Australia’s best-travelled residents revealed

The Australian suburb with the most well-travelled residents has been revealed in a new report.
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According to new data from Flight Centre, residents from the affluent suburb of North Sydney – postcode 2060 –are the most travelled Australians in the country –they have the highest number of bookingsand spend the most money while they’re travelling.

Indonesia is one of the most popular destinations for Australians. Photo: Getty Images

The most popular destination for North Sydney residents is Britain, followed by stopover favourite Singapore and then Italy.

Other well-travelled postcodes include Werribee (3030) in Victoria, Brisbane City (4000), Caloundra in Queensland (4551), Rouse Hill in NSW (2155) and Wangara in WA (6065).

When it comes to states and territories, Northern Territorians are the most travelled residents of Australia.

According to the Flight Centre report, Northern Territorians each travel an average of 537.52 kilometres per person to reach their holiday destination.

People living in Australia’s Capital Territory were the second most travelled, clocking up 525.65 kilometres per capita.

The report also found that Victorians travel more than New South Welshman, and Tasmanians travelled the least amount of anyone.

The Turner Report, named after the Flight Centre’s SEO Graham “Skroo” Turner, taps into the company’s database of customers, which is then used to explore Australian travel trends.

Information obtained from the report feeds into adedicated online website that allows you to search for travel information based on postcodes.

CalledPostcodes and Postcards: Australians on the Move in the Golden Age of Travel, you can find, for example, the top five locations people who live in Fitzroy, Victoria, travelled to (the US and Papua New Guinea were the top two), if they’re travelling in a group or independently, and how much they are spending.

The report also gives other insights into travellers, such as which age group travels the most (25-29) and the most popular time of year to travel (December).

The average Australian traveller is reportedly a 47-year-old male who travels for 15 days.

Australia’s most well-travelled suburbsNorth Sydney, NSWCampbelltown, NSWWangara, WARouse Hill, NSWWerribee, VICCranbourne, VICLiverpool, NSWSuccess, WAGosford, NSWMandurah, WAAustralia’s biggest spenders on travel

$1m reward over 2004 baby’s death

MILLION DOLLAR REWARD: 11-month-old Dylan Robert James Lindsay pictured with family members before he died in 2004. (Published with permission of his sister.)A $1 MILLION reward has been announced in a bid to solve the case of the death of 11-month-old Dylan Robert James Lindsay in Port Lincoln in 2004.
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Dylan Lindsay was found dead at a property in Ellen Streeton Sunday, March 28, 2004.

Investigators saidhe was found with visible abdominal injuries after a serious assault.

Someone attempted to disguise his injuries by using a texta to cover the bruising and marks.

Dylan’s death is being reviewed by investigators from the Major Crime Investigation Branch as part of Operation Persist.

The long-running cold case operation uses a range of strategies, including rewards, targeting prison inmates for information, detailed reviews of the evidence, new technology and seeking assistance from members of the public to resolve outstanding murder and missing persons cases.

New rewards were announced by the state government on Sunday in connection with 10 unsolved cases,including the investigationinto the deathof Dylan Lindsay 13 years ago.

“This is a heinous crime and somebody should be held responsible for taking the life of this child in a severe assault,” Detective Brevet Sergeant Mathew Bengelsaid.

“We did a lot of work with the texta pens we found in the house – fingerprints and DNA testing and so forth.

“We certainly believe we have identified the texta usedbut we’re unable to determine who drew on him.

“It certainly appeared that it was designed to hide the bruising on the lower and upper abdomen.”

Along with his older sister, Dylan had been left in the care of friends at the Ellen Street property by their mother who was struggling with drug and alcohol issues at the time.

Police said there were three other children at the house that night and varying reports of the movements of adults and children, with at least one report of loud yelling by a man in the area of the property early on Sunday morning.

“About 8am one of the adults approached the other and said ‘there’s something wrong with Dylan’ – they then run to neighbours because they don’t have a phone, and seek assistance.” Detective Brevet Sergeant Bengel said.

Two people were arrested in May 2004 in connection with Dylan’s deathbut the case was later dropped for lack of evidence.

Officer in charge of Major Crime Detective Superintendent Des Braywelcomed the reward.

“We know that a range of factors can influence someone’s decision to speak out about an unsolved crime and the passage of time does not diminish the grief of families connected with these cases,” he said.

“We have had success with this operation which is revisiting some of the state’s toughest cold cases and we hope that the offer of these rewards may be another reason for someone to examine their conscience and consider coming forward with vital information.”

Anyone with information about thecaseis asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online here.

Major privatisations deliver $4.5 billion NSW budget surplus

Privatisations have supercharged NSW finances, with Treasurer Dominic Perrottet set to announce an expected surplus of $4.5 billion for 2016-17when he delivers his first budget today.
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The surplus is $500 million higher than forecast in the December half yearly review, which predicted a 2016-17 surplus of $4 billion, thanks to $488.9 million in stamp duty from the partial privatisation of electricity “poles and wires” company Ausgrid.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet will today announce that the state’s net debt is the lowest in Australia. Photo: Janie Barrett

Since then the 99-year lease of 50.4 per cent of electricity distributor Endeavour Energy and to a lesser extent the 35-year lease of the Land and Property Information service have delivered stamp duty receipts worth more than $700 million.

Mr Perrottet will announce that NSW is on track to become the first state with a net worth of a quarter of a trillion dollars.

He will also say that net debt is the best result since records began in 1996-97 and the lowest in Australia.

“This budget realises the rewards of our poles and wires reforms and invests them back into our local communities with record investments in social infrastructure,” Mr Perrottet said.

This meant the government was “delivering exactly what we promised we would”.

“Our strong financial and economic management means we can meet the needs of today while building for the future,” he said.

On Monday, the government announced the budget will feature an extra$2.2 billion for 123 new and upgraded schoolsover the next five years to address a surge in enrolments.

It has also pledged $632 million for an upgrade to Campbelltown Hospital, $500 million for an upgrade of Tweed Hospital and $550 million to upgrade Nepean Hospital.

The budget will also contain $244 million for theArt Gallery of NSW’s Sydney Modern expansion, $40 billion in planning money for the F6, M9 and M12 motorways and $123 million to revitalise neighbourhoods along Parramatta Road.

The result also comes amid a surge in stamp duty receipts from property transfers in the booming Sydney property market.

With a nod to this, the budget will contain measures to improve housing affordability – an issue Premier Gladys Berejiklian pledged to make a priority upon taking the job in January.

From July 1, first home buyers of existing and new properties costing up to $650,000 will be exempt from paying stamp duty from July 1 – up from $550,000 and adding existing homes to the scheme.

Buyers of first homes worth between $650,000 and $800,000 will receive stamp duty discounts – up from between $550,000 and $650,000 and again reintroducing existing homes to the scheme.

To help fund the changes, the stamp duty surcharge for foreign investors will be doubled to 8 per cent and the land tax surcharge lifted from 0.75 per cent to 2 per cent.

Mr Perrottet will say in his speech to Parliament that the budget is “our growth contract with the people of NSW – that while we will grow bigger, we will also grow better, with the services and infrastructure we need”.

But on Monday shadow treasurer Ryan Park predicted that the budget would be “a little bit like the Liberal Party itself: big on promises, very small on reality”.

He described the stamp duty reforms as “too little, too late”.


Polaris recalls 13,000 youth quad bikes containing asbestos-laden parts

The Polaris Outlaw 50 is being recalled after it was found to have asbestos-laden parts. Photo: PolarisA nationwide recall of 13,000 off-road vehicles is to be launched by car manufacturer Polaris Industries, after an investigation revealed asbestos-laden parts in at least 12 models.
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The recall of certain Polaris youth quad bikes, sold in Australia and New Zealand, was prompted by recent testing in the US, which identified asbestos in brake pads, brake shoes, gaskets and washers in some models.

“Polaris is recalling certain youth all-terrain vehicles [ATVs]and associated service parts in Australia and select other countries because we believe they contain asbestos, which is banned in these jurisdictions,” Polaris country manager Alan Collins said.

“Polaris has been working and continues to work collaboratively with the appropriate authorities in each jurisdiction, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, to quickly develop the appropriate remedy for these vehicles.”

About 13,000 Polaris quad bikes are believed to have been supplied in Australia since 2001.

Models affected by the recall include the Scrambler 50, Predator 50, Outlaw 50 and the Ace 150 produced between 2001 to 2017.

Use or importation of asbestos has been prohibited in Australia since 2004, although the ACCC understands Polaris only recently became aware of the presence of asbestos in some of its quad bikes.

“Fortunately, the advice we have currently received indicates that the presence of asbestos in the quad bike parts is unlikely to present a safety risk while riding the quad bike,” ACCC acting chairwomanDelia Rickard said.

“Nonetheless we are treating this issue extremely seriously and working closely with Polaris to gather all relevant information that enables a fast, efficient remediation of any bikes that contain these parts.”

Ms Rickard said any asbestos was more likely to present a safety risk to owners who conducted their own mechanical work, and to professionals who repair and service quad bikes.

Mr Collins said third-party expert testing had concluded that riding the affected quad bikes “does not result in asbestos exposure to the rider, and third-party expert review has concluded that servicing gaskets found in the affected vehicles does not pose a threat to health”.

Other countries, including the US and Canada – which do not have similar bans on asbestos – have not been affected by the recall.

In 2015, the ACCC issued a recall on asbestos-laden counterfeit brake pads designed to fit Toyota Hilux utes and Hiace vans, after it was discovered they were being sold illegally in Australia.

Before that – in 2012 – almost 25,000 Great Wall and Chery Chinese cars were recalled by Ateco Automotive when asbestos was found in the engine and exhaust gaskets.

Chief executive officer of the Motor Traders’ Association of Australia Richard Dudley said it was concerning to hear of yet another asbestos-related recall.

“Polaris vehicles predominantly end up in regional and rural Australia land holdings on farms. Obviously after the initial warranty period, farmers are quite adept at maintaining their own machinery and tend to do so. So that is of significant concern,” he said.

“The secondary issue that concerns us is the need to tighten importation rules … this highlights an issue we’ve had about government proposals to allow for the personal importation of vehicles that are not destined for the Australian market.”

The ACCC will trigger the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) Imported Materials with Asbestos Working Group Rapid Response Protocol.

Triggering the protocol ensures all relevant agencies work together to implement a whole-of-government response.

Consumers who own a recalled Polaris quad bike are encouraged to contact their nearest authorised Polaris dealer to arrange the safe replacement of affected parts.

Affected Polaris models:

Scrambler 50Predator 50,Outlaw 50Scrambler 90Predator 90Outlaw 90Outlaw 110Sportsman 90Sportsman 110Phoenix 200Sawtooth 200Ace 150 produced between 2001 to 2017Customers with concerns should contactPolaris directly. The formal recall notice with further information will published as soon as it is available