September, 2019

Driver caught doing 219km/h fined and suspended

Bonkers might just be the best way to describe driving at 219km/h on a highway.
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A 29-year-old driver has been fined and had his licence suspended for doing just that in during a legal “road rally” while driving a high-performance Audi – with registration plate BONKERZ –  on a NSW highway.

Benjamin Peter De Bidaph, of Clarkson, Western Australia, pleaded guilty to driving in a dangerous manner, after police clocked him doing nearly double the 110km/h speed limit on the Hume Highway near Gundagai, in the state’s south, on October 25.

Other drivers had called police to report multiple sports cars emblazoned with “Modball Rally” stickers driving at “extreme” speed in the area, according to the police facts before Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday.

Highway Patrol officers spotted a silver Rolls Royce travelling at 137km/h and increasing, quickly followed by the Audi RS6 wagon, which was overtaking two cars.

When police pulled over the Audi, Mr De Bidaph, who was driving with three passengers, explained he had been driving fast to “catch up with my mate” in the Rolls Royce.

When officers showed him his speed on their radar, he “thought it was amusing and asked if he could take a photo of the displayed speed for his father overseas”, the police statement said.

Mr De Bidaph’s solicitor, Andrew Tiedt, said his client was driving in a legal “road rally”, in which several people in different cars travel to the same destination, and had been tempted to speed because he was driving with other people in powerful cars.

“The problem is that [road rallies] can provoke that sort of conduct. It has led him not to engage in any more road rallies,” Mr Tiedt said.

“I’ve spoken to him at length … about the consequences that could have followed, had he hit someone, had there been some sort of accident. He understands that clearly.”

Modball Rally is described as a driving event in which people in modified sports cars travel – but don’t race – on public roads to raise money for charity.

Magistrate Janet Wahlquist ordered Mr De Bidaph, originally from the UK, to pay a $2000 fine and suspended his licence for one year.

Ms Wahlquist said: “A race course is the only place you can drive like that.”

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Social services caught inMorrison’s cross hairs

THE Immigration Bill recently passed by the Senate, with the support of six of the eight crossbench senators, has the following effects:
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Australia can now interpret the UN Refugee Convention however it likes;

The government’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers can no longer be challenged in the High Court;

Customs and navy boats are exempt from maritime laws;

The government can send boats and people to any country even if it does not adhere to the Refugee Convention;

Claims for asylum undergo a fast-track assessment, with no recourse to the Refugee Review Tribunal;

Children born in Australia to asylum seekers who arrived by boat become stateless; and

Non-refoulement obligations can be ignored so asylum seekers can be forcibly returned to places from which they have fled.

To persuade crossbench senators to support this Bill, the then Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, blackmailed them with his promise to release a number of children from detention, which he could have done at any time.

Ricky Muir, who finally voted for the Bill, stated it was a choice between bad and worse. Scott Morrison is now the Minister for Social Services.

What brutality will he inflict on the aged, the disabled and the unemployed? What bait will he use to persuade crossbench senators to support his proposals?

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Ryan Park survives opposition reshuffle

Keira MP Ryan Park. Picture: KEN ROBERTSONMemberfor Keira Ryan Park has retained his shadow cabinet portfolios after surviving minor ministerial changes made by new NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley on Tuesday.
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Mr Park said he would continue to advocate strongly in his roles as opposition spokesman for education and training and the Illawarra.

“I am very grateful to Luke Foley for the confidence he has shown in me,’’ Mr Park said.

‘‘I will continue to fight as hard as I can to develop policies and ideas to improve our local community and to enhance the educational outcomes for students right across NSW,” he said.

In a statement, Mr Foley said he had made ‘‘a limited number of minor modifications to the shadow ministerial responsibilities’’.

The new Labor leader will take on the portfolios of infrastructure, environment and western Sydney.

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Surf Report with John Veage

Surf Report with John Veage The Alley river mouth has burst its banks.Picture John Veage
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Lets face it ,its flat.Picture John Veage

Nelly and Melly going for a run.Picture John Veage

Col has nothing else to do either.Picture John Veage

I think there is Vodka in that cup….Picture John Veage

Strohy, I wonder whet gold he struck.Picture John Veage

More shooters than surfers.Picture John Veage

I used to think the full moon brought waves,Picture John Veage

Connor O’Leary blasts off the top.Picture Ethan Smith / SNSW

Parko punts at Dbah.Picture White/Surfing Queensland

Lunch looks good.Picture White/Surfing Queensland

A big hack from Macy.Picture White/Surfing Queensland

Sheldon Simkus-good name.Picture White/Surfing Queensland

Ty Richardson gets spoilt very young.Picture Cory Roberts / Surfing Queensland

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Medicare rebate changesan intolerable insult to GPs

Most people seem unaware that on January 19, the Medicare rebate for a GP consultation lasting six to 10 minutes will fall from $37.05 to $16.95, and then down to $11.95 from July 1.
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I am a GP. Sometimes I can resolve a patient’s problem in less than 10 minutes.

This is usually because of the fact that I know a particular patient or family very well, because our practice provides continuity of care, and because we have years of education, experience and hard work behind us. Occasional shorter consultations provide a much-needed opportunity to reduce the waiting room back-log while still offering high-quality care.

Forty per cent of my billings go directly to my practice to cover staff wages and their entitlements, rent, accreditation, supplies, etc.

None of these costs will drop despite the rebate falling 54 to 67 per cent over the next six months.

This is an intolerable insult to the practice of family medicine.

GPs earn considerably less than other medical specialists and yet we are crucial to cost-effective healthcare.

It beggars belief that I should use my experience and decision-making capabilities and expose myself to medico legal risk for $11.95. I cannot do it.

And it is unfair to expect families to be able to absorb the huge gap that will be necessary to keep a medical practice viable especially with further reductions for the 10-20 minute consultation planned for July, and the freezing of all these reduced rebates until 2018.

Is this really the kind of healthcare system we want?

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