Posted: 4 May, 2016

Budget 2016: What's In It For You?

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Treasurer Scott Morrison is selling his first budget, as a plan to grow the economy and boost jobs over the next decade.

Lets simplify it, here's what we know..

- Small and medium businesses are the big winners, they'll see modest tax cuts and an extension of rebates on plant and equipment purchases.

- The middle tax bracket gets a tweak, it will now kick in at $87,000 instead of $80,000.

- No change to negative gearing, but some of the sweetness in super is being wound back for people earning more than $250,000 a year.

- A trip to the GP will now leave you $39 out of pocket.

- It's bad news for smokers, a pack of 25 will cost $40 by the year 2020.

- Planned changes to the childcare rebate are 'on ice' for a year.

- Good news for tradies, the company tax rate's getting a cut, there's also expanded tax write offs for any gear.

- There's a plan for anyone thinking about creating their own jobs, a new $88.6 million program will support jobseekers who want to start their own businesses.

- The Great Barrier Reef's been given $171 million for preservation measures.

- There's a plan for anyone thinking about creating their own jobs, a new $88.6 million program will support jobseekers who want to start their own businesses.

- Four more immigration detention centres in Australia will be mothballed, saving the government about $40 million over four years.

- Support has been guaranteed for hospitals, schools and the NDIS.

- A so-called "Google tax", similar to what's used in the UK will be introduced, while the Australian Taxation Office will get extra resources to reap in $3.9 billion from a crackdown on multinational tax avoidance.

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Posted: 3 May, 2016

It's Bloody Windy In Melbourne Today

Careful out there

(Image: 'Earth' Wind Map)

We're not joking - it's bloody windy.

Gusts of up to 100km/h are smashing parts of Melbourne and southern Victoria today as a deep cold front pushes it's way through.

The ABC is reporting that a severe weather warning is in place for the South West, West and South Gippsland.

There are also reports of upwards of 30 fallen trees in Melbourne's outer-eastern suburbs.

BoM senior forecaster Dean Stewart told the ABC that while it will be colder in Tasmania, Victoria will still get pummelled.

"The northerly winds [will be] peaking at around 80 to 90kph over parts of southern Victoria including in the Melbourne area," he said.

"[There's also] the potential for getting some wind squalls or wind gusts up around that 90, possibly as high as 100kph.

"During the morning [the winds will hit] their peak, but they'll still be pretty strong into the afternoon before easing around mid-afternoon," Dean said.

Showers are also expected to pick up in the late morning.

Here are the scenes at Bells Beach:

 

Stay careful, everyone!

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Posted: 3 May, 2016

Today Could Mark The End Of The 5-Cent Coin

Bit of a relief...

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It's been a long time coming, but today could be the 5-cent coin's last.

Well, at least in writing.

It is being reported that tonight's budget will reveal the Australian Mint is set to cease making the coin, effectively writing its obituary.

Cardless transactions and online payments have made the piece more and more redundant over time.

And hilariously, the Mint is reporting that inflation has now meant that it costs 6 cents to make each individual coin.

The removal of the coin, which will eventually just be phased out of circulation, would bring in some big changes.

New prices for items would need to be set as customers and retailers could no longer round to the nearest '5'.

If the 'Echidna' is removed tonight, it will be the first currency taken out of circulation since the removal of the 1 and 2 cent pieces in the 1990 budget.

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Posted: 2 May, 2016

Australia Post To Charge Customers For Undelivered Parcels

Australia Post will begin charging customers up to $9 for undelivered parcels.

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Australia Post will begin charging customers up to $9 for undelivered parcels.

From August 1, customers will have five days to pick up their parcel. If they don’t, they’ll be charged $3. And then en extra $3 a week after that. You’ll have 30 days to pick it up, when you’ll cop a $9 late fee.

“Most customers want to pick up their parcel quickly, with 92 per cent of parcels collected within five days,” said an Australia Post spokesperson.

“We believe this service will help the small amount of customers who can’t collect their parcel straight away.”

Australia Post reportedly lost over $221 million last year.

Australia Post Throws Parcel, Stacks Bike

Delivery Fail: Guy Throws Package

Aussie Post Fail

 

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Posted: 2 May, 2016

Fire In East Melbourne

The MFB are on the scene.

Victoria Pde is closed inbound from Lansdowne Street as firefighters respond to a church fire.

The fire is in the Greek church at the corner of Lansdowne and Victoria Pde in East Melbourne.

More to come. 

 

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Posted: 2 May, 2016

Reports NSW State Parliament Evacuated

Police have confirmed a police operation is underway

Bomb squad has arrived at NSW Parliament House Photo: @mcoultan

UPDATE: Staff have begun returning to NSW State Parliament after an earlier evacuation due to a suspicious package found in a nearby lane.

Earlier On Triple M

There are reports NSW State Parliament has been evacuated because of a security incident.

Police have confirmed a police operation is underway on Hospital Road behind State Parliament – which backs onto the Domain.

Officers attached to Sydney City Command were called just before 10am after concerns were raised about an item found at the location.

More to come.

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Posted: 2 May, 2016

Berlin Bans Airbnb

New law introduced

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In an effort to protect affordable housing, Berlin has decided to ban the popular accommodation app Airbnb.

Following the success of the app recently, the number of long-term rental periods has fallen sharply in the German capital.

However, from 1 May, a new law called "Zweckentfremdungsverbot" bans the short-term let of entire apartments to tourists without a city permit.

The fine for breaking this rule could cost a Berliner €100,000 ($150,000AUD).

The law essentially means that tourists to the city will only be able to rent out rooms via internet portals - as opposed to entire houses or flats.

Since the news of the law, Airbnb listings in Berlin have dropped by 40% in a single month.

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Posted: 29 April, 2016

Fatal Shooting At Bankstown In Front Of Shocked Onlookers

One dead, two injured

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One person has died and two others have been injured following a shooting at the car-park of a busy shopping centre in Sydney's south-west.

Up to 8 shots were fired on the corner of Stacey and Rickard Streets in Bankstown, just before midday on Friday.

Police arrived at Bankstown Central Shopping Centre to find two men and a woman injured, one of the men died at the scene.

Sources claim the victim is Walid Ahmad, who has been on the run since the a fatal shooting at Condell Park earlier this month.

“The two injured people were treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics, before being taken to hospital. Their conditions are not yet known,” NSW Police said in a statement.

The young woman and a middle-aged man suffered gunshot wounds to the leg and were both conscious when they were whelled into waiting ambulances.

A crime scene has been set up, which will be examined by detectives and forensic specialists. 

The shopping centre car park has been closed as a precaution, and there are reports the shopping centre is in lock down.

The gunman is believed to be on the loose and police have warned drivers to avoid the area around Bankstown Central Shopping Centre because of traffic delays.

No arrests have been made at this stage and anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

 

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Tags: Bankstown, shooting, Sydney

Posted: 29 April, 2016

Nurofen's $1.7 Million Migraine For Misleading Customers

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The maker of Nurofen, Reckitt Benckiser, has been ordered to pay a $1.7 million fine for misleading Australian consumers about its pain relief products.

Last year, the Federal Court found Nurofen's "specific pain range" deceived consumers because they all did the same thing.

Nurofen Back Pain, Nurofen Period Pain, Nurofen Migraine Pain and Nurofen Tension Headache don't target specific types of pain - all containing the identical active ingredient ibuprofen lysine 342mg.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had originally asked the Federal Court to impose a fine of $6 million.

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Posted: 29 April, 2016

Some Absolute Tossers Graffitied All Over Richmond

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Many Richmond residents woke up on Thursday morning to a rude shock, with Pink graffiti sprayed all over public and private property.

Victoria Police say that a number of thefts and damages were also reported.

“It is believed that unknown offenders have broken into a number of cars between 11pm (Wed) and 6am (Thurs),” Victoria Police told Triple M.

“At this stage police do not believe the incidents are linked.”

Richmond resident Megan had her car’s bonnet covered in pink paint.

“If the person who did this sees this, please know, I am a low income earner, I also help support my partner financially while they're studying, my car is not insured and the cost to get this removed will not be easy for me to pay. I hope you realise that this is not a victimless crime,” she wrote on Instagram.

The mindless vandalism occurred around Tanner Street and Rowena Parade through to Punt Road.

According to Police the thefts occurred on –

- Highett Street
- Church Street
- Tennyson Street
- Edinburgh Street
- Richmond Terrace
- Lord Street
- Elm Street

“Senseless. Idiotic. Brainless. Pointless. Criminal. What more can we say!,” Popular Instagram page Richmond_3121 wrote on Instagram.

“So bloody frustrating to walk around the streets from Tanner Street to Rowena Parade, punt Road up to Lennox Street."

More than 30 images of the damage were uploaded to Facebook yesterday.

Police continue to investigate the incidents and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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Posted: 28 April, 2016

BREAKING | Police Find The Body Of Taddeo Haigh

Sad news.

A body has been located in the vicinity of the Sawmill Settlement near Merrijig this afternoon, where a missing man Taddeo Haigh was last seen.

The body is yet to be identified, Victoria Police said.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

VICTORIA POLICE STATEMENT:

A body has been located in the vicinity of Sawmill Settlement near Merrijig this afternoon.

The body, which is yet to be identified, is believed to be that of missing person Taddeo Haigh.

Taddeo was last seen leaving a residential address in Gibb Court on Sunday night about 9.30pm after telling family and friends he was going for a walk.

Victoria Police members alongside specialist areas Airwing, Dog Squad and Mounted Branch supported by St John Ambulance, CFA, Bush search and rescue, Ambulance Victoria, SES and Department of environment, water, land and planning were all involved in the 5 day search.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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Posted: 28 April, 2016

Baby Born On Jetstar Flight, Mum Names Him After The Airline

Amazing story

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A pregnant mother on a Jetstar flight from Singapore has named the baby after the airline after the flight crew helped her deliver the child.

Saw Jet Star was born on the flight from Singapore to Burma.

Incredibly, the woman's surname was already Star - making the connection very easy.

Upon arrival to Yangon Aiport, the mother and child were taken to a nearby hospital where they are believed to be doing well.

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