maddie could’ve walked out of the holiday flat herself,” shared David Edgar, a former investigator on Madeleine’s case, as he explained his theory.</p> <p>As reported by <span><em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7779795/madeleine-mccann-investigator-claims-missing-could-be-alive/">The Sun</a></em></span>, Edgar is adamant the toddler was kidnapped by a child sex gang.</p> <p>“She is most likely being held captive, possibly in an underground cellar or dungeon and could emerge at any time,” he added.</p> <p>The former investigator also believes Madeleine is still in Portugal and is being held against her will and that someone in Portugal knows what happened to the young girl.</p> <p>Edgar urged that now is the time to come forward with information.</p> <p>“Unless a body is found there is hope. Everyone hopes for a positive outcome and Kate and Gerry will never give up, even when the funding runs out. I hope they get an answer, they’ve been waiting for so long,” he pleaded.</p> <p>British Home Office has announced that it has allocated an extra 150,000 pounds ($265,275 AUD) to Scotland Yard so they can continue their investigations to find Madeleine. Metropolitan Police are following two new leads which they have informed Maddie’s parents about, and they are “hopeful of getting a result”.</p> <p>Edgar hopes they’re chasing up his theory which he didn’t have the resources to pursue himself when he was working on the case.</p> <p>“Not for want of trying, but as a private investigator, I was faced with certain restrictions and stumbling blocks unlike the official authorities,” he explained.</p> <p>Kate McCann wrote a heartbreaking letter to the <em>Telegraph</em> where she revealed that each year she still buys presents for her daughter at Christmas time.</p> <p>“The presents I buy for her usually have to jump out at me,” she wrote. “She would be a teenager now so I always try and pick something that would be suitable and enjoyable for her no matter what age she is when she gets to open them.”</p> <p>The heartbroken mother added, “In my head I guess I just want everything to be right for her when she comes back home. The loft is filled with the presents I have bought for Madeleine and her wardrobe too.”</p> <p>Kate also shared that she hasn’t touched her daughter’s bedroom since she went missing and that it’s in the same condition as it was before her disappearance.</p> <p>She confided in the letter that during the time Maddie went missing she felt “numb”, and now, over 10 years later, everything she does on a daily basis is tinged with sadness.</p> <p>Do you think this new investigation will finally lead to answers? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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The Chris Dawson relative that went missing 22 years before wife Lynette

<p>New information on the Chris Dawson case has come to light, after it was revealed that the alleged murderer’s close relative went missing in the same circumstances as his former wife Lynette.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/chris-dawson-relative-went-missing-22-years-before-lynette-disappeared/news-story/f6a09c70bbcf6ec3a68eb6044b8fd63c" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a>, his older brother Peter Dawson shared how his former mother-in-law walked out on her three children 60 years ago while living in Sydney.</p> <p>It was after his first wife went back to investigate her family tree did she discover that her mother Marcia had travelled to New Zealand, remarried and then ultimately passed away in 2002.</p> <p>The inquiry, which is currently being handled by NSW homicide detectives, interviewed the woman last week, as they try to put together the pieces of the Lynette Dawson murder.</p> <p>The information emerged just as Chris, 70, was preparing to appear at Sydney’s Central Local Court yesterday after being charged with the murder of Lynette.</p> <p>According to police, Lynette, who was 33 at the time, was murdered by her husband on the same night she disappeared.</p> <p>Chris has been charged with murdering the former nurse between 9 pm on January 8, 1982, and 7 am on January 9, 1982.</p> <p>But despite the allegations, the former rugby player and sports teacher claims that his ex-wife walked out on him and his two daughters, Shanelle and Sherryn, on Saturday January 9.</p> <p>Though, after the incident occurred it didn’t take long for Chris to invite his 16-year-old mistress to live with him in his Bayview home.</p> <p>According to his lawyer Greg Walsh, Chris will be pleading not guilty to the heinous crime and “strongly asserts his innocence".</p> <p>Marcia’s disappearance has nothing to do with Chris. <span>But Mr Walsh is using the newly surfaced information to his advantage as he claims that if Peter Dawson’s mother-in-law could disappear for an extended period of time, so could Lynette. Claiming that “it does happen".</span></p> <p>“It’s happened before,” he said.</p> <p>Peter, 72, said the disappearance of his mother-in-law was a story that was known throughout this family, and his ex-wife and Lynette had a close relationship.</p> <p>The former barrister now solicitor said his first wife’s parents had split up, and she made regular visits along with her brother and sister to their mother in a boarding house at Narwee, NSW.</p> <p>But in 1960, when she was only nine years old, his first wife knocked on the door and was told her mother had left.</p> <p>“She never heard from her again,” said Peter.</p> <p>“She did not contact her family, did not contact the kids, did not contact her husband.”</p> <p>Peter believed Lynette may have also travelled to New Zealand, as at the time, no passport or visa was required to travel to and from the country.</p> <p>“We don’t know where Lyn is. I hope she is living happily somewhere in the world,” he said. </p>

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Can you pass this online road test driving Aussies crazy?

<p>An online road test has confused many drivers, with users strongly disagreeing over the correct answer.</p> <p>The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) posted a picture to its Facebook page showing four cars on a section of road.</p> <p>They then asked users: “In which order should these cars go?”</p> <p>The image shows a blue, yellow, red and orange car with arrows indicating the direction each vehicle wants to go.</p> <p>Do you know the correct order these cars should go?</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fracqofficial%2Fposts%2F1960024130701767&amp;width=500" width="500" height="594" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>At a first glance, it looks like a regular T-intersection, however, the road markings reveal that it is a bit different.</p> <p>Many social media viewers were insistent that the blue car should go first, followed by the yellow car, red and then orange.</p> <p>“Blue, yellow then red. If you’re travelling on a road that ends in a T intersection, and you are making a turn, you must give way to all traffic that is travelling ‘through’ on the road,” one Facebook user said.</p> <p>But there were many who disagreed with this opinion.</p> <p>One user wrote: “Yellow they cross no lines, then blue because red and orange have a give way sign.”</p> <p>Another added: “Anyone who said blue first, please hand your licence in. Crashes happen because of people like you!”</p> <p>Others didn’t agree with either response with one person saying the correct order would be “blue, red, orange and then yellow”.</p> <p><strong>ANSWER</strong></p> <p>After a few hours of motorists disagreeing on the correct order, the RACQ revealed the answer: Yellow, blue, red and then orange.</p> <p>“The give way sign at this intersection makes the path the yellow vehicle is on the continuing road, which curves to the right,” they explained.</p> <p>“The red and orange vehicles are facing a give way sign and must give way to all other traffic.</p> <p>“Therefore the yellow vehicle goes first, the blue vehicle goes second as it is effectively turning right off the continuing road and the red and orange vehicles follow.”</p> <p>Did you get the order or the cars correct? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The Teacher's Pet cold case breakthrough: Chris Dawson arrested over death of wife Lynette

<p>Former rugby league star Chris Dawson, who is the subject of popular podcast <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Teacher's Pet</em>, has been in arrested in Queensland and is expected to be charged with the murder of his wife, Lynette.</p> <p>In 1982, Mrs Dawson disappeared from the couple's Sydney northern beaches home at the age of 33.</p> <p>Now, Queensland Police have confirmed that a man – her husband, Chris Dawson – was arrested on Wednesday and will appear at Southport Magistrates Court.</p> <p>“A 70-year-old Coolum man was arrested by detectives from the Queensland Police Service’s Homicide Squad in the presence of Strike Force Scriven investigators at Biggera Waters, on the Gold Coast, in Queensland," NSW police said.</p> <p>"NSW detectives will apply for his extradition at his first court appearance. Lynette Dawson’s family has been advised of today’s arrest and have requested privacy at this time."</p> <p>Mrs Dawson’s disappearance has been an enduring 36-year mystery that has recently been made prominent due to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Australian’</em>s award-winning podcast <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Teacher’s Pet.</em></p> <p>In 2015, NSW Police established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and suspected murder.</p> <p>A week-long search of her former home in Bayview in September failed to find any new evidence.</p> <p>Two separate inquests into her disappearance recommended to the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that a “known person”, now identified as Chris Dawson, be charged with her murder.</p> <p>However, the DPP determined that there was not enough evidence to lay charges.</p> <p>Following further inquiries, detectives applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland.</p> <p>At the time of her disappearance, Mr and Mrs Dawson had two daughters, aged four and two.</p> <p>Mr Dawson worked as a sports teacher at Cromer High after playing as a professional footy player for the Newtown Jets.</p> <p>The sports teacher was having an affair with 16-year-old pupil, Joanne Curtis.</p> <p>Two days after Mrs Dawson’s disappearance, Joanne moved into the family home.</p> <p>Mr Dawson didn’t report his wife as missing until six weeks later, telling everyone that she had run away to join a religious cult.</p> <p>Earlier this year, one of the Dawson daughters, Sherryn Dawson, defended her dad and called the popular podcast a “witch hunt”.</p> <p>Following today’s arrest, Mrs Dawson’s brother Greg Simms told the <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Daily Telegraph</u></em></strong></a>: “I’m the happiest man alive today and if Lynette is up there looking down, she’d be smiling at us.</p> <p>“I am ecstatic, very emotional and teary.</p> <p>“This was our last chance with the DPP and we’ve finally got a result.</p> <p>“I’m just so relieved, I want to find out every detail of what happened to my sister, every minute detail. It’s been years and finally we might get closure.”</p>

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Family fined thousands of dollars for mega Christmas lights display

<p>It’s an annual tradition for the Apruzzi family in the US, who are known for putting on a stunning Christmas light show at their home every year for the last 15 years.</p> <p>With curious onlookers travelling from faraway lands to witness the magic for themselves, visitors who have had the opportunity to see the extravagant light décor first-hand always walk away with a smile on their face.</p> <p>But it seems the festivities won’t last long, as local residents aren’t too happy with the chaos the light display brings. Claiming that they feel unsafe, they have taken their concerns to their local mayor.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822269/51acb310a05f7b99c3c5f1b1c0bb9bb4-135453.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1ecb7606c2be41cfae184e94222e4762" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/">CBS News</a></em></p> <p>“We have to make it safe. I don’t have a choice,” Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cbsnews.com/" target="_blank">CBS News </a>.</em></p> <p>According to Henry, residents have issued complaints about the number of people coming to see the light display every year, and with lack of street parking, they’re finding it increasingly difficult to get on with their daily activities.</p> <p>Another major concern is the lack of accessibility for emergency services, and others have shown qualms over not being able to reach their own home due to the street being closed off.</p> <p>But Apruzzi is devastated. Speaking to <em>CBS News</em>, he admitted he has spent a total of US$150,000 (AU$205,000) over the last 15 years in the hope to spread some Christmas cheer during the holiday season.</p> <p>“I just love Christmas,” he said.</p> <p>But now, due to complaints, Apruzzi is looking at a fine of US$3000 (AU$4100) for every night the display is on show.</p> <p>“They want me to pay for police, they also want me to pay for shuttle service from a private parking lot and bus people in that they want me to pay for … and I’m not doing it,” said Apruzzi.</p> <p>If Apruzzi fails to cooperate, the City Council will look at shutting down the light display, but Apruzzi isn’t planning to go down without a fight.</p> <p>“If they shut me down, they’re going to have to talk to my attorney. This is my First Amendment right … Free speech and free religion,” said Apruzzi.</p> <p>Do you think Apruzzi has the right to be angry? Or do agree with the residents? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Centrelink's latest crackdown on welfare payments

<p>The Labor Party has faced intense scrutiny after supporting a proposition that will see migrants unable to claim welfare payments for up to four years.</p> <p>The new rule states that migrants who receive a permanent skilled or family visa from January 1 next year will have to wait four years before applying for welfare such as Newstart or concession cards.</p> <p>Also affected are carer payments and parental leave pay which comes with a one year wait time, and dad and partner pay which will see an increase to two years.</p> <p>Migrant families who have a single parent or sole earner will not be affected.</p> <p>But the Greens slammed the notion as senator Nick McKim claimed that Labor was opening doors for poverty, misery and homelessness. McKim went on to label the rule as “Trump-esque”.</p> <p>“It’s a Trump-esque punishment of migrants in this country that Labor has stitched up with the Liberal Party, so they can get a few budget savings in before they take government next year,” said Senator McKim.</p> <p>But Labor Senator also responded with harsh words, saying that the bill was discussed with the opposition and thought through before a decision was formed and that the Greens would not be held accountable since they will never form a government.</p> <p>“Common sense and the Greens don’t go together – should never be in the same sentence,” said Senator Cameron.</p> <p>The legislation could have been blocked if the Labor party stood with the Greens, as independents Tim Storer, Derryn Hinch and Centre Alliance’s two senators also opposed the bill.</p> <p>But Labor believes they have made the right decision, as with them lending support to the controversial bill, it has taken the “rough edges” off and stopped Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party to negotiate further.</p> <p>After Labor stepped in to negotiate, the government agreed to reduce the waiting times for many payments, after initially wanting all welfare services to have a four-year wait.</p> <p>Pauline Hanson has lended her support to Labor saying that migrants should earn for themselves as they have not contributed anything to the country. </p>

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Shopping centre changes parking rule: Outrage as drivers slapped with fines

<p>Motorists have voiced their anger after a shopping centre carpark “inadequately” communicated their new payment system.</p> <p>Wilson Parking at Kelvin Grove Shopping Centre in Brisbane updated its payment system from traditional tickets to high-tech number plate recognition.</p> <p>However, drivers have claimed that they didn’t enter their plate numbers at the entrance of the carpark because they failed to see the notices.</p> <p>Small A4 signs have been put on display throughout the carpark and white chalk was used to communicate the changes on the wall.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822222/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/09dc81a6046145bcafc417da515a4d03" /></p> <p><em>Image credit: Ozan Tortop via Google</em></p> <p>Shoppers who failed to enter their number plates at the entrance have been hit with $65 fines, even if they had only used the free two-hour parking.</p> <p>One frustrated driver described the convoluted system as a “new and dirty way of making profit”.</p> <p>The shopper and dozens of others have vowed to never use a Wilson parking garage again after receiving their fines.</p> <p>“Absolute entrapment – so annoyed – will NEVER park in Wilson parking again,” Bianca Fontaine said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7822223/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1898b01ee0f244448c7430d69e62cc76" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Image credit: </em><em>Bianca Fontaine via Google</em></p> <p>However, Wilson Parking CEO Steve Evans believes there is no problem with the sporadic signage.</p> <p>“In our experience, the vast majority of shoppers use these carparks correctly in accordance with the timeframes and conditions displayed at each location,” he told <em><a href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/north/customers-rage-at-poor-signage-and-huge-parking-fines/news-story/4e29aab14acf045fbece69e6c6777dfe?login=1">The Courier Mail</a>.</em></p> <p>“In a small number of cases customers who do not adhere to the conditions of entry are issued with breach notices.</p> <p>“It is important to note that the number of parking breach notices issued annually is a minute proportion of the total number of vehicles that use our sites.”</p> <p>Do you think the parking signage is displayed fairly for drivers? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Are you guilty of doing this? The new $200 fine pedestrians could be hit with

<p>It’s common knowledge that using your phone while behind the wheel is incredibly dangerous, but now, pedestrians are being targeted just as hard for the hazardous habit as they cross the road while looking at their phones and not paying attention.</p> <p>The <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.walk.com.au/pedestriancouncil/page.asp" target="_blank">Pedestrian Council of Australia</a> has requested the government to have stricter penalties for those who do not look both ways when crossing the road, saying they should be issued with a $200 fine.</p> <p>They hope that the fine will force pedestrians into being more aware of their surroundings and decrease the amount of fatalities on the road.</p> <p>Harold Scruby, chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, spoke to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/on-the-road/calls-for-new-fine-that-would-see-pedestrians-penalised-200/news-story/84058822a7ae95cddf82585c7e26033e" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a> and said that due to pedestrians not having to deal with tougher consequences, more of them are picking up the dangerous habit.</p> <p>“This behaviour is out of control. You only have to watch the behaviour of pedestrians in Sydney or anywhere in Australia to see that it is a modern phenomenon that’s incredibly dangerous,” he said.</p> <p>“The penalties are currently very low for distracted pedestrians and they are rarely even enforced because it is too often difficult.”</p> <p>According to Mr Scruby, distracted pedestrians are at a higher risk of being killed and put those around them in danger also.</p> <p>This year alone, 60 pedestrians have been killed in NSW, an increase from the previous year where the number sat at 52.</p> <p>“There is a huge potential for harm when pedestrians’ cross roads while distracted,” Mr Scruby said.</p> <p>“It’s not just the pedestrians that can get hurt, if a driver is forced to swerve to avoid a person, they could end up harming themselves or someone else.”</p> <p>The new proposal is titled “cross road while distracted” and targets pedestrians who are distracted when crossing the road – even if they’re crossing on a green pedestrian light.</p> <p>But the proposition has garnered a mixed response, as while many agree and say there should be tougher laws in place, others claimed the idea is “ridiculous”.</p> <p>“About time. Instead of reducing speed limits the onus should go back to the pedestrian if they are not paying attention,” said one Facebook user.</p> <p>“It should be the same fine as drivers get for using their phone while driving,” said another.</p> <p>But others claimed it was just another cash-grab opportunity.</p> <p>“Come on what’s next, getting a fine for excessive use of air?” asked one person.</p> <p>Another said: “Gotta love a nanny state.”</p> <p>But Mr Scruby stays firm on his decision as he believes the introduction of the fines would benefit everyone who chooses to do the right thing.</p> <p>“In reality, the road toll costs us $30 billion per year, which everyone has to pay for,” he said.</p> <p>“We are saying that the people who are causing these problems should be the ones contributing to the cost, not the average population.”</p> <p>Depending on the state you reside in, current fines for pedestrians can range between $40 to $80.</p> <p>“I think if most people got a $200 fine, they would think twice about doing it again,” said Mr Scruby.</p> <p>“I think if they got a $50 fine, they wouldn’t care too much.”</p> <p>Do you agree with this decision? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Be careful where you park your car! Parking inspectors now given power to issue demerit points

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Sydney is notorious for it's confusing parking signs and busy roads and now, motorists will suffer even more consequences if they are caught breaching a parking rule. </p> <p>Parking inspectors have been granted extra powers allowing them to dock demerit points from drivers' licences if they break the rules. </p> <p>The new laws will see lazy motorists receive a fine and also be hit with up to two demerit points. </p> <p>Drivers will be caught out for parking breaches, including parking too close to pedestrian crossings, parking too close to an intersection or parking in a disabled spot without a valid permit. </p> <p>Motorists who are caught breaking the rules can also be stung with fines up to $337. </p> <p>Some drivers have slammed the new penalties as being "over the top". </p> <p>"We know that it's a high risk when you park illegally and block the line of sight for the traffic," Bernard Carlon from the NSW Centre for Road Safety told 7 News. </p> <p>Over the past few months, rangers have been operating under a grace period, allowing them to hand out demerit points at their discretion. </p> <p>Now that the period is over, drivers have been warned to be extra cautious about where they decide to park. </p> <p>Do you think parking inspectors should be allowed to hand out demerit points? Let us know in the comments below. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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The new phone scam that’s threatening to “ruin Christmas”

<p>A new scam is circulating just in time for the festive season.</p> <p>Residents of Sydney have lodged complaints about a deceptive automated message that threatens the receiver with an arrest warrant if they refuse to call back.</p> <p>The voice, which is described as robotic sounding, says: “Now if we don’t hear from you, we have to issue an arrest warrant under your name and get you arrested, so get back to me as soon as possible.”</p> <p>Police are advising those who are on the receiving end of the call to not call back as they say the scam phone call is a “low trick to target the vulnerable".</p> <p>Kings Cross Police took to their social media to share further information about the terrifying scam, saying: “Don’t let it ruin your festive season, but most importantly DO NOT CALL BACK. No-one will contact you in this way to warn you about ‘lawsuits in your name’.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FKingsCrossPAC%2Fvideos%2F2228656917423111%2F&amp;show_text=1&amp;width=560" width="560" height="533" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>“The caller can’t ‘issue a warrant’ or ‘get you arrested’.</p> <p>“No legitimate business or agency will have you pay in Bitcoin, or iTunes cards, or anything similar.”</p> <p>Have you received any questionable phone calls lately? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Fine increased from $52 to $200: Aussie state cracks down on drivers breaking simple road rule

<p>Sitting in peak hour traffic is hard enough, so imagine the frustration when someone decides to block the intersection by thinking they would make it to the other side in time.</p> <p>With many drivers failing to obey simple road rules, rush hour traffic is slowing down even more, but now one Australian state has decided to take action by increasing the fine for blocking intersections by more than double.</p> <p>The Queensland Government is cracking down on motorists who hold up traffic by issuing on-the-spot fines.</p> <p>Previously, drivers were issued a $52 fine for the offence, but now it will be quadrupled as those caught will be forced to pay $200.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/on-the-road/aussie-state-increasing-fine-for-annoying-road-offence/news-story/d050c24a6fb546459630876f7182680e" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, a spokesperson for Transport and Main Roads said the change will be put in place this week.</p> <p>“The amendment increases on-the-spot fines to $200 for motorists who block intersections and certain crossings,” said the spokesperson.</p> <p>“The changes were needed to deter irresponsible driver behaviour, resulting in reduced traffic flow, increased congestion and risks to pedestrians.</p> <p>“These changes come into effect on Friday.”</p> <p>The increased fine will apply to those who block intersections, enter a blocked crossing, stop on or close to a level crossing, or stop on a clearway.</p> <p>These offences previously resulted in a $52 fine, but starting from this week, each of these wrongdoings will cost drivers $200.</p> <p>Drivers who block a “keep clear” marking will also be forced to pay $200, a jump from the previous fine which cost $156.</p> <p>Transport Minister Mark Bailey spoke to <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/" target="_blank"><em>7 News</em></a> and said that those who block the intersection were not only putting themselves at risk on the road, but others too.</p> <p>“One of the most annoying things when you drive is when somebody blocks the box,” he said.</p> <p>“It’s not just selfish, it’s unsafe.”</p> <p>He went on to say that there are consequences for those who choose to disregard the rule, as they will “pay for it".</p> <p>Do you think the Queensland Government is making the right decision? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The easy way you could lose your driver's licence this Christmas

<p>We’ve been told time and time again to put away our phones when behind the wheel, but it seems as if the message still isn’t hitting home with many drivers.</p> <p>With close to 850 people a week caught using their mobile phones while driving, over the Christmas period laws are about to get a whole lot tougher, with 10 demerit points added to your licence if you’re caught taking part in the illegal activity.</p> <p>Statistics show that 15 per cent of motorists are choosing not to follow the rules because they believe they won’t get caught, and in the last financial year, authorities saw a 20 per cent increase of people who use their phones while on the road.</p> <p>Australian police have handed out close to 42,000 fines regarding illegal mobile phone use.</p> <p>“If you get caught over the Christmas period and you’ve been caught before, you are almost certainly going to lose your licence,” said Peter Khoury, a spokesperson for the NRMA to <a rel="noopener" href="https://tendaily.com.au/news/australia/a181113npk/lose-10-demerit-points-if-you-use-your-phone-while-driving-this-christmas-20181114" target="_blank"><em>10 News First</em></a>.</p> <p>“On top of all of that, the number of people being killed because of this behaviour is far too high,” he said.</p> <p>When looking at the numbers, it’s scary to see so many fatalities on the road being caused by mobile phone use – 1 in 15 to be exact.</p> <p>And that number keeps growing, despite campaigns and constant reminders for drivers to put their phones away. The risky habit has increased by 18 per cent since 2014-15.</p> <p>“There are more smartphones in this country per capita than anywhere else and we know that young people in particular are at risk. When you look at fatalities among young people, about 40 per cent are as a result of people using their phones,” said Mr Khoury.</p> <p>Mr Khoury has offered his advice for those that find it hard to ditch the habit.</p> <p>“If the temptation is too great, put the phone in the glove box. If you can reach the glove box, put it in the boot.”</p> <p>To combat the issue even further, new technology is currently being tested throughout NSW that gives police the opportunity to look inside people’s cars to see if they are using their mobile phones.</p> <p>The NRMA is on board with the initiative as long as it comes with warning signs.</p> <p>“Education … backed up by strong enforcement is the most effective way to stop people using their phones illegally behind the wheel,” said Mr Khoury.</p> <p>Depending on the state you live in, the consequences may differ.</p> <p>Most states introduce double demerits throughout the holiday period.</p> <p><strong>Mobile phone use penalties per state:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/mobilephones/know-the-rules.html" target="_blank">New South Wales</a>: Five demerit points and a fine</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/driver-safety/mobile-phones-and-driving" target="_blank">Victoria</a>: Four demerit points and a $476 fine</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/road-safety/mobile-phones" target="_blank">Queensland</a>: Three demerit points and a $391 fine</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.mylicence.sa.gov.au/road-rules/offences-and-penalties#summaryofoffences" target="_blank">South Australia</a>: Three demerit points and a $334 fine</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.rsc.wa.gov.au/Rules-Penalties/Browse/Mobile-Phones" target="_blank">Western Australia</a>: Three demerit points and a $400 fine</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.police.tas.gov.au/what-we-do/traffic-policing/traffic-tuesday/21-mobile-phones/" target="_blank">Tasmania</a>: Three demerit points and a $300 fine</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://police.act.gov.au/road-safety/safe-driving/driver-distraction" target="_blank">Australian Capital Territory</a>: Four demerit points and a $548 fine</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://nt.gov.au/driving/driving-offences-and-penalties/traffic-offences-and-penalties" target="_blank">Northern Territory</a>: Three demerit points and a $250 fine</li> </ul>

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Fake text message alert: New Medicare SMS scam costing people thousands

<p>A new Medicare SMS scam is making the rounds costing those who fall victim to the trap thousands of dollars.</p> <p>The scam, which is currently circulating, is texting unsuspecting targets fake messages claiming to be from the healthcare service.</p> <p>The message includes a link, which when clicked on, leads to a convincing yet fake Medicare website that offers a bogus rebate.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.54574132492115px;" src="/media/7822087/6497150-6416157-image-a-42_1542847476805.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d43ee4d07b8942a1b3cc0d92965258fc" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>What users see when they click on the link provided.</em></p> <p>The messages are being sent out to obtain personal information to possibly use for further fraudulent activity.</p> <p>Stay Smart Online, an Australian Cyber Security Centre program, is advising those who are on the receiving end of the message to not click on any links provided, whether they claim to be from myGov or Medicare.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:284.70031545741324px;" src="/media/7822088/6497156-6416157-image-a-43_1542847491237.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9209c9eda8a34d3397beeec90f097a02" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>A screenshot of the fake website.</em></p> <p>myGov has said that when sending out emails, text messages or attachments, they will never include hyperlinks or websites.</p> <p>To access emails from Medicare, it is recommended for people to log into their official myGov account at <a rel="noopener" href="https://my.gov.au/LoginServices/main/login?execution=e1s1" target="_blank">my.gov.au</a>.</p> <p>When reaching the website, make sure the URL has <a rel="noopener" href="https://over60.monday.com/" target="_blank" class="router">https://</a> in front of it, so you know it’s secure.</p> <p>Another way to identify a fake text or email is to check whether the sender has addressed you by name. If not, then it is not a legitimate message.</p> <p>Hank Jongen, the Department of Human Services General Manager, said the department is working with authorities such as the Australian Federal Police and Australian Cyber Security Centre to put a stop to the scam.</p> <p>“People who have received this text and provided their personal details should contact our Scams and Identity Theft Helpdesk on 1800 941 126,” Mr Jongen told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6416157/Experts-reveal-new-Medicare-SMS-phone-scam-costing-na-ve-users-thousands-dollars.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Australia</a>.</em></p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6416157/Experts-reveal-new-Medicare-SMS-phone-scam-costing-na-ve-users-thousands-dollars.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail Australia</em></a>, a spokesperson from the Australian Cyber Security Centre said that the message has been tracked back to a website in the UK.</p> <p>“The ACSC is aware of a Medicare-themed phishing campaign via SMS, with scammers seeking elicit information from members of the public.</p> <p>“The ACSC is working closely with our colleagues in the United Kingdom to take down this malicious website domain as soon as possible.”</p> <p>With SMS being a popular communication tool for scammers, victims of fraud should report the incident to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).</p> <p>“This scam serves as a timely reminder to be vigilant about scam messages and to always think twice, before providing your personal information online,” said the ACSC spokesperson.</p> <p>Have you or anyone you know received this suspicious text message from Medicare? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Bunnings snag saga: Over 8000 people to attend protest

<p>Bunnings Warehouse isn’t just a hardware store, it’s an Australian icon.</p> <p>And with Aussies all over the country visiting the national icon every weekend for a sausage sizzle, you could imagine the outrage when Bunnings decided to change the way they assemble its sausage sandwiches.</p> <p>Many consider the simple sausage, onions, sauce and bread combo an Aussie masterpiece that shouldn’t be messed with, but that’s exactly what Bunnings did after it cited safety concerns for its decision on placing the onions at the bottom of the bun rather than the top.</p> <p>“Safety is always our No 1 priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard,” said Debbie Poole, Bunnings’ chief operating officer.</p> <p>And the decision was not taken lightly, as fans took to social media to voice their outrage over the controversial decision. While the announcement was made early last week, the decision is still top priority for people around the nation, because of course, Bunnings’ sausage sizzle should always take precedence.</p> <p>To prove how frustrated customers are, a protest has been organised through Facebook where those who attend will throw onions on the ground in order to prove a point.</p> <p><img style="width: 474.9518304431599px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822046/capture.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2999272626bd42fba9ec47ea0e8d4857" /></p> <p>The event, which is titled, “Throwing your onion on the ground at Bunnings and then slipping”, is set to take place at Bunnings in Chatswood, Sydney, on December 15.</p> <p>“Protest this disgrace of REORDERING the snags at Bunnings by throwing your onion on the ground and slipping on it,” says the description.</p> <p>The event currently has 8000 people attending and that number is predicted to increase even further.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Bunnings is making people doing BBQs put the onion on the bread, then sausage, because onions can be a trip hazard if they fall off the bread when they're on top <a href="https://t.co/xke1fb48qg">https://t.co/xke1fb48qg</a></p> — Josh Butler (@JoshButler) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshButler/status/1062217884733124608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">13 November 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">What an outrage! Onion first? What’s next, cheese before the patty on a burger. OH&amp;S gone mad <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bunnings?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bunnings</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sausagegate?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sausagegate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/onionoppression?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#onionoppression</a></p> — SlamChops (@ChopsSlam) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChopsSlam/status/1062227473683886080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">13 November 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Good. I've been avoiding Bunnings for years out of fear I'd slip on the piles of onion shreds everywhere. <a href="https://t.co/JNQ2hqdJsi">https://t.co/JNQ2hqdJsi</a></p> — Nic Negrepontis (@NicNegrepontis) <a href="https://twitter.com/NicNegrepontis/status/1062206126710616065?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">13 November 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Actual footage of the person that slipped over the onion sliver <a href="https://t.co/TPFG3bNwZT">pic.twitter.com/TPFG3bNwZT</a></p> — Myserys (@NaiveMyserys) <a href="https://twitter.com/NaiveMyserys/status/1062271592087007233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">13 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Despite Bunnings being adamant that the taste will remain the same, snag fanatics aren’t buying it, and refuse to let the issue go until it’s resolved.</p> <p>Do you think the Bunnings snag saga is getting out of hand? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The sneaky way "cheating couples" are rorting Centrelink

<p>More than 70 Aussies are getting caught ripping off the welfare system each day by falsely claiming to be single in order to receive higher payments.</p> <p>In the past year, over 26,000 Centrelink recipients have been given $61 million more than what they were entitled to after lying about their relationship status.</p> <p>In 2017/18, the average debt owed by Australians in relationships who had claimed to be single was $2342, increasing from $1986 the year prior.</p> <p>People failing to declare that they were in a relationship was one of the leading causes of welfare debt, as well as recipients incorrectly reporting their income.</p> <p>However, highly trained fraud officers have taken back more than $2 billion from welfare cheats since the government’s crackdown began in 2016, reported <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au"><strong><em><u>The Daily Telegraph.</u></em></strong></a></p> <p>Human Services Minister Michael Keenan recently warned dole bludgers about the consequences of defrauding the system.</p> <p>He said that offenders could face jail time as the government continues to increase the number of audits on welfare recipients.</p> <p>“Stealing from the welfare system is not a victimless crime,” Mr Keenan said.</p> <p>“You are stealing directly from pockets of Australian taxpayers … You also need to know that if we catch you, you will be made to pay the money back and you could also end up with a criminal record, or worse, in jail.”</p> <p>Taskforce Integrity, which combines the efforts of the Australian Federal Police and Human Services Department, is targeting geographic areas around the country where there is a higher risk of suspected welfare fraud. </p>

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