‘Fun police’ ban remote-control toys

‘Fun police’ ban remote-control toys

THE City of Mandurah has been labelled “the fun police” after outlawing remote-controlled toys in parks and reserves. Anyone caught using the remote-controlled devices, including cars, planes and boats, on council-owned land could end up in court and face fines of up to $5000. The City of Mandurah says the new regulations were introduced to protect its public parks and reserves from damage. The council says it will also protect people visiting the public areas. Residents who want to use remote-controlled toys can apply to the council for a permit….

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Deputy Premier fails in bid to stop his Government's euthanasia laws

Deputy Premier fails in bid to stop his Government's euthanasia laws

Updated October 19, 2017 09:41:18 Victoria’s Deputy Premier has failed in his attempt to block the state’s proposed euthanasia laws, after pulling a parliamentary move that pit him against Premier Daniel Andrews and much of his Cabinet. James Merlino proposed a reasoned amendment to the landmark legislation which would have prevented it from proceeding. Mr Merlino’s move put him at odds with Daniel Andrews, who strongly supports the legislation and recently spoke of how his father’s death pushed him to change his mind on the issue. Mr Merlino’s reasoned amendment…

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McKayla Maroney: USA Gymnastics doctor abused me at 13

McKayla Maroney: USA Gymnastics doctor abused me at 13

On her verified Twitter account, Maroney made the allegation under the “#MeToo” hashtag, saying that Nassar abused her under the guise of providing “medically necessary treatment.” That “treatment” began when she was 13, continued during her stellar performance at the 2012 London Olympics and only ended when she left the sport in 2016, Maroney said. “It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated.’ It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver,”…

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'It's mystifying': Richard Flanagan disinvited to Perth Festival event

'It's mystifying': Richard Flanagan disinvited to Perth Festival event

Updated October 18, 2017 23:26:09 Man Booker Prize winning author Richard Flanagan said he was mystified by a decision by the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) to disinvite him to a speaking engagement in the city. Mr Flanagan, who has recently published his first book since winning the Man Booker Prize in 2014, said he was invited to Perth for a festival umbrella event to be held this week, but the invitation was withdrawn. He said he was at a loss to explain the reasoning behind the decision. “Who knows,…

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Guaranteed super? Not if you're a worker in the 'gig economy'

Guaranteed super? Not if you're a worker in the 'gig economy'

By Dale Boccabella, UNSW, and Sarah Kaine, UTS Posted October 19, 2017 06:31:38 As a brave new generation of Australian workers enter the gig economy (such as Uber drivers, Deliveroo riders, etc), serious questions remain over how these workers will fare financially in the long term. The gig economy creates cohorts of new workers (contractors) who potentially won’t have enough retirement savings. According to a recent study, around 100,000 workers (or 0.8 per cent of the workforce) who make their living through the gig economy are likely to miss out…

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