Federal inquiry to look at mobility scooter safety concerns

Federal inquiry to look at mobility scooter safety concerns

Posted December 07, 2017 00:24:20 Photo: The probe will investigate the number of injuries and fatalities involving mobility scooters. (ABC News) A Senate committee will delve into the burgeoning mobility scooter industry to look at whether the use of the electric vehicles should be more tightly regulated. Nationals Senator John Williams and crossbench Senator Derryn Hinch have successfully referred the issue to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee. The probe will investigate the number of injuries and fatalities involving the popular form of transport, and the different…

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QR can't promise more than three new trains before Commonwealth Games

QR can't promise more than three new trains before Commonwealth Games

Updated December 06, 2017 18:52:10 Photo: A Next Generation Rollingstock train which has arrived in Queensland but is undergoing modification work. (ABC News) Queensland Rail (QR) is unable to guarantee that there will be any more than three new trains running by the start of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next April, and is not ruling out further problems with those few. The rollout of New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) trains was delayed for more than a year after hundreds of defects and safety issues were identified. Today, QR chief…

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Actress Rachel Griffiths says 'Geoffrey Rush is no Harvey Weinstein'

Actress Rachel Griffiths says 'Geoffrey Rush is no Harvey Weinstein'

Updated December 06, 2017 20:57:27 Photo: Rachel Griffiths said women who are facing harassment in other industries must be included in the conversation. (AAP: Ben Rushton) Related Story: ‘Deal with allegations so names aren’t smeared’: Actors react to sexual harassment storm Related Story: Rush steps down as president of Australia’s screen industry academy In light of the sexual harassment storm which has hit the entertainment industry, actress Rachel Griffiths has taken to the red carpet at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards to say “women have had enough”….

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Half of Australians think life is better now than it was in the Swinging Sixties

Half of Australians think life is better now than it was in the Swinging Sixties

Updated December 06, 2017 22:05:14 Photo: Countries that were more upbeat about their national economy were more likely to say life today was better. (Wikipedia) Australians are divided as to whether life 50 years ago had more to offer, according to a global study. Key points: In Australia 50pc thought life was better, 33pc thought it was worse 60pc of 18 to 29-year-olds in UK and Australia ranked life better, 41pc above 50 said worse Vietnamese, Indians, South Koreans and Japanese the most positive nations The Pew Research Centre often…

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UN commits to stop ocean plastic waste

UN commits to stop ocean plastic waste

Image copyrightGetty Images Nations have agreed that the world needs to completely stop plastic waste from entering the oceans. The UN resolution, which is set to be sealed tomorrow, has no timetable and is not legally binding. But ministers at an environment summit in Kenya believe it will set the course for much tougher policies and send a clear signal to business. A stronger motion was rejected after the US would not agree to any specific, internationally agreed goals. Under the proposal, governments would establish an international taskforce to advise…

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