Bunnings customer’s hilarious carpark mistake


We’ve all witnessed some pretty bad parking in our time – to people illegally using disabled spaces, disregarding the lines on marked-out spots or parking on a nature strip.

But one Bunnings customer at the hardware giant’s Perth Joondalup store has taken the cake – and copped a roasting after being spotted by another shopper.

At first glance it looks like the customer had parked perfectly, as the car was straight and in what looked like a free spot.

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But upon closer inspection it’s clear the driver was in fact parked in one of the carpark’s laneways.

“Parking is now OK anywhere you want. Even the thoroughfare,” @buttersthats_me tweeted.

It’s not the first Bunnings carpark mishap to gain attention — last year a motorbike rider was labelled “ignorant” for parking in a hatched area between two disabled spots.

In a post shared in the Australian Disability Parking Wall of Shame Facebook group, one man wrote how he had busted the motorcyclist parking there at a Bunnings in the Geelong region.

“He explained to me that motor bikes can park anywhere, even on foot paths. Besides there is no sign saying NO BIKE PARKING,” the man captioned the post.

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“I tried to explain to him how ignorant he was, but it fell on deaf ears.”

The post soon got dozens of comments from people who blasted the motorcyclist’s decision to park in the space that had been reserved so disabled people using the adjoining spaces can enter and exit their car safely.

“The motorbike can’t park wherever they want,” one person wrote. “They just think they own the roads and the rules and they don’t have common sense.”

But others disagreed with the harsh assessment, pointing out that rules for where motorcyclists can park weren’t always clear.

“My daughter recently obtained her learners licence. In no part anywhere in the written test is any mention of the hatched area being linked with the (disabled carpark) beside it,” one person commented.





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Prof. Paul Kelly urges AstraZeneca vaccination


Australians over 50 are being urged to get vaccinated against coronavirus despite blood clotting concerns following the death of a 48-year-old woman with “several chronic diseases”.

Chief medical officer Paul Kelly said the cause of the woman’s death had yet to be determined, but that should not trigger people in phase 1a and 1b of the rollout to cancel their inoculations.

He said more than 1.42 million doses of the vaccine had been administered in Australia, including more than 61,000 in the past 24 hours, with 40,000 given to those working in primary care.

“We are in a very unusual situation here in Australia at the moment, with no community transmission and very few cases right throughout this year. That will not continue,” he warned.

“We will at some point in the future, we do not know when, but we will have cases here in Australia.

“We know from information … the risk of severe COVID infection increases with age, whereas the risk of clots decreases with age.

“The benefit absolutely, particularly for those over 50, outweighs significantly, the risk of that particular event (clotting) from the AstraZeneca vaccine.”

Professor Kelly said the woman, who died on Wednesday night following her AstraZeneca injection, had been inoculated about “three to four” days before she started feeling unwell.

“I do know she did have several chronic disease issues, but whether that was why she was vaccinated or if it was because she was one of the workers in those categories, I don’t know that information,” he said.

He said he was likely to obtain more details regarding her death later on Friday.

“It is true she had the AstraZeneca vaccine a few days before she became ill. Whether those two events are related is a matter for those experts that will be meeting today,” he said.

Although community transmission was low and there had been 65 days, including Friday, of no community transmission nationwide, now was the time to be vaccinated against COVID-19, he said.

“So being vaccinated is a protection not only for yourself but also for the people you care for,” Professor Kelly said.

“If you’re working, for example, in an aged-care home or a hospital, your family, and the wider community, that is why we have a vaccination program, and the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh the risk of this rare event.”

He said four people per million in the UK had suffered blood clots because of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and it was a similar rate in Australia.

However, there have been people who have not been inoculated, but have contracted the virus, who have also suffered blood clots.

“So having COVID itself is a risk of clotting when we look at what is happening with people who have been admitted to hospital throughout the whole pandemic. Sixteen per cent of them have had clots of some sort related to their COVID disease,” he said.

“So clotting is a feature of COVID, it also happens to be a feature, very rarely, of the AstraZeneca vaccine.”

Younger people can still get the vaccine, but the consent procedures around the risk of side effects will be updated.



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GlaxoSmithKline hopes to launch a COVID-19 treatment called Sotrovimab


Pharmaceuticals behemoth GlaxoSmithKline hopes to launch its maiden coronavirus treatment and, if all goes well, it will be destined for Australia.

The multibillion-dollar industry giant has received a “provisional determination” from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for an antibody treatment called Sotrovimab.

“This allows the sponsor to apply for registration under this pathway. This is not an approval,” a TGA spokesperson told NCA NewsWire.

“If the TGA finds that this therapeutic is safe and effective, the TGA will grant a provisional approval.”

If it is provisionally approved, it would supplement the nation’s stalling vaccine rollout.

The company hopes the drug will be effective in treating patients with mild to moderate coronavirus infections.

Sotrovimab is a monoclonal antibody and not a vaccine, the TGA spokesperson explained.

Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system and are one of the main ways the body defends itself against diseases. They work by binding to a specific target, like a virus or bacteria.

They then block or slow down the virus or bacteria, or they flag it as a ‘foreign body’ so that other parts of the immune system can fight it off.

Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the body’s immune system and would work in a similar way.

“Monoclonal antibodies can also help to ‘turn down’ an immune response when the body is over reacting, which is what can happen with some COVID-19 patients,” the TGA spokesperson said.

“That is, monoclonal antibodies may help to treat people who already have COVID-19.”

But the TGA urged people not to get ahead of themselves.

A statement from the company said provisional determination was the first step in the lengthy process and did not mean that an application had or would be made, or that the treatment would be provisionally approved.

“The provisional pathway provides a formal and transparent mechanism for speeding up the registration of promising new medicines with preliminary clinical data,” the statement read.

“In making its decision to grant GSK a provisional determination, the TGA considered all eligibility criteria, including factors such as the evidence of a plan to submit comprehensive clinical data and the seriousness of the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

The federal government is currently racing to vaccinate Australians but experts have long warned more options need to be made available, particularly after the risks associated with the AstraZeneca jab came to light.

In October last year, GSK announced plans to shut down its Melbourne manufacturing site in Boronia at the end of 2022 after five decades of operations.

“We are ensuring GSK is set up to deliver the next generation of innovative medications for patients,” GSK Australia pharmaceuticals general manager Christi Kelsey said at the time.

“In Australia, we are expecting to bring much-needed, innovative new medicines and vaccines every year as part of our forward plan.”



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Google’s troubles mount in Australia; Found using misleading data collection practices | Technology News


In yet another setback for Google in Australia, the country’s federal court, on Friday, found that the internet search giant was misleading consumers about the personal location data it collects via Android smartphones. 

Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), said that the court found that Google’s claims of collecting information only from the location history setting on user devices between January 2017 and December 2018 were false.  

The ACCC noted that Google also collected data whenever a user turned on a setting to control web and application activity. Notably, the setting was reportedly turned on by default on the devices, thereby helping Google to store and use the data collected without doing many efforts. 

The court also found that users weren’t informed that turning off location history wouldn’t stop Google from collecting location data if the “Web & App Activity” setting was turned on. The regulator is now seeking penalties from Google. However, it hasn’t specified the amount. 

In response to ACCC’s findings, a Google spokesman said that the company rejects many of the competition regulator’s claims. “The company disagreed with the remaining findings and was reviewing its options, including a possible appeal,” the spokesperson said. 

This isn’t the first time when Google has found itself in muddy waters in Australia. In the past few months, the tech giant was embroiled in legal action with the Australian government. The authorities have been pushing Google and Facebook to pay digital media firms for hosting their content on the online platforms.





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Scott Morrison exercises to Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes


Forget swimming, barre classes or exercise bikes, Scott Morrison has shaken up his exercise routine during a trip to Western Australia.

The Prime Minister was spotted getting down low to Jimmy Barnes’ Aussie classic Working Class Man with workers at the Christmas Creek mine site in the Pilbara.

Wearing a high-vis jacket and flanked by Fortescue Metals boss Andrew Forrest, Mr Morrison joined workers doing their morning stretches.

“It’s a bit different to a barre class,” Mr Morrison was overheard saying as he did squats and arm stretches.

Later on Friday morning, Mr Morrison recounted rubbing shoulders with the workers during a speech at the Karratha Business Breakfast.

“I can tell you, I’ve got red earth on my boots today having been out at Fortescue, the Christmas Creek mine, and spending some time there with the many workers out there,” Mr Morrison said.

“This is a living community with great resources, with a vision for where it wants to be in the future, for families to come and live and raise their kids and enjoy the best of life here in WA.”

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During an infamous late night press conference about COVID-19 restrictions, Mr Morrison struggled to pronounce the barre, calling it “barray”.

As lockdowns eased in Melbourne, he later went and took a barre class.

After an overseas trip to meet with Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Mr Morrison’s personal photographer snapped him pedalling on an exercise bike during his two-week stint in quarantine.

But it’s not the first time the self-described daggy dad has enjoyed a fitting soundtrack to his media appearances.

Mr Morrison in February showed his maverick spirit during a defence announcement near Newcastle, walking in with Kenny Loggins’ 80s smash hit Danger Zone – from the Top Gun soundtrack – blaring in the background.



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US teen reveals shocking differences after moving to Australia


An American expat living in Melbourne has revealed the “culture shocks” she had after moving Down Under.

Lara Fourie, 19, moved to Victoria with her family in 2017 and has made a name for herself on TikTok comparing the different aspects of her life in Australia to her life in Houston, Texas.

From comparing the “differences between Australia’s Macca’s and America’s McDonald’s” to sharing slang words she’d never encountered until she moved, Lara’s posts have resonated with many.

But her most recent video discussed the “culture shocks” she’s experienced after relocating, including her huge surprise to learn on her first day of school that there were no metal detectors.

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Re-enacting the moment in her video, Lara said she was surprised by the discovery, explaining it was common back in the US because of shootings.

After being told Australians don’t have free access to guns, she described it as “amazing”, adding it left her “instantly stress free” and gave her a “sense of safety” she’d never felt before.

It’s not the only dramatic difference in cultures Lara said she has noticed, explaining the Australian love of a swear word shocked her when she first moved here – especially at school.

She also said being allowed a “recess” break before lunch at school also surprised her, admitting she’d never heard of it before.

Since posting the video on Thursday it has already been viewed over 300,000 times and received almost 57,000 likes.

Among the 1500 comments were people discussing the fact school kids in America have to walk through metal detectors – the vast majority not realising that occurred overseas.

“Some Australians don’t understand how lucky we are,” one said.

“The metal detector one made me sad for you and the kids in American schools,” another said.

“Being Australian is like winning the lottery,” one person stated.

However, some took issue with Lara’s use of the word “recess”, arguing that is not the word we use.

“Definitely not recess, it’s ‘big lunch’ and ‘little lunch’,” one wrote.

“We called it morning tea,” another said.

With the expletive-filled vocabulary, everyone agreed, declaring “swearing is like breathing for Aussies”.

In the past Lara has revealed Australians don’t get the same delights at Macca’s as Americans do – explaining there’s no sweet tea on the Aussie menu and we are not treated to the “dollar menu” people in the US get.

She also pointed out American cup sizes and portions are “way bigger” with diners in the US also getting “free refills” – what’s that about Macca’s?

Lara has also gone viral in the past for listing the things she wished she knew before moving Down Under – including expensive avocados prices and men with long hair as some of her qualms.

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Devastated mum issues warning after baby chokes to death on balloon


A young couple has been left devastated after their baby boy died suddenly after chocking on a party balloon.

Ashleigh Chapman, 19, was going about her daily routine last Thursday, playing with her 11-month-old son Heath and having lunch, when her world turned upside down.

The little boy had just finished his sandwich and was playing in the family’s open-plan kitchen and lounge space when he started to make a strange sound.

After hearing what she thought was a second cough, Ms Chapman, who was in the kitchen finishing off her lunch, rushed over to Heath and found him unconscious on the floor.

He had choked on a mostly-deflated balloon.

“It was just a normal cough at first and I didn’t think anything of it then a few moments later I heard another sound and it wasn’t so much of a cough but a struggling noise and that’s when I quickly ran out to him,” Ms Chapman told news.com.au.

A shaken Ms Chapman, of Mount Warrigal in Sydney’s south, then frantically started checking the boy’s airways and performed CPR, before quickly calling triple-0 and her partner and Heath’s father Jesse McLean.

“Before I called triple-0, I put my fingers in his mouth to see if there was anything in there but I couldn’t feel anything,” she said.

“I just didn’t believe it. My whole world got taken away from me.”

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Ms Chapman said police rescue and paramedics arrived at her house within two minutes of her call.

“There was so much happening – they were running through every door possible – and had the defibrillator on him,” she said.

“Then after about five minutes of trying, they flew him in a helicopter to the hospital.”

An hour later, she was escorted into a small room where she was told the heartbreaking news that her son had not survived.

“I had to tell my partner by myself and had to witness his reaction and also had to tell my family before they got to the hospital to see Heath – which took a huge toll on me,” Ms Chapman said.

An autopsy later revealed a balloon, which was not completely deflated, was lodged in his windpipe.

A heartbroken Ms Chapman said it was an old packet of balloons that she wished she had removed.

“Once I got told it was a balloon I was obviously shocked and blamed myself they were there,” Ms Chapman said. “But in saying that, I know everything is a chocking hazard when you have a baby.”

She is now trying to raise awareness about the dangers of balloons and wants larger warning labels on packets.

“You don’t realise how quickly it can kill,” Ms Chapman said.

Ms Chapman remembered Heath as a “bright and bubbly” baby who made everyone’s day.

She said she loved being his mother and was grateful for all the memories he gave her.

A Go Fund Me has since been set up by a family friend to help the family pay for the funeral.

“We have no words to describe the grief that their family is experiencing right now, and many friends and family have asked for how they can help at this difficult time,” the fundraiser read.

“In the weeks and months ahead, they will miss their child terribly and will be in need of love, compassion, time and understanding. Consideration of making a small contribution can help lift some burden.”

Ms Chapman said she has been inundated with messages from other mothers, thanking her for bringing the dangers of balloons to their attention.

“People don’t really think how dangerous they can be and how quickly it all can happen,” Ms Chapman said again.

She also wanted to express her gratitude to all the generous donors who have helped raise more than $9000.

“I am honestly shocked by the generosity. Heath’s funeral wasn’t something I was thinking about at the time. I’ve kept putting it off,” Ms Chapman said, adding the donations would help immensely with all the funeral expenses.



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ACCC set to name and shame debt collectors serving up dodgy behaviour to Australians


Dodgy debt collectors will be named and shamed by the nation’s consumer watchdog for misleading and harassing businesses and customers struggling to meet financial obligations.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has confirmed it will be monitoring the behaviour of debt agencies seeking to recoup outstanding amounts from individuals and businesses.

Concerns have been sparked within the country’s competition regulator following the ending of JobKeeper and debt deferral periods brought in at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

It believes the cut-off of support measures will likely result in a rise in complaints lodged to the ACCC in relation to debt firms.

Speaking to NCA NewsWire, ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said the regulator was attempting to bring awareness to consumers and businesses of legal rights designed to protect people from debt collectors’ hawkish and harassing behaviour.

“You have a right to question the debt, whether or not you owe the debt and to demand evidence of it,” Ms Rickard said.

“We are really concerned with any debt collecting practices which are harassing and ignore consumer’ rights.

“We have taken action against several debt collection cases in recent years and we will not hesitate to take more.”

Ms Rickard also noted debt collectors could only contact a person during business hours and must respect the use of someone’s personal information.

Under Australian laws, if the outstanding amount is from more than six years ago, a collector is not able to pursue the debt. In the Northern Territory this is three years.

Debt collectors are usually third party businesses that buy debt from companies and then chase up the individual or business for the outstanding amount.

During the pandemic, many firms pledged not to pass on outstanding debts to third party collectors; however, Ms Rickard is concerned the tapering of support initiatives will prompt a rise in disputes.

“We are expecting to see a real rise in debt collection issues,” she said.

“If you are in financial difficulty ask for a repayment plan, and the important thing there to remember is to get a repayment plan that you can actually meet.”

The ACCC urges Australians in financial distress to contact the National Debt Helpline (1800 007 007) or seek free advice from a financial counsellor.

Ms Rickard flagged consumers should steer clear of “for-profit” financial advice companies because in most cases the type of support was offered for free through financial counsellors.

“I would really be concerned about people who are already in financial difficulty getting themselves into greater difficulty using some of these for-profit schemes,” she said.

The ACCC also urges businesses and consumers to visit the federal government’s MoneySmart website for further financial help.



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Bondi PT James Smith accused of ‘missing point’ in rant over white privilege


A “no nonsense” personal trainer who refuted claims his huge success was an example of “white male privilege” in a lengthy Instagram statement has been accused of “missing the point”.

Sydney-based James Smith rose to social media fame calling out “bullsh*t” in the fitness industry. He currently runs an online fitness program, has penned two books – one of which hit number one on the Sunday Times bestsellers list last year – and recently completed a tour around Australia dishing out advice on how to be successful.

On Thursday, the British-born fitness expert responded to a critic in a lengthy post who accused the 31-year-old of benefiting from “white male straight cisgender able bodied privilege” – telling his 803,000 Instagram followers: “I’ve had enough.”

Alongside a photo that shared the comment, Mr Smith argued people don’t buy his books or pay for his training advice because he’s male and white.

He cited “a decade of hard work” for his success, calling those who disagreed “woke c**ts”.

Despite receiving support from followers, there were some who challenged his views, saying Mr Smith was “missing the point”.

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“People don’t use me as a personal trainer just because I’m white,” Mr Smith wrote.

“People don’t buy my books because I’m male.

“Having ‘my gender correspond with my birth sex’ did not sell out my last tour.

“Being heterosexual did not make me a #1 Sunday Times Best seller.”

He went on to write: “What the woke c**ts see as privilege is more often than not hard work,” adding he had “sacrificed so much” for his work.

Mr Smith concluded his lengthy post by inviting his critics to “suck my privileged cisgender testicles”.

“Labelling me as all these things is making the situation WORSE,” he said.

“Don’t mistake hard work and dedication for privilege, your kids may thank me in 10 years time.”

His post clearly resonated, receiving more than 30,000 likes and hundreds of comments, some applauding Mr Smith’s bold stance.

“You can be privileged and hard working,” one wrote.

“THIS…!!! This is the BEST thing I’ve read all year,” another said.

While others wrote “bravo” and said they were “sick of people talking about ‘discrimination’ and ‘ableist’ bulls**t’,”.

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But there were many who said Mr Smith had “missed the mark” and was “way off” – some even explaining the “difference between hard work and white privilege”.

“I feel like you may have missed the mark on this one. Privilege and hard work are not comparable at all,” one said.

“Privilege isn’t about not having to do the work, it’s about being able to do it without extra obstacles and barriers,” another wrote.

“Missed the mark on this one. Privilege isn’t about you not working hard, it’s about the other people who work as hard or harder but have more hurdles to jump,” one man explained.

One follower went into great detail about how they believed Mr Smith had got it wrong, writing: “There are people who WOULDN’T use you as their personal trainer if you were Black.

“There are people who wouldn’t buy your book if you were female.

“There are people who wouldn’t buy a ticket to your tour if you were transgender.

“There are people who wouldn’t have contributed to making you a #1 Sunday Times Best Seller if you were gay.”

While one person said: “Grow up and stop sulking, people saying they face more challenges isn’t invalidating yours, it’s not a suffering competition mate.”

“White privilege does NOT mean your life isn’t hard, was never hard or can’t be hard,” another agreed.

“It doesn’t mean you never worked hard or deserve your success. It simply means the colour of your skin will NEVER be a factor in affecting any of that. I love you but you are way off with this one.”

In the comments, Mr Smith doubled down on his comments, stating there were people who “will miss the entire concept of the post” and he wanted to make it clear.

“By saying I reap the rewards of being a white male, what does that do the mindset of someone who is the opposite? Inspire them? I’m not so sure.

“We must instil into people that NO MATTER WHAT their circumstances, they can accomplish whatever they want, should they do the work.”

News.com.au has contacted Mr Smith for comment.

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Australian states and territories where Anzac Day won’t mean a day off work in 2021


Anzac Day is coming up, the day of remembrance to commemorate Australian and New Zealand veterans that usually also means a day off work for many Australians.

But because April 25 is a Sunday this year, people in three states won’t get an extra day off.

NSW, Victoria and Tasmania will not give residents an extra public holiday on the Monday after Anzac Day.

But Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, the ACT, and the Northern Territory will.

All those states and territories will make April 26, the day after Anzac Day, a public holiday this year.

Each state and territory’s public holiday rules are set out in local laws, and legislators have made differing judgments about when to give people time off.

In NSW, for example, the Public Holidays Act 2010 sets out the holidays where there will be an additional day off in the event it falls on a weekend.

Specifically, Australia Day, New Year’s Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day all warrant an extra day off if they fall on a Saturday or a Sunday.

But the entry for Anzac Day simply reads: “Public holiday on 25 April.”

An online commonwealth list of public holidays says that some jurisdictions, like the Northern Territory and SA, will consider April 26 the public holiday instead of the day before.

Other states, like WA, consider both Sunday and Monday public holidays.

The April 25 date was chosen to commemorate a major offensive in 1915 on the Gallipoli peninsula by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the First World War.

The peninsula, in what today is western Turkey, was a strategic target because controlling it would mean opening up a seat route towards the capital of the Ottoman Empire, which was an enemy in the war.

But the troops from Down Under faced fierce resistance, and what was supposed to be a decisive battle became an eight-month stalemate.

By the time the Anzac troops were evacuated, more than 8000 Australian soldiers had been killed.

The following year, April 25 was first commemorated as Anzac Day.

Broad public interest in the Remembrance Day has ebbed and flowed throughout the decades, with a resurgence from the late 1980s and onwards.

These days it’s seen as an important opportunity to pay respects to Australians and New Zealanders who have contributed to their countries’ efforts in armed conflicts.

With last year’s ceremonies largely scuttled by coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, many Returned Services League clubs hope it will be possible to properly commemorate the day this year.



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