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Here’s one we ought to have seen coming. Millionaire CarAdvice creator and enthusiastic petrolhead Alborz Fallah began last week with a viewpoint piece on his new site, CarExpert, arguing that vehicle owners should be permitted to drive for the sake of well, driving.
Ever Since, he’s been slapped with a $1334 fine for breaching COVID-19 social distancing guidelines for – you thought it – driving his automobile. His passenger even got a fine of their own too. Difficult break.
Fallah states he means to appeal the ticket. And possibly the viewpoint pieces he released ahead of being pulled over by Queensland Authorities in Brisbane’s Samford, provide some concept of the defence he’s most likely to put up.
Last Monday, he wrote “Why ‘non-essential’ drives ought to be legal throughout the coronavirus lockdown”, which argued that it was “necessary to your mental health. It shouldn’t be illegal.”
The following day, he went one better, hiring Gold Coast psychologist Michelle Saluja to support his case, who noted that “Destination-less driving may be a terrific way to unwind for many individuals … which can all have numerous favorable benefits on our mental health.”
It’s worth remembering the business owner, part of the group who turned a $35 investment into the $35 million CarAdvice which was sold to Nine Home entertainment (owner of this publication) in 2016, owns 7 automobiles.
Inside the garage? A Ferrari 458 Speciale, a Lamborghini Huracan and a Lotus Elise Sport 220, among others.
However then the inevitable took place. Queensland Authorities picked up Fallah while out driving – in an Aston Martin Vantage N400, no less – near his house in Samford on Wednesday. Authorities who pulled him over alleged that he had actually been driving without any destination.
” I got the fine after I ‘d composed the article, which was rather ironic,” he told CBD on Sunday. “And I totally plan to appeal it, I don’t think it will stand in court.”
PAYING TO FIX THE PROBLEM
How is it that decades after very first realising gender inequity was a serious problem, the great burghers in the Commonwealth public service have yet to repair the problem? Not to worry, they can merely splash out to end up being Male Champions of Modification.
The Australian Bureau of Data was the current company to hand over for the program, founded by former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick11 years ago. Last week it handed over $55,000 for annual subscription to the program, which intends to enhance the variety of ladies in executive positions with the help of male “champs”.
The Male Champions of Modification’s most current report, for the record, notes women inhabit 100 per cent of essential management personnel positions. That may shock Australian Statistician David Gruen, who took over from David Kalisch(likewise a male) in 2015.
At least, the representation of ladies at the top of the ABS is nearing parity. Just over43 percent of the520public servants on executive levels were ladies on June30 in 2015, according to the company’s yearly report.
The Defence Department secretary Greg Moriarty, on the other hand, likewise appears extremely keen to be seen as a Male Champion of Modification. Defence has turned over a minimum of $ 357,000 to the program given that this time in 2015. Females, nevertheless, stay however a third of the department’s most senior mandarins in spite of being45 per cent of workers. Champions!
Still, definitely a lot more positive than economic sector” champions “. Over at theDig Howitt– led Cochlear Limited, Male Champions of Change figures reveal there wasn’t a single lady who might be discovered in an essential management position. In other executive roles? Simply 8 per cent.
SKIP TO THE END
Who would have visualized that the publication of Malcolm Turnbull‘s memoirs would have resulted in the immediate outbreak of a Liberal Party culture war? Well, everyone.
Already the unauthorised circulation of A Larger Photo, an e-book, which has been distributing in political circles over the weekend, has actually dragged Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s workplace into the debate with a staff member targeted by attorneys acting for Turnbull and his publisher Sandy Grant
On the other hand, mad conservatives on the NSW Liberal executive this weekend appear to have actually lobbed a bomb in the direction of the ex-PM and his fans among the celebration’s moderate faction. They desire him expelled.
A note distributed by Right-faction lined up member Christian Ellis to others on the state executive reads: “I intend to move for the immediate expulsion of Malcolm Turnbull from the Liberal Party. On top of this, as he might no longer be a member, I will move for a lifetime restriction to be troubled him.”
” This is not a motion of revenge or spite. His membership needs to be ended because if he continues to keep assaulting the party as a member, or linked in any way, he damages the celebration brand name,” he writes.
The Right, the tiniest faction on the executive, is particularly aggrieved by Turnbull’s characterisation of House Affairs Minister Peter Dutton as somebody who would do “massive damage to the social material of Australia” if he ended up being prime minister and of other criticisms about Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt