Safety

Today is the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and it promises to be another silly-season for Australia’s nuclear apologists.

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They have form. While the crisis was unfolding in March 2011, Ziggy Switkowski advised that “the best place to be whenever there’s an earthquake is at the perimeter of a nuclear plant because they are designed so well.” Even after the multiple explosions and nuclear meltdowns, Adelaide-based nuclear advocate Geoff Russell advised: “If you are in a quake zone and have time to seek shelter, forget hiding under door jambs and tables, find a nuke.”

Even as nuclear fuel meltdown was in full swing at Fukushima, Adelaide University’s Prof. Barry Brook reassured us that: “There is no credible risk of a serious accident… Those spreading FUD [fear, uncertainty and doubt] at the moment will be the ones left with egg on their faces. I am happy to be quoted forever after on the above if I am wrong ... but I won’t be.” Eggs, anyone?

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  • Anticitizen1 says:

    06:46pm | 11/03/13

    What if an two asteroids collided in space and meteors resulting from the collision came down on your city and the only way you could survive was if you were in a 500 meter deep bunker at the time? I mean we are talking about the same levels of probability… Read more »

  • jim says:

    06:27pm | 11/03/13

    Mr Green so how many people have actually died. Nice! you can’t skew the obvious question. Just bringing up statistics of what could happen is not an argument to say that it has already happened. Read more »

 

HERE’S what should have happened on the Sydney bus this morning when ABC journalist Jeremy Fernandez was subject to a torrent of racist and ugly abuse from a fellow passenger.

What she said… Picture: AFP

Someone should have stood up. They should have made a beeline for the gutter mouth and stood between them.

“Hey,” they should have said, “Cut that crap out,” before turning to Fernandez and his two year old daughter and checking if they were alright.

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  • mikem says:

    06:53pm | 08/02/13

    This incident makes me ashamed to be an Australian, and if as now reported the bus driver asked Mr Fernandez to hop off the bus then that bus driver should lose his job.. Tony verification should be easy given that there will be witnesses and the incident should be recorded… Read more »

  • Counterpunch! says:

    06:52pm | 08/02/13

    I think the point was…if you are in a situation that might turn violent, it’s best to walk away, (isn’t that what we are encouraged to do?), regardless of who is in the right. I’m a little perplexed that as a man he couldn’t defend himself against a woman. Could… Read more »

 

So the other night I did something most of you would consider very, very dumb. In fact half way through doing it, I myself thought I was an idiot. In short, I stopped and gave a man a lift.

Wise words sign… wise words.

I was driving around Whitmore Square in Adelaide around 9:30 at night – probably not known as the friendliest of places after dark – and as I turned down my street I saw an older gentlemen pulling one of those rolling overnight cases and clearly asking someone else for directions.

I’m not sure what happened, but the next thing I know, I’ve U-turned, pulled over and yelled out to him as he was making his way across the Square and asked him if he needed a lift.

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  • Zonker says:

    04:43pm | 10/12/12

    I hitched rides in the sixties and seventies without a problem but then i was six two and a front rower in rude health.  When I owned a car I freeely gave rides to all and sundry and never had a bad experience.  A few were scared of me however. … Read more »

  • TheHuntress says:

    04:34pm | 10/12/12

    Acotrel, I’ve experienced something similar. I suffer from Meniere’s disease, which effects hearing and balance. Most of the time it’s comical, but I do suffer a rare form of the disease which means I have “drop attacks”. Basically whatever I happen to be doing I will just collapse to the… Read more »

 

I felt an overwhelming sadness looking at the beautiful face of Sarah Cafferkey. Bearing an uncanny resemblance, in its light, beauty and openness, to the other young Melbourne woman, Jill Meagher, who also lost her life as a result of a senseless and thuggish attack. Can anybody tell me why?

How can we ever explain this? Photo: Herald Sun

Sarah Cafferkey was all of 22 years of age. She’ll never even know how it feels to celebrate her 30th birthday. As her mother, Noelle Dickson said in a statement this morning.

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  • Some_dude says:

    06:55pm | 21/11/12

    Hi Sooz, thanks for the rational discussion rather than the over the top emotional slanging match.  (Thanks to Philosopher too) Firstly you state “it is entirely speculative to suggest Sarah knowingly went to meet a convicted murderer”.  Based on the information presented, Sarah received a random friend request from a… Read more »

  • PW says:

    06:43pm | 21/11/12

    Some who undertake risky behaviour get away with it. Others don’t. This poor girl has paid the ultimate penalty, but it’s not exactly true, from what can be ascertained, that such a thing could have happened to anyone. The same can be said for Jill Meagher. Both put themselves in… Read more »

 

The tragic and horrific rape and murder of Jill Meagher as she made the short walk to her Brunswick home, stirred up an unprecedented, emotional gut reaction in many of us. Some of us felt angry, others felt sadness, shock, bewilderment.

Everyone, everywhere, should be safe. But it's not always the case…

Many of us also felt fear. Fear as we watched our worst nightmare, the stuff of Wednesday night crime shows, became a reality for a woman we didn’t know, but felt a deep, unexpected empathy for. Empathy spurred by the knowledge that it could have been any one of us. Jill was simply the unlucky one that night. 

She wasn’t doing anything extraordinary.  She’d attended a work function, had a few drinks and was walking home. It was during that short, five-minute journey that Jill became the innocent victim of an opportunistic predator.

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  • chris says:

    06:50pm | 05/11/12

    Lets put the constraining boot on the other foot- instead of telling women not to go out at night why don’t we HAVE A CURFEW FOR MEN yep that would solve the problem alright.  Oh but of course men have rights - they have the right to go out at… Read more »

  • Louise says:

    06:34pm | 05/11/12

    Women like me are glad you’re around Tim the Toolman Read more »

 

Many people will be familiar with the recent “Aboriginal memes” page on a popular social media site, in which images of Aboriginal people were published with highly derogatory captions. 

Where do we draw the line?

At the Race Discrimination Commission we heard from many outraged Australians who found the images appalling and who recognised the harm and the hurt they caused a group of people on the basis of their race.

A question I have been asked in my capacity as Commissioner is ‘where do you draw the line’ and make such behaviour unlawful, as opposed to simply treating it as in extremely poor taste?

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  • John says:

    07:57pm | 29/08/12

    Seems like Putin arrested the pussy riots band for the incitement of religious hatred against Christianity. I wonder why the US has not arrested Bush and Obama for his incitement of religious hatred against Islam. Droping bombs on people is intense hate Read more »

  • DocBud says:

    06:36pm | 29/08/12

    Don’t take the mick, Gomez12, the man has a thesaurus and he’s not afraid to use it, though in this case it has caused him to denigrate those he disagrees with by calling them disabled and to mock the particular disability, what a nice guy. Read more »

 

Confession: I’m a nanna driver. I hunch over that wheel as though it’s a Zimmer frame, bent forward with my shoulders around my ears. I actually LIKE getting stuck behind slow trucks because it means there’s no pressure to put the foot down.


Thing is, I live in the Hills. Lovely lazy winding roads with nowhere to pull over or overtake.

Upshot is I get tailgated. A lot. In a way I can’t blame people. I’m in the way. They’ve planned on getting somewhere at a certain time and I’m foiling their plans. As a punctual person, I understand their frustration.

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  • LC says:

    04:07pm | 26/06/12

    Well where I come from, the law states that if two cars are traveling straight, and the car behind (B) hits the car in front (A), it’s ALWAYS the fault of the driver in the car B, as it’s their responsibility to keep a safe distance from the car in… Read more »

  • Joan Bennett says:

    01:29pm | 22/06/12

    If I win the lottery, I’m going to buy a really solid old car (like a v series valiant) and every time I’m tailgated, I’ll just slam the brakes on.  Even if they can walk away from that, they won’t ever tail gate anyone again.  Trouble is, if you tailgate… Read more »

 

Max, a young and handsome American pit bull, sits on death row in Miami-Dade County’s Animal Services, a victim of possibly the world’s toughest breed-specific dog laws.

Bad owners, not bad dogs, are the problem. Pic: Paul Toohey

The paperwork on his cage labels him “aggressive”, but it’s more out of caution. He’s never bitten anyone.

Max has got 24 hours for a reprieve. His owner is a soldier on duty in Afghanistan who left the dog with his family. They became panicked that they would be fined for harbouring an outlawed breed and handed him to the Animal Services pound.

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  • Richard A says:

    01:00pm | 07/02/12

    I don’t doubt that there are dogs from any breed which have the potential to attack.  The reality is that the actual experienced frequency of attacks, as well as the resultant damage appears to be far worse from certain breeds than others.  I am only basing this on perception but… Read more »

  • Sam says:

    06:11pm | 04/02/12

    ...and how many children, women and men are murdered or savaged by human men every year? It’s those who are always wanting to control others with violence, because of their own biases, who are the real threat to society. let’s get our priorities straight, based on facts, not fear. Read more »

 

It was a performance worthy of a Guinness World Record. Barreling along Sydney Road Fairlight, the truck driver was texting on one mobile phone while speaking on another, steering the rig with his knees.

No LOLing matter. Picture: AP

I hit the horn and indicated – in no uncertain terms – he should stop before he kills someone. Still clutching the phones he slowly and deliberately raised his middle finger.

If only he’d read the story of 21-year-old Sarah Page, a serial texter from New Zealand. “It’s fine Mum, I do it all the time!” she’d protest. Until she wrapped her car around a pole in 2009.

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  • Zopo says:

    01:43pm | 09/01/12

    It doesn’t help that all new cars have Bluetooth connections, iPod connectivity, GPS, and every other control you can think of. If the studies are correct shouldn’t car manufacturers reduce this technology in cars so we can all focus on driving. I heard its even illegal to answer a call… Read more »

  • Mark says:

    06:57pm | 06/01/12

    i recently sent an email to QLD police suggesting that, particuarly during festive seasons, the penalty for drink driving, speeding, and hell, add mobile phone use to the list, should be a $20,000 fine and loss of licence for 12 months with no avenue for appeal it would stop some… Read more »

 

Last week I was standing at a pedestrian crossing at the Adelaide Airport with my two kids, aged five and eight. There was a car coming towards us, moving fairly slowly and appearing to slow down. In one of those split-second moments which people without kids will pontificate about, but which parents understand, we started to step onto the crossing.

Queensland MP Peter Lawlor with a photo of his children, with daughter Ali at left. Photo: Adam Head

The driver didn’t stop. He went straight through, missing us by inches. I shouted at him, as did a bystander, but he kept meandering along the road for about another 30m. He stopped his car smack-bang in the middle of the road, right on the white line between two lanes, where a security guard approached him to inquire as to what the hell he was doing.

The driver was so old that he possibly didn’t even know he was in a car at all.  He looked like he was 90 in the shade. At least.

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  • David Chewings says:

    09:53am | 11/12/11

    I agree with the early comment by Mahrat that you are being too accusatory and I would add a little simplistic.  We parents of the very young cannot be too careful when there is so much distraction.  I am annoyed that a search of this blog reveals not a single… Read more »

  • Andrew says:

    05:10pm | 05/12/11

    Gee Stephen Alcotrel will be a bit pissed off that you’ve labelled him a national voter. Read more »

 

To fly, or not to fly, that is the question/Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of disgruntled travellers/Or to take flight against a sky of troubles/And by opposing, end them?

This is your pilot speaking. We'll be experiencing a little turbulence. Photo: AP

Like Hamlet, airlines face a lose-lose situation.  Do they cancel flights at the expense of customer good will or risk planes falling out of the sky from catastrophic engine failure?  Because, let’s be honest here, there are no good plane crashes. 

In June 1982, Capt Eric Moody and his crew were flying from Kuala Lumpur to Perth when all four engines on their British Airways jumbo jet failed.  Without knowing it, they’d flown into a volcanic ash cloud.  For the next 13 minutes, the lives of the 248 passengers and 15 crew were in the balance.  Without engines, they were ditching into the sea.  That they restarted the engines and saved 268 lives is well known and dramatised on TV shows.  But what if the outcome was different?

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  • Gregg says:

    03:08pm | 16/06/11

    @Phil. ” To an extent sure, you are paying for a service that isnt able to be provided. “ Have you bothered to read the fine print Phil and you can remain ignorant of what a re natural causes beyond an airlines control if it makes you feel warmer and… Read more »

  • Gregg says:

    03:01pm | 16/06/11

    @Anubis, Yes there were economic aspects in Virgin’s decision though I think they have also cancelled some flights now with ash clouds being lower. It is up to the airlines whether they want to start doing that type of thing to avoid the ash clouds at their normal operating altitudes. Read more »

 

If you’re a science or nuclear energy buff, you’ll have to excuse us for starting pretty much at the bottom of the knowledge tree here. First of all, let’s define a meltdown: basically it’s when the core of a nuclear reactor is unable to cool, because of some kind of system failure like, oh, a 10 metre wall of sea water crashing into a nuclear power plant. Radiation can then be released, and that’s when things get really dangerous. So is it happening in Japan? Latest reports say no, not yet and hopefully not at all.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Pic: AP

Click this link for an incredible series of graphics on the internal workings of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, pictured above. This really is some amazing work the New York Times has done at short notice. There’s another really helpful infographic here:

Despite what appears to be an easing - or at least a temporary containment - of the threat of a major radiation leak, let’s dwell briefly on the worst case scenario. Could we be facing another Three Mile Island or Chernobyl? The answer, according to the Science Media Centre of Japan, is almost certainly no. Read a full Q&A at the SMCJ website here. Highly informative, yet accessible, material. Well done them.

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  • Mel says:

    05:07pm | 15/03/11

    I am most curious about the thorium reactors that have been mentioned a few times on ABC 24, but so far not too much mention on other tv stations. Sounds like it could be a goer - without cooling needs, and without the production of materials for nuclear weapons production. Read more »

  • skepdad says:

    04:10pm | 15/03/11

    @alcotrel: it is my understanding that a comprehensive risk analysis was done, but with Japan’s total lack of natural resources they had a choice of massive energy imports or nuke plants.  Not hard to see how they arrived at the decision, and to be fair the plants have stood up… Read more »

 

Roadkill is a reality of Australian life.

Pic: AP

Drivers should slow down, be aware, and avoid killing native animals without putting their own lives in danger. Other animals, though, may not deserve so much care.

You shouldn’t run down kangaroos, for example - but cats could be another matter.

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  • LC says:

    11:43pm | 16/07/11

    There’s that, and there’s also the possibility that you’ll lose control of your car from such a sudden sharp bump, especially at speeds of 100+. Read more »

  • Laura says:

    02:18pm | 09/02/11

    I just had this bizarre mental image of a roo in a ninja suit skulking outside the house until the people went to sleep & then cartwheeling through the window in a blaze of nunchucks and swords…. Read more »

 

Across Australia today a familiar push and shove is taking place as cyclists vie for space with the ever increasing numbers of cars on our roads. It is a pattern that is repeated throughout our towns and cities; a symptom of our car loving culture and sense of road entitlement from drivers and cyclists alike.

On the (safe) road to cycling Mecca

Drivers resent the packs of Lycra warriors when they take up entire lanes and invent their own road rules, and cyclists understandably fear cars which are often wielded like 100 tonnes of road clearing debris.

Neither party is blameless in this dangerous game of chicken, but it is up to state governments to appreciate the differing needs of commuters and adjust their infrastructure accordingly.

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  • Gavin says:

    01:20pm | 08/02/12

    On the issue of riaetlve speeds of cyclists and motorists, when I was living in Salisbury (11km south of Brisbane CBD) and cycling to work in Fortitude Valley (next to Brisbane CBD) I would usually average about 28kmh and would exceed this speed on flat or downhill stretches, and would… Read more »

  • Elphaba says:

    12:48pm | 28/01/11

    @Shifter, nooooo!  Black leather pants are completely different to lycra.  They have an edge.  They’re badass. Mmm, black leather pants…  However, after further thinking about this, Lars used to wear spandex pants on stage in the 80s. Ewww… Looks like you win.  Lars can wear lycra, but if I see… Read more »

 

The key take out that everyone in Australia got from the recent Qantas incident in Singapore is that pilot experience is critically important. 

As Aussie as Powderfinger ... or is it?

As more and more information filters about just how serious the situation was with QF32, pilot training and experience are being widely acknowledged, from the CEO of Qantas down, as having arguably made the difference.

Given the travails of Qantas over recent weeks, you would think that Jetstar would think twice about its absurd plans to put less and less experienced pilots in the cockpit of its aircraft.

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  • sarah says:

    11:19pm | 07/01/11

    And sooooo unsafe!  They already have the cabin crew from cheaper countries with training that is not up to scratch.  I know someone who works for Jetstar and if there is a “medical” onboard, the foreign crew go get an Aussie to deal with it cause they dont know what… Read more »

  • Meh says:

    12:13pm | 30/12/10

    Better still, why not outsource Jetstar management to the Thai and Singapore based crews? They all hold at least one (in many cases multiple) degree, speak several languages and are happy to work the 17+ hour days that JQ management require them to do for under $700 per month. That’ll… Read more »

 

Imagine heading off to Christmas lunch in a few weeks, having a few soft drinks and a big chunk of brandy-soaked Christmas pudding, only to have to get a taxi home because you’re over the drink driving limit.

Is the cost of lowering the drink driving limit worth the result?

Sounds a little stupid but that could be the reality considering the new drink-driving discussion points from the Australian Transport Council. And if you’ve been taking cough medicine at the same time then you’re really in trouble.

In the new National Road Safety Strategy it’s suggested that the legal limit for alcohol in drivers be reduced to either 0.02 or even zero. Not that there’s really any difference between the two.

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  • Jimbo says:

    08:17am | 25/01/11

    I agree it’s a waste of police resources.  The police should be on the roads WITH us to witness the maniac drivers, instead camping on the side of the road picking little old ladies who accidently had half a glass of wine too many. Read more »

  • Frontest says:

    07:44pm | 20/12/10

    Because life, Chris, is frightening, illusory, and gone before we know it - and so we self medicate in the absence of meaning. Haven’t you worked this out yet? How old are you? I sense you’ve got quite a bit to look forward to. Read more »

 

Fact: You are more likely to be bitten by a New Yorker than by a shark.

Chances of running into this guy in a dark alley are a lot less than a stranger in New York. Photo: AFP.

Summer is a matter of weeks away, and almost on cue, sharks are being sighted, and a media frenzy is beginning.

A frenzy not one unlike the shark one they would have us believe is approaching.

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  • outlet says:

    09:33am | 18/11/12

    You lost me personally, friend. What i’m stating is, I envision I recieve what youre saying. I’m confident what you are saying, nonetheless you just appear to have forgotten that could be other folks within the globe who view this problem for what it truly is and may possibly even… Read more »

  • Steve says:

    10:59am | 21/12/10

    Wrong. We have built machines to enable us to venture into environments that we are not NATURALLY built to survive in. If we were meant to be in the ocean then we would have gills and webbed feet. Read more »

 

My kids love playing in parks – I think every kid does.

Get out of my park, man. Photo: Sam Ruttyn.

Swings, slides and see-saws can sometimes be a God-send for parents who need a break.

Tell the kids to go off and play and if you’re lucky, there could be five minutes of freedom in it for you too.

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  • Akansha says:

    03:57pm | 10/03/12

    Well, I hate to make your headache even worse, but there’s also the pseact that our Federal and all of our state prison systems are bursting at the seams with inmates, nearly all of those state prison budgets are hurting, and not only is this creating a dangerous situation for… Read more »

  • James1 says:

    11:27am | 26/10/10

    Since when did we use the word liberal to describe progressive politics in this country?  That is the real outrage here… Read more »

 

You don’t grow up in Brisbane with a name like Thornton and not know who Merle Thornton is.

At least Merle and Rosalie were relatively safe chained to the bar like this.

For those of you who did not grow up in Brisbane and who don’t have the Thornton surname, Merle Thornton chained herself to the foot rail in the public bar of the Regatta Hotel at Toowong in 1965 to protest the drinking laws in Queensland.

Rosalie Bogner was her gal-pal at the time. I suspect there are people with the surname Bogner out there who do know she was with Merle at the time, or maybe she’s the Buzz Aldren of the Brisbane women’s movement.

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  • At Work says:

    02:25pm | 08/10/10

    Dude. You need new friends. I’ve had a clean out of drinking buddies over the last couple of years, and removed the women who can’t handle themselves and don’t know their own limit. Nowadays I no longer spend my rare nights out worrying whether they’re OK- nor do I get… Read more »

  • Monica says:

    06:31pm | 07/10/10

    nicely explained BK. Read more »

 

YOU’RE standing at a city pedestrian crossing, with cars backed up on either side of the lights. Your “walk” light goes green and you step off the kerb.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Look! Picture: John Grainger.

Suddenly a blurred object zaps past you, missing you by millimetres. As it dissolves into the traffic, leaving you shaken and furious, you get a vague impression of two wheels and a figure wearing a helmet.

And there isn’t a thing you can do about it, other than shake your fist and shout redundant expletives at the long-vanished perpetrator.

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  • Charles Kelly says:

    10:11pm | 20/01/10

    Go back and actually read what I wrote AJ of Here. Then read it again, s l o w l y - just to make sure. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll see where it was your delusional ignorance has led you astray. It’s clearly there for all to see, but I’m… Read more »

  • AJ of Here says:

    04:36pm | 20/01/10

    Ah, yes, the ceaseless ad hominem attacks with no substance to advance the debate. So typical of the Leftards, especially the greenies. Tsk tsk tsk. You might as well have Godwinned the thread, Charles. How pathetic. Next time you call for a war, my dear Charles, you might want to… Read more »

 

It’s the deadly season of drownings. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? The bad news is that it’s going to get worse this summer. There will be umpteen drownings across Australia.

Everyone should learn how to do this

I feel sick every time I read - or worse, report - about a child drowning. I know they are always accidents but I also know that the parents are not at arms’ length from the child.

It’s common knowledge that people drown if they put themselves in a risky situation. The simple ways to prevent a drowning are:

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  • relay says:

    05:06pm | 15/05/12

    don’t think the guy in the picture will make it either Read more »

  • Carl Palmer says:

    05:21pm | 14/01/10

    No brainer - the majority live near water and it should be mandatory in schools.  I would highly recommend kids becoming nippers. It is the most educational thing you can do for your kids and yourself. They do their nipper thing and you do your bronze medallion and the parental… Read more »

 

As I write this piece, news has just filtered through that Victorian Water Minister Tim Holding has been found alive on Mt Feathertop, in the Victorian Alps. Thank God.

Alive: Tim Holding, rescued at Mount Feathertop early today.

I don’t yet know many details of his bungled trip, but I do know this: Holding is just the latest in a series of backcountry adventurers who’ve failed to pay the Australian Alps the respect they deserve.

For nine months of the year, the Australian Alps are a benign bunch of hillocks which are scarcely fit to be called mountains. Our highest peak, 2228m Mt Kosciuszko, is so rounded that tourist buses were once permitted to drive all the way to the summit.

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  • Brad Jackson says:

    01:44pm | 03/09/09

    Helen, I understand what you are saying and it certainly has merit but I have a ‘‘thin edge of the wedge’ outlook on emergency beacons. (Although in 5-10 years time, I expect my arguement to be considered quite quaint) When do we ‘expect’ people to carry such a device -… Read more »

  • Helen says:

    02:34pm | 02/09/09

    You’re right, Brad. They don’t need an emergency beacon as long as there is a mysterious AFP plane flying around to spot them. The beacons are meant to be used when you are in danger. They are not compulsory (except for category 2 yach races) but they are a good… Read more »

 

The fastest crash I had was in Italy, in 2002. I was testing tyres for Pirelli. We were trying different types and, naturally, sometimes they’re good. Other times, they’re not quite what you need.

Me. At work.

It happened on a very fast left-hand corner – I was probably doing around 250 or 260km/h, and the rear tyre started to slide. Then it bit the road again and the bike suddenly snapped up straight again.

It’s what we call a high-side. I got thrown off the bike and into the air.

The best thing about it was – this might sound funny, but it’s true – I landed on my head and got knocked out.

The next thing I knew I woke up in a hospital room.

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  • mark says:

    11:00pm | 03/02/10

    sorry but i think girls are good riders evan the fat 1nnnns Read more »

  • Mark T says:

    05:23pm | 07/07/09

    Chris your a great rider and i would say the best in the wet, for you 2 idots Dave and Abe watch the next Motogp race and just see who Chris is and what an amazing talent he has. I have to say I have been lucky so far on… Read more »

 

There’s a favourite pastime in Sydney aside from complaining about Generation Y and no longer talking about the value of your house – it’s whingeing about speed cameras and how close you are to losing your licence because of a string of minor offences.

Slow down or this car will self destruct

Thousands of people a year cry foul when they rack up so many demerits the Roads and Traffic Authority cuts them off. They get no sympathy from me. If you go over the speed limit you risk getting caught. If you get caught enough times you risk losing your licence.

But now the NSW Government is considering mechanically speed limiting all new cars and is on the hunt for 100 vehicles to take part in a trial.

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  • Glen says:

    10:19pm | 01/06/09

    Two points: The ‘road toll’ has become an empty signifier. It means whatever someone wants it to mean. In real terms, as a function of drivers on the road and km’s travelled, the road toll has been dropping for over two decades. Where are some real statistics? The problem shouldn’t… Read more »

  • Peter Knight says:

    02:33pm | 01/06/09

    Being a Victorian, I have copped speeding fines even though I wasn’t speeding - even my GPS device confirmed that my speedo was accurate. The rediculous low-tolerance system they have is simply a cover for the corrupt speed camera system. There’s even a speed camera in laverton - over the… Read more »

 

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