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GoAuto - GoAuto - Motor vehicle duty and land tax webinar

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
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VACC joins with Victorian State Revenue Office for updates on dealer obligations THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is alerting VACC members who trade as Licensed Motor Car Traders (LMCT) to what it is calling a very special webinar hosted by the chamber and the Victorian State Revenue Office (SRO).
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - Toyota tells dealers: We are okay

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
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Market leader assembles dealers and reassures them they have a future under NVES TOYOTA has become the first car-maker to address its dealers on how the company will fare under the Albanese government's New Vehicle Efficiency Standard (NVES) saying that it will be able to supply dealers with the right mix of vehicles to meet the NVES emissions targets.
 

GoAuto - Toyota tells dealers: We are okay

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
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Market leader assembles dealers and reassures them they have a future under NVESTOYOTA has become the first car maker to address its dealers on how the company will fare under the Albanese government’s New Vehicle Efficiency Standards (NVES) saying that i...
 

GoAuto - Motor vehicle duty and land tax webinar

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
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VACC joins with Victorian State Revenue Office for updates on dealer obligationsTHE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is alerting VACC members who trade as Licensed Motor Car Traders (LMCT) to what it is calling a very special webinar hosted...
 

3AW, Melbourne, Nights - Interview It's a 10:45. Simon Owens is with me. And Simon says, u...

Monday, February 19, 2024
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3AW, Melbourne, Nights - Interview It's a 10:45. Simon Owens is with me. And Simon says, u...and this is a very interesting thing. Can you just explain your topic du jour? Yes. I just want to know I think the official word is acronyms, isn't it? That's what it is when a word is actually made up of initials for something. And probably one of the most famous ones is scuba. You know, you go scuba diving What does that stand for? Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. Oh, now you're showing off? No. Well, I think that's a common one. I was going to show off with things like, uh, like Taser. is, you know, the police tasered someone. Yes. You know what that is? I know what a Taser is. It's named after a book in 1911 called Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle that was written by a guy named Victor Appleton. And this, guy, you know, goes around solving crimes and things, but he invents an electric gun. So Tom Swift and his electric rifle, it's Thomas. A Swift's electric rifle is Taser that is a ripper. Isn't that great? See, you had that at a trivia. You are full, of showing off. And I like it. Full of what? Sorry, my headphones just broke. Going off. Oh, okay. I just heard the first bit. Uh, wonderful. Three. Six. Nine three. Rick. Hello. G'day, Dan and Simon. I've got, uh, a couple for you guys. Yeah. Good one. First one Bwrs beer, wine and spirits. Yes. Correct. Good work. Yeah. And, uh, what about the other new, you know, the good one we all hear on the radio and telly all day? BCF and fun. BCF. Yeah, BCF. The camping, boating camping, fishing. Yes. That's it. Yeah. Good ones. Rick. Thank you. Rick I didn't have them on my list. Hey. Simon writes Helen in Ringwood North. How about Tab and AFL What's the tab? Is totalisator agency. board. Yes and AFL Yeah. Of course we don't say oh the Australian Football League. We say the AFL has done this. I think Craig Willis used to say Australian Football League on grand final day. Did he. Yes. Yeah. Sort of as an official thing. Yeah he would do and he would sound great saying it. Um, Michael. Hello. Yeah. Good evening gentlemen A bit of a theme with the, uh, first caller. Uh, I've got, three alcoholic ones. We've got VB, No one ever says Victoria Bitter. Yeah. And we've got, uh, higher up on the shelf. We've got the JD. Jack Daniels. Yes. Yeah, And, for the ladies who've got a GNC gin and tonic. That's very good. They are, they're very good. So many aren't there. Yeah. It's amazing how many things are known by initials. Uh, thank you very much. Good on you. Michael. Jason. Hello. Hi. I've got, uh, a couple. I've got, um, Arnie, which we've all been to. Accident and emergency. Yes. Oh, okay I thought you meant American Express. Oh, yeah. You haven't been to that. I think we've been touched by them. Um, and then I've got, uh. so when I was an apprentice, my old boss used to say to me, the five P's. Jason, the five P's. Does anyone know the five P's? No, Prior preparation prevents poor performance. Oh, yeah. it's a good motivational thing. Yeah, like, a lot of. my apprentices know it now off by heart. And then you know the KFC one. My, children call that one kids club. There you go. Michael. That's great. Call Uh, Jason. Sorry. Great call. Len. Good evening. Dennis. Simon. Uh, I've got the best of all. Everyone's favourite, the ATO, the Australian taxation office. Yes. Yeah. True. We all say. Oh, yeah. The ATO, um, got a nasty letter from the ATO. Many others. Len. We all pay them. We've got no choice, Len. No choice whatsoever. Catch you later, Dennis. Thank you Len. Thank you. Lynn from den. Karen. Hello. Hi. Dennis and Simon. Hey, Gary. Resident. Yeah. That's good LRB, the little River band. That's good. NLC, Methodist Ladies College, MLC and plc. Of course, the opposition. Presbyterian Ladies College. Mhm. And TLC tender loving care. Oh, that's very nice. That's a nice bit of emotion. Um, Jeff. Yeah. G'day. Dennis and Simon. We've got three here. We've got amp and BHP amp. Now what do
 

Interview What trade are you doing if you employ apprentices? If ...

Monday, February 19, 2024
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Interview What trade are you doing if you employ apprentices? If you're the boss of young people, I'd love to hear from you. The federal government has today announced a review of our apprenticeships incentive system. Because not enough apprentices are completing their qualifications. Why is that? Have you dropped out? If you're the boss of an apprentice, what has gone wrong on the line now is Brendan O'Connor, the Federal Minister for Skills and Training. Good afternoon Brendan, thanks so much for your time. What is going wrong with our kids not finishing their apprenticeships? Yeah. Look it's, uh, we can do better. We've got great apprentices, we've got some fantastic employers who want to give young people a go. But, you know, in the last ten years, 50, you know, 2012, we had 57,000. Australians complete a trade apprenticeship and by 2021 that had dropped by about 20,000. So we need to do better in the way we support apprentices and the way we support employers who take on an apprentice. And we're going to examine that and look at all the reasons. Obviously, one of them is difficulty living on an apprentice wage. But there is also so many other reasons, including, you know, some employers are really good at providing support and care for these young people. Um, and some employers have, you know, have not had that experience. And so there are variations across the labor market, across workplaces in Australia. We need to do better. So how much is the average apprentice wage and how old are the kids who are dropping out? Well, apprenticeship wages tend to be lower than the minimum wage because they're young, they're being trained, they're in an apprenticeship. And because it's accepted that they're learning skills in an educative way for their own future, for the future of no doubt, for some of the employers they work with. Um, there's a concession that they won't receive a full adult wage. That has happened. But at a time when things are tough, cost of living pressures are acute. We have to look at how we can make things better for them. Uh, we've done that in some areas. Bringing in fee free TAFE has removed costs for apprentices enrolling in those courses, and sometimes employers who actually pay the fees in some of these TAFE courses. So that's good. We're providing access to loans that only have to be paid back once you receive a certain amount of income. That's some support. But we have to look at it across the board. And that's why we've announced a review. We've got justice, Ian Ross and Lisa Paul, an eminent public servant who are looking at this area, who've worked in these in this field and will be talking to employers, large and small and apprentices about, as you just said, when you spoke to your listeners, what is it that's made it difficult to keep going on, you know, keep staying in the apprenticeship? And how hard is it sometimes for employers, particularly smaller ones, having the resources to take care of people who are just learning? Do you think there's this mindset as well that we need to change about children or young people going to university rather than taking up a trade? I do, I think there's that as well. I think too, for too long we have not understood that the vocational and education training pathway is as good a pathway to the labor market as universities. We've treated it too often as the second option. The poorer cousin if you like, of the other tertiary sector, my view is you can get better paid jobs, more secure jobs earlier with less debt. Uh, if you go into this area and many of these jobs provide really, you know, great opportunities and great experiences and that's what our message is to apprentices that you really do have great chances of getting secure work skills that are in demand and career progression sometimes, um, you know, sometimes running your own business or working in a larger employer in all sorts of ways because you've picked up this qualification early in your working lif
 

Interview What trade are you doing if you employ apprentices? If ...

Monday, February 19, 2024
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Interview What trade are you doing if you employ apprentices? If you're the boss of young people, I'd love to hear from you. The federal government has today announced a review of our apprenticeships incentive system. Because not enough apprentices are completing their qualifications. Why is that? Have you dropped out? If you're the boss of an apprentice, what has gone wrong on the line now is Brendan O'Connor, the Federal Minister for Skills and Training. Good afternoon Brendan, thanks so much for your time. What is going wrong with our kids not finishing their apprenticeships? Yeah. Look it's, uh, we can do better. We've got great apprentices, we've got some fantastic employers who want to give young people a go. But, you know, in the last ten years, 50, you know, 2012, we had 57,000. Australians complete a trade apprenticeship and by 2021 that had dropped by about 20,000. So we need to do better in the way we support apprentices and the way we support employers who take on an apprentice. And we're going to examine that and look at all the reasons. Obviously, one of them is difficulty living on an apprentice wage. But there is also so many other reasons, including, you know, some employers are really good at providing support and care for these young people. Um, and some employers have, you know, have not had that experience. And so there are variations across the labor market, across workplaces in Australia. We need to do better. So how much is the average apprentice wage and how old are the kids who are dropping out? Well, apprenticeship wages tend to be lower than the minimum wage because they're young, they're being trained, they're in an apprenticeship. And because it's accepted that they're learning skills in an educative way for their own future, for the future of no doubt, for some of the employers they work with. Um, there's a concession that they won't receive a full adult wage. That has happened. But at a time when things are tough, cost of living pressures are acute. We have to look at how we can make things better for them. Uh, we've done that in some areas. Bringing in fee free TAFE has removed costs for apprentices enrolling in those courses, and sometimes employers who actually pay the fees in some of these TAFE courses. So that's good. We're providing access to loans that only have to be paid back once you receive a certain amount of income. That's some support. But we have to look at it across the board. And that's why we've announced a review. We've got justice, Ian Ross and Lisa Paul, an eminent public servant who are looking at this area, who've worked in these in this field and will be talking to employers, large and small and apprentices about, as you just said, when you spoke to your listeners, what is it that's made it difficult to keep going on, you know, keep staying in the apprenticeship? And how hard is it sometimes for employers, particularly smaller ones, having the resources to take care of people who are just learning? Do you think there's this mindset as well that we need to change about children or young people going to university rather than taking up a trade? I do, I think there's that as well. I think too, for too long we have not understood that the vocational and education training pathway is as good a pathway to the labor market as universities. We've treated it too often as the second option. The poorer cousin if you like, of the other tertiary sector, my view is you can get better paid jobs, more secure jobs earlier with less debt. Uh, if you go into this area and many of these jobs provide really, you know, great opportunities and great experiences and that's what our message is to apprentices that you really do have great chances of getting secure work skills that are in demand and career progression sometimes, um, you know, sometimes running your own business or working in a larger employer in all sorts of ways because you've picked up this qualification early in your working lif
 

2CC, Canberra, 15:00 News - News A lawyer for Walter Sofronoff has argued his client's commun...

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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2CC, Canberra, 15:00 News - News A lawyer for Walter Sofronoff has argued his client's commun...tions with a journalist was not preferential treatment. Brent Forde reports as the defence follows allegations from former top prosecutor Shane Drumgold team, which has launched legal action into Mr. Safronov's 839 page Board of Inquiry report. The times reports that Mr. Safronov's counsel told the court that his communications with Janet Albrechtsen from The Australian didn't involve preferential treatment. She was just persistent. The pair are said to have had 273 communications over a seven month period. The case against Mr. Sofronoff is continuing. Brent Forde Capital Radio News, a partnership between Greyhound Racing New South Wales and the Australian Federal Police Association, has seen two retired racing dogs go to offices as pets. The idea rehomes dogs that are no longer racing and gives emotional support to officers suffering from PTSD. Association president Alex Caruana says greyhounds are the perfect dog to partner with those suffering with PTSD and they are very apt at learning. They want to learn and they want to be with their owner. So that's why they're really, good at, um, finding those little niches or those little twerks that someone might have that indicates, oh, they're not feeling comfortable. So they will start to put themselves in positions to, make the owner feel better to make them feel safer and to alleviate some of those symptoms of the PTSD. And car dealers are confident most Australians will purchase an SUV or ute as their next vehicle. They'll also keep them longer due to cost of living pressures. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jeff Gwilhum says larger vehicles have become more trendy over the past decade. People want visibility, they want safety of a vehicle in terms of, you know, if they get hit by another vehicle and whether we like it or not. Culturally, Australians have grown more and more towards bigger vehicles over at least over the last decade. Petrol price watch Volvo Cars Canberra The Xc40 recharge Pure electric SUV available now under the LCT threshold. Unleaded is $2 and seven at the 7-Eleven in Giralang. It's $2.13 at the Egg Ampol in Condor, and it's $1.89 at the Mobil in Queanbeyan. Sports update the NRL's official pre-season programme begins tonight with the Bulldogs taking on the Storm at Belmore Oval tomorrow night. The indigenous side takes on the Maori team in the All Stars match in Townsville. Rugby league great Greg Inglis says the game means so much to both sets of players. It really finds itself and, you know, really understand your, um, your identity and your culture as well. And that's what the week brings out in players was definitely brought out in myself. And you know, the game at the end of the week is just the icing on the cake. In AFL Michael Voss will coach Carlton until at least the end of 2026, addressing the playing group after signing a two year contract extension and Alex de Minaur has moved into the quarter finals at the Rotterdam Open. And that's the latest
 

Curtin FM, Perth, 11:00 News - 2GB, Sydney, 13:00 News - News Car dealers are confident most Australians will purchase an ...

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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Curtin FM, Perth, 11:00 News - 2GB, Sydney, 13:00 News - News Car dealers are confident most Australians will purchase an ... or ute as their next vehicles. They'll also keep them longer due to cost of living pressures. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jeff Gwilhum says larger vehicles have become more trendy over the past decade. People want visibility, they want safety of a vehicle in terms of, you know, if they get hit with another vehicle and whether we like it or not. Culturally, Australians have grown more and more towards bigger vehicles over at least over the last decade. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has congratulated the Prime Minister on his engagement. Anthony Albanese has proposed to his long time partner Jodie Haydon on Valentine's Day. Mr. Albanese posted the news on social media saying Miss Haydon accepted his proposal. Mr. Dutton says he's happy for both of them. I just saw that PM in the chamber then and shook his hand and said congratulations. So and Jodie's a lovely person, so I wish them every happiness and it's obviously a special relationship that they've got and I wish them, you know, every success in sport.
 

2GB, Sydney, 13:00 News - News Car dealers are confident most Australians will purchase an ...

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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2GB, Sydney, 13:00 News - News Car dealers are confident most Australians will purchase an ... or ute as their next vehicles. They'll also keep them longer due to cost of living pressures. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jeff Gwilhum says larger vehicles have become more trendy over the past decade. People want visibility, they want safety of a vehicle in terms of, you know, if they get hit by another vehicle and whether we like it or not. Culturally, Australians have grown more and more towards bigger vehicles over at least over the last decade. Indonesia has overtaken New Zealand as the most popular short turn travel destination for Australians. New charges and limits on how often properties can be leased to tourists are being considered.
 

Gove FM, Nhulunbuy, 08:00 AIR News NT Edition - RSN927, Melbourne, 09:00 News - News New car dealers say most Australians will purchase an SUV or...

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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Gove FM, Nhulunbuy, 08:00 AIR News NT Edition - RSN927, Melbourne, 09:00 News - News New car dealers say most Australians will purchase an SUV or...e as their next vehicle and they claim people are keeping their cars for longer because of cost of living pressures. While 3 in 5 people aren't prepared to pay more for electric vehicles. Jeff Gwilhum, from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, says the trend to larger vehicles has been building for ten years. People want visibility. They want safety of the vehicle in terms of, you know, if they get hit with another vehicle and whether we like it or not. Culturally, Australians have grown more and more towards bigger vehicles over at least over the last decade. We're being asked to swap G'day with Kia to help raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. All donations made to the Kids Cancer Project today will be matched with the fundraising goal of half $1 million. Chief executive Owen Finnegan says a childhood cancer diagnosis is devastating, but they're working to help ease the pain. Discovering your child has got cancer is probably the worst news a parent can ever receive, and that happens every day in Australia. Three families hear those words so we are calling on all Australians to swap the iconic g'day with g'day and donate.
 

RSN927, Melbourne, 09:00 News - News New car dealers say most Australians will purchase an SUV or...

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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RSN927, Melbourne, 09:00 News - News New car dealers say most Australians will purchase an SUV or...e as their next vehicle, and they claim people are keeping their cars for longer because of cost of living pressures. While 3 in 5 people aren't prepared to pay more for electric vehicles. Jeff Gwilhum, from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, says the trend to larger vehicles has been building for ten years. People want visibility, they want safety of the vehicle in terms of, you know, if they get hit with another vehicle and whether we like it or not. Culturally, Australians have grown more and more towards bigger vehicles over at least over the last decade. We're being asked to swap G'day with Kia to help raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. All donations made to the Kids Cancer Project today will be matched with a fundraising goal of half $1 million. Chief executive Owen Finnegan says a childhood cancer diagnosis is devastating, but they're working to help ease the pain. Discovering your child has got cancer is probably the worst news a parent can ever receive, and that happens every day in Australia. Three families hear those words. So we are calling on all Australians to swap the iconic day with G'day and donate.
 

3AW - The new research revealing Aussie car purchase habits

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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Car dealers have revealed Australians are preferring SUVs over any other car as drivers keep their cars for longer as the cost-of-living crisis continues. Chief executive of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Geoff Gwilym, says Australian drive...
 

3AW, Melbourne, 07:00 News - Car dealers say most Australians will buy an SUV or a ute as thei...

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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3AW, Melbourne, 07:00 News - Car dealers say most Australians will buy an SUV or a ute as thei...ext vehicle, adding people are keeping their cars longer due to cost of living pressures. Meanwhile, three out of five are not ready to pay more for electric vehicles. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce Geoff Gwilym states Australians have grown towards bigger vehicles over the last decade.
 

3AW, Melbourne, 07:00 News - Car dealers say most Australians will buy an SUV or a ute as thei...

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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3AW, Melbourne, 07:00 News - Car dealers say most Australians will buy an SUV or a ute as thei...ext vehicle, adding people are keeping their cars longer due to cost of living pressures. Meanwhile, three out of five are not ready to pay more for electric vehicles. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce Geoff Gwilym states Australians have grown towards bigger vehicles over the last decade.
 

3AW, Melbourne, Breakfast - Interview SUV. Yeah. Come on. New car dealers say most Australian...

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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3AW, Melbourne, Breakfast - Interview SUV. Yeah. Come on. New car dealers say most Australian...ill purchase an SUV or ute as their next vehicle. Jeff Gwilhum, chief executive of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Jeff, when is an SUV? That's a four wheel drive? Yeah. Uh, well, SUV, the small SUVs and large SUVs. Then you move into the four wheel drive, the ute category. But both of those are the biggest selling categories of vehicle in Australia. Okay. So Jeff, then describe what an SUV actually is. It's slightly bigger than a sedan. Well it's funny, in the olden days an SUV was a really big vehicle that you could get six kids in. Nowadays, even some of the new brands that are coming on and electric brands are called small SUVs. And the definition really has been left open to manufacturers, what they call an SUV, because there's small, medium and large SUVs coming to the car chase, pardon the pun. What? Why are people why are people's next car? Why is it tending to be an SUV or ute? Um, because they're the biggest car categories that Australians buy and it's been that way for ten years. Um, people want visibility. They want safety of the vehicle in terms of, you know, if they get hit by another vehicle. Um, and whether we like it or not, culturally, Australians have grown more and more towards bigger vehicles over at least over the last decade. So which is counterintuitive, isn't it? Um, yeah. So, Jeff. Yeah. Sorry, guys. Jeff, when we think big vehicles, we think USA. So are we catching up to the USA? Oh, definitely. Uh, as a matter of fact, the United States have got, uh, their fuel efficiency standards, which is basically tailpipe emissions. Their, standards are higher than ours. And yet we've still got bigger SUVs. You know, we know that the government have put out a discussion paper around fuel efficiency standards that will come through sometime this year. Uh, my gut feeling is people will go and buy the vehicle they can this year. If it's a big SUV, there'll be a petrol or diesel. If it's a four wheel drive, it'll be a petrol or diesel. Um, I think as, the cost of living crisis does come in though, you know, I think we should expect, um, people to I think people are going to buy vehicles, to hang on to them longer. Guys, I think that if you're going to go and buy a big vehicle, I think the expectation is I'm going to keep it longer. We expect the car fleet in Australia currently as a 10.2 year car fleet on average. We would expect that to get an older car fleet, both as SUVs come in and as cost of living tighten. So, Jeff, are all the sedans sitting in the corner saying, what about me? It isn't fair. Well, it sort of um, but, you know, this isn't a new trend. This has been there for a long time. We've, you know, we've just gone bigger and there's the I mean, look, I've had a bit of time on my hands. I've had a bit of time on my hands. Jeff. I reckon yesterday or the day before did I see an ad for a Ford F-150? Yes, indeed you did. And if you get in one of them, they are rockets. They're beautiful vehicles. And, uh, you know, they're this is the this is one of the challenges for government. You know, we sit down with politicians federally and they say, look, you know, we've got to get a different type of vehicle fleet. We've got to lower emissions. But the cars are fantastic. That's the problem. You get into these things and you think, man, this is a magnificent car. They're easy to buy. Hey, Jeff. Um, uh, electric. What percentage of the car market now? Uh, we finished last year, 7.5%. Uh, January is 5.2% for the month of January. But that's slow. That's the slowest month of the year. Anyway, um, I think full electric this year will get up around 9 or 10%. But if you add electric and hybrid, I think that 20% of the car market by the end of the year, this calendar year, 20% of our car market will be electric or hybrid. Good on you, Jeff. Gwilhum from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. We should mak
 

National Collision Repairer, Victoria, General News - Consumer law should protect auto businesses

Saturday, February 10, 2024
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Victoria's key auto trades advocacy body has continued its pressure on the federal government to update consumer law to protect automotive businesses. The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce made its submission to proposed federal government reforms to Australian consumer law to address unregulated unfair trading practices.
 

3AW, Melbourne, Afternoons - Interview statistic 2617 cars were impounded last year. That is a...

Monday, February 5, 2024
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3AW, Melbourne, Afternoons - Interview statistic 2617 cars were impounded last year. That is a...ll of a lot on the line. . Jeff Gwilhum, CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Always good to have you on, Jeff. Good afternoon Tony. Good afternoon mate. How are you? I'm well, thanks. In terms look, there's the spirit of the Lord, the letter of the law. And if you don't cheque the, .
 

ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, Conversation Hour - Interview On the ABC listen app, your smart speaker, and on Am ra...

Wednesday, January 31, 2024
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, Conversation Hour - Interview On the ABC listen app, your smart speaker, and on Am ra.... This is the conversation hour on ABC Radio Melbourne and Victoria. Richelle hunt with you in Melbourne. Nick Healy joining you from ABC Shepparton. As we look at the future of mechanics. Who's going to fix your car? How are your car be fixed. And as we transition to more and more electric vehicles, are people putting up their hands and wanting to train in the industry? And you know what I think is a part of it? Nick, um, are you sort of touched on this before where you said this could be a really exciting career? It could be something that is long term I don't even know if the average person, myself included, knows what the future of, say, an EV technician. What does that even look like? Right? What sort of job is that? What? do you do? What is the future of that? And maybe that's a part of the problem. Look, some of it's daunting, but I just think if you are coming out of school or looking for a career change, I mean, we should be highlighting how exciting this is across the board, even in traditional motor mechanics. So, you know, I live in Shepparton, we've got a big car culture here, and I've met more than a few people doing custom work, really excited about it across the board. They have a lot of fun working on the vehicles that come into their, um, uh, what did we decide? It was called shop Garage. Automotive Technician Workshop. Um, there's lots of different ones. Jeff Gwilhum is the CEO of the Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Is this a global issue, Jeff? Or is this something that is unique to Victoria? I mean, it took Australia a long time, for example, to take up EVs more so than other parts of the world. Where do we sit globally in terms of the future of being able to get our car fixed? Um, well, uh, it is a big problem. And the automotive industry, we've got to remember every year more cars go on the road in just about every country in the world. So we've got a growing vehicle fleet, which means you need more technicians for that fleet. Um, one of the challenges, not just in Australia, um, but in most, uh, modern economies, is that we sort of started to have a conversation about 20 years ago about being a clever country and sending everybody to university, and that's what we did. And what we've got now is we've got armies of kids going to university Half of them end up making a, you know, a cappuccinos, and they shouldn't have been there in the first place. They should have gone into a trade. They should be in a technical trade. They should be maybe carpentry. It doesn't matter what it is. But you know, we are partly to blame here because we've been we've convinced ourselves and every kid, if you don't go to university you're not very smart. Well, yeah. What future have you got? And yet, you know, automotive. You know, I did an automotive trade when I left school in the UK. And automotive trades take you around the world. You know, once you've got an apprenticeship qualification in a trade, you can go to any country in the world and they will understand what that apprenticeship qualification means And it means you can do something. You can make practical application of technology, um, and you can, you know, work wherever you like. And the, other point that was raised earlier, about $11 an hour. Well, that needs a bit of observation because the fourth year rates, um, are double that, um, for a fourth year apprentices. And once you go out into the industry after your apprenticeship, really, if you're a really good technician, even in Shepparton, you can earn very good money. I've got lots of members. One of my board members is in Shepparton. We work with the Shepparton Museum, the car Museum with Jim and the team in there. Um, really good technicians, uh, do get paid well and uh, you know, it's a great career even, you know, you the point you made about electric vehicles, um, you know, as, we trans
 

Australasian Paint & Panel - Code of Conduct update

Monday, January 29, 2024
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The Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry (MVIRI) Code of Conduct Committee (CAC) has made significant progress in response to the independent review conducted by Dr Michael Schaper says VACC.The CAC has finalised a brief for a rewrite of the Code, ...
 

3AW, Melbourne, Weekend Mornings - Interview Drive times 22 minutes to midday on three RW. We're hea...

Sunday, January 28, 2024
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3AW, Melbourne, Weekend Mornings - Interview Drive times 22 minutes to midday on three RW. We're hea...g from a few of you that you're having issues streaming the programme through Google. The three app is up and running, so if you're having any issues with that, the best place is to jump on the three app. Something going on with the Google smart speakers, I don't know. And the technical department is trying to fix it. Yes. Sarah. Hello. Oh, hi. Um, I'm definitely impacted coming into the city. I don't feel safe anymore. I, you know, go in for an enjoyable, um, time shopping and the impact to when I speak to when I do go in to, uh, vendors is unbelievable The cost of the lease, the cleaning of when people were putting stickers up. And it's just as a melburnian, I think we can do way better. And if the media, my suggestion, the media stop covering it so every night people don't see it, then the oxygen of these protesters gets wiped out. Yeah, we haven't really been covering the protests for quite some time. Not the annual weekly. Yep. No, not you guys, the TV. You know, it's always, uh. But I've got Nicholas and I both Sarah are both television during the week. Um, and I'm saying it's not on the TV most night the regular protests like, sure, the big Australia Day, the invasion day protest, that was huge That certainly got a lot of coverage. But these are every Saturday. Every Sunday. Things aren't getting air time as a general rule these days. And Sarah, let me tell you, they actually broadcast them themselves on social media and they get a big audience through their own exposure on social media. Sarah thanks for the call. Meg. Hello. You've had an experience with this? Oh, yeah. Look, I, um, I work in the city, and I go into the city a lot on the weekends. I drive, train, whatever. But before Christmas, I did go in and, uh, always parking QV generally, and on this particular day, on a Sunday could not get a. Why did I reckon I got the last park in the basement, which I didn't even know existed. Um, and they and look, I believe in protesting. I'm a lefty. Um, absolutely believe in it. The idea is to disrupt people for sure, to get attention, but it is annoying when you're trying to get into the city and you're used to getting in and out quickly and you can't do it. Um but I definitely uphold their right to protest and going into the city. I'm not scared. And, I mean, I just don't see how you can be going be scared going into the city when there's so many police around and it's just disruptive. That's all but an inconvenience, but that's the point of it. I agree, Meg, for most of the protests that we go to, it's there's not, uh, violence. Every now and again there is violence. There are a few arrests, all of that sort of stuff. But by and large, we're very fortunate. They're peaceful. Yeah. And that's largely credit to the police who make sure that and most protesters, a few don't. But most of the protesters coordinate with the police. Yeah. Even the freedom fighters now, they do, you know, despite even the ones that get in the face of police and attempts to incite them in the moment and scream all manner of things at them at the back end, even now, you know, because the police, they it's their job. They escort them through the city most Saturdays. Yeah Thanks for your thoughts, Meg. Uh, we're keen to hear also from you this morning on whether you're waiting to see a mechanic and having trouble getting a booking for your car. How long have you been waiting? What have you been told and just how bad are the delays getting? We're hearing that the industry is facing what those at the head of the industry are dubbing a mechanic skills crisis They're not attracting enough young workers and we'd like to hear what your experiencing on one, three, 693 to talk us through. It is Jeff Gwilhum, the chief executive of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce. Hello, Jeff. Good afternoon. Uh, how is there a shortage of workers and is it ca
 

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
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3AW, Melbourne, Weekend Mornings - Traffic Report Good on you, Jeff. Thanks for joining us today. Yo...pos;re welcome. Any time. Jeff Gwilhum is the, uh, chief executive of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce. 13693. Have you been waiting to see a mechanic? More of your calls after this traffic. Join Tony Moclair midday till three weekdays on three four.
 

ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 10:00 News (Weekend) - News Victoria's peak automotive body says parents are becoming mo...

Sunday, January 28, 2024
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 10:00 News (Weekend) - News Victoria's peak automotive body says parents are becoming mo...likely to encourage their children to take up a trade. The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is trying to address a dire shortage of mechanics and other technicians, and recently commissioned a survey of 1000 parents asking their attitudes about trades versus university. The study found parents believed trade jobs are better for being able to earn while you learn, and for learning skills that are in demand. Head of the VAC, Jeff Gwilhum, says he was fascinated to discover university educated parents are becoming more open to their children, not following in their footsteps. We can see in some of this trend data that's coming through that there is a slight shift in the community, and particularly with parents that went to university, and it's a university group of parents that are showing the biggest swing towards encouraging their young people to consider apprenticeships as a viable career option.
 

ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 09:00 News (Weekend) - News A dire shortage of mechanics in Victoria is said to be leadi...

Sunday, January 28, 2024
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 09:00 News (Weekend) - News A dire shortage of mechanics in Victoria is said to be leadi...to an increase in car repair wait times, the state's automotive industry peak body says there's been a shortage for years, but Covid lockdowns and exodus of baby boomer aged workers and poor numbers of new recruits has made the problem worse. CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Gwilhum, says the federal government needs to bring skilled people in from overseas and encourage young Australians to enter the industry. This is an issue right now about how long people wait to get their car and how long they wait to get it from a service or a repair. And, you know, we need government to focus on this issue because ultimately people need their cars to get to work and take the kids to school.
 

ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 08:00 News (Weekend) - News Car dealerships and repair garages in Victoria are complaini...

Sunday, January 28, 2024
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 08:00 News (Weekend) - News Car dealerships and repair garages in Victoria are complaini...they can't find enough workers. The state's automotive industry peak body says it's getting calls every week from its 5000 members, saying they can't find mechanics. Panelbeaters and other skilled technicians. The problem has worsened since Covid 19 lockdowns and an exodus of older workers, and is causing longer wait times for car repairs. Geoff Gwilhum is the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, and says the solution lies in the messaging given to high school leavers. I don't have an answer that will solve that overnight. This is a big change that's needed in society, where we communicate to young people. Getting a trade and getting paid while you learn is just as valuable as going to university.
 

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Friday, January 26, 2024
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Geoff Gwilym VACC CEO BUT WILL WE SEE IT AGAIN? Australian buyers - according to the Federal Chamber of AAutomotive Industries purchased a record 1,216,780 new vehicles during 2023, shading the previous highest sales result of 1,189,116 achieved in 2017.
 

ABC Shepparton, Shepparton, Breakfast - Interview Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. CEO Jeff Gill...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
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ABC Shepparton, Shepparton, Breakfast - Interview Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. CEO Jeff Gill...says the industry is not attracting enough young workers amid a shortage of mechanics and panelbeaters across Victoria. He says there needs to be more emphasis on trade pathways from schools. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says the federal government's new incentives for rural doctors is only a first step in attracting and retaining GPS in the regions. The Workforce Incentives programme is offering up to $21,000 a year for eligible rural generalists, and GPS with specialist qualifications are R-ace. GP vice president Doctor Michael Clements says more attention needs to be given to medical students, training and housing to support rural healthcare and head Wimbledon curator Neil Stubley visited the Albury Tennis Association yesterday as part of a partnership to test the suitability of various grasses for grass tennis courts. He says he hopes to expand grass court tennis through the research and with some news. Pretty hot off the press this morning, Sandra. The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has announced that Kim Williams, the former CEO of News Limited, is set to replace Ida Buttrose as chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as the ABC Our new boss. That's the. That's correct. Wow. Hot off the press. Okay, what do we know about Kim Wilson? Kim Williams former chair of News Limited, also worked, has done work with Film Australia. Lots of media corporations. I understand I'm not fully across Kim's resume, but maybe I will be by later today. There'll be a lot of people who'll be putting that into their search engine, I reckon, and finding out what's going on. Hey, thank you so much. Have a terrific day. Looks weird out there. I know I can't, tell if it's shaping up for swimming weather or not. Sandra, to be honest, it's warm enough, I guess. I think it is. So it's currently sitting on what is it? It's 22. Shep, it's 23 at Yarrawonga, 21 at Albury and 24 at Rutherglen. So yeah we're starting to get up there. Yeah. It's I mean we'll see how it pans out. Alrighty. Anna Chisholm, thank you so much Thank you. Uh, earlier this morning from the Bureau of Meteorology Morgan Pumper gave you an update. We will be seen as we head throughout the rest of today and into this afternoon and this evening. That chance of some thunderstorms in the listening area, as well as that, the chance of severe thunderstorm and the main concern there would be damaging winds just because of all the activity that we are seeing at the moment. But otherwise that does stretch from Euroa, Seymour, Mansfield, over to uh, over the border as well, and then up to Wodonga. So with that area may shift throughout today. So just keep in mind that not only do we have the activity at the moment but a little bit south east of the listening area. But nonetheless, as we head throughout today, continuing to expect some thunderstorm activity with that shower or two, it may just be associated with the activity moving through, bringing it all at once, and then clearing off rather than that persistent shower. So there'll definitely be plenty of breaks where we'll have some clearer skies, but otherwise still expecting a bit of that humidity today. Still a bit of that heat. But then with that system moving through, bringing that chance of the showers as well, not looking at anything more than, say, five millimetres top temperatures today. We are still looking around the 35 degrees at Albury, Wodonga, Whangarei and then also at Shepparton and Yarrawonga, but otherwise we've also got the 36 expected today at Rutherglen, 34 for today at Corryong, 33 for Benalla and 32 at Beechworth. So the next time we get temperatures around that high is probably not until Monday. But otherwise, after this system moves through which is a trough bringing up all this thunderstorm activity, we'll see temperatures coming down into the long weekend b
 

ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, Breakfast - Interview Regional train travellers are being urged to find alter...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
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ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, Breakfast - Interview Regional train travellers are being urged to find alter...ive ways to get to their destination tomorrow, with industrial action continuing across V line services due to this action. V line trains will not run between 3:00 in the morning and 7:00. It's the second time transport union workers have held industrial action in the past six weeks, bringing the regional train network to a halt over a pay dispute. Trains will begin running from 8:00 in the morning, but Velan says there will be delays. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce uh CEO Jeff Guillum says the industry is not attracting enough young workers amid a shortage of mechanics and panelbeaters across Victoria. He says there needs to be more emphasis on trade pathways from schools. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says the federal government's new incentives for rural doctors is only a first step in attracting and retaining GPS in the regions. The Workforce Incentives programme is offering up to $21,000 a year for eligible rural generalists, and GPS with specialist qualifications are R-ace. GP vice president Doctor Michael Clements says more attention needs to be given to medical students, training and housing to support rural healthcare and head Wimbledon curator Neil Stubley visited the Albury Tennis Association yesterday as part of a partnership to test the suitability of various grasses for grass tennis courts. He says he hopes to expand grass court tennis through the research. And with some news pretty hot off the press this morning, Sandra, the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has announced that Kim Williams, the former CEO of News Limited, is set to replace Ita Buttrose as chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as the ABC Our new boss, that's the. That's correct. Wow. Hot off the press. Okay, what do we know about Kim Wilson? Uh, Kim Williams former chair of News Limited. Um, also worked has done work with Film Australia. Lots of media corporations. I understand I'm not fully across Kim's resume, but maybe I will be by later today. There'll be a lot of people who'll be putting that into their search engine, I reckon, and finding out what's going on. Hey, thank you so much. Have a terrific day. Looks weird out there. I know I can't, tell if it's shaping up for swimming weather or not. Sandra, to be honest, it's warm enough, I guess. I think it is. So it's currently sitting on what is it? It's 22. Shep, it's 23 at Yarrawonga, 21 at Albury and 24 at Rutherglen. So yeah we're starting to get up there. Yeah. It's I mean we'll see how it pans out. Alrighty. Anna Chisholm, thank you so much Thank you. Uh, earlier this morning from the Bureau of Meteorology Morgan Pumper gave you an update. We will be seen as we head throughout the rest of today and into this afternoon and this evening. That chance of some thunderstorms in the listening area, as well as that, the chance of severe thunderstorm and the main concern there would be damaging winds just because of all the activity that we are seeing at the moment. But otherwise that does stretch from Uralla, Seymour, Mansfield, over to uh, over the border as well, and then up to Wodonga. So with that area may shift throughout today. So just keep in mind that not only do we have the activity at the moment a little bit south, east of the listening area, but nonetheless, as we head throughout today, continuing to expect some thunderstorm activity with that shower or two, it may just be associated with the activity moving through, bringing it all at once, and then clearing off rather than that persistent shower. So there'll definitely be plenty of breaks where we'll have some clearer skies, but otherwise still expecting a bit of that humidity today. Still a bit of that heat. But then with that system moving through, bringing that chance of the showers as well, not looking at anything more than, say, five millimetres top temperatu
 

ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, Breakfast - Interview Regional train travellers are being urged to find alter...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
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ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, Breakfast - Interview Regional train travellers are being urged to find alter...ive ways to get to their destination tomorrow, with industrial action continuing across V line services due to this action. V line trains will not run between 3:00 in the morning and 7:00. It's the second time transport union workers have held industrial action in the past six weeks, bringing the regional train network to a halt over a pay dispute. Trains will begin running from 8:00 in the morning, but Velan says there will be delays. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce uh CEO Jeff Guillum says the industry is not attracting enough young workers amid a shortage of mechanics and panelbeaters across Victoria. He says there needs to be more emphasis on trade pathways from schools. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says the federal government's new incentives for rural doctors is only a first step in attracting and retaining GPS in the regions. The Workforce Incentives programme is offering up to $21,000 a year for eligible rural generalists, and GPS with specialist qualifications are R-ace. GP vice president Doctor Michael Clements says more attention needs to be given to medical students, training and housing to support rural healthcare and head Wimbledon curator Neil Stubley visited the Albury Tennis Association yesterday as part of a partnership to test the suitability of various grasses for grass tennis courts. He says he hopes to expand grass court tennis through the research. And with some news pretty hot off the press this morning, Sandra, the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has announced that Kim Williams, the former CEO of News Limited, is set to replace Ita Buttrose as chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as the ABC Our new boss, that's the. That's correct. Wow. Hot off the press. Okay, what do we know about Kim Wilson? Uh, Kim Williams former chair of News Limited. Um, also worked has done work with Film Australia. Lots of media corporations. I understand I'm not fully across Kim's resume, but maybe I will be by later today. There'll be a lot of people who'll be putting that into their search engine, I reckon, and finding out what's going on. Hey, thank you so much. Have a terrific day. Looks weird out there. I know I can't, tell if it's shaping up for swimming weather or not. Sandra, to be honest, it's warm enough, I guess. I think it is. So it's currently sitting on what is it? It's 22. Shep, it's 23 at Yarrawonga, 21 at Albury and 24 at Rutherglen. So yeah we're starting to get up there. Yeah. It's I mean we'll see how it pans out. Alrighty. Anna Chisholm, thank you so much Thank you. Uh, earlier this morning from the Bureau of Meteorology Morgan Pumper gave you an update. We will be seen as we head throughout the rest of today and into this afternoon and this evening. That chance of some thunderstorms in the listening area, as well as that, the chance of severe thunderstorm and the main concern there would be damaging winds just because of all the activity that we are seeing at the moment. But otherwise that does stretch from Uralla, Seymour, Mansfield, over to uh, over the border as well, and then up to Wodonga. So with that area may shift throughout today. So just keep in mind that not only do we have the activity at the moment a little bit south, east of the listening area, but nonetheless, as we head throughout today, continuing to expect some thunderstorm activity with that shower or two, it may just be associated with the activity moving through, bringing it all at once, and then clearing off rather than that persistent shower. So there'll definitely be plenty of breaks where we'll have some clearer skies, but otherwise still expecting a bit of that humidity today. Still a bit of that heat. But then with that system moving through, bringing that chance of the showers as well, not looking at anything more than, say, five millimetres top temperatu
 

ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, 07:30 News - ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, 06:30 News - News The alleged offence took place after officers received repor...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
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ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, 07:30 News - ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, 06:30 News - News The alleged offence took place after officers received repor...of a red minivan driving erratically along Cribbs Road, about 6:30 on Monday night. Police say that officers then pulled up behind the van on Laceby Tuggerah Road, before the car reversed into the police vehicle and fled with no one injured. The van is believed to have been stolen in New South Wales on Sunday but has since been found and recovered. Investigators have been told. The same car was seen driving erratically at the intersection of Inchbold Street and Cribbs Road, just after 620 on Monday night. Travellers are being urged to find alternative ways to get to their destinations tomorrow, with industrial action continuing throughout regional V line services Laura Mairs reports. Due to industrial action tomorrow, V line trains will not run between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. it's the second time transport union workers have held strikes in the past six weeks, bringing the regional train network to a halt over pay negotiations. Trains will begin running again from 8 a.m. tomorrow, but delays and cancellations are expected to continue throughout the day. V line recommends planning ahead and only travelling for essential journeys. The rail, tram and Bus Union are fighting over a pay dispute after Metro Trains employees agreed to a 17% pay rise over four years. V line staff want the same mechanics and panelbeaters in Victoria say a lack of apprentices and long waits for parts are pushing out wait times for repairs into months. A 2021 report by the Motor Trade Association of Australia found 52% of automotive businesses were short staffed, with that trend expected to continue in a report this year. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeff Gwilhum says there needs to be more emphasis on trade pathways in schools. There is a big gap in the number of people that are coming into the automotive industry versus the number of people that we need to repair cars. The car fleet grows every year, and we've got an army of baby boomers that are, you know, ready to leave the industry and go and spend their retirement savings. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says the federal government's new incentives for rural doctors is only the first step in attracting and retaining GPS in the regions. The Workforce Incentives programme is offering up to $21,000 a year for eligible rural generalists and GPS with specialist qualifications to attract more doctors specialising in areas including mental health, obstetrics and surgery. But Racgp vice president Doctor Michael Clements, says more attention needs to be given to medical students training and housing to support rural health care. We need to think of lots of different things and listening to the community and their needs, but it will all require money, and this incentive payment is one of those pieces of the puzzle that can work towards resolving some of these issues that have been building up for so long. There's hope.
 

ABC Gippsland, Sale, 07:30 News - News The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says t...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
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ABC Gippsland, Sale, 07:30 News - News The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says t...federal government's new incentives for rural doctors is only the first step in attracting and retaining GPS in the regions. The Workforce Incentives programme is offering up to $21,000 a year for eligible rural generalists and GPS with special specialist qualifications to lure more doctors specialising in areas including mental health, obstetrics, surgery and aesthetics and First Nations health. But college vice president Doctor Michael Clements says more attention needs to be given to medical students training and housing to support rural healthcare. We need to think of lots of different things and listening to the community and their needs, but it will all require money. And this incentive payment is one of those pieces of the puzzle that can work towards resolving some of these issues that have been building up for so long Mechanics and panelbeaters in Victoria say a lack of apprentices and long delays for parts delivery are pushing out wait times for repairs into months. A 2021 report by the Motor Trade Association of Australia found 52% of automotive businesses were short staffed, with that trend expected to continue. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeff Goldblum says there needs to be more emphasis on trade pathways in schools. There is a big gap in the number of people that are coming into the automotive industry versus the number of people that we need to repair cars. The car fleet grows every year, and we've got an army of baby boomers that are, you know, ready to leave the industry and go and spend their retirement savings.
 

ABC Gippsland, Sale, 07:30 News - News The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says t...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
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ABC Gippsland, Sale, 07:30 News - News The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says t...federal government's new incentives for rural doctors is only the first step in attracting and retaining GPS in the regions. The Workforce Incentives programme is offering up to $21,000 a year for eligible rural generalists and GPS with special specialist qualifications to lure more doctors specialising in areas including mental health, obstetrics, surgery and aesthetics and First Nations health. But college vice president Doctor Michael Clements says more attention needs to be given to medical students training and housing to support rural healthcare. We need to think of lots of different things and listening to the community and their needs, but it will all require money. And this incentive payment is one of those pieces of the puzzle that can work towards resolving some of these issues that have been building up for so long Mechanics and panelbeaters in Victoria say a lack of apprentices and long delays for parts delivery are pushing out wait times for repairs into months. A 2021 report by the Motor Trade Association of Australia found 52% of automotive businesses were short staffed, with that trend expected to continue. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeff Goldblum says there needs to be more emphasis on trade pathways in schools. There is a big gap in the number of people that are coming into the automotive industry versus the number of people that we need to repair cars. The car fleet grows every year, and we've got an army of baby boomers that are, you know, ready to leave the industry and go and spend their retirement savings.
 

ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, 06:30 News - News The alleged offence took place after officers received repor...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
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ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, 06:30 News - News The alleged offence took place after officers received repor...of a red minivan driving erratically along Cribbs Road, about 6:30 on Monday night. Police say that officers then pulled up behind the van on Laceby Tuggerah Road, before the car reversed into the police vehicle and fled with no one injured. The van is believed to have been stolen in New South Wales on Sunday, but has since been found and recovered. Investigators have been told. The same car was seen driving erratically at the intersection of Inchbold Street and Cribbs Road just after 620 on Monday night. Travellers are being urged to find alternative ways to get to their destination tomorrow, with industrial action continuing throughout regional V line services. Laura mayers reports due to industrial action tomorrow, V line trains will not run between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.. It's the second time transport union workers have held strikes in the past six weeks, bringing the regional train network to a halt over pay negotiations. Trains will begin running again from 8 a.m. tomorrow, but delays and cancellations are expected to continue throughout the day. V line recommends planning ahead and only travelling for essential journeys. The rail, tram and Bus union are fighting over a pay dispute after Metro Trains employees agreed to a 17% pay rise over four years. V line staff want the same mechanics and panelbeaters in Victoria say a lack of apprenticeship, apprentices and long waits for parts are pushing out wait times for repairs to months. A 2021 report by the Motor Trade Association of Australia found 52% of automotive businesses were short staffed, with that trend expected to continue in a report this year. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeff Gwilhum says there needs to be more emphasis on trade pathways in schools. There is a big gap in the number of people that are coming into the automotive industry versus the number of people that we need to repair cars. The car fleet grows every year, and we've got an army of baby boomers that are, you know, ready to leave the industry and go and spend their retirement savings. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has welcomed the Federal government's new incentives to boost advanced health services in regional communities. Eligible rural generalists and GPS with specialised qualifications can apply for up to $21,000 a year through the Workforce Incentives programme The purpose is to attract more doctors specialising in areas including mental health, obstetrics, surgery, anaesthetics and First Nations health work to work in regions lacking doctors with these skills. RAC GP vice president Doctor Michael Clements says he hopes the move will incentivise doctors to take on more challenging jobs. So we're hoping that these skills that are being brought into communities I guess, undoes some of the workforce shortages. What I mean is, if a town can only recruit 1 or 2 doctors, it's important that we have doctors with the broader skills that can contribute the most different skills to that community.
 

ABC Gippsland, Sale, 06:30 News - News A new study into the effects of the Hazelwood coal mine fire...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
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ABC Gippsland, Sale, 06:30 News - News A new study into the effects of the Hazelwood coal mine fire...s found community wellbeing in Morwell is perceived to have declined since the event. Those surveyed say they are particularly dissatisfied with the community's social, economic and environmental conditions. Wellbeing is ranked lower among younger participants and those who have experienced recent stressful events, or are more bothered by health complaints. Hazelwood Health Study co-principal investigator Doctor Matthew Carroll says he hopes the research will inform responses to similar events What it shows is that there are vulnerable groups, and those vulnerable groups line up with what we've seen in all our other health papers, in terms of younger people and people who've had reporting symptoms and people who've had multiple recent stressful events. So it shows you that there are groups that need to be supported during following. And now in the Long Terme, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has welcomed the federal government's new incentives to boost advanced health services in regional communities. Eligible rural generalists and GPS with specialist qualifications can apply for up to $21,000 a year through the Workforce Incentives programme The programme is designed to attract more doctors specialising in areas including mental health, obstetrics, surgery, anaesthetics and First Nations health to work in regions lacking doctors with their skills. Vice president of the organisation, Doctor Michael Clements, says he hopes the move will incentivise doctors to take on more challenging regional jobs. So we're hoping that the skills that are being brought into communities, I guess, undoes some of the workforce shortages. What I mean is, if a town can only recruit 1 or 2 doctors, it's important that we have doctors with the broader skills that can contribute the most different skills to that community. Mechanics and panelbeaters in Victoria say a lack of apprentices and long delays for parts delivery are pushing out wait times for repairs. A 2021 report by the Motor Trade Association of Australia found 52% of automotive businesses were short staffed, with that trend expected to continue this year. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeff Gwilhum says there needs to be more emphasis on trade pathways in schools. There is a big gap in the number of people that are coming into the automotive industry versus the number of people that we need to repair cars. The car fleet grows every year, and we've got an army of baby boomers that are, you know, ready to leave the industry and go and spend their retirement savings.
 

ABC Ballarat, Ballarat, Statewide Drive - Interview They're not all bad, by the way. You know, there's good...

Tuesday, January 23, 2024
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ABC Ballarat, Ballarat, Statewide Drive - Interview They're not all bad, by the way. You know, there's good...d bad in all industries. But it's a very competitive industry. And you know they're trying to get competitive rates for their policyholders. Um, but often the repair industry ends up carrying the can around a reduction in, money that goes into the industry. And if we can't offer good wages and stable employment to young people, they're not going to come in. So it is something we're working on and we've got good dialogue with the insurers about this. But I don't think anybody is ready to bite the bullet yet and say we need to pay more to have cars repaired, or else we're not going to have enough people to do them at all. Frida in central Victoria has just texted in or just called in with a message. She says, um, absolutely true that some repair people just don't want to do insurance jobs. I know a windscreen repair guy who says it takes so long to get paid by the insurance companies that maybe they do just turn them down. Well, ultimately, though, even the insurers need to be careful here because the because consumers will get fed up. And look, I've always said to the insurers, you know, we'll promote the best insurer if we know that the consumers are getting a good deal, but the repairers are as well. Yeah. Um, but it's, competitive. So you know, they're trying to do their work and we're trying to do our work. Can I just ask before I let you go, Jeff, I'm curious about the way the whether the industry has changed and kept pace, too, with the with new vehicles, whether that has something to do with it. Um, well, the industry has to keep pace. So when a car rolls into a repair shop, it doesn't actually matter whether it's mechanical or body repair. The competency in that workshop has to be sufficient to get that car back to the condition it was before an accident. So we do have highly trained people. We've got great technology, some of the spray work that spray painting work that takes place in the industry is just excellent. So there's no issue with the competence in the workplace. It's the number of people that are the problem. Jeff Gillan, thank you so much for your time this afternoon. I hadn't heard this before, but yes, I'll be extra careful on the roads. Good on you. Thank you. Jeff Gillan is the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. And I think the main thing here is do your best not to have a smash. Of course, we know that that's not always possible, but if you do, you may well be experiencing some, uh, severe wait times to get your car fixed. It's coming up to 5:17. We'll cross to state parliament in just a moment. ABC listen, what's the collective noun for podcasts you can listen big to?
 

ABC Ballarat, Ballarat, Statewide Drive - Interview They're not all bad, by the way. You know, there's good...

Tuesday, January 23, 2024
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ABC Ballarat, Ballarat, Statewide Drive - Interview They're not all bad, by the way. You know, there's good...d bad in all industries. But it's a very competitive industry. And you know they're trying to get competitive rates for their policyholders. Um, but often the repair industry ends up carrying the can around a reduction in, money that goes into the industry. And if we can't offer good wages and stable employment to young people, they're not going to come in. So it is something we're working on and we've got good dialogue with the insurers about this. But I don't think anybody is ready to bite the bullet yet and say we need to pay more to have cars repaired, or else we're not going to have enough people to do them at all. Frida in central Victoria has just texted in or just called in with a message. She says, um, absolutely true that some repair people just don't want to do insurance jobs. I know a windscreen repair guy who says it takes so long to get paid by the insurance companies that maybe they do just turn them down. Well, ultimately, though, even the insurers need to be careful here because the because consumers will get fed up. And look, I've always said to the insurers, you know, we'll promote the best insurer if we know that the consumers are getting a good deal, but the repairers are as well. Yeah. Um, but it's, competitive. So you know, they're trying to do their work and we're trying to do our work. Can I just ask before I let you go, Jeff, I'm curious about the way the whether the industry has changed and kept pace, too, with the with new vehicles, whether that has something to do with it. Um, well, the industry has to keep pace. So when a car rolls into a repair shop, it doesn't actually matter whether it's mechanical or body repair. The competency in that workshop has to be sufficient to get that car back to the condition it was before an accident. So we do have highly trained people. We've got great technology, some of the spray work that spray painting work that takes place in the industry is just excellent. So there's no issue with the competence in the workplace. It's the number of people that are the problem. Jeff Gillan, thank you so much for your time this afternoon. I hadn't heard this before, but yes, I'll be extra careful on the roads. Good on you. Thank you. Jeff Gillan is the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. And I think the main thing here is do your best not to have a smash. Of course, we know that that's not always possible, but if you do, you may well be experiencing some, uh, severe wait times to get your car fixed. It's coming up to 5:17. We'll cross to state parliament in just a moment. ABC listen, what's the collective noun for podcasts you can listen big to?
 

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Monday, January 22, 2024
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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview fibre Google NBN cheque your address three. Whether, th...s to Honda's new 36 volt domestic battery range, partly cloudy tomorrow. Top of 29 after an overnight low of 14. Wednesday partly cloudy. 33. Thursday A shower or 226 Australia Day Friday partly cloudy 23. Saturday 26. Sunday sunny and a top of 33. It's 19 at Glen Waverley in the city. 19 degrees Tony Taddeo Melbourne's own three, now on three and across Victoria Drive with Jacqui Felgate 5:07. with you until six. Thank you for your company this afternoon. I wanted to go back now to a call I received earlier from Kate. She told us of this terrible situation. In fact, it's pretty disgraceful. She's found herself in the middle of thanks to a garbage truck that collided with her car out the front of her property. So about a week ago, um, the garbage collectors were collecting our rubbish and they damaged my car, which is now Undrivable. And right off. Um, I didn't see it happen, but our neighbours saw it, and the driver left a note admitting fault. Um, and since then, it's been six phone calls to the council, multiple emails, um, and all I've been told so far is you just have to wait for someone to reach out to you. And we don't know when that's going to be. We're going to get the expert advice on that issue shortly. But we were inundated with calls following Kate's call. So 13693, this is the Merri Beck Council. I'd love to know your thoughts. And have you ever had a run in with a garbage truck or are you a Garbo? What's life like out there on the road? One three. Six. Nine. Three. Murray, you're up first. Good afternoon. Yeah. Hi, Jackie. Um, I really feel for Kate. I mean, the truck driver has to give his name because otherwise he loses his job. Uh, the council, uh, it seems to be common ground for councils to do this because they know they're liable, but they dither, they obfuscate, and they shirk their responsibilities. I had an issue. Uh, I was going to go to the Ombudsman but prior to that, I knew I found out that I had to go via the CEO. Once I emailed the CEO, it was like one day I had it fixed straight away. And, uh, they get paid thousands of dollars. And the CEO really needs to, be contacted and action will happen. But she but Kate also needs to get a couple of quotes so that they know what they're talking about. And I felt for Kate on multiple fronts here. Murray, because she's pregnant, she's trying to get to an appointment. She asked the council whether while they made up their mind if she could, um, get some reimbursement for an Uber or a taxi, they said no She said, could she go to get it fixed privately with her insurance? They said no. Um, and it seems like she's been given the run-around after six calls and the damage to this car. Murray, I don't know if you've seen the pictures, but it the front windscreen has been completely obliterated and her bonnet has been folded in. So this is not a minor accident by any stretch of the imagination but it's also more it's more than the accident. Stress for a pregnant person is not good. Uh No one's going to pay for that. She needs to be looked after. The council needs to take action. Or she. What? She needs to get a couple of quotes, email the CEO, uh, either now or before she gets after the. She gets the quotes and get them to take action. If the CEO doesn't, then she can go to the ombudsman and it has to get sorted out very, very quickly. And she doesn't need the stress. Yeah, I really I couldn't agree with you more, Murray. And I just think this is one of those classic examples with council bureaucracy. And you pay your rates, they've damaged your car and you can't even get a phone call through and speak to a real person to fix a problem that they caused. Murray, stay on the line. . King Valley Prosecco for you, Michelle. Good afternoon. I'm Michelle. Go ahead for the councils who do kerbside collection. So first of all, it's not always through the councils. then need to come t
 

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Thursday, January 11, 2024
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3AW, Melbourne, Afternoons - Interview On road. The car spun out and hit the side railing. Um,...rbags and that have been deployed. Police and ambulance are in attendance. The two lanes to the city are now blocked off and traffic building up. And just to make things better, uh, big bubbles come out of a container yard heading towards sunshine, and something's gone wrong with the truck. And he's blocking the two lanes. Going to sunshine. Avoid Sunshine road. What's the nearest crossroad there, Paul? Uh, market road, market road. All right. Sunshine road near Market Road avoided at all costs. It seems as though with that accident and the truck that Paul is talking about, it is an area to avoid at the moment. 21 minutes to two on three. Now there is a fierce debate raging over calls for Aussies to ditch their new addiction to oversized, fuel rich cars. They've been dubbed beasts and yank tanks by critics, yank tanks because you see them all over the United States. Think a ute and then multiply it by ten. They are big. Is it time we start taxing these monster utes? Are we too reliant on them and do we actually need them here in Australia? I'd love to hear from you. If you drive one of these. 13693I know many people in the US who drive them. They wouldn't get around without one now. So do you drive one here and are they necessary? Do they make your ability to transport items, your driving experience more pleasurable? 13693 joining me on the line right now is Jeff Gwilhum. He's the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Jeff, good afternoon to you, Shane. Good afternoon. Are these beasts a good or bad thing on our roads? Well, well, Shane, it's sort of un-australian to tell somebody what car they should buy. Um, and I think Australians for, you know, the last 100 years have made an individual choice on the vehicle that they drive. They're available in the market. We don't tell people what airlines to use. We don't tell people how big their house should be. So, you know, when when a discussion starts around, uh, the sort of cars we should, should or shouldn't be driving, you know, it can be slightly irritating because it would be like me driving out to an outer suburb and pointing at a house and saying by the way, I think your house is too big. You need to downsize. I mean, that wouldn't go down too well either. So I and I agree with you there. So the question is, do they become a threat to the safety at all of other people and other road users? And I guess the first thing people will think about is pedestrians, those in car parks. So often these big trucks, they just simply don't fit in a car park like at High Point or Chadstone. Yeah. So a couple of things there. I think that we shouldn't be surprised that people want to be as safe as they can on the road. So whether we like it or not, when people moved into early utes that were a lot smaller, um, there is a general feeling that, you know, if I've got better visibility and I'm more protected, then I feel safer. I think that's just that's human nature, and I don't think we should be critical of that. Um, I think if we look at what's happening, particularly in areas with a lot of foot traffic, the speed limits are dropping down to 40km an hour. That speed cameras everywhere. I mean, I accept in principle the notion of weight and size. But if you look at the controls of being put in place around where you can't drive fast and the sorts of technology that's on cars that is warning you of things around the car, I think that, you know, we need to we need to put that into the debate as well and make sure, Shane, that whilst nobody wants to see anybody injured on the road, if these vehicles are available in the market and people want to buy them, you know, I think we've got to be careful when we when we're pointing a finger at other people around what they should and shouldn't buy. Yeah. And and that's fair enough. I still that the issue I have and it's probably the infrastru
 

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THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has issued special guidelines for car retailers following a storm cell that crossed part of the Victorian city of Bendigo and other parts of Central Victoria leaving around 700 storm damaged cars in its wake. The VACC provided the following extensive guidance on how to treat vehicles that LMCTs plan to retail that have existing or repaired hail damage.
 

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Victorian dealers set to claw back refunds on road-user charges paid since 2021 on EVs DEALERS in Victoria will now get a refund for EV road-user charge fees paid to the Victorian government after strong consultation to VicRoads by the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC).
 

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There has been some recent media interest focusing on T consumer complaints within the automotive repair sector. The tune goes a little like this. They [the mechanic] wanted to charge me X amount more than my friend recently paid or said I needed something that I actually didn't.
 

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ABC Gippsland, Sale, Regional Statewide Mornings - Interview They're grown up, but they've got their own challenges ...nomically. And I know that, you know, repairing and maintaining their car will slip down that list. And my advice to them is the same as anybody else is don't put the repair and maintenance of your car last on the list because the brakes, the shockers and the tyres, they're the things that are going to save your life. Yeah. Okay All right. Thank you so much for having a chat with us today. I appreciate it. Anytime. You're welcome. Thank you. Jeff Gillham from the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce. He's the chief executive there speaking about how some mechanics have ripped off women in particular, who take their cars to be serviced. But yeah, we need to be clear. That's not all mechanics and, you know, lots of mechanics do a really good job. And as Jeff said there, if you find a good mechanic, hang on to them. And certainly my experience. You're on ABC Victoria Statewide Mornings. If you've got personal experience there, I'd love to hear from you. Text 324678 42 seven to Chrissie on the text line says This is not a new thing. Women have been treated badly by lots of male mechanics for many years. I was told I needed new brake pads by one mechanic to find that when I took my car somewhere else there was nothing wrong with them at all. There have been rip offs in servicing for years, says Chrissie. Thank you for relating your experience, Chrissie. In a moment, we're talking about this container deposit scheme kicking off today. I know some people are really excited to drop off their Cairns and bottles. Others are saying not enough drink containers are eligible to be returned. You'll find out more about this, about that after this song from Jam. It's called A Town called Malice, and it's got a great bass line.
 

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ABC Gippsland, Sale, Regional Statewide Mornings - Interview Have you ever been in that position where you're worrie...hat a mechanic might be trying to rip you off? Well, an ABC article about this recently showed some young women across Australia have had that experience. Jack Weston is a mechanic in Ballarat. Morning Jack. Hello. How are you going? Yeah, not bad. How common is this, do you think? Um, it's. It is pretty common. I get quite a lot of females that come in here. They believe, or they know they have been ripped off. Um, in saying that, too. I do also get a lot of males that believe they've been ripped off as well. So, um, probably more so the female side of things because I don't know whether some people just think that they can pull the wool over their eyes a lot quicker than what they can. Opposed to a male. Um, yeah. So there's an assumption there basically that women won't know what's going on in their cars, right? Yes. Yep. A big one. So, um. Yeah, even. when it comes to like, parts stores and stuff like that, like, sometimes I can walk in there and yeah, like, people that know me obviously know what I know, but, um, sometimes I can walk into others and they don't know me or anything like that. And I've had them try and tell me that my car needs this because of this or whatever. And, um, it, doesn't. But that's just another way that they can sort of rip them off. Right. So you've gone into part stores and even though, I mean, you're a mechanic, they don't know you're a mechanic, but they think, oh, well we can, route this, woman off. Yeah. They try and upsell you a lot more stuff than what is actually needed like for what you've actually gone in there for. So. Yeah. And, you reckon about 75% of your clients are women, Is that because they trust you as a female mechanic a bit more. Are possibly. I think that's why a lot of them do come over, um, to see us because they feel they're going to get which they do, but they feel they're going to be spoken to, um, in terms that they understand, like um, it's okay to say, okay, well you can't eat it this and now here's your $2,000 bill where I'll call the customer and say, okay, this is what's wrong and this is why it's important and why you should replace it. Um, take photos of everything and we show the customers that so they know what we're talking about. Um, and then, yeah, opposed to just saying, well, it needs this, but not telling them why it needs that and you know, stuff like that. So I mean a lot of it is honesty, but then there might also be a lot of breakdown in communication. Do you think if mechanics maybe communicated a bit better? A lot of those misunderstandings wouldn't happen? Oh, possibly. Sort of hard to say. Like sometimes people just really it doesn't matter how much you explain it to them. They really don't understand what you're telling them. And then they can sort of get it mixed up when they're telling someone else as well. Right. So not always on the mechanics. Um, there obviously is a lot that sort of pull the wool over people's eyes, but there's a lot that, aren't as well. Yep. Yeah, we should make that clear. This is not we're not saying, you know, all mechanics are bad or shonky or whatever. It's just some, mechanics have done this. Um, so, yeah. How do you think we fix that, Jack? Look, I think it's getting better now. Um, just sort of, you know, some of the, uh, a lot of the bad stigma around that mechanics rip and females off is sort of starting to phase out. You know, there's young blokes coming in or young women like myself taking over shops, um, who tend to be a lot more open to the idea of, you know, girls can be interested in cars and stuff like that opposed to the some of the older generation, if that makes sense. Yeah, that totally makes sense. So I think they're starting to sort of get a lot better with it. Like I started my apprenticeship 17 years ago and I got looked at horrendous by some people like, but now no one seems to
 

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023
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Wednesday, November 1, 2023
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When buyers on-sell cars in short supply, dealers need to know their rights and responsibilities THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has issued a series of guidelines for car retailers in the face of car buyers placing orders with the specific purpose of selling the cars to a third party to earn a windfall profit.
 

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview John, good afternoon. Yeah, you know how you're talking...out if you build something new now, you can't put any gas appliances in it. Yes, well, what about all these, you know, skyscraper apartment blocks? They all run gas cooktops and gas ovens. Well, look, existing buildings will be okay. I mean, they reckon they'll still have gas for at least another 30 years. But I did hear someone on Neil Mitchell's morning programme today who instals them saying that what they're doing now is like, if you really want a gas fire, they'll do a bottle. LPG gas, which is still legal but mains gas is not. Now that's a far less efficient way to do it, but that's what you can still do to keep the gas flowing. Yeah, well, what about future you know, skyscraper apartment blocks? Like what are they? They'll have to have electric cooktops. Like they'll be induction or something like that. You will not be from this point on, you will not be allowed to build one with gas in it. Well, they're going to have pretty big mains cable then. Well, I agree, John. And we're going to have to find a lot more sources of electricity and we're shutting down our coal fired electricity over the next decade. And again, what David Yoink is saying after 4:00 and we'll speak with him, is that all the solar panels were going to have to stick up is going to take up a lot of our prime farmland. All right. Do you trust your mechanic now? Most mechanics are honest. You know, they know that they will survive best on repeat business, but there's always that sneaking suspicion that if a mechanic, you know, suddenly finds something wrong with your car and it's an expensive fix, you don't really know enough about it to say whether or not you're being ripped off. Geoff Gillam is the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Geoff, Good afternoon, Tom. Good afternoon. Now look, I'm guessing that most mechanics are honest, but there's a report today on the ABC Online saying that a lot of women worry that their mechanic is ripping them off. Is there any evidence to support that worry? Not particularly, Tom. And this thing circulates every now and again. It gets a bit of energy. I've had a few calls on this, probably 30 years ago, Tom, maybe even 20 years ago. It could be argued that men were more likely to be messing around with the car in the shed, and consequently they knew more about engines than women did. Today, most guys I know don't go anywhere near their car engine, and in some ways we've got an equilibrium there in terms of knowledge, because getting anywhere near a car engine today and having a go is a really bad idea. It's going to be expensive. We hear from time to time, you know, a story is written or there's some press on this. But most, you know, people in the industry, they won't repeat business. They're local mechanics that use a local community. And if they sort of I mean, getting accused of ripping somebody off is bad enough. But if they do get into, you know, overpricing, normally, it just reverberates through the local community and people stop using them. Yeah. So our panel operator, Karl, his beloved Holden Commodore, broke down a week ago and one mechanic said it was the timing chain and another mechanic said it was the sensor and another mechanic said it was the camshaft. And, you know, he didn't really know which way to turn. Yeah, that's not helpful. I had a call earlier and it was relating to somebody, you know, she'd spoken to two different mechanics at one workshop and she'd had two different replies. And I said, Well, if you rang two doctors and tried to tell them how you were feeling and what your problem was they'd probably tell you two different things as well. You need to take your car down there to get a proper diagnosis. But, you know, my view would be, Tom, if somebody isn't sure or they're feeling that they need to get a second opinion, go and get one, you know, get three opinions. But sometimes Tom an
 

GoAuto - VACC: On-selling risk for dealers

Tuesday, October 31, 2023
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When buyers on-sell cars in short supply, dealers need to know their rights and responsibilities THE Victorian Automotive Dealer Association (VACC) has issued a series of guidelines for car retailers in the face of car buyers placing orders with the...
 

GoAuto - Hobbs named as new MTAA CEO

Tuesday, October 31, 2023
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FCAI policy and advocacy director Hobbs to join MTAA as new CEO in January THE Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) has appointed Matthew Hobbs as its chief executive officer. Mr Hobbs, who will take over his new role in January, is currently...
 

Body Shop News - Matthew Hobbs Named MTAA CEO

Sunday, October 29, 2023
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The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) has appointed Matthew Hobbs as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 2024. Currently Director, Policy and Advocacy at the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Hobbs brings to the MTAA a...
 

Herald Sun - Fuelling concerns

Friday, October 27, 2023
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ADVERTISING FEATURE PAIN AT THE PUMP Geoff Gwilym VACC CEO Recent developments in the Middle East will certainly cause pain at the pump in the coming weeks and months. While we fear for innocent civilians in the war-torn regions, as motorists we should also expect an increase in crude oil prices here pushing up the price of petrol and diesel.
 

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) welcomes its new CEO, Matthew Hobbs, as he prepares to take up the reins at Australia’s leading automotive industry advocacy body. Moving from his current role of Director, Policy and Advocacy at the Feder

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
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The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) welcomes its new CEO, Matthew Hobbs, as he prepares to take up the reins at Australia’s leading automotive industry advocacy body. Moving from his current role of Director, Policy and Advocacy at the Feder...
 

Manningham & Nillumbik Bulletin, Manningham, General News - Twice honoured

Monday, October 23, 2023
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AS WELL AS being named Manningham Citizen of the Year, Dennis Clarke was also recently the recipient of the 2023 Victorian senior Veteran community award at the Victorian Seniors Awards. The Victorian Senior of the Year Awards are a chance to celebrate the many senior Victorians who share their skills, experience, time, and energy with our community.
 

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, Saturday Breakfast - Interview Matt and Cat show Saturday from 11 on ABC Radio Melbour...and the ABC Listen app on ABC Radio Melbourne. You're with Alice Zaslavsky walking into your local car dealership and driving out with a new set of wheels to call your own. Is a pretty sweet feeling, but imagine if not long after you hit the asphalt, the brakes go mushy or the gears don't change. Well, according to new research from the Consumer Policy Research Centre, that is happening more often than you'd like. They found that nearly 20% of used car owners they surveyed experienced a major fault and many others had minor faults. So how can you avoid this happening? CEO of the CPCs, Aaron Turner and on the line. Good morning to you, Aaron. Good morning. Now, what is the research telling us? Look, it's telling us that faulty cars are really common and that when you try to get it fixed, people are often facing barriers. This is across new and used. And we found that when people went to, say, go to their dealer to say, hey, there's something wrong, I need you to fix it. They were facing delay challenges. Something would get repaired, but then would fail again. And then when they tried to go through the formal complaints process, the tribunal, they faced barrier after barrier again. Essentially, the complaint system isn't working as it should. And we should say, Aaron, that the peak body for the car industry, the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, said that they don't believe that the issue is as widespread as reported, that dealers report that many people bring them back and the faults that they considered major actually turned out to be easily fixed. Is that part of it, too? Look, I've seen the response from the VRC and I thought it was really disappointing. In fact, it kind of showed what we were seeing, that there wasn't the care and respect when someone raised an issue with a dealer. There's there were some really heartbreaking quotes that came through both from our interviews and our survey work. Things like when I went to a dealer, they made me feel like an idiot, or they told me that a woman shouldn't be driving a manual. There was a real lack of respect for the customer that I thought had gone the way it should have. Like the 1870s. That's it. Exactly. So then, Aaron, now that we are empowered with this research and to think now, you know, we're way past those kinds of preconceived notions of who can and can't drive a car or buy a car, what questions should you ask a dealer? So if you can get the history of the car something to really keep in mind is that pre-sales cheques that are required by law, they aren't as comprehensive as you might assume. Some of the major faults we saw in case after case were big challenges with the engine. That's not done through a pre-sale cheque If you can get the car to an independent mechanic, do a full workover and really get a sense of is this car roadworthy, is it going to do what I need it to do? And nowadays, people may not necessarily think to first go to a dealer. They might be buying cars online or they might be buying cars through friends. What kind of rights do the purchasers have in those instances? So this is one of the big challenges that people have across the board. You have intersecting and over overlapping rights and they do vary based on if the car is new or used the age of the car, how far it's been driven. And if you bought it through a dealer or a private seller. So complex is actually there's a breakdown in this report in about page 20, I think, where we look at the Victorian specific rights. But the Australian consumer law does give you some broad rights. If you buy through a dealer or if you buy a new car. Those things are actually it's worth going to a dealer for these to give you that extra layer of protection. And if someone does buy a car and then find a problem with it, what should they do? So the first step is to raise it with the pa
 

ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, Saturday Breakfast - Interview Matt and Cat show Saturday from 11 on ABC Radio Melbour...

Saturday, October 21, 2023
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, Saturday Breakfast - Interview Matt and Cat show Saturday from 11 on ABC Radio Melbour...and the ABC Listen app on ABC Radio Melbourne. You're with Alice Zaslavsky walking into your local car dealership and driving out with a new set of wheels to call your own. Is a pretty sweet feeling, but imagine if not long after you hit the asphalt, the brakes go mushy or the gears don't change. Well, according to new research from the Consumer Policy Research Centre, that is happening more often than you'd like. They found that nearly 20% of used car owners they surveyed experienced a major fault and many others had minor faults. So how can you avoid this happening? CEO of the CPCs, Aaron Turner and on the line. Good morning to you, Aaron. Good morning. Now, what is the research telling us? Look, it's telling us that faulty cars are really common and that when you try to get it fixed, people are often facing barriers. This is across new and used. And we found that when people went to, say, go to their dealer to say, hey, there's something wrong, I need you to fix it. They were facing delay challenges. Something would get repaired, but then would fail again. And then when they tried to go through the formal complaints process, the tribunal, they faced barrier after barrier again. Essentially, the complaint system isn't working as it should. And we should say, Aaron, that the peak body for the car industry, the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, said that they don't believe that the issue is as widespread as reported, that dealers report that many people bring them back and the faults that they considered major actually turned out to be easily fixed. Is that part of it, too? Look, I've seen the response from the VRC and I thought it was really disappointing. In fact, it kind of showed what we were seeing, that there wasn't the care and respect when someone raised an issue with a dealer. There's there were some really heartbreaking quotes that came through both from our interviews and our survey work. Things like when I went to a dealer, they made me feel like an idiot, or they told me that a woman shouldn't be driving a manual. There was a real lack of respect for the customer that I thought had gone the way it should have. Like the 1870s. That's it. Exactly. So then, Aaron, now that we are empowered with this research and to think now, you know, we're way past those kinds of preconceived notions of who can and can't drive a car or buy a car, what questions should you ask a dealer? So if you can get the history of the car something to really keep in mind is that pre-sales cheques that are required by law, they aren't as comprehensive as you might assume. Some of the major faults we saw in case after case were big challenges with the engine. That's not done through a pre-sale cheque If you can get the car to an independent mechanic, do a full workover and really get a sense of is this car roadworthy, is it going to do what I need it to do? And nowadays, people may not necessarily think to first go to a dealer. They might be buying cars online or they might be buying cars through friends. What kind of rights do the purchasers have in those instances? So this is one of the big challenges that people have across the board. You have intersecting and over overlapping rights and they do vary based on if the car is new or used the age of the car, how far it's been driven. And if you bought it through a dealer or a private seller. So complex is actually there's a breakdown in this report in about page 20, I think, where we look at the Victorian specific rights. But the Australian consumer law does give you some broad rights. If you buy through a dealer or if you buy a new car. Those things are actually it's worth going to a dealer for these to give you that extra layer of protection. And if someone does buy a car and then find a problem with it, what should they do? So the first step is to raise it with the pa
 

ABC News, Sydney, ABC News - News We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protec...

Friday, October 20, 2023
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ABC News, Sydney, ABC News - News We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protec...rivers. Consumer groups want national changes to the law so dealers who fail to fix problem vehicles face large fines, something the industry says is unnecessary. Michael Atkin, ABC News. Julia Gillard's former partner, Tim Matheson, has been spared jail despite sexually assaulting a sleeping woman in her apartment. The court was told Matheson initially laughed and denied doing anything wrong, but now admits his guilt. After leaving court in disgrace, once dubbed Australia's first bloke, Tim Matheson is now a convicted sex offender. Do you have anything to say to that woman? Tim, you violated that woman. What you did today, a magistrate spared him jail time for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman last year. The 66 year old ducked into a pub to avoid the cameras. The Melbourne Magistrates Court was told Matheson and the woman had lunch at her Brunswick apartment. She fell asleep and woke to find Matheson sucking her nipple and grabbing her breast. He laughed when she told him to stop before he was kicked out of the apartment. Sorry, that won't happen again. Matheson told the victim, but later told police he did nothing wrong Matheson now admits he assaulted the woman. The court was told the pair struck up a friendship during lockdown and she felt betrayed by what he'd done. I was in a state of confusion, anger and felt completely disrespected, she said. Matheson was previously in the national spotlight as the partner of former PM Julia Gillard. The pair's relationship ended about two years before Matheson assaulted the other woman. Magistrate Belinda Franjic told Matheson his offending was a serious example of sexual assault, but said his history of charitable work and clean criminal record were important factors in lowering his sentence. It's well understood that taking advantage of a sleeping victim is an aggravating and highly culpable act. The magistrate recorded a conviction and fined Matheson $7,000, but the blow to his reputation is one he's unlikely to recover from. Christian Silva, ABC News, Melbourne. Victoria Police say organised crime has infiltrated a large portion of the state's tobacco industry. Police have raided 34 tobacco stores across Melbourne. Officers seized more than half a million legal cigarettes, along with 30kg of loose tobacco and 36,000 vapes. It's part of an ongoing investigation into almost 30 arson attacks on tobacconists, which police believe is linked to a dispute between two organised crime groups. Out of the 800 plus tobacco stores in Victoria, we suspect a large portion and based on our intelligence and information provided by industry and other avenues of inquiry that a large portion of the tobacco industry has been infiltrated by serious and organised crime.
 

ABC News, Sydney, ABC News - ABC News, Sydney, ABC News Tonight - ABC, Perth, ABC News - ABC, Brisbane, ABC News - ABC, Darwin, ABC News - ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...

Friday, October 20, 2023
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ABC News, Sydney, ABC News - ABC News, Sydney, ABC News Tonight - ABC, Perth, ABC News - ABC, Brisbane, ABC News - ABC, Darwin, ABC News - ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...d cars in the past five years, more than half experienced a fault and 17% had a major fault which affected their ability to drive. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks. Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman, something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle. The car industry disputes says widespread issues, but supports more enforcement.
 

ABC News, Sydney, ABC News Tonight - ABC, Perth, ABC News - ABC, Brisbane, ABC News - ABC, Darwin, ABC News - ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...

Friday, October 20, 2023
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ABC News, Sydney, ABC News Tonight - ABC, Perth, ABC News - ABC, Brisbane, ABC News - ABC, Darwin, ABC News - ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...d cars in the past five years, more than half experienced a fault and 17% had a major fault which affected their ability to drive. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks. Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman, something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle. The car industry disputes says widespread issues, but supports more enforcement. We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protect drivers. Consumer groups want national changes to the law so dealers who fail to fix problem vehicles face large fines, something the industry says is unnecessary. Michael Atkin, ABC News. If there's one thing the outback has in abundance, it's sunlight. Which is why it's surprising that a solar power project built in western Queensland more than a decade ago wasn't a success. But with latest technology, a new solar scheme is underway. They just have to dismantle the old dishes first. Once hailed as outback Queensland's energy future, now a solar graveyard, the only reason that they're any good anymore is for tourists and they're not really benefiting the community or their town. These solar dishes in Windorah were built in 2009 but have sat idle for years. The western Queensland town was supposed to be the state's first to rely on solar, ending its reliance on diesel. But by 2018 the dishes were decommissioned. Current panels that are down there really are not functional to the extent where they provide any usable power into the area. Now they're being torn down to make way for improved solar technology. But getting specialised parts and labor to the remote town led to the first project's failure. With Windorah 2.0 looking at the solar farm and the battery, we're making sure that we've internally got the expertise, We're there every six months and we're able to make sure that everything's operational and running. Builders say it'll take around three weeks to dismantle the discs panel at a time before being packaged off and sent to a recycling facility in Emerald. Despite the bumpy start, locals are still confident solar is the answer to their energy needs. The solar farms out here make a lot of sense given the sunlight we've got, given the fact that we are a hot arid area. Grace Nakamura, ABC News Windorah.
 

ABC, Perth, ABC News - ABC, Brisbane, ABC News - ABC, Darwin, ABC News - ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...

Friday, October 20, 2023
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ABC, Perth, ABC News - ABC, Brisbane, ABC News - ABC, Darwin, ABC News - ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...d cars in the past five years, more than half experienced a fault and 17% had a major fault which affected their ability to drive. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks. Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman, something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle. The car industry disputes says widespread issues, but supports more enforcement.
 

Herald Sun - Data driven??

Friday, October 20, 2023
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ADVERTISING FEATURE A recent article in the EV online publication The Driven raised an interesting perspective on the overall Co2 emissions from EVs.
 

ABC, Adelaide, ABC News - Finance Report A new report has found out of 1000 people who boug...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC, Adelaide, ABC News - Finance Report A new report has found out of 1000 people who boug...new or used cars in the past five years, more than half experienced a fault and 17% had a major fault which affected their ability to drive. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman, something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle. The car industry disputes says widespread issues, but supports more enforcement. We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protect drivers. Consumer groups want national changes to the law so dealers who fail to fix problem vehicles face large fines, something the industry says is unnecessary. Michael Atkin, ABC News. To Finance Now and the Australian dollar fell after the employment figures came out this morning. Here's Alan Kohler. Well after the news that the unemployment rate fell in September, the Aussie dollar did nothing for a while and then fell dipping under 63 US cents at one stage. Now normally you'd expect the opposite because markets would raise the odds of another rate hike in turn, because the Reserve Bank wants unemployment to rise, not fall. But here's why that didn't happen and the dollar fell. First, unemployment is actually trending gradually higher since it fell to 3.4% in July last year. Second, monthly employment growth dropped sharply in September and at 6700 was a third of what the market expected. Also, full time jobs fell by 40,000, offset by a rise in part time employment. And finally, the RBA says it is paying more attention to hours worked these days because that irons out the full time part time issue and also accounts for the big rise in people working more than one job. And that measure hours worked fell in September and is now down more than 2% since April. The share market dropped 1.3% with falls across the board and that followed a quite chunky decline in New York overnight and even bigger falls in Asia today. It's hardly a surprise that markets are starting to get jumpy. The chart of the VIX index of volatility shows they've been pretty relaxed about the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas and all the potential for complications and accidents that go with that. But that may be changing. Commodity markets stayed relaxed last night with oil down a third of 1%, iron ore down 1.7% and gold up not very much. And that's finance.
 

ABC, Brisbane, ABC News - ABC, Darwin, ABC News - ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC, Brisbane, ABC News - ABC, Darwin, ABC News - ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...d cars in the past five years, more than half experienced a fault and 17% had a major fault which affected their ability to drive. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks. Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman, something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle. The car industry disputes there's widespread issues but supports more enforcement. We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protect drivers. Consumer groups want national changes to the law so dealers who fail to fix problem vehicles face large fines, something the industry says is unnecessary. Michael Atkin, ABC News. If there's one thing the outback has in abundance, it's sunlight. Which is why it's surprising a solar power project built at Windorah in western Queensland more than a decade ago wasn't a success. But with latest technology, a new solar scheme is underway. They just have to dismantle the old dishes first. Once hailed as outback Queensland's energy future, now a solar graveyard and the only reason that they're any good anymore is for tourists and they're not really benefiting the community or their town. These solar dishes in Windorah were built in 2009 but have sat idle for years. The western Queensland town was supposed to be the state's first to rely on solar, ending its reliance on diesel. But by 2018 the dishes were decommissioned. Current panels that are down there really are not functional to the extent where they provide any usable power into the area. Now they're being torn down to make way for improved solar technology, but getting specialised parts and labor to the remote town led to the first project's failure. With Windorah 2.0 looking at the solar farm and the battery, we're making sure that we've internally got the expertise. We're there every six months and we're able to make sure that everything's operational and running. Builders say it'll take around three weeks to dismantle the discs panel at a time before being packaged off and sent to a recycling facility in Emerald. Despite the bumpy start, locals are still confident solar is the answer to their energy needs. The solar farms out here make a lot of sense given the sunlight we've got, given the fact that we are a hot arid area. Grace Nakamura, ABC News, Windorah. To Finance Now here's Alan Kohler.
 

ABC, Brisbane, ABC News - ABC, Darwin, ABC News - ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC, Brisbane, ABC News - ABC, Darwin, ABC News - ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...d cars in the past five years, more than half experienced a fault and 17% had a major fault which affected their ability to drive. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks. Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman, something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle. The car industry disputes says widespread issues, but supports more enforcement. We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protect drivers. Consumer groups want national changes to the law so dealers who fail to fix problem vehicles face large fines, something the industry says is unnecessary. Michael Atkin, ABC News.
 

ABC, Hobart, ABC News - News There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping peopl...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC, Hobart, ABC News - News There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping peopl...hen something breaks. Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman, something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle The car industry disputes says widespread issues, but supports more enforcement. We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protect drivers. Consumer groups want national changes to the law so dealers who fail to fix problem vehicles face large fines, something the industry says is unnecessary Michael Atkin. ABC News. Chris Uhlmann.
 

ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC, Sydney, ABC News - ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...d cars in the past five years, more than half experienced a fault and 17% had a major fault which affected their ability to drive. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks. Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman on something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle. The car industry disputes says widespread issues, but supports more enforcement. We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protect drivers. Consumer groups want national changes to the law so dealers who fail to fix problem vehicles face large fines, something the industry says is unnecessary. Michael Atkin, ABC News. The City of Sydney has big plans for its ailing Chinatown. The area has been suffering since the Covid pandemic with several businesses forced to close. Others are on the brink of collapse. In August, the city announced a $44 million plan to revive the area, and now it's revealed a proposed design. The concept artwork shows the southern part of Dickson Street transformed. The Lord Mayor promises the restoration will bring energy flow and vibrancy back to the precinct. The plans include new lighting, outdoor seating and a restoration of the gates. The improvement works on Dickson Street are scheduled to start mid next year. It's been travelling the country for more than two years, and now an exhibition to celebrate a century of the Archibald Prize has reached its final destination. The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. For more than 100 years, the Archibald Prize has celebrated the people of Australia, a story initially dominated by faces like this and gradually expanded to include people like this. Our first Nations artist to be in the Archibald Prize was Robert Campbell Junior, whose portrait of the musician Max Silver is just behind me. He said, My black magic moment.
 

ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...d cars in the past five years, more than half experienced a fault and 17% had a major fault which affected their ability to drive. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks. Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman, something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle. The car industry disputes says widespread issues, but supports more enforcement. We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protect drivers. Consumer groups want national changes to the law so dealers who fail to fix problem vehicles face large fines, something the industry says is unnecessary. Michael Atkin, ABC News.
 

ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...d cars in the past five years, more than half experienced a fault and 17% had a major fault which affected their ability to drive. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks. Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman, something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle. The car industry disputes says widespread issues, but supports more enforcement. We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protect drivers. Consumer groups want national changes to the law so dealers who fail to fix problem vehicles face large fines, something the industry says is unnecessary. Michael Atkin, ABC News.
 

ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC, Canberra, ABC News - ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News A new report has found out of 1000 people who bought new or ...d cars in the past five years, more than half experienced a fault and 17% had a major fault which affected their ability to drive. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks. Report author Aaron Turner wants an industry funded ombudsman, something that can help you gather the evidence that can work alongside you that will end up being passed down to a consumer and will become part of the cost of the overall vehicle. The car industry disputes says widespread issues, but supports more enforcement. We don't want rogue traders in the industry either to protect drivers. Consumer groups want national changes to the law so dealers who fail to fix problem vehicles face large fines, something the industry says is unnecessary. Michael Atkin, ABC News.
 

ABC Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Drive - Commentary And speaking of cars, we've talked a lot over the year...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Drive - Commentary And speaking of cars, we've talked a lot over the year...bout, you know, your first car and your memories of that, but want to hear about the lemon, the car that you had. Well, it wasn't so great. Maybe it was the first car and maybe it had a little rattle. Maybe it just had something that wasn't quite right with it. I don't mean that you couldn't drive it. I just mean it was a bit of a bomb. I want to hear about your car this afternoon that maybe wasn't so great. One 300 903 91 seven Text line is 048793222. Well, speaking of cars, it's something that many motorists worry about buying a lemon and then getting no help from the dealer who sold them the dodgy car. In Victoria, a new report has found that it happens too often with significant consequences for the buyer. National consumer affairs reporter Michael Atkins reports. Pretty much as soon as I drove it off the lot, there were issues. Damon Ridge was driving home to regional Victoria after buying a used car from a Melbourne dealer when he realised something was wrong. Indicators weren't working, all the lights flashing on the dashboard and I still had a hour and a half drive to make it home without indicators. The dealer fixed those problems, but just six months later the car was having regular engine issues and blowing thick blue smoke. His mechanic discovered substantial repairs were needed, leading to a long dispute with the dealer over who should pay. Most of the time it was sitting in my driveway. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks and they should. And the formal complaints process is hard to navigate. That's Aaron Turner, chief executive of the Consumer Policy Research Centre. She's the author of a new report which includes the results of a survey of 1000 Victorians who purchased a new or used car in the past five years. Over half of all Victorians had a fault with their car, something that would be either major like an engine failure or significant enough that you could make a complaint under the consumer law, say the air conditioner stopped working. In Victoria, disputes over faulty vehicles go to the State Civil and Administrative Tribunal. But Aaron Turner says there's currently little incentive for dealers to act quickly to repair, refund or replace a car. She's calling for changes to national consumer laws, including large penalties for rogue dealers. There's no significant penalties, unlike there are for other provisions in the consumer law. But the car industry is pushing back, arguing the scale of the problem is overstated by consumer groups. Geoff Gillam is the chief executive of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. When we talk to our dealers, they tell us that many, customers go back to them complaining of major faults in vehicles and generally they're not major faults. They could be minor wiring, they could be fuse based, or they could be simple things like trying to pair a phone into a vehicle. Geoff Gillam's opposed to heavy financial penalties because he believes revoking the licence of dealers is sufficient punishment. But he does support regulators increasing enforcement to push out dodgy operators. I think sometimes there are rogue players that come into the industry. They create a bad atmosphere and they damage the reputation of the industry. We're happy to see rogue traders removed.
 

ABC Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Drive - Commentary And speaking of cars, we've talked a lot over the year...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Drive - Commentary And speaking of cars, we've talked a lot over the year...bout, you know, your first car and your memories of that, but want to hear about the lemon, the car that you had. Well, it wasn't so great. Maybe it was the first car and maybe it had a little rattle. Maybe it just had something that wasn't quite right with it. I don't mean that you couldn't drive it. I just mean it was a bit of a bomb. I want to hear about your car this afternoon that maybe wasn't so great. One 300 903 91 seven Text line is 048793222. Well, speaking of cars, it's something that many motorists worry about buying a lemon and then getting no help from the dealer who sold them the dodgy car. In Victoria, a new report has found that it happens too often with significant consequences for the buyer. National consumer affairs reporter Michael Atkins reports. Pretty much as soon as I drove it off the lot, there were issues. Damon Ridge was driving home to regional Victoria after buying a used car from a Melbourne dealer when he realised something was wrong. Indicators weren't working, all the lights flashing on the dashboard and I still had a hour and a half drive to make it home without indicators. The dealer fixed those problems, but just six months later the car was having regular engine issues and blowing thick blue smoke. His mechanic discovered substantial repairs were needed, leading to a long dispute with the dealer over who should pay. Most of the time it was sitting in my driveway. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks and they should. And the formal complaints process is hard to navigate. That's Aaron Turner, chief executive of the Consumer Policy Research Centre. She's the author of a new report which includes the results of a survey of 1000 Victorians who purchased a new or used car in the past five years. Over half of all Victorians had a fault with their car, something that would be either major like an engine failure or significant enough that you could make a complaint under the consumer law, say the air conditioner stopped working. In Victoria, disputes over faulty vehicles go to the State Civil and Administrative Tribunal. But Aaron Turner says there's currently little incentive for dealers to act quickly to repair, refund or replace a car. She's calling for changes to national consumer laws, including large penalties for rogue dealers. There's no significant penalties, unlike there are for other provisions in the consumer law. But the car industry is pushing back, arguing the scale of the problem is overstated by consumer groups. Geoff Gillam is the chief executive of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. When we talk to our dealers, they tell us that many, customers go back to them complaining of major faults in vehicles and generally they're not major faults. They could be minor wiring, they could be fuse based, or they could be simple things like trying to pair a phone into a vehicle. Geoff Gillam's opposed to heavy financial penalties because he believes revoking the licence of dealers is sufficient punishment. But he does support regulators increasing enforcement to push out dodgy operators. I think sometimes there are rogue players that come into the industry. They create a bad atmosphere and they damage the reputation of the industry. We're happy to see rogue traders removed.
 

Article fails to mention the kilometres or if it was sold wholesale @michaelatkin and @vaccofficial - Be good to get the full details @ABCaustralia Ever been sold a lemon? There are calls for car dealers to pay penalties if they don't fix dodgy vehicles https://t.co/GFXFsRh0kC

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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Article fails to mention the kilometres or if it was sold wholesale @michaelatkin and @vaccofficial - Be good to get the full details @ABCaustralia Ever been sold a lemon? There are calls for car dealers to pay penalties if they don't fix dodgy vehicles https://t.co/GFXFsRh0kC
 

ABC News, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview Peter Marshall is a very seasoned union secretary. He's...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC News, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview Peter Marshall is a very seasoned union secretary. He's...en in the job for more than two decades and has fought with several, successive state governments, both Labor and Liberal. There has been allegations that this is part of a tactic, I guess, to argue about the enterprise bargaining agreement which has fallen apart, negotiations that are now before fair Work, they're going have to go to arbitration over wages and conditions. for fire fighters has been this sort of stumbling block between government and the union for a very long time about who has the most control. And Peter Marshall is very effective at getting his union members together. There has been some, I guess, concern within quietly within Union about the direction it's heading. But this is about right now paying conditions. And while they were talking mainly about fire trucks today there was a bulletin put out earlier in the recent weeks urging firefighters to come to this rally, not because of the trucks, but because of the EBA. And there was certainly plenty of chants today about protecting the EBA and accusations that the government has sold out firefighters in Victoria, the Government denies that and says 90% of trucks are operational. Here's what the Premier Jacinta Allan, had to say in response to a political stunt by Peter Marshall. Given the elections are coming up. Oh look, others can speculate on why the activities are happening today. We're focused on particularly because we're, you know, the fire season is about to start. The summer fire season is not that far off. And even though we've had some cooler weather in recent weeks, we had a total fire ban two weeks ago in the north of the state. So that's what we're focused on, is making sure that across the board, all of our fire agencies and also our broader emergency services team are focused on the coming fire season. So I imagine this will be an issue that won't go away any time soon. I think it'll be really interesting to see what happens with the Fair Work Commission and this arbitration decide the fate of the workplace agreement for firefighters and the State Government's approach to this. So it's certainly something to watch this space. Peter, Victorian State political reporter Richard Willingham. This is ABC News Radio. I'm Brendan Aaron making news today. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton says comments from two Federal ministers criticising the actions of Israel expose deep division within Labor over the Gaza war. The New South Wales Premier Chris Minns says constructive talks will continue with the state's first nations people, despite the failure of the voice referendum. New South Wales joined every other state and Northern Territory in rejecting the proposal. And a leading economist is warning a national road users charge could disproportionately affect certain drivers. The national charge is being put forward by the Electric Vehicles Association as a way to pay for infrastructure. Have you ever bought a car and it turned out to be a lemon? Well, it seems like you're not alone. The Consumer Policy Research Centre has surveyed around 1000 people in Victoria who bought a car in the past five years, and it's found more than half said their vehicle had some sort of fault. 17% said it was a major fault, such as the engine suddenly cutting out or the transmission failing as a result. The consumer Policy Research Centre is calling for dealers who don't fix the problems to be hit with penalties. So what does the car industry think of this? Joining me now is Geoff Gillam, the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Geoff, thank you very much for your time today. The numbers, they seem pretty high. More than half of the cars being purchased in Victoria are faulty. Is that your experience? No. Brendan, good afternoon. No, it's not. And I think one of the things we need to be careful here is, what people define as a major and a minor fault. If you go do
 

ABC News, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview The findings come from the latest transport opinion sur...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC News, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview The findings come from the latest transport opinion sur... conducted by the University of Sydney's Institute of Transport and Logistics Study. Professor David Hensher is the Director of the Institute and he joins me now. Professor, thank you very much for your time today. If we can look at the figures. Aussies are still working from home, just not as much as they used to. That is true. I mean, at the height of the pandemic, we had 3 to 4 days a week unless it was lockdown. And then towards the end of last year we started to see what we thought might be a stabilisation of 1 or 2 days. And that's actually continued into this year where we're finding, depending on occupation, that it's not uncommon to work from home 1 or 2 days a week and start to return to the office for the rest of the week. Does it vary from state to state? It very much does. Victoria especially Melbourne, has always got the gold gong on the highest incidence of working from home and we suspect that's got a lot to do with the recovery from the severe lockdowns. And typically where we might talk about 1 to 2 days a week on average at the moment. Victoria is at the high end. You mentioned that different industries have returned, the different amounts of people returning to the office. Which jobs are seeing people return to the office? That's a very interesting question. And what's fascinating about it, and I'm comparing late last year and March this year and we're talking about the evidence of as recent as September is the professionals and the sales people that have significantly returned to the office. The professionals we suspect is pressure from their organisations has been a lot of that, as you might have heard in the media on sales, it sort of makes sense because this also includes people working in administration and entertainment where they are increasingly having more businesses that require them to work away from home. But let me be clear working in the office is a broad definition for not working from home, and it does include working in restaurants and things like that. And that's really increased substantially. Right. A fascinating insight there People seem to have changed also which days they like to work from home and which days they like to go to the office. Yeah, interesting one because we used to think, oh, well, it's when people start going back to work, it's going to be Monday and Friday working from home to get that long weekend. And while that's true for Monday, what is particularly surprising although I think we know why now there's been an increased return to the office on a Friday. Evidence not only in Australia but around the world suggests that one of the main reasons people go back to the office in general is for increased social interaction. But also on Friday, of course it's what you do after work, but also importantly the throughout the week. Some of the increase is due to young people believing that it's important that they have visibility and building their networks and that was being lost by working from home. So we're still getting the long weekend, but and working from home. And let me mention that more than half of the safe commuting time is being translated back into work, not in terms of other unproductive activities. Just finally, if we're going back to the office more, are we also jumping back on public transport? Are people clogging the roads in their cars? It's a bit of both. I mean, Perth's mall is back to 100% pre-COVID and places like Sydney and Melbourne, we're talking about say roughly 70%, but what's particularly noticeable about that is that the time of day that people are travelling is starting to spread from beyond the traditional pre-COVID peak. And what we've observed by talking to people is that they have a greater chance now of getting a seat on public transport. And even though they're returning to the office on particular days, there's greater flexibility in what
 

ABC News, Sydney, Mornings - News Too many Victorians are being sold faulty cars and some are ...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC News, Sydney, Mornings - News Too many Victorians are being sold faulty cars and some are ...ting pushback from dealers when they try to get the issues fixed. That is according to a new report by consumer groups. The consequences of buying a dud car can be significant hurting someone's finances as well as their ability to go to work or classes. Consumer groups say the system for resolving disputes needs an overhaul, and dealers who repeatedly do the wrong thing should face large penalties. National consumer affairs reporter Michael Atkin joins us now. Hi, Michael. So what did the report then from this Consumer Policy Research Centre find about the extent of faulty cars being sold? What they've done is taken a comprehensive look at the system in Victoria and part of that was surveying 1000 Victorians half of whom had purchased a new vehicle and half of whom had purchased a used one. And what they found is that over half of them experienced some kind of fault with the vehicle. Some of those were minor, but 17% of those people had a major fault. So things like problems with the engine or transmission that affected their ability to drive the vehicle And what they've done is have a look at the overall system and how it works. And what they've found is that people who were experiencing these faults, some of which may be covered by various aspects of warranty or consumer law, when they went to the dealers to try and get it fixed or replaced or refunded, they often got pushed back. And when they had to go down the legal disputes process, it was lengthy, it was expensive and people suffered serious consequences while they were waiting. You spoke to a young man in his 20s. What problems did he have when he bought a used car? Yes I've interviewed Damon Ridge. He lives in regional Victoria and what he experienced when buying a used car from a dealership in Melbourne was problems when he was driving away. In it in particular, he found that the indicators weren't working and that there were various problems with noises with the car that he found unsettling on the drive home and those issues were repaired. But then in the months to come he had significant engine issues. It was stalling and then it began blowing thick blue smoke out of the exhaust. And eventually when his mechanic looked at it, he found that there needed to be an engine overhaul, basically. And then he ended up engaging in a dispute with the dealer. They couldn't agree on who should pay and what should be done. And so he went through the legal disputes process and it ended up taking him about 18 months to get a refund. But he needed a lot of help. And it was costly in the meantime. Gosh, consumer groups then want a change to national laws to include larger fines. How would it work? They argue that national consumer law should change around the country. They think this is a problem not just in Victoria, but across the board. And what they argue is that motor dealers who refuse to honour consumer guarantees with vehicles. So there are some guarantees that exist under consumer law that relate to the right to repair a vehicle in certain conditions. And they're saying if dealers fail to do so repeatedly, they should receive large fines, which is in line with other aspects of the consumer law. And it's also an area that the consumer watchdog, The. ACCC has been pushing for. Any word from the car industry? Yes, I interviewed the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. It's fair to say that they're not impressed with what the consumer groups have come up with and they're pushing back. They say that there's a real dearth of official information on complaints and disputes from the Victorian Government and they want much greater information released publicly which would help aid the public discussion. And they say there's not widespread selling of faulty vehicles according to their dealers, and that they think a lot of the faults are quite minor in nature and that there are decent
 

ABC Radio Canberra, Canberra, AM - News In Victoria, disputes over faulty vehicles go to the State C...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC Radio Canberra, Canberra, AM - News In Victoria, disputes over faulty vehicles go to the State C...l and Administrative Tribunal. But Aaron Turner says there's currently little incentive for dealers to act quickly to repair, refund or replace a car. She's calling for changes to national consumer laws, including large penalties for rogue dealers. If a dealer or a manufacturer repeatedly refuses to repair your car, if they fail to do the wrong thing systematically, the worst that can happen to them is that a tribunal or a regulator can turn around and say, do what you were meant to do originally, repair that car. There's no significant penalties, unlike there are for other provisions in the consumer law. But the car industry is pushing back, arguing the scale of the problem is overstated by consumer groups. Geoff Gillam is the chief executive of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. A lot of those complaints in our view, are minor issues with vehicles. When we talk to our dealers, they tell us that many, customers go back to them complaining of major faults in vehicles and generally they're not major faults. They could be minor wiring, they could be fuse based, or they could be simple things like trying to pair a phone into a vehicle. Geoff Gwilliams opposed to heavy financial penalties because he believes revoking the licence of dealers is sufficient punishment. But he does support regulators increasing enforcement to push out dodgy operators. I.
 

Radio National, Canberra, AM - News It's something many drivers worry about being sold a lemon a...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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Radio National, Canberra, AM - News It's something many drivers worry about being sold a lemon a...then getting no help from the dealer who sold them the dodgy car. In Victoria a new report has found it happens too often with significant consequences for the buyer. Consumer groups say the solution is tougher. Rules or solutions include tougher rules and penalties. But the car industry is pushing back. National consumer affairs reporter Michael Atkin reports. Pretty much as soon as I drove it off the lot, there were issues. Damon Ridge was driving home to regional Victoria after buying a used car from a Melbourne dealer when he realised something was wrong. Indicators weren't working, all the lights flashing on the dashboard and I still had a hour and a half drive to make it home without indicators. The dealer fix those problems. But just six months later the car was having regular engine issues and blowing thick blue smoke. His mechanic discovered substantial repairs were needed, leading to a long dispute with the dealer over who should pay. Most of the time it was sitting in my driveway. There are too many faulty cars. Dealers aren't helping people when something breaks, and they should. And the formal complaints process is hard to navigate. That's Aaron Turner, chief executive of the Consumer Policy Research Centre. She's the author of a new report which includes the results of a survey of 1000 Victorians who purchased a new or used car in the past five years. Over half of all Victorians had a fault with their car, something that would be either major like an engine failure or significant enough that you could make a complaint under the consumer law. Say the air conditioner stopped working. In Victoria, disputes over faulty vehicles go to the State Civil and Administrative Tribunal. But Aaron Turner says there's currently little incentive for dealers to act quickly to repair, refund or replace a car. She's calling for changes to national consumer laws, including large penalties for rogue dealers. There's no significant penalties, unlike there are for other provisions in the consumer law. But the car industry is pushing back, arguing the scale of the problem is overstated by consumer groups. Geoff Gillam is the chief executive of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. When we talk to our dealers, they tell us that many, customers go back to them complaining of major faults in vehicles and generally they're not major faults. They could be minor wiring, they could be fuse based, or they could be simple things like trying to power a phone into a vehicle. Geoff Gillam's opposed to heavy financial penalties because he believes revoking the licence of dealers is sufficient punishment. But he does support regulators increasing enforcement to push out dodgy operators. I think sometimes there are rogue players that come into the industry. They create a bad atmosphere and they damage the reputation of the industry. We're happy to see rogue traders removed.
 

ABC Radio Canberra, Canberra, Early AM - Interview But in the West Bank city of Ramallah, many don't belie...

Thursday, October 19, 2023
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ABC Radio Canberra, Canberra, Early AM - Interview But in the West Bank city of Ramallah, many don't belie...those explanations. With fists in the air, protesters have called for a Palestinian uprising. Protester Lina Witty says she's marching in solidarity with the people of Gaza, but she fears for her own safety, too. People are extremely upset. And, you know, every single person who's in the street is risking their life because Israel has arrested over 800 Palestinians in the West Bank. They have killed over 60 Palestinians. So every single person, every child, every elderly woman, every man is risking their life. Israel says its crackdown in the West Bank has foiled several attacks. Joe Biden's trip was designed to demonstrate America's strong support for Israel and deter Iran and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon from escalating the situation. My message to any state or any other hostile actor thinking about attacking Israel remains the same as it was a week ago. Don't, And despite this trip being largely overshadowed by the hospital blast, there has been some progress on a humanitarian corridor. The Israeli government says at the request of the US president it won't try to stop food water and medicine entering Gaza via Egypt. But it says no aid will enter via Israel until the hostages close to 200 of them are released. This is Nick Dole in Ashdod reporting for Am. As the humanitarian crisis worsens in Gaza, the United Nations is pleading for a cease fire to allow the delivery of water, food and fuel. The United Nations Relief Works Agency is operating in Gaza. Julia Tooma is a spokeswoman based in Jerusalem. Julia Tooma, thanks for talking to Am. Is anywhere safe in Gaza right now? No place is safe in Gaza. No place is safe in Gaza. Even our own schools, our own shelters. UN schools. They're no longer safe. Only yesterday we've had an attack on one of our schools. We've lost at least eight people who have been killed. And during that attack, dozens were injured, including Andre staff Andre has lost at least 14 colleagues of ours who have been killed since the war began. No place is safe in Gaza. The agency has about 13,000 workers there, from teachers to doctors and nurses. How are they coping? What have they said to you? Oh, they're terrified. They're absolutely terrified. They're tired Exhausted. It's been 11 very, very long days. It's many of them describe the situation as a nightmare. Some people referred to it as a hell hole. Some people say I prefer I would die. Many, are concerned about their children, their inability to reassure their children. The sense of helplessness is overwhelming among our staff. They're not able to reassure their loved ones, to tell them that it's going to be alright, because guess what? In many cases it's not going to be a right. So they are on the ground. Those who can are there. They are helping people in need. They are the ones who are giving assistance. They are the ones who are helping those displaced. I mean, it's an amazing story. These are really our unsung heroes. They continue to do everything possible under very impossible circumstances. What's your message to the world. There are too many people have suffered since the 7th of October. It's been 11 horrific days, for people everywhere in this region and that it is time for a ceasefire and it is time to lift this very, very long siege that came, in fact, after the a blockade for 16 years on the Gaza Strip. Already the situation was way too hard. People, civilians in the Gaza Strip, including our own teams on the ground, have suffered for way too long. It is time for this nightmare to come to an end. It is time for people to live together to thrive, for children to go back to school. Juliette Touma, thanks for talking to Am. Thank you very, very much. Thanks a lot. That's Juliette Touma, spokeswoman for Unrra, the United Nations Relief Works Agency in Gaza. Back home now, it's something many drivers worry about being sold a lemon and
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - VACC to counter consumer advocate push

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
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Consumer law groups are planning a major campaign to get a lemon law ombudsman THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has released a detailed report to counter claims that licensed motor car traders (LMCTs) are clogging up the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), to highlight the dominance of the private-to-private market in Victoria and to refute the call for an industry-funded lemon law ombudsman.
 

GoAuto - VACC to counter consumer advocate push

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
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Consumer law groups are planning a major campaign to get a lemon law ombudsman THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has released a detailed report to counter claims that the licensed motor car traders (LMCTs) are clogging up the Victorian...
 

3AW, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview Yes, that's my understanding of the letter, but I haven...

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview Yes, that's my understanding of the letter, but I haven...os;t seen it. Oh, fair enough. You hang on though. If you're right, you'll certainly be in the running for the MVP where you can win a Mercedes to park at the end of the street from three point motors. We've got on to the mayor of the Mornington Peninsula Shire with whom we have a good relationship, Councillor Steve Holland. So we'll take that as a tip, an unconfirmed tip at this stage. But anybody listening in that area, if you're one of the retailers in on Ocean Beach Road down in Sorrento, is it right, have you been told, have you been sending a letter saying they'll close off the Ocean Beach Road, the shopping centre, effectively for 11 days over Christmas? It's an interesting way to handle if it's true. It's an interesting way to handle congestion. You just close the road. We'll do some work on that because that is going to affect a lot of people. I hope it's not if it's right, I hope it's not a growing trend. Oh, look, it's a bit busy on Nepean Highway. We'll close it all. Jeff, Hello. Jeff. Good morning, Neil. Yes, Jeff Good morning, Neil. How are you? Oh, it's Jeff Gillam. Yep. Um, yeah. Jeff Gordon here. Electric vehicles. Neil. Even if we that notion that we'll be driving 2 million electric vehicles in a year, well, that's not going to happen. We're going to buy about 80,000 electric vehicles this year. And there's not there wouldn't be 200,000 electric vehicles on the road. So I think it's coming. The thing to look out for is the federal government We're expecting them to release the fuel efficiency standard draught regulations this year, and that'll actually sort of determine the types of vehicles that will come into Australia in the years ahead. That will be the big game changer. What they're saying here is that I think it's 25% of people are thinking about getting a new car and 40% of them which equates to 2 million. So they'd buy electric so they won't be available. So the problem, the thing I can't get my head around though, if I buy an electric car now, do I know when the battery is useless? Well, it depends. on a couple of things. How far you drive it, how long you keep it, and the temperature temperatures you drive it in. Now, the expectations are because there's not we haven't got a long history on this, but most electric batteries will last over eight years. But I would see at some point in the future and I've been to Norway and Sweden and seen this, there will be companies that just specialise in changing over car batteries and what would it cost at the moment? I had a caller earlier whose cars it's out of warranty. The eight years is up this month. If he if his battery suddenly says goodbye, what's it cost him to get a new one? Yeah Neil, it depends what it is. If you've got a hybrid, could cost you 4 or 5000. If you've got a, you know, a luxury car that's a pure EV, then, you know, it could cost you over 20,000. There's no the issue with electric vehicles, there's no standard in the market in terms of size of battery and pricing. So you have to ask those questions per vehicle when you buy the vehicle. But go online and have a look at what people are experience. That's the best way to find out what it's going to cost you. Thanks, Jeff. Gillham calling Chief executive, Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Penelope, another red hot tip. What's happened? Penelope. Just on Waverly Road between Huntingdale Road and Warrigal Road, there's been a collision and it's stopping traffic. Waverly Road between Huntingdale and Warrigal, did you say? Yeah Closer to Huntingdale Road? Yeah. Uh, anybody injured? You know? No, I saw both drivers out. They were just trying to work it out. That's a good thing. Thank you for the tip, Penelope. We'll get your details for the MVP. Um, and we're checking out the. message. It's. extraordinary. From Anne. If Anne is right and we're working hard, we'll cheque We'll tell you as soon as
 

Bairnsdale Advertiser, Bairnsdale, General News - Dwyers driving to success for 125 years

Thursday, October 12, 2023
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The Dwyer family, along with friends, employees and motoring stalwarts, celebrated 125 years of business last Wednesday, reminiscing on the history of the now booming comp any. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) preadent, Chris Hummer, acted as emcee for the celebration, while VACC industry policy advisor, Michael Mckenna, held aQ&A session with third and fourth generation custodians, Kevin and Anthony Dwyer "The business (Dwyers) keeps evolving, and that's the key to success," Mr Hummer said "Dwyers is VACC member number 35, having] omed the chamber in the turbulent year of 1943 VACC and Dwyers have stayed loyal to each other for SO years, not a bad effort" "Regional members will always remain special to VACC" Throughout the Q&A session, Mr Mckenna and both Kevin and Anthony Dwyer touched on a vanety of subjects, including some of the business's employees "I believe there's about 11 current slaff who have 10 years of service or more - what do you think has been the success for their longevity and for stayinghere for so long^1" Mr Mckenna said "We decided we were going where the world is going not where we'd love to think it was going," Kevin Dwyer said "We're realistic - we've been light on our feet" WHERE IT ALL BEGAN The Dwyers story started in 1S9S, when Jeremiah Dwyer built and opened a small shop m Nicholson Street, Baimsdale, where he operated as a general blacksmith and farrier By 1908, Jeremiah had marned Jane Giles, and his business was m full swing, with the building of buggies,] inkers, drays, wagons and carts keeping him busy In 1920, Jeremiah and Jane welcomed three children Kathleen, the eldest, marned Tom McMahon and had two children John and Micheal John, the middle child, marnedClare Suding and had two children, Kevin and Cannel In 1927, JohnDwyer siarts working with the family business on October 27, working for 43 years Disaster struck m 1929 with the Great Depression hitting hard, people who owed money to Dwyers paid their bills with home grown fruits and vegetables By 1939, the range of cars in the Dwyer's business was continuing to expand, however sales dipped after the start of WWII, which ended ml 946" The family connection was maintained in 1955 when John's son, Kevin Dwyer, started work mthe spare parts department By 1969, Kevin Dwyer marned Kay Jackson, from Sale, and the Nicholson Street ate had become too small for the thnvmg business, so the decision was made to move to a new ate on 93-101 Main StreetB aimsdale It was the end of an era m 19S9, after the 93-101 Main Street ate is sold and the buaness moves to part of the Errol Steward Ford ate at 449 Pnnces Highway opposite the B aimsdale H ospital In 1997, LuiMosele retires after 4S years He held aunique poati on at Dwyer's, covering all four generations By 2000, Dwyers had celebrated 100 years m business and dealt with the "Millennium Bu^' Fast forward to today and Kevin's son, Anthony runs the business, handing over the reins in 2009 Dwyers has opened a panel shop, Riviera Panels, and the Mazda, Hyundai and MG franchises, with a brand-new facility for Mazda and Hyundai expected to be :omplete in N ovember
 

3MFM, Sale, 08:00 AIR News VIC Edition - News The Victorian Department of Transport is under fire after ad...

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3MFM, Sale, 08:00 AIR News VIC Edition - News The Victorian Department of Transport is under fire after ad...ting it's unable to pay compensation to drivers if their cars receive less than $1,500 damage due to the poor condition of a road. A pothole on Tuesday night and a major freeway left 25 cars with flat tyres Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gillam says it's unfair drivers have to foot the bill. I don't think it should have a limit. I think it should be zero. I think if you wreck the front end of your car because the Government haven't been smart enough to keep them in good repair, I think you should be able to claim a whole lot back.
 

3AW, Melbourne, 22:00 News - News The Department of Transport is under fire after admitting it...

Thursday, October 5, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, 22:00 News - News The Department of Transport is under fire after admitting it...os;s unable to pay compensation to drivers if their cars receive less than $1,500 of damage due to the poor condition of a road. A pothole on the Frankston Freeway in Seaford on Tuesday night left 25 cars with flat tyres with driving on some of the state's roads compared to being in a war zone. Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeff William says it's unfair drivers have to foot the bill. I don't think it should have a limit and I think it should be zero. I think if you wreck the front end of your car because the government haven't been smart enough to keep him in good repair, I think you should be able to claim a whole lot back.
 

3AW, Melbourne, 13:00 News - News No arrests have been made and anyone with information or das...

Thursday, October 5, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, 13:00 News - News No arrests have been made and anyone with information or das...am footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. The Department of Transport is under fire after admitting it is unable to pay compensation to drivers if their cars receive less than $1,500 of damage due to the poor condition of a road. A pothole in the Frankston Freeway in Seaford on Tuesday night left 25 cars with flat tyres with driving on some of the state's roads compared to being a warzone. Victorian automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwillim says it's unfair that drivers have to foot the bill. I don't think it should have a limit and I think it should be zero. I think if you wreck the front end of your car because the government haven't been smart enough to keep them in good repair, I think you should be able to claim a whole lot back.
 

3AW, Melbourne, 11:00 News - News Calls are growing for more money to be spent on improving Vi...

Thursday, October 5, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, 11:00 News - News Calls are growing for more money to be spent on improving Vi...ria's roads. It comes after 25 cars were left with flat tyres after driving over a pothole on the Frankston Freeway at Seaford. The Department of Transport says it cannot pay compensation to drivers whose cars receive less than $1,500 of damage due to a roads condition. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeff Gillam has told Neil Mitchell our roads are a disaster. The roads are a disaster and we are running around pouring, you know, bitumen to holes trying to patch it up. I mean there are areas where there are bigger, reconstructions going on. But my gut feeling is that we've poured so much into the big build that all the little builds have just gone by the wayside and we're left with roads that are just not fit for purpose.
 

3AW, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview It started in cars, got into the building, gutted that ...

Thursday, October 5, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview It started in cars, got into the building, gutted that ...tory. There's a criminal element, I think there and police are having a long, hard look at it. may be linked to some gangs. And there's always the case. Lachie Neale won the Brownlow. Yes, he was runner up in the Lions. Best and fairest. Isn't all that unusual. No, exactly. It always happens, doesn't it? Harris Andrews. Okay. Both good players, all of that at 11. Thank you very much, David Armstrong. Well, we spent a lot of time talking yesterday about potholes and we've had more reports today. We'll get back to that in a moment. Jane Hello. Oh, good morning, Neil. I just wanted to share a recent experience with recycling. In my local council. We have the opportunity to do bundled branches, certain length, bundled up, piled up and tied up with cotton twine. Very specific. Did all of that. To my dismay, the hard rubbish truck comes past and collects it and throws it in with the mattresses and everything else, including all the hard rubbish ring council. Ask them, you know, is that normal process I was expecting the garden waste mulching truck and the answer was yes. We've moved to that service. The collection of the bundled branches by the mulching truck is not in demand and is not cost effective. And so I asked the question, well, what happens at the transfer station at the recycling plant? And they said, Oh, we have people on the ground that sit there and will sort through it. And I said, Well, doesn't it get mulch? Doesn't it get pushed into the back of the truck to create more space? And she said, Yes, it does. But yeah, but don't worry, we do sort it out. We even get to the point where, you know, we'll pull out the coils from the mattress and that will go to one area, the mattress goes to another, etcetera, But believe it or not, it's about trust and it's about simplicity, I think. Jane, I think you've nailed that. Thank you very much. A potholes. We asked. There was some confusion yesterday. I was convinced that the first $1,500 of damage to your car done on a pothole, you had to pay They'd only pay VicRoads only pay above that. However, we got this when we asked from the Department of Transport, in accordance with the Road Management Act, compensation can be paid for property damage less than the threshold, which is $1,580. It's indexed. And we rang up say this is a change. When did this happen They said, Oh, hang on, the word should have been cannot. So in accordance with the act, compensation cannot be paid for property damage less than the 1500 bucks. So you've got no hope. And they've talk about confusion on a basic point, but the potholes are drains. More than a year ago we started talking about it and yesterday we just mentioned this thing at Frankston. And call after call. Dangerous, destructive, annoying, irritating people beside the road for hours. It's a mess and it's a sad state of affairs. A man who's been chasing answers on this with FOI applications to VicRoads chief executive, Victorian Automobile Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Geoff Gillham. Good morning, Neil, Good morning. What do you want on the FOI? What are you after? Well I originally wrote to Paul Yunus, who's the Secretary of VicRoads. This was about two months ago and I was after data, what I was after was, a five year data to see what the trend on accidents and claims were. I mean I drive in regional Victoria a lot, Neil seeing VAC members, I was in Bairnsdale last night, I'm driving back through Stratford and Sale this morning. It's like a war zone and I get so fed up with it even, you know, forget my job as a vac even, you know. Geoff Gillham lives in Eltham. I am just so fed up of having to dodge and weave around potholes. So I wrote to Paul Yunus, Sorry, before you get into that, you're saying that area around sale is like a war zone? Absolutely. So go, drive from sale back to Bairnsdale And when you go through places like Stratford, I saw a guy w
 

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast, General News - Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide, General News - Daily Telegraph, Sydney, General News - Roadside Assist

Saturday, September 30, 2023
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Townsville Bulletin, Townsville, General News - Toowoomba Chronicle, Toowoomba, General News - Northern Territory News, Darwin, General News - Hobart Mercury, Hobart, General News - Herald Sun - Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Insurance policy Electric vehicle discussions centre on lower running costs and cheaper servicing but what about insurance? Most EVs have advanced accident avoidance technology, plus no cooling system, complex engine and gearbox to repair after an accident, so I'd hope insurance would be lower? Can you offer clarity? Graeme Daniels, Balwyn North The experts at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) suggest to the contrary. "Motorists regularly report to VACC that EV insurance is more expensive than for internal combustion engines," a spokesman said. "EVs are usually more expensive to buy and replace than an equivalent combustion car, and as EVs are fairly new, insurers don't yet have reliable, historical records regarding repair costs, so they hedge. There's also the issue of less technicians qualified to repair EVs." It's a crude guide, but I looked at the cost of insuring myself as the driver on a $57,400 Tesla Model 3 and $57,200 Audi A3 40 TFSI.
 

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Saturday, September 30, 2023
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Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast, General News - Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide, General News - Daily Telegraph, Sydney, General News - Roadside Assist Electric vehicle discussions centre on lower running costs and cheaper servicing but what about insurance? Most EVs have advanced accident avoidance technology, plus no cooling system, complex engine and gearbox to repair after an accident, so I'd hope insurance would be lower? Can you offer clarity?
 

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Saturday, September 30, 2023
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Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide, General News - Daily Telegraph, Sydney, General News - Roadside Assist Electric vehicle discussions centre on lower running costs and cheaper servicing but what about insurance? Most EVs have advanced accident avoidance technology, plus no cooling system, complex engine and gearbox to repair after an accident, so I'd hope insurance would be lower? Can you offer clarity?
 

Northern Territory News, Darwin, General News - Hobart Mercury, Hobart, General News - Herald Sun - Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Insurance policy

Friday, September 29, 2023
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ROADS I D E ASSIST IAIN CURRY Electric vehicle discussions centre on lower running costs and cheaper servicing but what about insurance? Most EVs have advanced accident avoidance technology, plus no cooling system, complex engine and gearbox to repair after an accident, so I'd hope insurance would be lower? Can you offer clarity?
 

Northern Territory News, Darwin, General News - Hobart Mercury, Hobart, General News - Herald Sun - Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Insurance policy

Friday, September 29, 2023
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Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide, General News - Daily Telegraph, Sydney, General News - Roadside Assist Electric vehicle discussions centre on lower running costs and cheaper servicing but what about insurance? Most EVs have advanced accident avoidance technology, plus no cooling system, complex engine and gearbox to repair after an accident, so I'd hope insurance would be lower? Can you offer clarity?
 

Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide, General News - Daily Telegraph, Sydney, General News - Roadside Assist

Friday, September 29, 2023
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Northern Territory News, Darwin, General News - Hobart Mercury, Hobart, General News - Herald Sun - Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Insurance policy Electric vehicle discussions centre on lower running costs and cheaper servicing but what about insurance? Most EVs have advanced accident avoidance technology, plus no cooling system, complex engine and gearbox to repair after an accident, so I'd hope insurance would be lower? Can you offer clarity? Graeme Daniels, Balwyn North The experts at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) suggest to the contrary. "Motorists regularly report to VACC that EV insurance is more expensive than for internal combustion engines," a spokesman said. "EVs are usually more expensive to buy and replace than an equivalent combustion car, and as EVs are fairly new, insurers don't yet have reliable, historical records regarding repair costs, so they hedge. There's also the issue of less technicians qualified to repair EVs." It's a crude guide, but I looked at the cost of insuring myself as the driver on a $57,400 Tesla Model 3 and $57,200 Audi A3 40 TFSI.
 

Herald Sun - Visa fail

Friday, September 29, 2023
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Herald Sun - Visa fail REGIONAL TALENT DRAIN Geoff Gwilym VACC CEO Things are about to get worse in regional Victoria. New industrial relations changes proposed by the Albanese Government could make employing and keeping overseas labour so much harder, and rural and regional Victorians will pay the price.
 

Herald Sun - Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Insurance policy

Friday, September 29, 2023
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Daily Telegraph, Sydney, General News - Roadside Assist Electric vehicle discussions centre on lower running costs and cheaper servicing but what about insurance? Most EVs have advanced accident avoidance technology, plus no cooling system, complex engine and gearbox to repair after an accident, so I'd hope insurance would be lower? Can you offer clarity?
 

Herald Sun - Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Insurance policy

Friday, September 29, 2023
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Daily Telegraph, Sydney, General News - Roadside Assist Electric vehicle discussions centre on lower running costs and cheaper servicing but what about insurance? Most EVs have advanced accident avoidance technology, plus no cooling system, complex engine and gearbox to repair after an accident, so I'd hope insurance would be lower? Can you offer clarity?
 

Daily Telegraph, Sydney, General News - Roadside Assist

Friday, September 29, 2023
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Herald Sun - Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Insurance policy Electric vehicle discussions centre on lower running costs and cheaper servicing but what about insurance? Most EVs have advanced accident avoidance technology, plus no cooling system, complex engine and gearbox to repair after an accident, so I'd hope insurance would be lower? Can you offer clarity? Graeme Daniels, Balwyn North The experts at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) suggest to the contrary. "Motorists regularly report to VACC that EV insurance is more expensive than for internal combustion engines," a spokesman said. "EVs are usually more expensive to buy and replace than an equivalent combustion car, and as EVs are fairly new, insurers don't yet have reliable, historical records regarding repair costs, so they hedge. There's also the issue of less technicians qualified to repair EVs." It's a crude guide, but I looked at the cost of insuring myself as the driver on a $57,400 Tesla Model 3 and $57,200 Audi A3 40 TFSI.
 

Herald Sun - Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Insurance policy

Friday, September 29, 2023
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Electric vehicle discussions centre on lower running costs and cheaper servicing but what about insurance? Most EVs have advanced accident avoidance technology, plus no cooling system, complex engine and gearbox to repair after an accident, so I'd hope insurance would be lower? Can you offer clarity? Graeme Daniels, Balwyn North The experts at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) suggest to the contrary.
 

The Australian, Australia, Edition Changes - All-round Metro - The Australian, Australia, General News - Visa revamp to unleash boss battles

Thursday, September 21, 2023
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MIGRANTS ON MOVE UNDER SKILLS SHAKE-UP Employers have warned of a skilled foreign worker exodus from the regions to the cities under sweeping new visa rights being considered by the Albanese government, making it easier for migrants to shift jobs and extend their stay to make claims for unpaid wages or entitlements.
 

Herald Sun - Second-hand trouble

Friday, September 15, 2023
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ADVERTISING FEATURE I recently read of an international student in Western Australia who purchased a second-hand car from Facebook Marketplace, which police later seized because it was stolen property.
 

3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Commentary I'm a secondary teacher and I have a conversation with...

Thursday, September 14, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Commentary I'm a secondary teacher and I have a conversation with...ts of children about there's lots of students about career pathways and what have you. There's a bit of a stigma about not actually completing VCE, and I think that's parent driven But they think their kids are going to miss out on opportunities if they don't complete VCE. As a teacher and seeing some of the successful kids that actually leave school a little bit prematurely to get into a trade and get an apprenticeship, a lot of those apprenticeships have taken up before the kids get to finish. So I think we've got to get rid of this stigma attached to, you know, picking up a job earlier. And a lot of those kids actually make more money than I do now. Yeah. Well, Danny, that's what I hear as well. And again, when I was at school, I think you only had to stay at school until year ten. But do you know what the rule is now? Do you have to go stay at school till year 12? These days a lot of kids I knew left school at year ten and went straight into some sort of a job. You know, for example, back then, I mean, you didn't have to go to university to study accounting. Some people started life as a bookkeeper, which was, you know, like a sort of it's like a trade, but it's more of a well, it's a pen and paper trade. Back then, early stage computers. And you could then study at night to become a fully qualified accountant. You didn't even need to finish school. I don't know if that's still the case, but look, there were plenty of pathways back then to get into the workforce. The issue these days is everybody feels you've got to finish school, you've got to get a good visa, you've got to get into university and you've got to get a high paying white collar job. And it comes as a bit of a nasty shock, like you can, you know, rack up a large amount of student debt, you know, starting to become a lawyer, for example, if you're smart enough to get into law school and then you find that actually there's not that many jobs for lawyers, you know, there's about twice as many graduates of law schools as there are jobs for lawyers, so they end up doing something else. Anyway, off air, we're down the street from David. says there's a pushbike on the Balti Bridge just before race course rows are heading outbound. I the pushbike as a rider on board be alert. Geoff Gillam is the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Geoff, good afternoon. Tom. Is there a shortage of tradies? Well, in automotive alone, nationally in Australia we've got 40,000 jobs that we can't fill in. Automotive thousand, 40,000 automotive technicians from Panelbeaters, light vehicle mechanics, heavy plant machinery. That's just in one trade occupation. It's huge. It's been like that for a long time. But post-COVID, it's more entrenched than it was 2019. Yeah, I remember speaking to a guy I know who's a car dealer. It was during Covid, but he said that like six of his mechanics were resigning because they were just going to go and work on the on Victoria's infrastructure project and they said they'd earn more than what he could pay them. That happened, Tom. Infrastructure projects, we need them, you know, we know what they're for, but they suck a lot of labor out of the labor market. And if you're an automotive technician and you work on a construction project for five years, the gap in technology that you miss out on, it's almost impossible to catch back up and come back in. Do you think that parents, as Robert Gottliebsen, suggests in The Australian, that parents are guilty of steering their kids away from trades when maybe with some kids they should be steering them towards them? I agree with that totally, Tom. I think that Australia is responsible for delivering the double degree barista and that's because we've got a myopic focus both in, our broader community and in schools around higher education and university. And you know, we employ a lot of apprentices here at the ch
 

3AW, Melbourne, Drive - World News Tired but in apparently good health, in a very competi...

Thursday, September 14, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - World News Tired but in apparently good health, in a very competi...e race for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, will adult performances by Susanna Gibson, who is a nurse and mother of two, cost her the race for mayor suite. Some of y'all are crazy. The best thing about this is that I don't care about you crazy people at all. Maybe she does now. Gibson responding to some of her fans after a performance with her husband. Her campaign now says the videos, which were sent to The Washington Post are revenge porn and illegal. But are they? Since she performed the live sex shows online ten, 20 years ago, this would have eliminated a candidate from consideration today. I doubt it has all that much effect It's not disqualifying. That much is obvious. That's Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia's Centre for Politics. But thank you. Cook We will talk to you again tomorrow being Friday. Now we are coming up to the 4:00 news with Gayle Watson after news CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Gillum, joins us.
 

3AW, Melbourne, Drive - World News Tired but in apparently good health, in a very competi...

Thursday, September 14, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - World News Tired but in apparently good health, in a very competi...e race for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, will adult performances by Susanna Gibson, who is a nurse and mother of two, cost her the race for mayor suite. Some of y'all are crazy. The best thing about this is that I don't care about you crazy people at all. Maybe she does now. Gibson responding to some of her fans after a performance with her husband. Her campaign now says the videos, which were sent to The Washington Post are revenge porn and illegal. But are they? Since she performed the live sex shows online ten, 20 years ago, this would have eliminated a candidate from consideration today. I doubt it has all that much effect It's not disqualifying. That much is obvious. That's Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia's Centre for Politics. But thank you. Cook We will talk to you again tomorrow being Friday. Now we are coming up to the 4:00 news with Gayle Watson after news CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Gillum, joins us.
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - Industry still short of 40,000 technicians

Wednesday, September 13, 2023
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Skilled trades demand is growing as 47 per cent of Australian workshops seek technicians AUSTRALIA'S automotive industry has a continuing and entrenched skill shortage that is not being addressed by the government, says one of Australia's peak bodies.
 

GoAuto - Industry still short of 40,000 technicians

Monday, September 11, 2023
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Skilled trades demand is growing as 47% of Australian workshops seek technicians ONE in every two Australian workshops has lost a technician in the past year and 47 per cent of all workshops are now hiring for technicians as the nation’s shortage of...
 

Herald Sun - Wheels of commerce

Friday, September 8, 2023
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TURNING TIDES Geoff Gwilym VACC CEO T he tide has turned from the gloomy days of the global pandemic, where everything came to a grinding halt and any attempt to buy a new car became a non-event or just plain di?cult. And not a day too soon.
 

EV broken? Finding a fix may take a while

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
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Workshop manager Tom Townley-Taylor tests a fully electric Renault Zoe at a garage in the English town of High Wycombe. Photo: Reuters A global shortage of technicians and independent repair shops qualified to fix electric vehicles (EV) threatens to...
 

EV broken? Finding a technician to fix it may take a while

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
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EV broken? Finding a technician to fix it may take a while Electric vehicle repair course attendees at automotive training provider Pro-Moto in Ash Vale By Nick Carey, Paul Lienert and Giulio Piovaccari LONDON/DETROIT/MILAN, England (Reuters)...
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - VACC launches fines fact sheet

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
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Answers sought on how to respond when third party fines are erroneously sent to dealers CHALLENGES facing dealers when sent an infringement notice from Fines Victoria and Victoria Police are to be arrested through a plan launched by the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC).
 

GoAuto - VACC launches fines fact sheet

Monday, September 4, 2023
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Answers sought on how to respond when third-party fines are erroneously sent to dealers CHALLENGES facing dealers when sent an infringement notice from Fines Victoria and Victoria Police are to be arrested through a plan launched by the Victorian...
 

GoAuto - More work to do yet

Monday, August 21, 2023
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Franchise code review should bring in farm machinery, motorcycle and truck dealers AUTOMOTIVE lobby groups have laid out their plans on what they hope the recently announced review of the Franchise Code of Conduct will achieve with special emphasis on...
 

Tawana recently completed a Master in Public Policy at Monash University. We can’t wait for Tawana’s valuable expertise and intersectional passion and knowledge to come to VACC! Find out more about the Victorian African Communities Committee at: https://t.co/GIyUrFDKEc (3/3)

Thursday, August 17, 2023
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Tawana recently completed a Master in Public Policy at Monash University. We can’t wait for Tawana’s valuable expertise and intersectional passion and knowledge to come to VACC! Find out more about the Victorian African Communities Committee at: https://t.co/GIyUrFDKEc (3/3)
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - Importer pinged for price maintenance

Wednesday, August 16, 2023
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American company used US dealer contracts that breached Australian competition rules THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken action against a recreational motorbike importer and distributor, Hornet Industries, after it found the company's dealer agreements said they could not sell its products below certain prices.
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - Another App to thwart car fraud

Wednesday, August 16, 2023
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Simple mobile-phone access to used-car price and history data aims to prevent fraud SOARING fraud in used car sales has been the catalyst for two Perth brothers to find a quick and easy solution to prevent dealers getting caught with vehicles that had odometers tampered with or misrepresented in other ways in online advertisements.
 

GoAuto - Importer pinged for price maintenance

Monday, August 14, 2023
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American company used US dealer contracts that breached Australian competition rules THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken action against a recreational motorbike importer and distributor, Hornet Industries, after it found...
 

GoAuto - Another App to thwart car fraud

Monday, August 14, 2023
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Simple mobile-phone access to used-car price and history data aims to prevent fraud SOARING fraud in used car sales has been the catalyst for two Perth brothers to find a quick and easy solution to prevent dealers getting caught with vehicles that had...
 

Committee Room 2S3, Canberra, Senate, Education and Employment References Committee - Interview I think the circumstances are very different, Senator. ...

Monday, August 14, 2023
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Committee Room 2S3, Canberra, Senate, Education and Employment References Committee - Interview I think the circumstances are very different, Senator. ...t we had was a pandemic. We had a need to pay employees a lot of money. And the administration of that fast suited a system of funnily enough, it wasn't Services Australia that initiated it, but the tax through the tax office system, through an existing connection with employers to get it into the hands of employees I think we're dealing with very different circumstances there where you had every employee of every small business needing to receive some support. That's different to if I heard Senator Pocock correctly, 1686 cases of small businesses needing to do it. That's a far smaller quantum Um, so IBAC our comments. I still think that's right at the time and the time of Covid hitting us in that way. It was an essential connection. Um, you know, three years later, many reviews later. Was there attributes of JobKeeper I would do differently? Absolutely But at the time it was implemented, I think that was still correct and I still give it a ten out of ten. Thanks for that. So the substantially less burden obviously with the paid parental leave and there was with JobKeeper So just on you've raised some issues about the. I'm getting a little bit lost because at one moment people are saying it's uncomplicated and the next minute they're saying it's complicated to connect with Services Australia. But can I just sort of take the question away from what both Nneka and yourself said to me? It's complicated, uncomplicated for workers and complicated for business, small business, which I it does confuse me because it seems conflicting evidence to the logic. But I might just move away from that one one for one second. What do you think would make it less complicated for those businesses that are using Services Australia. What some of the improvements do you think could be instigated? You also welcome to take that on notice if you're not able to come up with some great ideas now, but I'm certainly happy to hear some spitballed ideas. Yeah, I'll take it on notice as well, Senator, but my instant reaction is we are on a journey to digitise many of these processes and our web form filling services. Australia's website is improving and needs to improve of the fact that a parent or potential parent can get online at whenever they like and register. And that is the complication. We refer to. Every employee that wants to take out has to get online and fill in the qualification requirements. If they've never dealt with Services Australia before that is quite a complicated process for the individual of creating their digital identity, creating their Services Australia account, then finding the eligibility requirements and completing it. So you've got that whole complication that is in place anyway, our digitisation journey over the ten years is improving that Services Australia processes I believe, need to improve another level to make that simple. Thank you for that, Mr. Kent and Mr. John Sorry. Yes, I think my statement, Senator and I take on board and I'm sorry if I caused any confusion. What I said is ten years ago it was a lot more complicated than it is today, and that's during digitisation. That doesn't take away from the fact that our small business members are adverse to additional workload. And that additional workload is a perception, not a reality. And I agree with you there that the impacts on small business, while not substantial it is the perception of having that additional bureaucratic burden. The policy itself, I think, is an excellent policy and I think it's a policy that our members fully support. It retains our workers, it retains our apprentices, and it promotes the industry. Well, but I'm just saying, over a ten year period, my kids know technology better than I do. So what I'm saying is the technology has changed. Not that the not that it's easier and simple. It's the per
 

Committee Room 2S3, Canberra, Senate, Education and Employment References Committee - Commentary Small businesses are vital to a diverse and vibrant re...

Monday, August 14, 2023
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Committee Room 2S3, Canberra, Senate, Education and Employment References Committee - Commentary Small businesses are vital to a diverse and vibrant re...l sector. They employ more than half a million Australian workers, do business with suppliers right across the country and play an integral role in the local communities they serve The Australian Retailers Association is proud to represent the rich diversity of Australia's $400 billion retail sector from our largest national and international retailers to our small and medium sized members who make up 95% of our membership. Our sector employs 1.3 million Australians with a workforce strongly skewed towards women making retail one of the largest employers of women in the country. Because of this, we've taken a strong stand on removing the barriers and imbalances that are roadblocks to stronger levels of female workforce participation. This commitment is evidenced through the gender equality position statement that outlines the steps that our sector must take and is taking to address gender inequality. According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, women make up more than 50% of the retail workforce and as many as 75% of our workforce from part time and casual roles are women. The supports any measure that improves female workforce participation and more generally enables greater flexibility for working families. And so we warmly support the proposed changes to the Commonwealth's paid parental leave scheme. However, our submission that we made earlier this year also talked about the need to minimise the compliance burden on small business employers who often feel the impact of regulatory or administrative obligations more acutely than other businesses due to their size. We think the key question here is how do direct payments from government to the recipient, either through the employer or through Services Australia? We see benefits both ways, but for many small businesses, the ability to retain a working relationship with an employee by making these payments during paid parental leave would be compelling, provided the administrative burden is not onerous and that any compliance risks could be minimised. It's also two trains of thought on the opt in opt out model in our submission, we indicated that we did not support this model because we felt at that time that small business should own the responsibility of redirecting government payments to maintain that relationship between employer and employee. However, in reviewing other submissions, we can see that the compromise position is to allow for those employers who wish to own this responsibility to opt in with payments from other employees who have opted out being directed through Services Australia as proposed based on survey results from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We think that the majority of small businesses are likely to opt out whichever path is selected. It's critical that small businesses receive adequate support to help them understand and navigate these changes. In particular, we need to balance the reasonable expectation of employees against the needs of employers who require adequate notice to support their workforce planning needs. And we need clear, plain English guidance that's easy to implement, particularly for small businesses. Again, we congratulate the Government for its commitment to pay parental leave and we welcome this committee's inquiry to ensure the scheme does not create undue administrative burden or compliance risks for small businesses. As Australia's largest peak body for retail, the Ara will continue to progress gender equality across our sector and work with our members to navigate these important changes. Thank you again for the opportunity to appear today. Thank you. Ms.. Robertson. Um. Mr. Hodges. Yes, thank you. Chair is Australia's Peak National Automotive Association, whose membership includes the Victorian and Tasmanian Automotive Chambers of Commerce and the M
 

What a track record – we’re looking forward to the wealth of expertise and advocacy that Selba will bring to VACC! Find out more about the Victorian African Communities Committee at: https://t.co/GIyUrFDKEc (4/4)

Thursday, August 10, 2023
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What a track record – we’re looking forward to the wealth of expertise and advocacy that Selba will bring to VACC! Find out more about the Victorian African Communities Committee at: https://t.co/GIyUrFDKEc (4/4)
 

Castlemaine Mail, Castlemaine, General News - Family Midland Express, Kyneton, General News - Legacy continues at PJ's Tyres

Friday, August 4, 2023
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After 35 years serving the Castlemaine community Peter and Pat Finning of PJ's Discount Tyre Service have retired handing the reins over to son Sean and daughterin-law Phillipa to take the long running business into the next chapter. The local couple started the business in 1988 and over the last three decades have witnessed huge changes and advancements in the field and have prided themselves on offering great products and superior customer service.
 

Mohamed was the recipient of Liberty Victoria's Young Voltaire Human Rights Award and named Muslim Youth of the Year at the 2020 Australian Muslim Achievement awards. We’re excited to have Mohamed’s drive, experience and investment in African communities as part of VACC! (¾)

Thursday, August 3, 2023
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Mohamed was the recipient of Liberty Victoria's Young Voltaire Human Rights Award and named Muslim Youth of the Year at the 2020 Australian Muslim Achievement awards. We’re excited to have Mohamed’s drive, experience and investment in African communities as part of VACC! (¾)
 

Midland Express, Kyneton, General News - Legacy continues

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
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After 35 years serving the Castlemaine community, Peter and Pat Finning of PJ's Discount Tyre Service have retired, handing the reins over to son Sean and daughter-in-law Phillipa to take the long-running business into the next chapter. The local couple started the business in 1988 and over the past three decades have witnessed huge changes and advancements in the field and have prided themselves on offering great products and superior customer service.
 

TRFM - Gippslanders can apply

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
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August 01st, 2023 Gippslanders aged 18 to 25 in unsafe cars can apply for a $5000 subsidy for a newer, safer car - in a new Victorian government scheme. It follows a trial right across regional Victoria, and comes with a rising death toll outside of...
 

2AY, Albury, 07:35 Local News - News A 23 year old driver on a probationary licence rolled a twin...

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
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2AY, Albury, 07:35 Local News - News A 23 year old driver on a probationary licence rolled a twin...rbo V8 Mercedes-Benz after the car struck rocks along the side of Bogong High Plains Road near Falls Creek around 11 on Sunday night. The Mercedes-Benz flipped on its side. Upon impact, however, everyone in the vehicle walked away unscathed. A penalty notice will be handed to the 23 year old for driving a vehicle prohibited on a probationary Victorian licence. Holly King Ace Radio and those in the north east aged between 18 and 25 driving old vehicles could be eligible for a $5,000 state government payout to help buy a new car. It comes as the lives lost on our regional roads in Victoria continues to rise up around 21% compared to this time last year However, Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeff Williams says it might not work as a strategy. I've looked at the figures this morning and the take up has been relatively low and I'm wondering because the $5,000 is not a lot. If you've got an old banger and you can still put fuel in it and drive it, I think you might need more than 5000 to encourage
 

2AY, Albury, 06:35 Local News - News And young regional Victorians will have access to a State Go...

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
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2AY, Albury, 06:35 Local News - News And young regional Victorians will have access to a State Go...nment payment of $5,000 if they want to upgrade to a newer, safer car. They'll need to be aged 18 to 25 and owner dated unsafe car as it is. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeff Gillham says there still will be cost associated, but he supports the concept. On face value, it's always a good idea to put young people into safer cars because of, you know, airbags and proper restraint systems in the vehicles. I know that regional Victoria young people are more likely to be in a serious accident to sport for the commercial club. Aubry or what a night. Friday, August 11th. In the AFL Wodonga's Ollie Hollands is getting plenty of praise with Carlton taking the win 14 993 over ladder leaders Collingwood ten 1676. Hollands managed 15 disposals in Friday night's clash with the pies at the G and in the Office Soccer on Sunday in Division one men's ladder leaders Albury United took the win over Albury City in the Derby clash. Aubrey Hotspurs had a comfortable four one win over Melrose boomers and Cobram had a one all draw. Wangaratta and Wodonga Diamonds also drew in round 19 with the final score for all while in the women's wins, went to Albury, Hotspurs and Wangaratta. And that's the latest in news and sport. The border.
 

3AW, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview 23. It's 11:22. In just a moment, I want to have a look...

Monday, July 31, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview 23. It's 11:22. In just a moment, I want to have a look... this new scheme which is being introduced today, which gives young drivers in particular, a bit of a kick along in terms of trading in their old vehicle for a new one. Sounds good on the surface. I just wonder if there's a little devil in the detail. We'll get to that in just a tick after. Geoff. Hello Geoff. Morning, T.J. How are you going? Good, thanks. I don't think the issue in places like David James and Myers is lack of service we condition these days. That service is a thing of the past. You go into the supermarket, there's no service, you go up to the checkout, there's no service. You've got to do your own. We've had self-serve petrol stations look for a long time. I think the biggest issue is that people are so scared of spending money when they hear that power prices are going to go up by another 25, 30%, gas prices are going through the roof, food prices are going through the roof. Our biggest issue is that people just don't want to spend money at the moment. It's got nothing to do with service. Yeah, I don't think service was an issue initially anyway. Geoff I think it was more to do with prices and yeah, look, I think you're right. I mean certainly we have learnt to fend for ourselves, whether it be in shopping centres, you know, like certainly the checkouts at the supermarkets and that type of thing, which I still hate going through those self-service checkouts, but with the, major department stores and you're buying clothing, I think it is definitely to do with price and you're spot on. There are so many other things that we could spend $80 on as opposed to a jumper. Thanks for your call, Geoff. This car issue that I was talking about, it's a situation that from today, young drivers in regional Victoria are being offered a $5,000 subsidy to essentially ditch their old cars and replace them with safer vehicles. It's a state Government initiative. The programme is called Unsafe to safe. You've got to be aged between 18 to 25 apply. But there is a catch. You have to live in regional Victoria, so it's a great idea. I mean if you're a young person and you've got the hand-me-down car, which begs the question also, what sort of car did you learn to drive in? 13693? What was the car you actually got in first and might have been the old might have been the old gearshift on the steering wheel or the four on the floor. Maybe it was an automatic and you don't know how to drive a manual. 13693 is the number. Geoff Gillam is the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Hello, Geoff. Tony, good morning. Hi. Yeah. What car did you learn to drive in? Morris Minor. The old Morris. And it was gearshift, you know. Oh, wow. On the floor. Yeah, on the floor. But if you break down in the snow, you put the crank handle in the front and still start it. The crank handle in the front. What year are we talking about? Well, the car was a 1960 car, so this was about 1975, but it was a 1960 Morris Minor. And you know, you could put the crank handle through the front bumper and still, you know, I mean, you didn't need it to start it ordinarily, but if you're in the snow or the battery went flat, you could still turn the motor over and get it going. Cheers. Well, mine was a Ford Falcon pursuit, which was like the original homicide Ford, I think. But and that was on the that was on the steering wheel. It was yeah, it was a good old car though. It was a good old car. It's a great idea though, to be able to drive a gearshift because when you go overseas, particularly in Europe, they want to charge you about 30% more for an automatic car. Oh, is that right? Yeah. When you hire cars, automatics are always more expensive. 30% more. Yeah. And I say to them why I'm less likely to destroy the gearbox in, a in an automatic gearbox. But they go well that's just what it is. Supply and demand I suppose. Hey, what do you
 

Townsville Bulletin, Townsville, General News - Toowoomba Chronicle, Toowoomba, General News - Northern Territory News, Darwin, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Plug and play

Saturday, July 29, 2023
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As a follow-up to my new engine running-in question, what about car dealers advising no running-in being needed for electric cars? Scott W, email Interesting question. I discussed it with the experts at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC), who said there doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule to cover all EVs, but most owner's manuals state a running in or bedding in period is required mainly for brakes and tyres. But "there is no powertrain run-in period requirement for an EV as its batteries and motors don't operate via friction, hence no need for traditional lubricants." Sounds like permission to go wild not long after leaving the showroom.
 

Toowoomba Chronicle, Toowoomba, General News - Northern Territory News, Darwin, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Plug and play

Saturday, July 29, 2023
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As a follow-up to my new engine running-in question, what about car dealers advising no running-in being needed for electric cars? Scott W, email Interesting question. I discussed it with the experts at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC), who said there doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule to cover all EVs, but most owner's manuals state a running in or bedding in period is required mainly for brakes and tyres. But "there is no powertrain run-in period requirement for an EV as its batteries and motors don't operate via friction, hence no need for traditional lubricants." Sounds like permission to go wild not long after leaving the showroom.
 

Northern Territory News, Darwin, General News - Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Plug and play

Friday, July 28, 2023
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As a follow-up to my new engine running-in question, what about car dealers advising no running-in being needed for electric cars? Scott W, email Interesting question. I discussed it with the experts at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC), who said there doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule to cover all EVs, but most owner's manuals state a running in or bedding in period is required mainly for brakes and tyres. But "there is no powertrain run-in period requirement for an EV as its batteries and motors don't operate via friction, hence no need for traditional lubricants." Sounds like permission to go wild not long after leaving the showroom.
 

Herald Sun - Going nuclear

Friday, July 28, 2023
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ADVERTISING FEATURE A recent article from Reuters reported on a Swedish AGovernment move to advance with plans to build new nuclear energy plants, in a country that 40 years ago voted to phase out atomic power. As we ponder the energy needs in Australia, and particularly with targets of 50 per cent of all new cars being electric by 2030, I wonder if the country would view nuclear energy as something necessary to electrify the vehicle fleet? Hydrogen, we know, will become a bigger player in EV usage, as the canister of hydrogen e?ectively powers an EV through generating energy via a fuel cell in the vehicle. But there are big questions whether Australia can produce enough green hydrogen, at a competitive $2 per kilo when it retails at multiples of that. It's unlikely blue hydrogen (generated largely from gas) or brown/black hydrogen (coal generated) will win many votes for any government, even though the Albanese administration has committed large research and development funds to maximise hydrogen's capacity to help solve our future energy needs and to form a strong export market for the country. Trucks, rail and potentially planes will all use hydrogen in the future and its use in heavy machinery is where hydrogen can make a big dent in Australia's Co2 emissions. If we assume a vehicle fleet of 20 million vehicles will still be on our roads in 25 years, with most being electrified, direct battery or hydrogen fed, would we think about nuclear as an option to maintain the race to net zero Co2 emissions by 2050? Prepared by Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce
 

Sunshine Coast Daily, Maroochydore, General News - Plug and play

Friday, July 28, 2023
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As a follow-up to my new engine running-in question, what about car dealers advising no running-in being needed for electric cars? Scott W, email Interesting question. I discussed it with the experts at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC), who said there doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule to cover all EVs, but most owner's manuals state a running in or bedding in period is required mainly for brakes and tyres. But "there is no powertrain run-in period requirement for an EV as its batteries and motors don't operate via friction, hence no need for traditional lubricants." Sounds like permission to go wild not long after leaving the showroom.
 

Herald Sun - PHEVs unplugged

Friday, July 21, 2023
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THE GREEN DISINCENTIVE Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are a foray into the Pbooming motoring world of pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs), perhaps your future new car of choice.
 

Fred is also Treasurer of Africa Day Australia Inc and previously sat on the Victorian African Communities Action Plan Implementation Committee. Welcome Fred - we're looking forward to his contribution to VACC! Find out more about VACC: https://t.co/GIyUrFDcOE (3/3)

Thursday, July 20, 2023
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Fred is also Treasurer of Africa Day Australia Inc and previously sat on the Victorian African Communities Action Plan Implementation Committee. Welcome Fred - we're looking forward to his contribution to VACC! Find out more about VACC: https://t.co/GIyUrFDcOE (3/3)
 

3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview Plenty of emails coming in on the women's soccer match ...

Friday, July 14, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview Plenty of emails coming in on the women's soccer match ...ight. Australia, the Matildas versus France. It's a friendly but it won't be friendly at. Marvel Stadium tbh, says. Is it really a sell-out or is it like AFL games that are sold out yet only are actually half full because members and corporates don't show up? I remember during the gather round we had a whole round of footy played in Adelaide and they kept saying various games were sold out and you could see empty seats everywhere. And we had a well, a question raised before about whether begging is legal in Victoria or not. Stephen says under the Summary Offences Act 1966, a person must not beg or gather alms. Very old fashioned language. I must not cause, procure or engage a child to beg. The maximum penalty is 12 months imprisonment, but apparently he says the police don't bother to enforce it like so many other laws. Gary, Good afternoon. Tom, How are you going? Yeah, good, Gary. Excellent. Listen, getting old thing. Um, listen, we're about the same vintage mate. You played a bit of footy when you were younger. Did you play much cricket? No, I was never a fan of cricket, so. No. Okay. Short answer. No. Listen, that doesn't make us old. But I reckon the first thing that we lose is the ability to throw a ball, properly. I can still throw a ball to the dog and what have you, but just throw the ball 30m flat. What have you. Yeah. Just lost it. Yeah. In fact I've noticed a lot of dog walkers. Gary used those sort of, you know, they're about a metre long. He put the ball in the end like a long spoon. And you use that to throw the ball absolutely dead. Right. Like the extension of the arm there have been using that in cricket training these days just to try and get the ball a little bit quicker through without putting so much energy. But um, yeah, it was, oh look again if not, doesn't make me old or something. But early 40s or something all of a sudden woke up one couldn't do it. Thought. I'd throw a ball that hard anymore. Well, I've got an email from another Gary here. Gary, He says old age equals blue tablets at the chemist. Not quite sure what he means, but anyway. Shane. Good afternoon. I think I went to the same barber as you, mate. That Iraqi fella. Oh, did you? The barber of Baghdad. He was called. Yeah, mate, you got the lighter out. Fill my ear up with gas and then lit it. I had a bloody blindfold coming out the side of your head. You must have been beyond the wax, Shane. He just said to attack you with, as you say, with the flamethrower. Yeah. Now, listen, we got a gas bill recently. It was $800 when we rang him to inquire about it, they said, Oh, we've double billed you. But here's the kicker. Didn't anybody tell us about it? They would have taken our money. Yeah. And happy days. No, I know, Shane. And it's only going to get worse. I mean, everybody's getting these letters now from their gas company saying, by the way, we've looked at your gas usage over the past 12 months. And just to let you know that your bill for the next year or as in the year that we're now in the financial year will be dramatically higher. Mine is going to be $2,000 higher. Now we're going to turn off the gas fire and I'm going to go and shop around and see if I can get a better deal. But that is horrendous. Anyway, working from home now, public servants love it, and both the federal and state governments have had to give in and just agree that they can stay at home as often as they want. The National Australia Bank has done a new deal with its staff and they can all ask to work from home and the bank is has to be not unreasonable about agreeing to it, which basically means the bank will let them work from home. But there are some jobs that really you can't work from home and one of them is being a car mechanic. Jeff Gillham is the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Geoff, Good afternoon, Tom. Good afternoon. Are you struggling to find a
 

3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview Plenty of emails coming in on the women's soccer match ...

Friday, July 14, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview Plenty of emails coming in on the women's soccer match ...ight. Australia, the Matildas versus France. It's a friendly but it won't be friendly at. Marvel Stadium tbh, says. Is it really a sell-out or is it like AFL games that are sold out yet only are actually half full because members and corporates don't show up? I remember during the gather round we had a whole round of footy played in Adelaide and they kept saying various games were sold out and you could see empty seats everywhere. And we had a well, a question raised before about whether begging is legal in Victoria or not. Stephen says under the Summary Offences Act 1966, a person must not beg or gather alms. Very old fashioned language. I must not cause, procure or engage a child to beg. The maximum penalty is 12 months imprisonment, but apparently he says the police don't bother to enforce it like so many other laws. Gary, Good afternoon. Tom, How are you going? Yeah, good, Gary. Excellent. Listen, getting old thing. Um, listen, we're about the same vintage mate. You played a bit of footy when you were younger. Did you play much cricket? No, I was never a fan of cricket, so. No. Okay. Short answer. No. Listen, that doesn't make us old. But I reckon the first thing that we lose is the ability to throw a ball, properly. I can still throw a ball to the dog and what have you, but just throw the ball 30m flat. What have you. Yeah. Just lost it. Yeah. In fact I've noticed a lot of dog walkers. Gary used those sort of, you know, they're about a metre long. He put the ball in the end like a long spoon. And you use that to throw the ball absolutely dead. Right. Like the extension of the arm there have been using that in cricket training these days just to try and get the ball a little bit quicker through without putting so much energy. But um, yeah, it was, oh look again if not, doesn't make me old or something. But early 40s or something all of a sudden woke up one couldn't do it. Thought. I'd throw a ball that hard anymore. Well, I've got an email from another Gary here. Gary, He says old age equals blue tablets at the chemist. Not quite sure what he means, but anyway. Shane. Good afternoon. I think I went to the same barber as you, mate. That Iraqi fella. Oh, did you? The barber of Baghdad. He was called. Yeah, mate, you got the lighter out. Fill my ear up with gas and then lit it. I had a bloody blindfold coming out the side of your head. You must have been beyond the wax, Shane. He just said to attack you with, as you say, with the flamethrower. Yeah. Now, listen, we got a gas bill recently. It was $800 when we rang him to inquire about it, they said, Oh, we've double billed you. But here's the kicker. Didn't anybody tell us about it? They would have taken our money. Yeah. And happy days. No, I know, Shane. And it's only going to get worse. I mean, everybody's getting these letters now from their gas company saying, by the way, we've looked at your gas usage over the past 12 months. And just to let you know that your bill for the next year or as in the year that we're now in the financial year will be dramatically higher. Mine is going to be $2,000 higher. Now we're going to turn off the gas fire and I'm going to go and shop around and see if I can get a better deal. But that is horrendous. Anyway, working from home now, public servants love it, and both the federal and state governments have had to give in and just agree that they can stay at home as often as they want. The National Australia Bank has done a new deal with its staff and they can all ask to work from home and the bank is has to be not unreasonable about agreeing to it, which basically means the bank will let them work from home. But there are some jobs that really you can't work from home and one of them is being a car mechanic. Jeff Gillham is the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Geoff, Good afternoon, Tom. Good afternoon. Are you struggling to find a
 

Interview Jenny? Hello. Oh, hi, Tom. I think we're of similar age...

Friday, July 14, 2023
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Interview Jenny? Hello. Oh, hi, Tom. I think we're of similar age. I find I put things down and I can't find them. I lost my coffee this morning for half an hour and then found it in the laundry and I came home. I couldn't find my pods and they were at the bottom of my handbag. But it drives me insane the amount of time I waste looking for the most simple things. I won't spend half an hour looking for my glasses and guess where they were? They're on my head anyway. 1336, nine three. And I'm not joking. I know that's considered a joke, but it actually did happen to me. I looked and it's only when I bent over and they fell off my head, I realised that's where they were. Anyway. Wayne Good afternoon. Hello. Yes, Wayne, go ahead. I went to Coles and I went to the deli there and I went to go buy some bacon and they said Australian grown. But then I looked closely and it said 15% Australian ingredients. Yeah. So I mean you can't call something that's only 15% local. Australian can you. Well you can't. But what could be 15% when it's really just bacon. Well, the thing is it might be literally the thing that it's packed in, I don't know, like if it came in a tin or a plastic container like the label, but not the actual bacon. Well, there you go. I'm pretty shocked, actually. Yeah. No, well you're right to be shocked, Wayne. Look, we've done some. poking around, and it looks as though back in 2018, so five odd years ago, the rules about what could be listed as Australian made and what could not were changed. And they were liberalised. But as I said, a listener called Luke emailed us overnight drive@3.com. He bought a plastic container of marinated olives and on the lid it says made in Australia from at least 0% Australian ingredients 0%, it turns out the olives are from Italy, but they still have the green and gold kangaroo on them, which I think is an absolute farce. 133693. Chris Hello. G'day Tom. Hey, Today we received a letter from our gas provider AGL. Our gas bill is going up next year, $863 for the year. Well, Chris this won't make you feel better, but I got a similar thing for my gas provider yesterday. I'm looking at almost a $2,000 increase next year. It's unbelievable, isn't it? Sad? Yeah, well, it is ridiculous. Just about the petrol price in Ravenhall corner to Westwood Drive and Ballarat Road. They are selling it dollars 66.90 unleaded. That is cheap, isn't it? Because there's plenty of petrol stations. We took calls yesterday from people who are saying it's gone up to $2.09 a litre. So that was ravenhall. What brand of petrol station was that? Mohammed? BP. The BP in Ravenhall standard unleaded is still $1.66 a litre. Get it while you can. Mohammed. Thank you. You'll be in the running for the daily Word on the street prize of $200 voucher to spend at Adriatic furniture. And of course, at the end of the programme today, our best two callers for the week. We'll be in the running for our yearly prize, $50,000. That's right. 50 grand to spend on any car that suits you. Thanks to our great friends at the Penfold Motor Group. Keep the calls coming. What are the signs you are getting on? I've had several people tell me that my bad back is simply a sign of ageing that I'm unwilling to accept. Also ahead, we're going to speak to the Victorian Automobile Automotive Chamber of Commerce, I should say. They're struggling to get apprentice mechanics and apparently it's all because of working from home. Young people want jobs where you can work from home and the problem with fixing cars is that's not something you can do from home. What are other jobs where working from home is impossible? Jeff Kennett The other day said, Well, nurses have to go to the hospital, maybe they should get a pay increase or all the people who sit there at home doing work from home should get a pay cut. But number 3693 at 3:18. But yes, I mean, gas prices are up. The government, if you ask them about it, this is the federal government will say, oh, it's all a
 

3AW, Melbourne, Afternoons - News Headlines Geoff Gillham joins us from the Victorian Automoti...

Friday, July 14, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Afternoons - News Headlines Geoff Gillham joins us from the Victorian Automoti...Chamber of Commerce. They can't get enough young people to become automotive apprentices and apparently he blames working from home. Everybody wants a job where you can work from home and guess what? You can't fix a car while you're at home. Is there as much tinkering that's done under the bonnet now compared to, Oh, you're still you still know a bit of stuff. You've still got to be physically where the car is. You can't do it via a computer completely.
 

Herald Sun - The new normal

Friday, July 14, 2023
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ADVERTISING FEATURE Herald Sun - The new normal FINDING APPRENTICES IN A WFH WORLD Geoff Gwilym VACC CEO Recently, a number of corporate entities had their working from home arrangements highlighted in the media. Their employees tended to range from almost no time required in the o?ce to between two and three days onsite.
 

Channel 7, Melbourne, Seven News - News Victoria Police says it already has its own systems in place...

Thursday, July 13, 2023
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Channel 7, Melbourne, Seven News - News Victoria Police says it already has its own systems in place...d publishing stolen car details online poses a security risk and it doesn't want anyone to take the law into their own hands. We don't want vigilante groups out there, but if somebody can see a stolen cars parked across the road from them or a number plates being removed, it would be great to have a centralised location where that could be reported. Sarah Jones, Seven News.
 

Channel 7, Melbourne, Seven News - News Victoria Police says it already has its own systems in place...

Thursday, July 13, 2023
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Channel 7, Melbourne, Seven News - News Victoria Police says it already has its own systems in place...d publishing stolen car details online poses a security risk and it doesn't want anyone to take the law into their own hands. We don't want vigilante groups out there, but if somebody can see a stolen cars parked across the road from them or a number plates being removed, it would be great to have a centralised location where that could be reported. Sarah Jones, Seven News.
 

Twitter, @Tartly Roud - @7NewsMelbourne @Rebecca7Maddern @vaccofficial The Victorian ALP Government 2000-2023 are intrinsically linked to the long term chemical exposures of all Victorians, and more importantly , approximately over 2 million women and infants of Victoria. The widespread use of Lipophilic Phenol pesticides on all our… https://t.co/XNbQRfetcF

Thursday, July 13, 2023
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Twitter, @Tartly Roud - @7NewsMelbourne @Rebecca7Maddern @vaccofficial The Victorian ALP Government 2000-2023 are intrinsically linked to the long term chemical exposures of all Victorians, and more importantly , approximately over 2 million women and infants of Victoria. The widespread use of Lipophilic Phenol pesticides on all our… https://t.co/XNbQRfetcF
 

Twitter, @7News Melbourne - Car thefts in Victoria have surged by nearly 20 per cent in the past year, sparking calls for a better way to track down stolen vehicles. For more, @Rebecca7Maddern spoke with the CEO of the @vaccofficial, Geoff Gwilym. https://t.co/5zYfOfGqUb #7NEWS https://t.co/jVsb4Vk7OD

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Twitter, @7News Melbourne - Car thefts in Victoria have surged by nearly 20 per cent in the past year, sparking calls for a better way to track down stolen vehicles. For more, @Rebecca7Maddern spoke with the CEO of the @vaccofficial, Geoff Gwilym. https://t.co/5zYfOfGqUb #7NEWS https://t.co/jVsb4Vk7OD
 

Channel 7, Melbourne, Seven News Vic First at 4pm - Interview Car thefts in Victoria have surged by nearly 20% in the...

Thursday, July 13, 2023
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Channel 7, Melbourne, Seven News Vic First at 4pm - Interview Car thefts in Victoria have surged by nearly 20% in the...st year, sparking calls for a better way to track down stolen vehicles. For more, we are now joined by the CEO of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Geoff Gillham. Geoff, good afternoon to you. Almost 60 cars are being stolen every day. What do you think is behind this surge, Rebecca? A couple of things here. One is joyriding. We know that a lot of young people, particularly young males, they think it's clever to clone or copy number plates off of a car that's parked somewhere or, you know, online to be sold, jump in the car, clock up a whole lot of parking infringements and speed camera fines and, you know, then a month later, ditch the plates and get some new ones. So, you know, that's a big factor. And social media where young people are linked up to share their these practises doesn't help either All right. Are there any particular risk factors that car owners need to be made aware of? Well, over a third of all car stolen are still taken by somebody removing the keys from somebody's house. It's not all aggravated burglary. Often, you know, a thief will go to the back door. is open. Guess what? The car keys are on the side. They take the keys often. They won't steal the car immediately. You'll assume you've lost the keys. You'll use the spare keys. A week later, the car will go. But effectively you've let them in your own house and they've just taken the keys off the side. Geoff That's scary. It is scary. But you know, we've just got to remember, I think through Covid where there weren't a lot of vehicles on the road, we really sort of became a lot calmer and maybe we weren't as strict around security in our homes. We're really past that. And as these theft numbers go back up, it's probably also reflective of the fact we're not locking our homes well enough at night. All right. Now, the state government banned cash transactions for scrap car parts back in 2018. Has it made any difference? Has it been effective at all? We think it has. This is cash for scrap where people were rolling up at dubious dealership or sorry, scrap yards where they would get direct cash for handing over cars. We think that's largely stopped, although now and again, you know, a member or a member will come to me and highlight somebody that's just, you know, trying to, again, attract people with cash for cars. And it's illegal. And there are big fines and imprisonment notices that will go with that. The reporting system has copped some flak today. What do you think about calls for a centralised database for people to report stolen vehicles? Well, in a way there is. It's called the Victorian Police, but unfortunately, consumers can't see the list of car number plates and stolen cars. So we need something where consumers can see what's happening in their local communities and can. You know, we don't want vigilante groups out there, but if somebody can see a stolen cars parked across the road from them or a number plates being removed, it would be great to have a centralised location where that could be reported. Something to look at. Geoff Gillham, appreciate your time. Thank you. You're welcome. Thank you. Well, human remains have been found at a home destroyed in a fireball north of Brisbane. Police made the grim discovery while searching through debris in the wake of a massive explosion. Emergency crews had to evacuate neighbouring properties and closed surrounding streets as fire crews spent two hours extinguishing the blaze in what appears to be the garage area. And next to those remains is another gas bottle. Investigators are confident no one else is involved in the incident.
 

Channel 7, Melbourne, Seven News Vic First at 4pm - Interview Car thefts in Victoria have surged by nearly 20% in the...

Thursday, July 13, 2023
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Channel 7, Melbourne, Seven News Vic First at 4pm - Interview Car thefts in Victoria have surged by nearly 20% in the...st year, sparking calls for a better way to track down stolen vehicles. For more, we are now joined by the CEO of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Geoff Gillham. Geoff, good afternoon to you. Almost 60 cars are being stolen every day. What do you think is behind this surge, Rebecca? A couple of things here. One is joyriding. We know that a lot of young people, particularly young males, they think it's clever to clone or copy number plates off of a car that's parked somewhere or, you know, online to be sold, jump in the car, clock up a whole lot of parking infringements and speed camera fines and, you know, then a month later, ditch the plates and get some new ones. So, you know, that's a big factor. And social media where young people are linked up to share their these practises doesn't help either All right. Are there any particular risk factors that car owners need to be made aware of? Well, over a third of all car stolen are still taken by somebody removing the keys from somebody's house. It's not all aggravated burglary. Often, you know, a thief will go to the back door. is open. Guess what? The car keys are on the side. They take the keys often. They won't steal the car immediately. You'll assume you've lost the keys. You'll use the spare keys. A week later, the car will go. But effectively you've let them in your own house and they've just taken the keys off the side. Geoff That's scary. It is scary. But you know, we've just got to remember, I think through Covid where there weren't a lot of vehicles on the road, we really sort of became a lot calmer and maybe we weren't as strict around security in our homes. We're really past that. And as these theft numbers go back up, it's probably also reflective of the fact we're not locking our homes well enough at night. All right. Now, the state government banned cash transactions for scrap car parts back in 2018. Has it made any difference? Has it been effective at all? We think it has. This is cash for scrap where people were rolling up at dubious dealership or sorry, scrap yards where they would get direct cash for handing over cars. We think that's largely stopped, although now and again, you know, a member or a member will come to me and highlight somebody that's just, you know, trying to, again, attract people with cash for cars. And it's illegal. And there are big fines and imprisonment notices that will go with that. The reporting system has copped some flak today. What do you think about calls for a centralised database for people to report stolen vehicles? Well, in a way there is. It's called the Victorian Police, but unfortunately, consumers can't see the list of car number plates and stolen cars. So we need something where consumers can see what's happening in their local communities and can. You know, we don't want vigilante groups out there, but if somebody can see a stolen cars parked across the road from them or a number plates being removed, it would be great to have a centralised location where that could be reported. Something to look at. Geoff Gillham, appreciate your time. Thank you. You're welcome. Thank you. Well, human remains have been found at a home destroyed in a fireball north of Brisbane. Police made the grim discovery while searching through debris in the wake of a massive explosion. Emergency crews had to evacuate neighbouring properties and closed surrounding streets as fire crews spent two hours extinguishing the blaze in what appears to be the garage area. And next to those remains is another gas bottle. Investigators are confident no one else is involved in the incident.
 

Dr Shepherd is also a Fulbright Scholar & recipient of the 2020 Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in Justice. We’re excited to have Stefane’s expertise at VACC! Find out more about the Victorian African Communities Committee: https://t.co/DvUf5Sq6wF (4/4)

Thursday, July 13, 2023
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Dr Shepherd is also a Fulbright Scholar & recipient of the 2020 Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in Justice. We’re excited to have Stefane’s expertise at VACC! Find out more about the Victorian African Communities Committee: https://t.co/DvUf5Sq6wF (4/4)
 

3AW, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview Brought to you by Rich's the friendliest supermarket te...

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview Brought to you by Rich's the friendliest supermarket te...in 2023. Ideas today. How do we fix the city? Get people back into the city during the day? How do we fix the education system both ahead and also strange tales from travelling the world, the things you have seen or done around the world. But want to touch on this. I spoke to Steve Wernet yesterday who'd been in touch about email. His daughter's car was hit by a stolen BMW down the Pakenham bypass. Now there's been a real battle since she had third party property insurance, but the police can't nominate a driver, so she can't sort of make a claim on the car. Now, we'll talk to an insurance expert about that in a moment But as I said, we're trying to find out how many pursuits have been this year. Police won't tell us. That is very irresponsible, in my view. We'll have to do take free information, action which wastes everybody's time and probably won't give us any answers. Simply tell us it's in the public interest. We'll talk to that expert in a moment. But on the line is Steve's daughter, who was caught in the middle of it. Sam Wernet. Good morning. How are you going? I'm okay. How are you? all right? Yeah, I'm okay. Well, what happened? Um, so, yeah, basically, it was just hit in the middle of the freeway. Had no idea what had happened at the time because I just didn't see it coming at all. Were you injured? Um, I just like pretty bad whiplash. I was fine at the time, but yeah, during the day, the whiplash hurt me for a while and had to go to physio and everything. Did you have that? But it didn't have any warning that the pursuit was happening. Was it obvious to you? No not any idea. I did not see it coming at all. I still didn't really know what had happened when my car had stopped. So were the police chasing them at that time or were they just driving like idiots? Um, no, not that I know of. I think they were just coming flying up behind me from what I was told. And what happened? What did they do when the car when the BMW crashed, The stolen car crashed? They just got out and ran, did they? Yeah, I didn't even see them. They just disappeared completely. So what's the insurance? problem? What do they tell you? They just said if they can't nominate a driver, basically I've got no options. I've got nothing. And has anybody been charged, as far as you know, over the theft of that car? No, not that I was told. So they can't nominate a driver and you can't make a claim what coverage you've got on the car yourself, Just the third party insurance. And that doesn't cover the vehicle. That covers other things doesn't it? Yeah. So if I was to cause the accident, it would cover that, but obviously I wasn't at fault at all. So yeah, I had that insurance myself when I had my first car because I couldn't afford anything else. But it doesn't. Yeah, it doesn't cover it. So what was your car worth? What sort of car was it? was a Nissan Dualis It was probably worth about eight grand. So written off. Yeah, completely. And there's just nothing you can do to try and get any compensation for it. Not seems ridiculous. Has it affected you when you get on the roads now you're still comfortable driving? No, I used to love driving. I absolutely hate it. I'm a very nervous driver now. And every time I hit a pothole or I hear a loud noise while I'm driving, I just go into full panic mode. It's very scary. Well, you're lucky that you haven't got worse physical injuries, but you run lucky one that you've lost your car and you've got no comeback. And second, that you've got that anxiety. Yeah, absolutely. You look after yourself, Sam, But hang on. Keep an ear on this, because we're about to speak to an expert in this area. She's the industry policy advisor for Victorian. Automotive Chamber of Commerce. She's also a lawyer. Kathy Zdrojewski, good morning. Hi, good morning, Neil. How are you? We got a bit of a loophole here. This young woman has done nothing wro
 

Australasian Paint & Panel, NSW, General News - YACC AWARDS

Tuesday, July 11, 2023
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VICTORIAANDTASMANIA'SFINESTAUTOmotive businesses and top apprentices have been revealed at the 2023 Automotive Industry Awards. Three of the 16 elite businesses, business people and apprentices announced as leaders in their field are from the collision repair sector.
 

Twitter, @Vasa - Automotive leg of #futuregas 2023 approaching fast!: More automotive industry bodies have pledged their support for the 2023 #futuregas #refrigerant seminar roadshow, with MTA SA/NT, MTA WA and VACC joining the AAAA, TaT, SAE-A and VASA alongside… https://t.co/7E6h8tiQT8 https://t.co/Hy3EhIFtmk

Sunday, July 9, 2023
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Twitter, @Vasa - Automotive leg of #futuregas 2023 approaching fast!: More automotive industry bodies have pledged their support for the 2023 #futuregas #refrigerant seminar roadshow, with MTA SA/NT, MTA WA and VACC joining the AAAA, TaT, SAE-A and VASA alongside… https://t.co/7E6h8tiQT8 https://t.co/Hy3EhIFtmk
 

Herald Sun - Food for thought

Friday, July 7, 2023
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DEBT VERSUS APPRENTICESHIP Geoff Gwilym VACC CEO My main question for parents: Do the higher education fees that will be levied against your teens really add up? This year a 9.1 per cent indexing was tossed at HELP/HECS debt, and, while higher than normal, these education debts lock young people even further out of using their take home pay to buy a house, a car, or just about anything.
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - VACC: Sole traders are back

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
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Auto industry returns to pre-pandemic period with rise in sole traders, decline in big business SOLE traders in the automotive industry are back "with a vengeance" as the industry returns to a pre-pandemic era of strong small business numbers and a decline in the growth of larger employers.
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - Chamber seeks EV input

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
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Victoria sought EV advice from those with the least knowledge of EV issues THE CEO of Victoria's leading auto trade body has questioned the wisdom of governments taking decisions on vital issues such as EV policies, without consulting with the key players in that industry first.
 

GoAuto - Chamber seeks EV input

Sunday, July 2, 2023
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Victoria sought EV advice from those with the least knowledge of EV issues THE CEO of Victoria’s leading auto trade body has questioned the wisdom of governments taking decisions on vital issues such as EV policies, without consulting with the key...
 

GoAuto - VACC: Sole traders are back

Sunday, July 2, 2023
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Auto industry returns to pre-COVID period with rise in sole traders, decline in big business SOLE traders in the automotive industry are back “with a vengeance” as the industry returns to a pre-pandemic era of strong small business numbers and a decline...
 

Maryborough Advertiser, Maryborough, General News - GoAuto - GoAuto - Ford to slash staff

Friday, June 30, 2023
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400 local jobs to go in lead up to EV manufacture BY NEIL DOWLING Ford Australia will cut more than 20 per cent of its staff through voluntary redundancies COVID-as it continues to reduce its Australian payroll. It said 400 jobs would go from its 1800 Australian outsellsemployees by September, with union leaders responding that most of the losses would be at the Ford Geelong plant in Victoria.
 

Twitter, @Anthony Element - Check out the idiots in this thread folks. They think the only alternative to fossil fuel sourced electricity is no electricity. They’ve never heard of the Snowy Mountain Scheme. In fairness it’s only been operating for 60 some years. Do they come any dumber or ill informed??

Thursday, June 29, 2023
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Twitter, @Anthony Element - Check out the idiots in this thread folks. They think the only alternative to fossil fuel sourced electricity is no electricity. They’ve never heard of the Snowy Mountain Scheme. In fairness it’s only been operating for 60 some years. Do they come any dumber or ill informed??
 

GoAuto - GoAutoNews: we talk to Aussie classic car EV conversion specialists Jaunt Motors, find out @MahindraRise's plans for a global dual-cab ute, hear @Toyota_Aus’s plans for a hybrid HiLux & @vaccofficial is urging car dealers to report odometer criminals https://t.co/T5S3hgR0rS https://t.co/FgLhCdKgcf

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
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GoAuto - GoAutoNews: we talk to Aussie classic car EV conversion specialists Jaunt Motors, find out @MahindraRise's plans for a global dual-cab ute, hear @Toyota_Aus’s plans for a hybrid HiLux & @vaccofficial is urging car dealers to report odometer criminals https://t.co/T5S3hgR0rS https://t.co/FgLhCdKgcf
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - Ford to slash staff

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
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400 local jobs to go as Ford makes global cuts in lead up to EV manufacture FORD Australia will cut more than 20 per cent of its staff through voluntary redundancies as it continues to reduce its Australian payroll.
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - Chamber urges: Report odometer criminals

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
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Survey reveals 44 per cent of dealers reporting cars with wound-back odometers ODOMETER tampering especially by private vehicle sellers is hitting dealers in record numbers with 44 per cent of Victorian dealerships now reporting as victims of this crime.
 

GoAuto - Chamber urges: Report odometer criminals

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
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Survey reveals 44 per cent of dealers reporting cars with wound-back odometers ODOMETER tampering – especially by private vehicle sellers – is hitting dealers in record numbers with 44 per cent of Victorian dealerships now reporting as victims of this...
 

GoAuto - Ford to slash staff

Monday, June 26, 2023
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400 local jobs to go as Ford makes global cuts in lead up to EV manufacture FORD Australia will cut more than 20 per cent of its staff through voluntary redundancies as it continues to reduce its Australian payroll. It said 400 jobs would go from its...
 

Channel 10, Perth, 10 News First - Channel 10, Melbourne, 10 News First - News We're being warned of a rise in people winding back odometer...

Monday, June 26, 2023
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Channel 10, Perth, 10 News First - Channel 10, Melbourne, 10 News First - News We're being warned of a rise in people winding back odometer...n second hand cars. Industry experts say the pandemic has driven the demand for used vehicles, but it's put buyers at risk of paying for a lemon. It's a ploy used by unscrupulous sellers to con unsuspecting buyers. You run it backwards, the numbers go down. Watch your speedometer. Cool. But unlike in the old movies, second hand car dealers claim they are the ones being duped in a recent spike in odometer crime. There are more reports of private buyers buying tools online or hacking into their cars computers to do this themselves, and then selling the cars onto dealers who are just desperate for stock at the moment. Industry experts say the pandemic has driven the rise in odometer tampering. And what happened during Covid is car prices went up significantly, particularly used car prices, which means they became more valuable and they became even more valuable if you could reduce the kilometres on the clock. In Victoria, almost half of the state's licenced traders have been targeted, according to the Automobile Chamber of Commerce. There would be hundreds, without a doubt there would be hundreds. If you're buying a car that you think is much newer or has done fewer kilometres than it is, you might be getting something more dangerous or in much worse condition than you initially thought going in. Industry bodies are calling for odometer data to be made available online for consumers and dealers, similar to what has recently been introduced in New South Wales. They've got the data. We know the data's out there. Somebody needs to be actually providing it to the public and to traders to protect everybody from this. The advice for buyers is to get a pre-purchase vehicle inspection, cheque the logbook and look for other signs of wear and tear to avoid buying a lemon. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Samantha Butler for ten News first. Australian scientists are brewing up something a little different. In an effort to tackle Covid 19 and other viral infections, researchers have discovered a simple pantry item can now be used to detect the disease. Fresh out of the oven and into the lab, the pantry staple is being used in a new brew, with Queensland researchers using Baker's yeast to detect Covid 19. The leftfield idea was we need something that's really cheap and really easy to make. It's taken around a decade, but scientists say they've finally got the recipe right and it could safeguard communities against future pandemics. We have engineered Baker's yeast to be able to do two things. One is to detect any virus that we programme it to detect. The second to produce a clear positive result, similar to the way a PCR test works. Researchers are hoping the technology will help in the fight against existing and emerging viral threats, including those that pass from animals to humans. And it's not the first kitchen inspired research project. We were making this yeast based technology for a lot of other cancer detection in other bacteria. It's hoped in the future the powdery nanoprobes developed at the University of Queensland could be deployed as sensor dust sprayed around airports, hospitals and stadiums to alert authorities to viruses in the air and be tracked by phone, drone or satellite We think having such a technology might help protect and contain future pandemics.
 

Channel 10, Sydney, The Project - News Anyone in the market for a second hand car is being warned t...

Monday, June 26, 2023
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Channel 10, Sydney, The Project - News Anyone in the market for a second hand car is being warned t...o their due diligence after a spike in odometer crime. Car dealers are being duped with reports private sellers are buying tools online or hacking into the car's computer system to wind down the kilometres According to the Automobile Chamber of Commerce, almost half of Victoria's licenced traders have been targeted. If you've got a car that's done a couple of hundred thousand kilometres and you can sell it as a 50,000 kilometre car, the difference can be really significant. So for dodgy sellers there's a lot of money to be made, but obviously they're not going the right way about it. And Qantas is desperate for customers to spend any remaining credits for flights that were cancelled due to Covid before the December 31st expiry. The airline has revealed there's about $400 million in travel credits still outstanding. They're even offering double frequent flyer points to customers who book using a credit before the end of July. These are flights that were booked during Covid and then cancelled. And then you've got essentially like a credit note. I think any flights you've got in credit, any flights you've got in credit, but apparently it's quite difficult to navigate the way through the website. So they've put this new link in there. But I've heard a lot of people today on radio saying it wasn't all that easy to use. And that's where you get tricked up. Right? But then apparently as well, if you don't end up using it on flights, I think that they do technically have to refund you in cash. They should you should be able to use the points for Taylor Swift tickets. Then people would be like all up for it. You need that. would be good. You need a lot of points. Yeah, they can't afford that.
 

Channel 10, Sydney, The Project - News Anyone in the market for a second hand car is being warned t...

Monday, June 26, 2023
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Channel 10, Sydney, The Project - News Anyone in the market for a second hand car is being warned t...o their due diligence after a spike in odometer crime. Car dealers are being duped with reports private sellers are buying tools online or hacking into the car's computer system to wind down the kilometres According to the Automobile Chamber of Commerce, almost half of Victoria's licenced traders have been targeted. If you've got a car that's done a couple of hundred thousand kilometres and you can sell it as a 50,000 kilometre car, the difference can be really significant. So for dodgy sellers there's a lot of money to be made, but obviously they're not going the right way about it. And Qantas is desperate for customers to spend any remaining credits for flights that were cancelled due to Covid before the December 31st expiry. The airline has revealed there's about $400 million in travel credits still outstanding. They're even offering double frequent flyer points to customers who book using a credit before the end of July. These are flights that were booked during Covid and then cancelled. And then you've got essentially like a credit note. I think any flights you've got in credit, any flights you've got in credit, but apparently it's quite difficult to navigate the way through the website. So they've put this new link in there. But I've heard a lot of people today on radio saying it wasn't all that easy to use. And that's where you get tricked up. Right? But then apparently as well, if you don't end up using it on flights, I think that they do technically have to refund you in cash. They should you should be able to use the points for Taylor Swift tickets. Then people would be like all up for it. You need that. would be good. You need a lot of points. Yeah, they can't afford that.
 

Channel 10, Adelaide, 10 News First - News Australians are being warned of a rise in sharks winding bac...

Monday, June 26, 2023
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Channel 10, Adelaide, 10 News First - News Australians are being warned of a rise in sharks winding bac...dometers when selling second hand cars. Industry experts say the pandemic has driven the demand for used vehicles and buyers are at risk of paying for a lemon. It's a ploy used by unscrupulous sellers to con unsuspecting buyers. You run it backwards, the numbers go down. Watch your speedometer. Cool. But unlike in the old movies, second hand car dealers claim they are the ones being duped in a recent spike in odometer crime. There are more reports of private buyers buying tools online or hacking into their cars computers to do this themselves, and then selling the cars onto dealers who are just desperate for stock at the moment Industry experts say the pandemic has driven the rise in odometer tampering. And what happened during Covid is car prices went up significantly, particularly used car prices, which means they became more valuable and they became even more valuable if you could reduce the kilometres on the clock. In Victoria, almost half of the state's licenced traders have been targeted, according to the Automobile Chamber of Commerce. But there would be hundreds. Without a doubt there would be hundreds. If you're buying a car that you think is much newer or has done fewer kilometres than it is, you might be getting something more dangerous or in much worse condition than you initially thought going in. Industry bodies are calling for odometer data to be made available online for consumers and dealers, similar to what has recently been introduced in New South Wales. They've got the data. We know the data is out there. Somebody needs to be actually providing it to the public and to traders to protect everybody from this. The advice for buyers is to get a pre-purchase vehicle inspection, cheque the logbook and look for other signs of wear and tear to avoid buying a lemon. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Samantha Butler for ten News first.
 

Channel 10, Adelaide, 10 News First - News Australians are being warned of a rise in sharks winding bac...

Monday, June 26, 2023
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Channel 10, Adelaide, 10 News First - News Australians are being warned of a rise in sharks winding bac...dometers when selling second hand cars. Industry experts say the pandemic has driven the demand for used vehicles and buyers are at risk of paying for a lemon. It's a ploy used by unscrupulous sellers to con unsuspecting buyers. You run it backwards, the numbers go down. Watch your speedometer. Cool. But unlike in the old movies, second hand car dealers claim they are the ones being duped in a recent spike in odometer crime. There are more reports of private buyers buying tools online or hacking into their cars computers to do this themselves, and then selling the cars onto dealers who are just desperate for stock at the moment Industry experts say the pandemic has driven the rise in odometer tampering. And what happened during Covid is car prices went up significantly, particularly used car prices, which means they became more valuable and they became even more valuable if you could reduce the kilometres on the clock. In Victoria, almost half of the state's licenced traders have been targeted, according to the Automobile Chamber of Commerce. But there would be hundreds. Without a doubt there would be hundreds. If you're buying a car that you think is much newer or has done fewer kilometres than it is, you might be getting something more dangerous or in much worse condition than you initially thought going in. Industry bodies are calling for odometer data to be made available online for consumers and dealers, similar to what has recently been introduced in New South Wales. They've got the data. We know the data is out there. Somebody needs to be actually providing it to the public and to traders to protect everybody from this. The advice for buyers is to get a pre-purchase vehicle inspection, cheque the logbook and look for other signs of wear and tear to avoid buying a lemon. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Samantha Butler for ten News first.
 

Channel 10, Melbourne, 10 News First - News We're being warned of a rise in people winding back odometer...

Monday, June 26, 2023
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Channel 10, Melbourne, 10 News First - News We're being warned of a rise in people winding back odometer...hen selling second hand cars. Industry experts say the pandemic has driven the demand for used vehicles and buyers are at risk of paying more for a lemon. It's a ploy used by unscrupulous sellers to con unsuspecting buyers. You run it backwards, the numbers go down. Watch your speedometer. Cool. But unlike in the old movies, second hand car dealers claim they are the ones being duped in a recent spike in odometer crime. There are more reports of private buyers buying tools online or hacking into their cars computers to do this themselves, and then selling the cars onto dealers who are just desperate for stock at the moment Industry experts say the pandemic has driven the rise in odometer tampering. And what happened during Covid is car prices went up significantly, particularly used car prices, which means they became more valuable and they became even more valuable if you could reduce the kilometres on the clock. In Victoria, almost half of the state's licenced traders have been targeted, according to the Automobile Chamber of Commerce. But there would be hundreds without a doubt, there would be hundreds. If you're buying a car that you think is much newer or has done fewer kilometres than it is, you might be getting something, providing it to the public and to traders to protect everybody from this. The advice for buyers is to get a pre-purchase vehicle inspection, cheque the logbook and look for other signs of wear and tear to avoid buying a lemon. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Samantha Butler for ten News. First, let's cheque your run home and cross live to Tamara Eden in the traffic chopper. Thanks, Candice. Well, just looking at a crash that's just happened in South Yarra This one's been on Toorak Road outbound at Tivoli Road, just after Chapel Street. Lots of crews here at the moment and it's blocked outbound. They've got delays building in both directions. Tivoli Road is also blocked through that intersection repair work through Lyndhurst as well, causing big delays tonight on Thompsons Road, eastbound at Marriott Boulevard. Just one lane is squeezing past. I'm Tamara Eden in the Freedom Traffic chopper. See you again tomorrow. Thanks, Candice. Thank you, Tamara.
 

Know someone planning on purchasing a second-hand car? You might want to show them this. The state’s peak automotive business body, the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce - VACC, says there is an alarming rise in odometer fraud, where car owners cr

Monday, June 26, 2023
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Know someone planning on purchasing a second-hand car? You might want to show them this. The state’s peak automotive business body, the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce - VACC, says there is an alarming rise in odometer fraud, where car owners cr...
 

Triple J, Sydney, 12:00 News - News There are calls for stricter laws surrounding odometer fraud...

Monday, June 26, 2023
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Triple J, Sydney, 12:00 News - News There are calls for stricter laws surrounding odometer fraud...ith a growing number of Victorians illegally winding them back to reduce their kilometre readings. The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce says there has been a recent increase in odometer crime in the industry. Its chief executive, Geoff Gillam, says the Government's help is needed to protect consumers. We've got car dealerships that are reporting a rise in vehicles that are suspected and sometimes proven to have odometers wound back. But consumer to consumer is even more dangerous because there's no protection under the Licence Motor Car Traders Fund.
 

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Monday, June 26, 2023
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ABC Gippsland, Sale, Regional Statewide Mornings - Interview Possibly known for its brand new music from Queens of t...Stone Age. That's the band that Dave Grohl was in, by the way. If you didn't know that, and that's brand new and there's a whole album as well from Queens of the Stone Age, and apparently it's lyrically about a very rough time of the writer's life. So cheque it out if you're interested. It's 24 minutes to 11. Come in. You desire diversion and entertainment in the future I see you entertaining yourself with podcasts on the ABC Listen app. Going deep into conversations, delving into stories on days like these and cackling away to Roy and HG, that is all. Don't want your money. The ABC listen app is as free as laughter. Now go and download the ABC listen app. He knows the mileage varies. He doesn't trust you. Never has. Never will. Look, this is real simple. Whatever Miles we put on, we'll take off. Wow. We'll drive home backwards. Ferris Bueller there on the programme with the grand plan to reset the odometer on his friend's Ferrari by simply driving backwards. Genius. Bullet-proof plan. A spoiler alert for those who haven't seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It doesn't end well. Nope. But the crime of changing the odometer on a vehicle is apparently rising rapidly in Australia. People are changing the odometer to make sure it looks a little better for the buyer. Right? It looks all right. Looks they can charge a little more as well. Jeff William is with me and Jeff is from the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce. Jeff G'day. Good morning. Can we just drive backwards to change the odometer on the car? Surely that works? Well, that's, the olden days. And because Odometer, their digital odometer is now on vehicles. So it's a bad idea. And as we could see from Ferris Bueller, if the car drops off the stands, it's going to go through the window. So not recommended and illegal. Yeah, fair enough. And how do people change the odometer reading on their cars? Well, what we thought was as we moved away from mechanical odometer odometers in cars, that it would be harder for ratbags if you like to change odometer readings. But you know, digitally they have managed to find ways to do that. And it's a real problem because it's very hard to detect that it's been done. And normally people don't find out until well after the event after they've purchased the vehicle. Is there any way if you're buying a car to detect this before buying it? Well there's a couple of things you can do. First of all, of course, my advice would be to buy a car from a licenced motor car trader, because there are some protections that come with that. There's a motor car traders fund that people can draw on if they get caught up in this sort of stuff. And our view is, the majority of this, if not all of it, is really private to private And that's a really difficult space to police and manage. But there's some really practical things here that, you know, if you're going to buy a car and the seats are worn and the floor mats are worn and the brake pedal rubber is worn and it's got 30,000km on the odometer reading, it's probably not true. All cars and tell a story. And you know, what consumers have got to do is really look closely at the vehicle and look for some of those clues as to how old it really is. It's a bit like a jacket. You know, you can't wear a jacket out every day and expect it to look brand new because it won't. One of the other things is, that notwithstanding going through a licenced motor car trader, a dealer, get a mechanic to look at the car. I mean, often, unless you've got the right machinery and technology to actually go inside the computers of a car to find out what the odometer reading should be. Most mechanics, qualified mechanics can look at a car and as a whole lot of wear and tear signs that they will know that there will also help, you know, make a judgement about whether the odometer reading is accurate or not. I'm so curious
 

ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 09:00 News - News The state's peak automotive body is calling for stricter law...

Monday, June 26, 2023
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 09:00 News - News The state's peak automotive body is calling for stricter law...urrounding odometer fraud amid a growing number of Victorians illegally winding them back to reduce their kilometre readings. The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce says while this has been an issue for some time, there has been a recent increase in odometer crime in the industry and it became more prevalent during the pandemic when there was a spike in used car prices. Chief executive Geoff Gillam has told ABC Radio Melbourne Government help is needed to protect consumers. We've got car dealerships that are reporting a rise in vehicles that are suspected and sometimes proven to have odometers wound back. But consumer to consumer is even more dangerous because there's no protection under the licence motor Car Traders fund and you're on your own in many ways.
 

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Monday, June 26, 2023
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, Breakfast - Interview Tropical North Queensland hides a dark chapter in our h...ory. A lot of Italian migrants. This was the land of opportunity. Anthony LaPaglia is on a personal journey to unearth the extraordinary truth. This is a story of a gang that terrorised the canefields of North Queensland for over a decade and the mystery of a community fighting back. It would cheque under his car every day for bombs. The black Hand starts Tuesday night, June 27th, on ABC TV and streaming on ABC iView. Andrew Hansen Call one 300 22277 For 20 years ago. We could turn the numbers back by hand, but here, take my hat. Two directional drill. You run it backwards. The numbers go down. Watch your speedometer. Cool. See? Yeah. Daddy, you're a crook. Yeah. That was Danny DeVito winding back the odometer in the movie Matilda. Big favourite in my household. And apparently this is happening a lot. of people in Victoria have been taking a leaf out of Danny DeVito's book and illegally winding back the odometers in cars so that they look like they haven't travelled as far as they really have. This is a thing called odometer crime, I believe, or odometer fraud. To find out what's going on here, we're joined now by the chief executive of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Geoff Gillham. Morning to you, Geoff. Andrew Good morning, Geoff. What is the problem here? Is there a spike in odometer crime or is this always been an issue? It's always been there. Andrew But we are seeing reported back to us from industry that there's more of it around. We think it really became more prevalent as we went through Covid used car prices went through the roof, as most people know. And what came along with that was a rise in people using mainly digital tools to wind the odometer back on a car, odometer tampering, as we call it. And of course, if you've got a second hand car that's already more expensive than it was a few years ago because of the shortage of car stock in the market, and you wind back, you know, 30 or 50 100,000km on the car, then it becomes even more valuable. That's what's been happening. And is this a problem for, you know, people who are selling cars, you know, privately from one person to another or a car dealerships having to deal with this as well? it's both, Andrew. We've got car dealerships that are reporting a rise in vehicles that are suspected and sometimes proven to have a dominance wound back. But consumer to consumer is even more dangerous because there's no protection under the licence motor Car Traders Fund. And, you know, you sort of you're on your own in many ways. And the thing is, Andrew consumers often don't know what to look for. You know, some very, very simple ways of really making a determination, of trying to join the dots up. And to put that into practical terms. Andrew, Cars tell a history. You know, if you look at a car, if you look at the seat where the carpet where the rubber where on the brake pedal, all of these things are giving you clues about how long that car's been around. And even though, you know, car detailers do a fantastic job nowadays, there's wear and tear that's very hard to remove from cars. And if those sorts of things are pricking your attention, then you know you're entering into a zone where if you're not sure, you need to get somebody to cheque that odometer out. Mark I mean, do you think it would not be better, though, if we had stricter laws about, you know, policing? Odometers I mean, are you is there something you would propose that we change in Victoria. Well, the Vic has been proposing this for a long time. Every time a car is sold in Victoria, it needs to get a roadworthy the person, the licenced vehicle technician that's undertaking that licence vehicle cheque They note down the odometers on the records that they provide to VicRoads. All we've ever asked the Government to do is to make those records available to consumers so that even if the car was
 

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Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Radio Perth, Perth, 06:30 News - News Victoria's Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on the ...monwealth to make commitments to the auto engineering sector to help improve the nation's manufacturing capability. Car maker Ford has announced plans to cut about 400 jobs in coming months as the vehicle giant looks to overhaul its operations. The majority of the job cuts look set to affect Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber's CEO Jeffrey Gwillim says a lot of the electric vehicles that get bought to Australia from Europe are not fit for purpose. Some people say we can't build cars again in Australia. I don't agree with that. I think that if we look at the cars that we've designed and engineered in Australia, there's some of the best in the world. Why can't we build those for Australian conditions for the Australian market? Police have expressed concerns for a 21 year old man missing from Perth's south. Jinhee Chong was last seen just before 3:00 yesterday afternoon near Cockburn Central. It's believed he may have been heading south of Cockburn. Authorities describe Mr. Chong as 165cm tall of slim build and with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a grey polo shirt, blue jeans and black and white shoes. The 21 year old lives with autism and is nonverbal. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call police immediately.
 

ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, Breakfast - News Two offenders remain on the run after a series of carjacking...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, Breakfast - News Two offenders remain on the run after a series of carjacking...nd crashes across Melbourne's south east. Melissa Brown reports. Police are searching for a man aged in his early 20s and a teenager involved in a lengthy pursuit for carjackings and a number of collisions, including with police cars. It began in Springvale when police tried to pull over a car that was being driven erratically on the Princes Highway at 1:30 yesterday afternoon. The first carjacking happened in Parkdale, followed by a second in Clayton South and another in Dingley. The pair was last seen carjacking a silver station waggon on Hoddle Street in Richmond and speeding off towards the city. Police urged the community to stay vigilant as they search for the pair. They haven't been able to find them overnight The State Opposition has slammed the timing of public transport fee hikes across Victoria from next weekend. A single trip in Melbourne will cost $5, up from $4.60, with daily fares rising from $9.20 to $10. V Line fares will also rise to $10. The reduction of V line fares was a major policy platform during Labour's election campaign, but they were tied to the cost of a ticket in the city. Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Richard Riordan, says it's still not a good look for the Government. There is no doubt the Andrews Government's commitment to lower fares was the shortest lived election promise in the history of Victorian politics. It's a four month commitment. It's ended already. All Victorian public transport users can see will be increased fares and increased costs. The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Federal Government to make commitments around auto engineering to help improve the nation's manufacturing capability. Car maker Ford has announced plans to cut about 400 jobs in coming months as the vehicle giant looks to overhaul its operations. The majority of the job cuts look set to affect Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Jeffrey Gillam says a lot of the electric vehicles that get brought to Australia from Europe aren't fit for purpose. Some people say we can't build cars again in Australia. I don't agree with that. I think that if we look at the cars that we've designed and engineered in Australia there's some of the best in the world. Why can't we build those for Australian conditions for the Australian market? The peak body for small businesses says Australia isn't seeing the true picture of the impact of rising interest rates and the cost of living on small operators. The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia fears many stores and services will decide to close over the next six months because of falling customer sales and increasing business costs. CEO Luke Achterstraat says they won't be counted in the Australian insolvency figures used by economists. Small businesses For a lot of people it's just becoming too tough. In many cases people are handing back their ABMs, their business numbers and ceasing trading and it could be businesses reducing their hours as well. So in that sense there's a bit of a hidden closure element amongst the economy at the moment and that's not being truly recorded in the insolvency figures to sport and Geelong has given its AFL finals chances a boost with a come from behind 15 point victory over Melbourne at a cold, wet Kardinia Park. The Cats roared home with six final term goals to win 1112 78 to 8 1563 in a result that leaves the premiers just outside the top eight on percentage. Coach Chris Scott says his players improved as the game went on. The conditions made the game a bit of a slog at times, so it became a game of will as much as a game of method. But I thought as the game went on we adapted better.
 

ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...Federal Government to make commitments around auto engineering to help improve the nation's manufacturing capability. Car maker Ford has announced plans to cut about 400 jobs in the coming months as the vehicle giant looks to overhaul its operations. The majority of the job cuts look set to affect Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Geoffrey Gillam says a lot of the electric vehicles that get brought to Australia from Europe aren't fit for purpose. Some people say we can't build cars again in Australia. I don't agree with that. I think that if we look at the cars that we've designed and engineered in Australia, there's some of the best in the world. Why can't we build those for Australian conditions for the Australian market? The peak body for small businesses says Australia isn't seeing the true picture of the impact of rising interest rates and the cost of living on small operators. The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia fears many stores and services will decide to close over the next six months because of falling customer sales and increasing business costs. CEO Luke Achterstraat says they won't be counted in the Australian insolvency figures used by economists. Small businesses. For a lot of people it's just becoming too tough. In many cases people are handing back their ABMs, their business numbers and ceasing trading and it could be businesses reducing their hours as well. So in that sense there's a bit of a hidden closure element amongst the economy at the moment, and that's not being truly recorded in the insolvency figures.
 

ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...Federal Government to make commitments around auto engineering to help improve the nation's manufacturing capability. Car maker Ford has announced plans to cut about 400 jobs in the coming months as the vehicle giant looks to overhaul its operations. The majority of the job cuts look set to affect Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Geoffrey Gillam says a lot of the electric vehicles that get brought to Australia from Europe aren't fit for purpose. Some people say we can't build cars again in Australia. I don't agree with that. I think that if we look at the cars that we've designed and engineered in Australia, there's some of the best in the world. Why can't we build those for Australian conditions for the Australian market? The peak body for small businesses says Australia isn't seeing the true picture of the impact of rising interest rates and the cost of living on small operators. The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia fears many stores and services will decide to close over the next six months because of falling customer sales and increasing business costs. CEO Luke Achterstraat says they won't be counted in the Australian insolvency figures used by economists. Small businesses. For a lot of people it's just becoming too tough. In many cases people are handing back their ABMs, their business numbers and ceasing trading and it could be businesses reducing their hours as well. So in that sense there's a bit of a hidden closure element amongst the economy at the moment, and that's not being truly recorded in the insolvency figures.
 

ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 07:00 News - ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 06:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Australia ...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 07:00 News - ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 06:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Australia ...set to lose significant manufacturing capability in the wake of car giant Ford axing hundreds of jobs. The manufacturer says it intends to axe 400 Australian jobs in the coming months, with the majority affecting Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Jeffrey Gwillim says we'll begin to lose a generation of auto engineers and other auto jobs. We've got great capability in design in Australia, automotive design and engineering, but we can't see that get whittled away over time because we'll end up with a pool, a gene pool that's so small it's not viable. The peak body for small businesses fears Australia will see more hidden closures as interest rate rises and the cost of living crisis continues. Mortgage borrowers are facing the highest housing costs relative to incomes since at least 1984, slashing the amount of cash they have spare to spend in the community. Luke Achterstraat from the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia says many operators are reporting falling sales and are choosing to shut up shop so aren't counted in Australia's insolvency data. It's going to be a really tough 3 to 6 and even 12 months. A lot of small businesses might just decide that they've had enough. They won't register as going insolvent, they'll simply cease operating. That's just the sad reality we live in. Those figures, you know that a lot of commentators that a lot of economists will see around insolvencies don't tell the full picture.
 

ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...

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ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...Federal Government to make commitments around auto engineering to help improve the nation's manufacturing capability. Car maker Ford has announced plans to cut about 400 jobs in coming months as the vehicle giant looks to overhaul its operations. The majority of the job cuts look set to affect Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Geoffrey Gillam says a lot of the electric vehicles that get brought to Australia from Europe aren't fit for purpose. Some people say we can't build cars again in Australia. I don't agree with that. I think that if we look at the cars that we've designed and engineered in Australia, there's some of the best in the world. Why can't we build those for Australian conditions, for the Australian market. The peak body for small businesses says Australia isn't seeing the true picture of the impact of rising interest rates and the cost of living on small operators. The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia fears many stores and services will decide to close over the next six months because of falling customer sales and increasing business costs CEO Luke Achterstraat says they won't be counted in the Australian insolvency figures used by economists. Small businesses. For a lot of people it's just becoming too tough. In many cases people are handing back their ABMs, their business numbers and ceasing trading and it could be businesses reducing their hours as well. So in that sense there's a bit of a hidden closure element amongst the economy at the moment and that's not being truly recorded in the insolvency figures.
 

ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...Federal Government to make commitments around auto engineering to help improve the nation's manufacturing capability. Car maker Ford has announced plans to cut about 400 jobs in coming months as the vehicle giant looks to overhaul its operations. The majority of the job cuts look set to affect Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Geoffrey Gillam says a lot of the electric vehicles that get brought to Australia from Europe aren't fit for purpose. Some people say we can't build cars again in Australia. I don't agree with that. I think that if we look at the cars that we've designed and engineered in Australia, there's some of the best in the world. Why can't we build those for Australian conditions, for the Australian market. The peak body for small businesses says Australia isn't seeing the true picture of the impact of rising interest rates and the cost of living on small operators. The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia fears many stores and services will decide to close over the next six months because of falling customer sales and increasing business costs CEO Luke Achterstraat says they won't be counted in the Australian insolvency figures used by economists. Small businesses. For a lot of people it's just becoming too tough. In many cases people are handing back their ABMs, their business numbers and ceasing trading and it could be businesses reducing their hours as well. So in that sense there's a bit of a hidden closure element amongst the economy at the moment and that's not being truly recorded in the insolvency figures.
 

ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...

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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...Federal Government to make commitments around auto engineering to help improve the nation's manufacturing capability. Car maker Ford has announced plans to cut about 400 jobs in coming months as the vehicle giant looks to overhaul its operations. The majority of the job cuts look set to affect Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Geoffrey Gillam says a lot of the electric vehicles that get brought to Australia from Europe aren't fit for purpose. Some people say we can't build cars again in Australia. I don't agree with that. I think that if we look at the cars that we've designed and engineered in Australia, there's some of the best in the world. Why can't we build those for Australian conditions for the Australian market? The peak body for small businesses says Australia isn't seeing the true picture of the impact of rising interest rates and the cost of living on small operators. The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia fears many stores and services will decide to close over the next six months because of falling customer sales and increasing business costs. CEO Luke Achterstraat says they won't be counted in the Australian insolvency figures used by economists. Small businesses. For a lot of people it's just becoming too tough. In many cases people are handing back their ABMs, their business numbers and ceasing trading and it could be businesses reducing their hours as well. So in that sense there's a bit of a hidden closure element amongst the economy at the moment, and that's not being truly recorded in the insolvency figures to sport and in the AFL Geelong has recorded its seventh win of the year, downing Melbourne by 15 points to start round 15. Here's ABC Sports Matt Clinch. The Cats had to overcome the early sickening concussion blow to Jeremy Cameron courtesy of Friendly Fire from Gary Rohan on a night where Geelong premiership coach Chris Scott celebrated his 300th game and the game on the line. Geelong kicked six unanswered goals to start the final term, Rohan leading from the front with four goals to close out 11 1278 to Melbourne's eight 1563. Round 15 continues on Friday night with Saint Kilda hosting Brisbane. Matt Clinch. ABC Sport, Geelong in Cricket Australia is in a solid position after the first day of the first women's Ashes at Trent Bridge. At stumps the visitors are seven for 328. Australia lost three quick wickets when play resumed in the final session after a rain delay, including that of Ellyse Perry denied a century when she was dismissed on 99. Earlier, Tahlia McGrath made 61. Australia will begin day two with Annabel Sutherland on 39 and Alana King on seven. And Queensland has won the Women's State of Origin Rugby league series on points, despite losing 18 to 14in the second and final match in Townsville.
 

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ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 07:00 News - ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is calling on t...Federal Government to make commitments around auto engineering to help improve the nation's manufacturing capability. Car maker Ford has announced plans to cut about 400 jobs in coming months as the vehicle giant looks to overhaul its operations. The majority of the job cuts look set to affect Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Geoffrey Gillam says a lot of the electric vehicles that get brought to Australia from Europe aren't fit for purpose. Some people say we can't build cars again in Australia. I don't agree with that. I think that if we look at the cars that we've designed and engineered in Australia, there's some of the best in the world. Why can't we build those for Australian conditions for the Australian market? The peak body for small businesses says Australia isn't seeing the true picture of the impact of rising interest rates and the cost of living on small operators. The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia fears many stores and services will decide to close over the next six months because of falling customer sales and increasing business costs. CEO Luke Achterstraat says they won't be counted in the Australian insolvency figures used by economists. Small businesses. For a lot of people it's just becoming too tough. In many cases people are handing back their ABMs, their business numbers and ceasing trading and it could be businesses reducing their hours as well. So in that sense there's a bit of a hidden closure element amongst the economy at the moment, and that's not being truly recorded in the insolvency figures to sport and in the AFL Geelong has recorded its seventh win of the year, downing Melbourne by 15 points to start round 15. Here's ABC Sports Matt Clinch. The Cats had to overcome the early sickening concussion blow to Jeremy Cameron courtesy of Friendly Fire from Gary Rohan on a night where Geelong premiership coach Chris Scott celebrated his 300th game and the game on the line. Geelong kicked six unanswered goals to start the final term, Rohan leading from the front with four goals to close out 11 1278 to Melbourne's eight 1563. Round 15 continues on Friday night with Saint Kilda hosting Brisbane. Matt Clinch. ABC Sport, Geelong in Cricket Australia is in a solid position after the first day of the first women's Ashes at Trent Bridge. At stumps the visitors are seven for 328. Australia lost three quick wickets when play resumed in the final session after a rain delay, including that of Ellyse Perry denied a century when she was dismissed on 99. Earlier, Tahlia McGrath made 61. Australia will begin day two with Annabel Sutherland on 39 and Alana King on seven. And Queensland has won the Women's State of Origin Rugby league series on points, despite losing 18 to 14in the second and final match in Townsville.
 

ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 06:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Australia ...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 06:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Australia ...set to lose significant manufacturing capability in the wake of car giant Ford axing hundreds of jobs. The manufacturer says it intends to axe 400 Australian jobs in the coming months, with the majority affecting Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Geoffrey Gillam says it will begin to lose a generation of auto engineers and other auto jobs. We've got great capability in design in Australia, automotive design and engineering, but we can't see that get whittled away over time because we'll end up with a pool, a gene pool that's so small it's not viable.
 

ABC Radio Adelaide, Adelaide, 05:30 News - Commentary The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Aust...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Radio Adelaide, Adelaide, 05:30 News - Commentary The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Aust...ia will lose significant manufacturing capability after car giant Ford axed hundreds of jobs. The manufacturer says it intends to cut 400 Australian jobs within months, mostly affecting Victoria's Geelong workers in design and development roles. The chamber's CEO, Geoffrey Gillam, says they'll begin to lose a generation of auto engineers and other auto jobs. We've got great capability in design in Australia automotive design and engineering, but we can't see that get whittled away over time because we'll end up with a pool, a gene pool that's so small it's not viable. Researchers at Charles Darwin University are looking at ways to improve Northern Australia's food resilience capability, with supply now heavily reliant on southern states. Novel food processing technologies that turn low value by-products of the region's meat, seafood and vegetable industry into shelf ready meals are being explored with a pilot facility proposed for Darwin. The Northern Territory Farmers Association's Paul Burke says the project could give farmers the opportunity to maximise profits while minimising waste. Food waste is a really big issue and we put a lot of inputs into food to grow them, so if they're not actually making it onto the shelf, then the cost to growers is quite high. So we're looking at how we can utilise more of the crop for more of the year.
 

ABC Radio Adelaide, Adelaide, 05:30 News - Commentary The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Aust...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Radio Adelaide, Adelaide, 05:30 News - Commentary The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Aust...ia will lose significant manufacturing capability after car giant Ford axed hundreds of jobs. The manufacturer says it intends to cut 400 Australian jobs within months, mostly affecting Victoria's Geelong workers in design and development roles. The chamber's CEO, Geoffrey Gillam, says they'll begin to lose a generation of auto engineers and other auto jobs. We've got great capability in design in Australia automotive design and engineering, but we can't see that get whittled away over time because we'll end up with a pool, a gene pool that's so small it's not viable. Researchers at Charles Darwin University are looking at ways to improve Northern Australia's food resilience capability, with supply now heavily reliant on southern states. Novel food processing technologies that turn low value by-products of the region's meat, seafood and vegetable industry into shelf ready meals are being explored with a pilot facility proposed for Darwin. The Northern Territory Farmers Association's Paul Burke says the project could give farmers the opportunity to maximise profits while minimising waste. Food waste is a really big issue and we put a lot of inputs into food to grow them, so if they're not actually making it onto the shelf, then the cost to growers is quite high. So we're looking at how we can utilise more of the crop for more of the year.
 

ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 06:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Australia ...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 06:00 News - ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, 06:00 News - News The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Australia ...set to lose significant manufacturing capability in the wake of car giant Ford axing hundreds of jobs. The manufacturer says it intends to axe 400 Australian jobs in the coming months, with the majority affecting Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Geoffrey Gillam says we'll begin to lose a generation of auto engineers and other auto jobs. We've got great capability in design in Australia, automotive design and engineering, but we can't see that get whittled away over time because we'll end up with a pool, a gene pool that's so small it's not viable.
 

ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 05:30 News - News The peak body for small businesses fears Australia will see ...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC Radio Melbourne, Melbourne, 05:30 News - News The peak body for small businesses fears Australia will see ...e hidden closures as interest rate rises and the cost of living crisis continues as mortgage borrowers are facing the highest housing costs relative to income since at least 1984. Slashing the amount of cash they have spare to spend in the community. Luke Achterstraat from the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia says many operators are reporting falling sales and are choosing to shut up shop. So aren't counted in Australia's insolvency data. It's going to be a really tough 3 to 6 and even 12 months. A lot of small businesses might just decide that they've had enough. They won't register as going insolvent, they'll simply cease operating. That's just the sad reality we live in. Those figures, you know that a lot of commentators that a lot of economists will see around insolvencies don't tell the full picture. The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says Australia is set to lose significant manufacturing capability in the wake of car giant Ford axing hundreds of jobs. The manufacturer says it intends to axe 400 Australian jobs in the coming months, with the majority affecting Geelong workers in design and development roles. Chamber CEO Geoffrey Gillam says we'll begin to lose a generation of auto engineers and other auto jobs. We've got great capability in design in Australia, automotive design and engineering, but we can't see that get whittled away over time because we'll end up with a pool, a gene pool that's so small it's not viable.
 

ABC News, Sydney, ABC News - News Ford will cut 400 Australian jobs in the coming months as th...

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC News, Sydney, ABC News - News Ford will cut 400 Australian jobs in the coming months as th...ar company shifts towards electric vehicles. The majority of job losses will be in Geelong. In another blow for the region's car industry, the latest cuts have raised questions about whether Australia is losing a modern workforce, another hit to an already fragile industry. This will be a tough time for those Ford's workers and their families. This is about the third time that we've seen that workforce shrink down. Ford will shed around 400 jobs by September. The vast majority from product development and design in Geelong. It hasn't come as a surprise. Seven years after the company stopped making cars in Australia. Often when manufacturing leaves the country, it innovation and R&D follow fairly quickly. In a statement, Ford says the job losses are to improve efficiency and help meet future needs. It says Australia will continue to be central to the development of the Ranger and Everest. Some say there's cause for optimism. Jobs are growing, especially in clean energy industries, also in defence industry technology for skilled workers like this. We're very confident that there are jobs out there for them to pick up. The defence industry is very much becoming the new auto industry. But others want the losses to be taken as a warning sign. Australia can't afford to lose more of that high skilled workforce. We send a message that actually automotive, engineering and design isn't something we do in Australia. You have to go somewhere else to do that. There's also concern other companies may follow in Ford's footsteps. Inevitably, yeah, that will happen inevitably. Ford says the cuts will be made through a voluntary redundancy process, consultations with unions and staff over the job losses is expected to take about two weeks. Rachel Clayton, ABC News, Geelong.
 

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Friday, June 23, 2023
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ABC News, Sydney, ABC News Tonight - News Safety concerns about the submersible have been raised previ...ly. Ocean Gate describes the vessel as experimental built from carbon fibre and titanium materials, largely untested for crewed submersibles. It's smaller and lighter than deep sea research vessels. A passenger waiver reportedly read the Titan had not been approved or certified by any regulatory body. There are only ten vehicles in the whole world that can go 4000m or deeper, and all of them are certified except the Titan. And is there room for experimental Yes to take people down? No. One of the big issues here is what was Ocean gates backup plan? What is the plan B? And it doesn't seem like Ocean Gate had a plan B. Questions that will need to be answered, whether this sub is found or not calculated, deliberate and driven by profit. That's how the conduct of the IWC is being described by the Senate as it demands greater transparency. The consulting firm is under fire for misusing confidential Treasury information for its own gain. The company argues it's ready to do whatever it takes to rebuild public and government confidence, something the Senate suggests is empty rhetoric as the nation's politicians primped and preened for the Canberra mid-winter ball. One group of regular attendees was conspicuously absent, not present in Parliament's Great Hall, but still a topic of debate in other parts of the building. PwC a calculated breach of trust. And there is across the board political outrage and agreement that PwC have behaved appallingly. A Senate committee roasting the embattled consulting firm accusing it of failing to crack down on serious, unethical conduct, going so far as to suggest managers condoned it. PwC have let their desire for money trump their ethics. The parliamentary probe, triggered by revelations a senior partner invited by the federal government to help draught multinational tax avoidance laws had used that confidential information to help. PwC's clients avoid being caught up. The Australian people have got every right to be absolutely filthy about what's happened here. The Senate committee's interim report demanding. PwC properly cooperate with its inquiry and be more transparent about who in the firm actually knew what was going on. PwC had provided Parliament with the names of 63 staff with little extra detail. They have not provided to us details of who did what. Possibly some people who are very significant in this chapter. Their names are not on that list. We've said all along we want to see more transparency, of course. The Australian Federal Police is undertaking a criminal investigation, but the Greens are accusing the Commissioner Reece Kershaw, of failing to declare his own conflict of interest after he met with former New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, who'd been hired by. PwC around the same time the firm was awarded a contract by the AFP, which never went to public tender. The AFP rejecting that allegation. For a company already on the back foot, another scathing assessment of its behaviour may well seem inconsequential, but this report shows that the firm is getting on senators collective nerves and the inquiry is only going to go harder from here. PwC insists it's put in place policies and procedures to ensure nothing like this can ever happen again. Its conduct before the inquiry could make it unlikely. The Senate believes that to be the case. Matthew Doran, ABC News, Canberra. Ford will axe 400 Australian jobs in the coming months and the Victorian city of Geelong is bearing the brunt. It's another blow for the region's car industry as the manufacturer shifts towards electric vehicles. The latest job losses have raised questions about whether Australia is losing a modern workforce. Another hit to an already fragile industry. This will be a tough time for those Ford's workers and their families. This is about the third time that we've seen that workforce shrink down. Ford wi
 

Herald Sun - Brakes slammed

Friday, June 23, 2023
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ADVERTISING FEATURE The new financial year is fast approaching, and while some aspects of our Federal Government's 2023-24 Budget, including energy bill relief, were welcome there's a lot in there that falls short.
 

ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News Ford will axe 400 Australian jobs in the coming months and G...

Thursday, June 22, 2023
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ABC, Melbourne, ABC News - News Ford will axe 400 Australian jobs in the coming months and G...ong is bearing the brunt, copying the majority of the cuts. It's another blow for the region's car industry as the manufacturer shifts towards electric vehicles. The latest job losses have raised questions about whether Australia is losing a highly skilled workforce. Another hit to an already fragile industry. This will be a tough time for those Ford's workers and their families. This is about the third time that we've seen that workforce shrink down. Ford will shed around 400 jobs by September. The vast majority from product development and design in Geelong. It hasn't come as a surprise. Seven years after the company stopped making cars in Australia. Often when manufacturing leaves the country, IT innovation and R&D follow fairly quickly. In a statement, Ford says the job losses are to improve efficiency and help meet future needs. It says Australia will continue to be central to the development of the Ranger and Everest. Some say there's cause for optimism. Jobs are growing, especially in clean energy industries, also in defence industry technology for skilled workers like this. We're very confident that there are jobs out there for them to pick up. The defence industry is very much becoming the new auto industry. But others want the losses to be taken as a warning sign. Australia can't afford to lose more of that high skilled workforce. We send a message that actually automotive, engineering and design isn't something we do in Australia. You have to go somewhere else to do that. There's also concern other companies may follow in Ford's footsteps Inevitably, that will happen inevitably. Ford says the cuts will be made through a voluntary redundancy process. Consultations with unions and staff over the job losses is expected to take about two weeks. Rachel Clayton, ABC News, Geelong. Police are tonight hunting for two people involved in a dramatic crime spree that's left a trail of destruction across Melbourne's south east this afternoon. Police were pursuing the pair through Springvale when they began carjacking vehicles, crashing into others and bringing peak hour traffic to a standstill. No one was seriously injured. The pursuit continued to Richmond, where the pair stole a fourth car and began travelling towards the city. The public is being urged to be alert for a silver 2009 Ford Falcon Station waggon registration XB 545. As the search continues. The desperate rescue mission for a missing submersible in the North Atlantic is approaching a critical deadline tonight. The oxygen supply for the five person crew is expected to run out in just over two hours. Search teams are still scrambling against the odds to try to find the crew alive. A video has emerged of the Titan launch crew and passengers just moments before the submersible began its descent. This veteran French explorer, one of five people still missing the window to find the group alive, has nearly closed. We are very aware of the time sensitivity around this mission. The equipment that's been mobilised for this is the finest in the world, the most capable in the world. We have to hold out hope. I think, as you're aware, there's still life support available on the submersible and we will continue to hold out hope until the very end. Search and rescue efforts have been stepped up in this vast stretch of ocean. the US Coast Guard reporting a second day of underwater noises they hope are signs of life. I can't tell you what the noises are, but what I can tell you is and I think this is the most important point. We're searching where the noises are, and that's all we can do at this point. Unmanned underwater vehicles have been deployed and a French submersible robot is also on the way. Dubbed the Victor 6000, it's capable of diving even deeper than the titanic wreck where the explorers may be stuck. These vehicles have cameras. They have other sensors on them. So that's the
 

GoAuto - NSW sees apprenticeship drought

Sunday, June 18, 2023
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Shortage of TAFE teachers, campuses, led to 67% drop in apprentice completions DECLINING support for TAFE centres in NSW is claimed to be causing a drop off in apprenticeship completions in the state and an exodus of teachers, further worsening the...
 

GoAuto - VIC pulls plug on EV subsidies

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
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As the state's finances sink lower, "climate-saving" EV initiative is switched off THE Victorian government has decided to end its subsidy to buyers of zero emissions vehicles at the close of this financial year - in just shy of two week's time - as it scrambles to find savings to repair the state's parlous finances.
 

GoAuto - VIC pulls plug on EV subsidies

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
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As the state's finances sink lower, "climate-saving" EV initiative is switched off THE Victorian government has decided to end its subsidy to buyers of zero emissions vehicles at the close of this financial year - in just shy of two week's time - as it scrambles to find savings to repair the state's parlous finances.
 

Hobart Observer, Hobart, General News - Tassie's top automotive operators claim awards

Monday, June 12, 2023
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TASMANIA'S finest automotive businesses and top apprentices have been honoured at the 2023 Automotive Industry Awards - the night of nights for the Victorian and Tasmanian automotive industry. Four of the 16 businesses, business people and apprentices honoured at the awards, which were announced at the YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC and TACC President's Gala Dinner in Melbourne on 13 May, are from Tasmania.
 

Hobart Observer, Hobart, General News - Tassie's top automotive operators claim awards

Monday, June 12, 2023
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TASMANIA'S finest automotive businesses and top apprentices have been honoured at the 2023 Automotive Industry Awards - the night of nights for the Victorian and Tasmanian automotive industry. Four of the 16 businesses, business people and apprentices honoured at the awards, which were announced at the VACC and TACC President's Gala Dinner in Melbourne on 13 May, are from Tasmania.
 

GoAuto - Vic pulls plugs on EV subsidies

Sunday, June 11, 2023
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As the state’s finances sink lower, “climate-saving” EV initiative is switched off THE Victorian government has decided to end its subsidy to buyers of zero emissions vehicles at the close of this financial year – in just shy of two week’s time – as it...
 

3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview And you know, with, the leaders and the movers and shak...

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview And you know, with, the leaders and the movers and shak... of today. All right. Thank you, Michael. I'll take more calls on whether you think childhoods back in the 70s and the 80s were better. I think they look, there were no doubt there were more broken limbs. There was more terrible injuries, certainly more concussions. But I love the fact that there wasn't this we didn't have the spectre of social media looking down on us. Do I look good? What do other people think of me? You didn't really know what other people thought. You knew what your friends thought, and that was about it. Okay. So we brought you this tip at the start of the programme And it is true the State government's about to axe the $3,000 subsidy for electric cars. Now, this has upset the Greens. I've already got a Greens press release in front of me. It's entitled Victoria Continues to Have the World's Worst EV Policy. And this guest is CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Gillham Good afternoon. Tom. Was this a surprise that the $3,000 subsidy to buy an electric car has just suddenly been axed? Well, it was up until the release of the budget figures. It was buried in there somewhere, sort of a non continuance, but I certainly don't think the public have been aware of it. No. Today we know the government are looking for programmes to cut. Look, we know that, you know, incentives distort markets and that can be problematic. However, it doesn't look like the smartest move given that we're supposed to be moving to a CO2 free environment. Now, there's another little subsidy as well. You get $100 off your rego if you buy an EV. Is that going to remain or has that been axed, too? I don't know, Tom, But my gut feeling is that would remain because it's out of another department. It's not through the solar scheme. So but it's a pittance given that the Queensland Government have just announced $6,000 on the sale of electric vehicles. So, so basically you can buy the same electric vehicle in Queensland versus Victoria and it will cost it will now cost $6,000 less in Queensland than here. Yeah, but it's got to be registered in Queensland as well. So just, in case people want to head up the highway. The other thing is, that the State Government are pointing to the fuel efficiency standard legislation that the feds are working on This is about CO2 emissions and the type of vehicles that have come here next year and forward. The problem is, that the early work on that doesn't seem to be talking about incentives for individuals. So, you know, I think we've got to be careful here that the states aren't removing subsidies, assuming the feds are going to pick them up because they may not it right Okay. So, I mean, obviously, this is all about cost cutting. Do you think electric cars are getting cheaper? You know, there's a lot more, say, Chinese brands like today I was in traffic and I was behind a Build Your Dreams car, which is a fairly new brand. Yeah, they're, you know, a lot less expensive. Do you think that the axing of the subsidy will make electric vehicles less popular. The majority of people that have bought electric vehicles to date, Tom and will sell about 80,000 this year. There are people that can afford them anyway. I think the challenge for us is low and middle income earners, how we get them into electric vehicles. And for those groups, particularly low income earners, subsidies are really valuable. But I think if you can afford a 50, 60 or 70,000 EV, you're probably going to still buy it anyway. I read that in the UK now if you charge at a roadside charging station, so not in your own car, but on the various ones that have popped up on the side of the road, apparently it's now more expensive than to fill up a petrol car that is per kilometre driven because the price of electricity has gone up so much over there. It can be. I was in the UK last year looking at this. It depends. If you go up to a big charger
 

3AW, Melbourne, Drive - News Headlines News at the moment with Tony Taddeo after the news...

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - News Headlines News at the moment with Tony Taddeo after the news...eff Gillum joins us. He's from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. We brought you this tip at the start of the programme the $3,000 rebate that the state. Gives you if you buy an electric car apparently is no more Your calls as well. And if you'd like to discuss 13693.
 

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
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Did you catch last Friday'sFacebook, Castlemaine Mail - Local business in good hands | Castlemaine Mail? Phillipa Gray-Finning of PJ's Discount Tyre Service Castlemaine has won the 'Employee of the Year' award at the annual Automotive Industry Awards. Phillipa was thrilled to claim the honours from nine finalists...
 

National Collision Repairer, Victoria, General News - President's Gala Dinner and industry awards

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
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There was a full house at Melbourne's iconic Palladium ballroom last month for the 2023 VACC President's Gala Dinner and Automotive Industry Awards. The Master of Ceremonies, VACC ambassador and media personality Shane Jacobson, kicked off the evening, recognising the importance of this reimagined occasion and introducing VACC president Chris Hummer. Hummer welcomed VACC and TACC members, honoured guests (including the CEOs of the various MTAs from around the country) and, of course, the sponsors. He also congratulated the finalists in the six award categories and highlighted that each finalist was now among "the best of the best" with their commitment to the industry's future and a continuous improvement philosophy in their own businesses.
 

National Collision Repairer, Victoria, General News - President's Gala Dinner and industry awards

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
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There was a full house at Melbourne's iconic Palladium ballroom last month for the 2023 YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC President's Gala Dinner and Automotive Industry Awards. The Master of Ceremonies, YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC ambassador and media personality Shane Jacobson, kicked off the evening, recognising the importance of this reimagined occasion and introducing YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC president Chris Hummer. Hummer welcomed YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC and TACC members, honoured guests (including the CEOs of the various MTAs from around the country) and, of course, the sponsors. He also congratulated the finalists in the six award categories and highlighted that each finalist was now among "the best of the best" with their commitment to the industry's future and a continuous improvement philosophy in their own businesses.
 

Hobart Mercury, Hobart, General News - Getting your fill

Monday, June 5, 2023
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ADVERTISING FEATURE Hobart Mercury, Hobart, General News - Getting your fill SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND Bruce McIntosh TACC State Manager Now, I've been working in automotive in some way, shape, or form since I was pretty young. But, no matter how long I've been within the industry, there are days when I'm surprised by what I don't know. For instance, I was recently driving a rental car and on the way to returning it at the airport I stopped into a service station to fill it up with petrol.
 

3AW, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview Only a few weeks to go until official winter starts. We...

Monday, June 5, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Mornings - Interview Only a few weeks to go until official winter starts. We...in training already with showers and 15 forests on the way after a very cold weekend, the coldest day of the year as you've discussed yesterday. We can also say this morning was pretty chilly for the wine growing areas. You spoke to Alex in Macedon. We can add Rutherglen to that -1.3, their minimum this morning And it felt like -4.6 more cold mornings ahead of us, down to 11 overnight. We have showers coming and going during the day. At the moment, they're in the outer east and over the Mornington Peninsula on our way to 15. Currently it's ten degrees on Melbourne's own three and it felt point three colder than it was. Is that right. Yeah. When was that. Well no, the figure you just quoted. No. Well Rutherglen was -1.3. It felt -4.6. So you know, nearly three degrees colder. All right. Thank you, Jane. Thank you very much. Okay. The digital licence Good idea or not, is going to be tried in Ballarat and it will be trotted out through the rest of Victoria next year. Jeff Gillam, chief executive of Victorian Automobile Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Good morning, Neil. Good morning. Good idea or not? I think it is. I think that this is part of the modernisation of VicRoads, it's part of that digitisation platform. Good for car dealers, good for police, good for checking. Really if a licence has been revoked, it's a lot easier to get online and have a look and make sure that licence is valid at the time of for us, you know, somebody buying a vehicle, but it could be somebody getting into a nightclub. What do you think the uptake will be? Because it won't be compulsory. If you look at the uptake of digital sort of wallet tools right now that young kids use, I think that they'll I think the young kids will get on it straight away. I don't think they'll hesitate for it. What about older people? That's the only bit that worries me is that, you know, we know that when we took the Reggio stickers off of windscreens, we had a lot of old people. I think it took them a couple of years. Not just old people. Some other people. No, Not just old people, probably, me included. You know, I think as long as you can still get, you know, if you want a hard copy licence you should still be able to get that. But I wouldn't be surprised if over 5 or 10 years they phased that out. You know, and I do. I think we've just got to take care about old people or people with a disability to make sure that they've got a product, got an option use, and they feel safe with Sally's. Got a question? Yes. Sally, what was it? Oh, hi, Neil. What's if you lose your phone? And secondly, if you can't afford to have a smart phone, lots of elderly people can't. Well, if you haven't, well, there will be at this stage, at least you'll be able to have a paper or a card version. But it's interesting point, Jeff. What if you lose your phone? Yeah. Look, in the other states they have had, you can still get a hard copy as well as a digital copy. But I mean today I was thinking about it actually, Neil, losing your phone today is like a catastrophe. The end of the world could never imagine. It's the end of the world. I mean, everything's on there. So this is just something else that goes to the bottom of the ocean and you've got to start getting on somebody else's phone to cancel it. Yeah. Okay. So if you lose, your phone and you haven't got a paper copy. You snookered me. Oh, absolutely. But don't be surprised if people have got a whole little box somewhere at home that's got a paper copy of all the things they had digitally. Yeah, well, that might be all right. Thank you, Jeff. William, Chief executive, Victorian Automotive. Have trouble with that Automotive Chamber of Commerce. I've just seen a photograph of what it looks like and there's a photograph of you and there's a some sort of area push and yeah, you wrote me. Okay, well you can imagine what it's like. Hello, Janine. Oh, hi, N
 

3AW, Melbourne, 10:00 News - News Victorian motorists will soon have access to digital licence...

Monday, June 5, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, 10:00 News - News Victorian motorists will soon have access to digital licence...n their smartphones. The new tech will be offered in Ballarat for a six month trial, giving people the option to store their licences through the Vic services or VicRoads app before a statewide rollout next year. Government Services Minister Danny Pearson says there will be a barcode for police to access a driver's history and a timed QR code for businesses to cheque other details. So for example, if you know, I don't really want the bouncer to know where I live, you can just basically show that, yes, here it is, Green Tick. I'm over 18. If you're dealing with Victoria Police and it's a, you know, a licencing matter or they pull you over again they're going to be able to have full access of your driving history and be able to look at it. Jeff Gillham from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says it's a good move, but it's long overdue. This is part of the modernisation of Vic Roads, it's part of that digitisation platform. Good for car dealers, good for police, good for checking the single parent payments to be extended as part of a key measure in tomorrow's federal budget. Here's Michael Pacher from September. Single parents will be able to claim financial support until their youngest child turns 14. That's up from eight years of age. The measure will benefit 57,000 principal carers at a cost of almost $2 billion. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says the change is overdue. We want to make sure that children of single parent families have the best opportunities. Energy rebates will also be among a range of budget measures that will make up almost $15 billion in cost of living relief. But the Opposition's Jane Hume says it's a Band-Aid solution. Unless they reduce inflation, any cost of living measure will simply be gobbled up. Tomorrow's budget is expected to show a surplus for this financial year. In Canberra, Michael Pack nine News. Travellers will need to be patient this morning. Many flights being delayed or cancelled as Sydney Airport reverts to single runway operations because of the weather. The usual morning peak surge of arrivals into Sydney means there's little capacity to reallocate landing and takeoff slots for delayed domestic flights and that is resulting in cancellations.
 

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3AW, Melbourne, 11:00 News - News Victorians will soon be able to have their driver's licence ...their smartphone. The trial of the digital licence will start in Ballarat from July before a statewide rollout next year. CEO at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Gillam, expects the younger generation to take up the initiative. But older drivers may take longer. As long as you can still get, you know, if you want a hard copy licence you should still be able to get that. But I wouldn't be surprised if over 5 or 10 years they phase that out, you know, and I do. I think we've just got to take care about old people or people with a disability to make sure that they've got a product, got an option and they feel safe with a bullet hole has been found in the window of a car in which a man died at Taylor's Hill last night. The man was found inside The late model BMW was parked on Vaucluse Boulevard around 1130.
 

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Channel 9, Melbourne, National Nine News - News But ultimately, retailers are doing everything they can to p...ect themselves. This is the number plate scanners at work, cars reported to police for petrol drive offs identified and denied. But with $70 million worth stolen last year and 80% increase, some operators are getting overzealous. Camera software can also reveal unregistered plates their drivers flagged as potential criminals. And a lot of people need vehicles to commit those crimes or use the stolen vehicles. So they also need some cheap fuel so they come and steal it. Operators are adamant it's not widespread practise While drivers can be asked to just prepay instead. And in the overwhelming number of occasions, that works. But these cameras are catching out. Innocent drivers and delays at VicRoads are to blame. It can be up to five days before a paid registration shows up on the service station systems, forcing those drivers to plead their case. Nobody really likes doing this, but when day after day you're being stolen from, you've got to do something. Adam Hegarty, nine News.
 

3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview The one rated sofa bed in Australia. Koala three. Wheth...

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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview The one rated sofa bed in Australia. Koala three. Wheth...thanks to dental Boutique, confidence starts with a smile, a shower or two. Tomorrow, top of 19. After an overnight low of 13, Thursday's showers easing 16 Friday, a possible late shower, 16 Saturday, a shower or two easing and a top of 18 at 16 Dallas in the city, 16 degrees. Tony Taddeo Melbourne's own three W now on three and across Victoria Drive with Tom Elliott. Okay 13693. I want to talk about driver distraction in a moment. It is clear that in so far as cars are safer than they used to be and speed limits are lower, that, you know, really we shouldn't be having the road toll that we do. But one thing has got a lot worse in terms of technology and drivers, and that is mobile phones. Essentially, we carry around with us the device whose main purpose in life is to distract. I mean, if you don't believe me, look at what they call doomscrolling. You start looking at Twitter or Instagram or Facebook and you just keep looking at it, is designed to keep you interested. And the problem is a lot of people cannot stop themselves looking at their phones when they are behind the wheel. Now, I don't need to talk about some of the recent accidents and obviously it's still being investigated exactly what went wrong. But earlier on today, Police Minister Anthony Carbines had this to say about the issue. In large part, it's not road conditions. It's single vehicles into stationary objects, particularly in regional Victoria. And while investigations will follow their course, what we're finding really is it's speed. It's not wearing seat belts and it's distracted driving due to phones and other devices, distracted driving due to phones and other devices. Now we've all been there and the State Government is erecting all these new cameras which will look into the car. And if you're seeing touching your phone, you'll be sent a fine and possibly demerit points in the mail. But we need to I don't know whether it's a technological fix like a device in cars that prevents mobile phones from working, whether it's hefty fines for touching your phone. I don't know. But I see drivers all the time in urban conditions who are at the lights on their phones, who don't accelerate away when the light turns green. Now that is not so dangerous. It annoys people, but it is not so dangerous. But if you look at your phone and it's night time and you're doing 100 plus K's an hour on a country road, you only have to swerve a bit, you know, for the consequences to be deadly. 133693. drive@3.com you John good afternoon. Good day Tom. How are you going. Good John what's happened. Uh, I think we've just had an earthquake quake tremor out in the eastern suburbs around Montrose. Really? So, okay, so you're in Montrose, and how did you feel the one other night? Yes, I did. I was up watching the Grand Prix, actually. Okay. How did this. Sorry, How did this one compare? Uh, sounded a lot louder. The other one the other night just sounded like a jet going over, but it wasn't. But this one. A real rumble just before, about two minutes ago. Right. How long did the rumble last for? Oh, about five seconds. Six Oh, okay. Well, we were warned that aftershocks might be possible. All right, John, We'll certainly treat that as a word in the street. So there you go. Maybe an aftershock from the earthquake the other night. And John was in Montrose in the eastern suburbs. A lot of calls coming through on this. Anyway, John, stay on the line. You'll be in the running for the Daily Word on the street prize. An overnight stay for two people, including breakfast at Oakwood, Premier Melbourne. Then, of course, there's our yearly prize, 50 grand to spend on the car of your dreams thanks to the Penfold Motor Group. Steve joins us in Cockatoo I hope Steve's gone. Heidi Good afternoon. Hi, Tom. Whereabouts are you? Heidi. Ferntree Gully. Righto. And how did it compare to the earthquake the other night?
 

3AW, Melbourne, Afternoons - Interview Or you can email afternoons@3.com, but please always le...

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3AW, Melbourne, Afternoons - Interview Or you can email afternoons@3.com, but please always le...s know if there's any breaking news and I'd love to hear your thoughts and your opinions. 13693. In fact, if you want to tell us what's happening, John is doing that in Northcutt. Johnny, what's happening there? Crazy. I just drove past Santa Maria College, which is next door to the Northcutt Library. I've seen three police cars, a couple of police walking out of the Northcutt Library speaking to someone. Not sure what's going on. Okay. We'll put a call into police. Thank you, Johnny. Isn't it funny? My first thought with libraries is another one of these story times has somehow gone terribly wrong. I'm going to be discussing that with Ann Peacock. She's joining me today to discuss the news of the day. We don't know that it's that we will put a call in to police. Thank you, Johnny, and see if we can find out what is happening there, if anyone knows anything more. 13693. Police chatting to someone in the area of the Northcutt Library. Have you ever had a part stolen from your car? Now I've heard of car thefts and I've heard of things being stolen from cars. But a part, an actual part of the car being taken. Has it ever happened to you? 13693. There have been a number of instances of a particular part being stolen, and I don't know what it does. So someone please tell me what a catalytic converter does and why would someone want to steal it? Because I'm told that it's happening a lot now. Has it happened to you and your car? And can anyone tell me what a catalytic converter does and what someone would want to steal it for? 13693? I'll speak to an expert in a moment, but there is a warning that many cars are at risk of having this particular part stolen from them. We'll find out more in a moment. But if you've had a catalytic converter or any other part stolen from your car, what happened? Because I'm told that there's been an incredible rise in the number of thefts from cars 13693. Also today, do you believe in auras? Now, there are some people who say they can see an aura around a person. They can tell their mood whether they're happy or sad by the colour of their aura and some roll their eyes and think it's ridiculous. I'm not sure what I think about it, whether I believe it or not. I do like to believe there's more to life than just plain, ordinary life. That there are some mystical things that may be going on. Do you believe in auras? There may be some scientific fact to them. I'll speak to a science journalist. There's some technology being developed that you'll be able to wear which will enable you to see a colour around a person and you will be able to judge their mood. But do you believe in auras? Do you see them or is someone claim to see one around you? 13693 And Peacock, as I mentioned, will join me to discuss the news of the day at one nutrition with Karen Inge. She wants to tell us about how fast you eat or slow you eat can actually help you lose weight. Shaynna Blaze at two this afternoon. She's made a movie. We'll find out more about that. And pets with Laura V, But please tell me, have you ever had a part stolen from your car? And can someone tell me what a catalytic converter is and what it does? Why someone would want to steal it? I read this morning that car thefts in South Australia are up as much as 60% and these catalytic converters are being blamed for the spike. And we've made a number of calls off air. We've spoken to various mechanics this morning and they say that catalytic converter theft is running rampant across Victoria. Have you been a victim? 13693. David Dorsey joins me now. He's the head of marketing at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. Good afternoon, David. G'day, Danny. Thanks for having me on. And can you tell us what figures you've got that tell us how bad this problem with the thefts of Catalytic converters has got. Look, figures are problematic because we suspect that a lot of vic
 

ABC Wimmera, Horsham, Breakfast - Interview Great for the garden, even better for our local farmers...

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ABC Wimmera, Horsham, Breakfast - Interview Great for the garden, even better for our local farmers...d the emerging crops which have started to dry out. Thanks so much for those text messages. Keep them in. What did you get in the gauge? 04678427. And to give us a call, Suze waiting by the phone 1300 594 222. Love to hear from you this morning. Now, I wonder if David was checked his rain gauge. Good morning, David. Good morning, Rebecca. Have you checked your gauge this morning? Check the car. It's quite a heavy dew on the car. Okay. All right. We'll go with that heavy dew. The dew ratio. There you go. All right, David, there was a house fire at Young early in the week. Not too good, was it? Yeah, it was last Sunday. Yeah. When a family's full of gratitude for the outpouring of support they've received from the community after fire tore through their home on Sunday night. And Wendy Billman and Bruce Sartori's home in Young was destroyed when a fire caused by an electrical fault went through their Main street home in property in Young. And all members of the family escaped without injury, including a number of pets, although they lost their fish. According to Wenda and the couple have lived in the house for in their home for 23 years, along with their two sons, Jai, 13, K six, Cane 16. And the whole house is totally gutted and it's gone. Wenda said that the family's been listed by friends and neighbours who rallied around them straight away, and she said that the support from the community has been overwhelming. But that's the spirit out there and she said, may not talk much about around town, but when things like this happen, they rally around you. And she said he'd go and see other people and help them out. And community here is amazing. And Wenda, who's not home at the time of the fire, said that she's proud of the way her family acted in the face of the emergency. And she said that talk about being proud they were all the family were worried about was making sure everyone else was out. And the boys are watching the little ones. They were amazing. Couldn't be prouder of the boys and the family. So yeah, all very sad. Yeah, very sad. So hopefully they can get back on their feet sooner rather than later. Now there's a bit of suspicion over radio transmission tags and rubbish bins so people will be concerned about that, are they? Yes, it's quite odd, but suspicious needs a bit odd. So it kerbside waste collection system is on a mission to secretly spy on the contents of their bins as they dismissed as rubbish so by Horsham Rural City Council. And since the new wheelie bins were deposited on people's kerbs ahead of the launch of the Four bins system in April, some eagle eyed residents have spotted the tiny white plastic disc shaped devices attached to the underside of new green and purple bin lids. And now in some municipalities as bin bags, there are radio frequency identification device tags which store and transmit digital data for capture by radio receiver which is then transferred to a database. But despite a groundswell of concern on social media and of course that's where you'd hear it, and reports claiming your rubbish could be spying on you. Council maintains no truth behind the suggestion. The monitoring, the dirty habits and the tags allow the trucks to cheque in real time whether the bin is at the correct property address before it's emptied. And if there's no tag or the bin is somewhere it shouldn't be, it will be not it will not be emptied. And critics have claimed the tags could later be used to identify when residents haven't done enough recycling, identify the contents of the bin. But council maintains there's nothing sinister about the little bugs and our radio frequency ID tags are everywhere. And spokesman said that you've probably got a few in your wallet and the one on the bin is a small plastic device that just goes under the lid of the bin. And the RFID tags tell our council exactly how many bins have be
 

ABC Mildura - Swan Hill, Mildura, Breakfast - Interview I hope you'll join me for those stories coming up soon ...

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ABC Mildura - Swan Hill, Mildura, Breakfast - Interview I hope you'll join me for those stories coming up soon ...AM. Rebecca Lowe on ABC Mildura-swan Hill and ABC Wimmera with you right through to 9:00. Good morning to you all. Thanks so much for joining me this morning. And we've got a big next hour and a half ahead as well. Now before we head to David Ward with the Horsham Times newspaper. Just want to read out a couple more text messages in regards to Rain gauge. Good morning to Don Tu from Rainbow. He said 9.5in the gauge for him this morning. Steve from yarik said I'm pleasantly surprised by the amount of rain we received. A couple of heavy fronts later in the day resulted in a total of 15.2 15.2 mils. That's fantastic. Steven, Good work. And we've got one here from Shane, of course, from Donald. Good morning. Shane O'Shea. He said 14 mils at Donald. Great for the garden. Even better for our local farmers and the emerging crops which have started to dry out. Thanks so much for those text messages. Keep them in. What did you get in the gauge? 04678427 to give us a call. Suze waiting by the phone. 1300 594 222. Love to hear from you this morning. Now, I wonder David Ward's checked his rain gauge. Good morning, David. Good morning, Rebecca. Have you checked your gauge this morning? Check the car. It's quite a heavy dew on the car. Okay. All right. We'll go with that heavy dew. The dew ratio. There you go. All right, David, there was a house fire at Young early in the week. Not too good, was it? Yeah, it was last Sunday. Yeah. When the family's full of gratitude for the outpouring of support they've received from the community after fire tore through their home on Sunday night. And Wendy Billman and Bruce Sartori's home in Young was destroyed when a fire caused by an electrical fault went through their main street home in property in Young. And all members of the family escaped without injury, including a number of pets. Although they lost their fish, according to Wenda. And the couple have lived in the house for in their home for 23 years, along with their two sons, Jai, 13, K six, Kaden, 16. And the whole house is totally gutted and it's gone. Wenda said that the family's been lifted by friends and neighbours who rallied around them straight away, and she said that the support from the community has been overwhelming. But that's the spirit out there. And she said, may not talk much about around town, but when things like this happen, they rally around you and she said, you go and see other people and help them out and community here is amazing. And Wendy, who's not home at the time of the fire, said that she's proud of the way her family acted in the face of the emergency. And she said that talk about being proud they were all the family were worried about was making sure everyone else was out and the boys watching the little ones, they were amazing. Couldn't be prouder of the boys and the family. So, yeah, all very sad. Yeah, very sad. So hopefully they can get back on their feet sooner rather than later Now there's a bit of suspicion over radio transmission tags and rubbish bins, so people will be concerned about that, are they? Yes, it's quite odd, but suspicious. It's a bit odd. Yeah. So kerbside waste collection system is on a mission to secretly spy on the contents of their bins as being dismissed as rubbish. So by Horsham Rural City Council. And since the new wheelie bins were deposited on people's kerbs ahead of the launch of the four bin system in April, some eagle eyed residents have spotted the tiny white plastic disc shaped devices attached to the underside of the new green and purple bin lids and now on some municipalities as bin bags. There are radio frequency identification device tags which store and transmit digital data for capture by radio receiver, which is then transferred to a database. But despite a groundswell of concern on social media and of course that's where you'd hear it, and reports claiming
 

BAY FM, Geelong, 12:00 News - News Melbourne could roll out mobile injecting buses following th...

Monday, June 5, 2023
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BAY FM, Geelong, 12:00 News - News Melbourne could roll out mobile injecting buses following th...eads of the likes of Spain and Canada. The idea has been floated as an alternative to stalled plans to set up a safe injecting centre in Melbourne's CBD. And transport costs are biting into Victorian budgets, with the average household facing an annual bill of more than $26,000. Car loans make up the bulk of the bill and Jeff Gillham from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is worried the costs could see drivers skip services. People start to leave out servicing their tyres become more worn than they should be. Baseboard.
 

3AW, Melbourne, 08:30 News - News Transport costs continue to rise, with the average Melbourne...

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3AW, Melbourne, 08:30 News - News Transport costs continue to rise, with the average Melbourne...usehold facing an annual bill of more than $26,000, according to the Australian Automotive Association. Car loans make up The bulk of that bill costs up almost 18% in just three months. Jeff Gillham from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, concerned that rising costs may see drivers skip regular servicing. One of the things that we are concerned about is as we come into tighter economic times, you know, people start to leave out servicing. You know, their tyres become more worn than they should be.
 

Sonshine 98.5 FM, Perth, 07:00 News - News New figures show it's becoming more expensive to run a car. ...

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Sonshine 98.5 FM, Perth, 07:00 News - News New figures show it's becoming more expensive to run a car. ... Australian Automobile Association found weekly transport costs per household have risen to $502, up to $34, compared with the previous quarter. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce Geoff Gillam is concerned that with rising costs, people will delay or avoid getting their car serviced. Don't stop looking after your car, keep an eye on the temperature gauge because if you cook your engine, it's all over Rover, and if your oil is dirty, you're going to wear that engine out quick. So please don't stop doing the basic things.
 

CAAMA Radio, Alice Springs, 09:00 News - News I'm Sandra Llewellyn. A four year old boy is recovering afte...

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CAAMA Radio, Alice Springs, 09:00 News - News I'm Sandra Llewellyn. A four year old boy is recovering afte...eing bitten on the leg by a dingo in northern WA It's happened in the Karijini National Park and is believed to have been the same dingo which attacked a two year old in April. Sections of the park will be closed while rangers find and euthanase the animal. New figures show it's becoming more expensive to run a car. The Australian Automobile Association found weekly transport costs per household have risen to $502, up to $34 compared with the previous quarter. Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce Geoff Gillam is concerned that with rising costs, people will delay or avoid getting their car serviced. Don't stop looking after your car, keep an eye on the temperature gauge because if you cook your engine, it's all over Rover and if your oil is dirty, you're going to wear that engine out quick. So please don't stop doing the basic things.
 

3AW, Melbourne, 07:00 News - News It is becoming more expensive to run a car. Figures from the...

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3AW, Melbourne, 07:00 News - News It is becoming more expensive to run a car. Figures from the...stralian Automobile Association show weekly transport costs per household have risen to $502. That is up $34 compared with the previous quarter. Jeff Gillham from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is concerned that with rising costs, people will delay or avoid getting their car serviced altogether. Don't stop looking after your car. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge because if you cook your engine, it's all over Rover. And if your oil is dirty, you're going to wear that engine out quick. So please don't stop doing the basic things. Leaked documents reveal an increasing number of international students are rorting the visa system, walking away from university courses and working instead of studying the using a loophole which allows international students to sign up for so-called concurrent study that allows them to undertake preparation for employment through short courses such as responsible serving of alcohol or barista and hospitality training.
 

3AW, Melbourne, Breakfast - Commentary So it's whether or not I mean, I saw the data this mor...

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3AW, Melbourne, Breakfast - Commentary So it's whether or not I mean, I saw the data this mor...g, I think it's 18% rise. Some of that's got to do with just the actual cost of repairing and servicing a vehicle. But you know, our main concern is people don't hang on to old cars and not service them. That's a real problem. So Jeff, is the Australian fleet getting younger or older? It's getting older I think today it's about 10.3 years old. That's not every car, of course, that's across the fleet. My gut feeling is it will get older as we get into an electric vehicle fleet and we get a bit of hesitation around new cars. We'll probably still sell a million cars in Australia this year. But we my gut feeling is, the vehicle fleet will get older. Okay. And what I figure into that is and the roads will get more and more clogged. Well, they will because there's some of them aren't in good condition now and they will get even further clogged. I was told 100,000 cars a year, new cars a year go on the road in Victoria every year. That's right, 100,000 this year, next year, after that. The other challenge we've got is that, you know, during COVID, a lot of people obviously didn't use public transport. There's a real challenge getting people to step back into public transport. We know that the, you know, the rate of people getting on trains and buses is lower than it was pre-COVID. But for some reason and look, I mean this as well, we seem to just cop sitting in traffic for an hour to go 30km into the city. I've got to say, the tram I catch home every morning is packed. Yeah, Packed when it goes through the city. Yeah, Look, I think short journeys aren't too bad at all, but I think once you get out to the suburbs, they're actually short. The ones I'm referring to are also short free journeys. Well, short and free. Yeah. If you want to get people on trains and trams, make it free. Exactly. And look, I think that what I'd urge people to do, though, is to, you know when they're making decisions about how they spend their money, yes, it is more expensive to drive a car than it was last year and the year before. But, you know, don't stop looking after your car. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge because if you cook your engine, it's all over. And if your oil is dirty, you're going to wear that engine out quick. So please don't stop doing the basic things. Nice bit of advice, Jeff. Good on you. Jeff Gillum, chief executive of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, to pick his way through weekend sport.
 

Twitter, @Shane Jacobson - 2023 YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC Presidents dinner and Automotive industry Awards and YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC and TACC Automotive Apprenticeships Graduation and Awards all wrapped up in one massive night…… poor bastards have ended up with me as Host. https://t.co/ja13LydVGr

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Twitter, @Shane Jacobson - 2023 YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC Presidents dinner and Automotive industry Awards and YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC and TACC Automotive Apprenticeships Graduation and Awards all wrapped up in one massive night…… poor bastards have ended up with me as Host. https://t.co/ja13LydVGr
 

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Automotive Industry Awards reveal dealers as big winners. Victorian and Tasmanian winners go “above and beyond” says Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce - YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC boss, Geoff Gwilym https://t.co/7yNI1hCNsr

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Automotive Industry Awards reveal dealers as big winners. Victorian and Tasmanian winners go “above and beyond” says Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce - YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC boss, Geoff Gwilym https://t.co/7yNI1hCNsr
 

Today, on #AfricaDay, we celebrate 60 years of the @_AfricanUnion and honour the contributions of African communities across the world. On this important day, we are excited to introduce the newly appointed members of the Victorian African Communities Committee (YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC)! (1/6) https://t.co/PSKhSiRCVr

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Today, on #AfricaDay, we celebrate 60 years of the @_AfricanUnion and honour the contributions of African communities across the world. On this important day, we are excited to introduce the newly appointed members of the Victorian African Communities Committee (YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC)! (1/6) https://t.co/PSKhSiRCVr
 

Monica is one of YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC’s Community Co-Chairs and works at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission where she oversees the Commission’s engagement with multicultural and multifaith communities and leads the ‘Reducing Racism’ project. (2/6)

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Monica is one of YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC’s Community Co-Chairs and works at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission where she oversees the Commission’s engagement with multicultural and multifaith communities and leads the ‘Reducing Racism’ project. (2/6)
 

Star Community - Local MP to chair committee

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Cranbourne MP Pauline Richards will chair the Victorian African Communities Committee. 308299_13 Cranbourne MP Pauline Richards has been appointed to head the Victorian African Communities Committee (YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC) to help drive change and respond to the needs...
 

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Popular and highly-respected Toyota car dealer Keith Harrison dies suddenly THE community of the Victorian City of Melton together with Australia’s automotive community this week farewelled long-standing and highly-respected car dealer and beloved...
 

ACAPMA Mag - Toowoomba Chronicle - The Mercury - Herald Sun - Geelong Advertiser - Daily Telegraph Australia - Gold Coast Bulletin - Adelaide Now - Cairns Post - Northern Territory News - The Courier Mail - No-rego-no-fuel policy applied at some petrol stations

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Some Melbourne service stations have been refusing fuel to customers trying to fill up unregistered cars. The Herald Sun has been told of...
 

Body Shop News - BICC: Leading The Way To A Better 2024

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New details are now available regarding Australia’s premier industry conference, the BodyShop News International Collision Congress (BICC) – a number of sessions have been confirmed and additional leading industry speakers who will appear at the event...
 

ACAPMA Mag - Toowoomba Chronicle - The Mercury - Herald Sun - Geelong Advertiser - Daily Telegraph Australia - Gold Coast Bulletin - Adelaide Now - Cairns Post - Northern Territory News - The Courier Mail - No-rego-no-fuel policy applied at some petrol stations

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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Drivers are unable to buy petrol at some service stations if their car is unregistered. Picture: iStock Some Melbourne service...
 

ACAPMA Mag - Toowoomba Chronicle - The Mercury - Herald Sun - Geelong Advertiser - Daily Telegraph Australia - Gold Coast Bulletin - Adelaide Now - Cairns Post - Northern Territory News - The Courier Mail - No-rego-no-fuel policy applied at some petrol stations

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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Some Melbourne service stations have been refusing fuel to customers trying to fill up unregistered cars. The Herald Sun has been told...
 

ACAPMA Mag - Toowoomba Chronicle - The Mercury - Herald Sun - Geelong Advertiser - Daily Telegraph Australia - Gold Coast Bulletin - Adelaide Now - Cairns Post - Northern Territory News - The Courier Mail - No-rego-no-fuel policy applied at some petrol stations

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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Some Melbourne service stations have been refusing fuel to customers trying to fill up unregistered cars. The Herald Sun has been told...
 

ACAPMA Mag - Toowoomba Chronicle - The Mercury - Herald Sun - Geelong Advertiser - Daily Telegraph Australia - Gold Coast Bulletin - Adelaide Now - Cairns Post - Northern Territory News - The Courier Mail - No-rego-no-fuel policy applied at some petrol stations

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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Some Melbourne service stations have been refusing fuel to customers trying to fill up unregistered cars. The Herald Sun has been told...
 

ACAPMA Mag - Toowoomba Chronicle - The Mercury - Herald Sun - Geelong Advertiser - Daily Telegraph Australia - Gold Coast Bulletin - Adelaide Now - Cairns Post - Northern Territory News - The Courier Mail - No-rego-no-fuel policy applied at some petrol stations

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Some Melbourne service stations have been refusing fuel to customers trying to fill up unregistered cars. The Herald Sun has been told...
 

ACAPMA Mag - Toowoomba Chronicle - The Mercury - Herald Sun - Geelong Advertiser - Daily Telegraph Australia - Gold Coast Bulletin - Adelaide Now - Cairns Post - Northern Territory News - The Courier Mail - No-rego-no-fuel policy applied at some petrol stations

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Mark Buttler Drivers are unable to buy petrol at some service stations if their car is unregistered. Picture: iStock Some Melbourne...
 

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Monday, June 5, 2023
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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Drivers are unable to buy petrol at some service stations if their car is unregistered. Picture: iStock Some Melbourne service stations...
 

ACAPMA Mag - Toowoomba Chronicle - The Mercury - Herald Sun - Geelong Advertiser - Daily Telegraph Australia - Gold Coast Bulletin - Adelaide Now - Cairns Post - Northern Territory News - The Courier Mail - No-rego-no-fuel policy applied at some petrol stations

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Some Melbourne service stations have been refusing fuel to customers trying to fill up unregistered cars. The Herald Sun has been told...
 

ACAPMA Mag - Toowoomba Chronicle - The Mercury - Herald Sun - Geelong Advertiser - Daily Telegraph Australia - Gold Coast Bulletin - Adelaide Now - Cairns Post - Northern Territory News - The Courier Mail - No-rego-no-fuel policy applied at some petrol stations

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Some Melbourne service stations have been refusing fuel to customers trying to fill up unregistered cars. The Herald Sun has been told...
 

ACAPMA Mag - Toowoomba Chronicle - The Mercury - Herald Sun - Geelong Advertiser - Daily Telegraph Australia - Gold Coast Bulletin - Adelaide Now - Cairns Post - Northern Territory News - The Courier Mail - No-rego-no-fuel policy applied at some petrol stations

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Some petrol stations are enforcing a no-service policy to some customers in a move that has left drivers shocked. Some Melbourne service stations have been refusing fuel to customers trying to fill up unregistered cars. The Herald Sun has been told...
 

Bodyshop winners at YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC awards

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Victoria and Tasmania’s finest automotive businesses and top apprentices have been revealed at the 2023 Automotive Industry Awards. Three of the 16 elite businesses, business people and apprentices announced as leaders in their field hail from the...
 

GoAuto - Vic govt deals a “cruel hand”

Monday, June 5, 2023
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YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC says business will bear the main burden of massive Victorian government debt recovery VICTORIAN businesses have been dealt “a cruel hand” in the recent Andrews government’s state budget, according to the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce...
 

3AW - Why catalytic converter thefts on the rise

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Catalytic converter thefts are rising but there are concerns victims aren't reporting to the police. The head of marketing at the Victorian automotive chamber of commerce, David Dowsey, told Dee Dee that the figures reported are problematic. “I...
 

Autotalk (Australia), Victoria, General News - INDUSTRY WELCOMES QUEENSLAND'S INCREASED EV INCENTIVE

Monday, June 5, 2023
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The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed the Queensland Government's policy announcement making the uptake of zero-emission vehicles more accessible and affordable. The Governmnent has doubled the incentives for zero-emission vehicles from $3000 to $6000 and increased the dutiable value from $58,000 to $68,000.
 

Got ID? Phone it in

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Vic finally trials digital licences Victorian motorists will soon be able to upload their driver's licences to their smart phone, six years after it was rolled out in a neighbouring state.
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - 2023 Automotive Industry Awards reveal dealers as big winners

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Victorian and Tasmanian winners go "above and beyond" says YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC boss, Geoff Gwilym By PETER BARNWELL THE dealership sector made up nine of the 16 Victorian and Tasmanian businesses, business people and apprentices independently assessed and announced as leaders in their field at the annual Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC) President's Gala Dinner. The Automotive Industry Awards ceremony, held last Saturday (May 13) celebrated the YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC and Tasmanian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (TACC) combined industry awards and apprentice graduation festivities.
 

Herald Sun - Automotive Awards

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Herald Sun - Automotive Awards THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS Geoff Gwilym YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC CEO I'm super proud right now. Recently, I attended the Automotive Industry Awards in Melbourne, run by YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC.
 

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Monday, June 5, 2023
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MORROW Motor Group team members Gavin Morrow, Saxon Hobbs and Craig Kemp are happy to show off two of the dealership's most in-demand vehicles: the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5. On top of its consistently impressive sales and service results, the business has one extra reason to smile right now: Morrow Motor Group has just been named 'Best Large Regional Automotive Business' by the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce.
 

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Monday, June 5, 2023
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MORROW Motor Group team members Gavin Morrow, Saxon Hobbs and Craig Kemp are happy to show off two of the dealership's most in-demand vehicles: the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5. On top of its consistently impressive sales and service results, the business has one extra reason to smile right now: Morrow Motor Group has just been named 'Best Large Regional Automotive Business' by the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce.
 

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Monday, June 5, 2023
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MORROW Motor Group team members Gavin Morrow, Saxon Hobbs and Craig Kemp are happy to show off two of the dealership's most in-demand vehicles: the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5. On top of its consistently impressive sales and service results, the business has one extra
 

Dimboola Banner, Dimboola, Supplements - Rainbow Argus, Rainbow, Supplements - The Horsham Times, Horsham, Supplements - Warracknabeal Herald, Warracknabeal, Supplements - MILES OF SMILES AT MORROWS

Monday, June 5, 2023
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MORROW Motor Group team members Gavin Morrow, Saxon Hobbs and Craig Kemp are happy to show off two of the dealership's most in-demand vehicles: the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5. On top of its consistently impressive sales and service results, the business has one extra reason to smile right now: Morrow Motor Group has just been named 'Best Large Regional Automotive Business' by the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce.
 

Herald Sun - Warning on EV target

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Victorian motorists 'will need support' As the Andrews government considers a ban on all new petrol vehicle sales from 2035, the transport industry and automotive associations are calling for a major expansion of subsidies and greater consultation.
 

GoAuto - GoAuto - Vale: Keith Harrison

Monday, June 5, 2023
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Popular and highly respected Toyota car dealer Keith Harrison dies suddenly THE community of the Victorian City of Melton together with Australia's automotive community this week farewelled longstanding and highly respected car dealer and beloved citizen, Keith Harrison, who died unexpectedly on his 80th birthday.
 

The Horsham Times, Horsham, General News - Motor group'sm.au Friday, May 19, 2023 team triumph

Monday, June 5, 2023
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A Horsham motor dealer with humble roots in the Wimmera has beaten its biggest regional rivals to take out a prestigious state award. Morrow Motor Group has won the Automotive Industry Award in the Best Large Regional Automotive Business category of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, an honour more often going to much bigger operators.
 

GoAuto - Vic govt deals a "cruel hand"

Monday, June 5, 2023
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YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC says business will bear the main burden of massive Victorian government debt recovery VICTORIAN businesses have been dealt "a cruel hand" in the recent Andrews government's state budget, according to the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (YouTube, Cool Cars - VACC) but there have been significant wins for LMCT traders in terms of what the chamber managed to "stave off".
 

GoAuto - Vic govt deals a "cruel hand"

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
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VACC says business will bear the main burden of massive Victorian government debt recovery VICTORIAN businesses have been dealt "a cruel hand" in the recent Andrews government's state budget, according to the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) but there have been significant wins for LMCT traders in terms of what the chamber managed to "stave off".
 

3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview The one rated sofa bed in Australia. Koala three. Wheth...

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
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3AW, Melbourne, Drive - Interview The one rated sofa bed in Australia. Koala three. Wheth...thanks to dental Boutique, confidence starts with a smile, a shower or two. Tomorrow, top of 19. After an overnight low of 13, Thursday's showers easing 16 Friday, a possible late shower, 16 Saturday, a shower or two easing and a top of 18 at 16 Dallas in the city, 16 degrees. Tony Taddeo Melbourne's own three W now on three and across Victoria Drive with Tom Elliott. Okay 13693. I want to talk about driver distraction in a moment. It is clear that in so far as cars are safer than they used to be and speed limits are lower, that, you know, really we shouldn't be having the road toll that we do. But one thing has got a lot worse in terms of technology and drivers, and that is mobile phones. Essentially, we carry around with us the device whose main purpose in life is to distract. I mean, if you don't believe me, look at what they call doomscrolling. You start looking at Twitter or Instagram or Facebook and you just keep looking at it, is designed to keep you interested. And the problem is a lot of people cannot stop themselves looking at their phones when they are behind the wheel. Now, I don't need to talk about some of the recent accidents and obviously it's still being investigated exactly what went wrong. But earlier on today, Police Minister Anthony Carbines had this to say about the issue. In large part, it's not road conditions. It's single vehicles into stationary objects, particularly in regional Victoria. And while investigations will follow their course, what we're finding really is it's speed. It's not wearing seat belts and it's distracted driving due to phones and other devices, distracted driving due to phones and other devices. Now we've all been there and the State Government is erecting all these new cameras which will look into the car. And if you're seeing touching your phone, you'll be sent a fine and possibly demerit points in the mail. But we need to I don't know whether it's a technological fix like a device in cars that prevents mobile phones from working, whether it's hefty fines for touching your phone. I don't know. But I see drivers all the time in urban conditions who are at the lights on their phones, who don't accelerate away when the light turns green. Now that is not so dangerous. It annoys people, but it is not so dangerous. But if you look at your phone and it's night time and you're doing 100 plus K's an hour on a country road, you only have to swerve a bit, you know, for the consequences to be deadly. 133693. drive@3.com you John good afternoon. Good day Tom. How are you going. Good John what's happened. Uh, I think we've just had an earthquake quake tremor out in the eastern suburbs around Montrose. Really? So, okay, so you're in Montrose, and how did you feel the one other night? Yes, I did. I was up watching the Grand Prix, actually. Okay. How did this. Sorry, How did this one compare? Uh, sounded a lot louder. The other one the other night just sounded like a jet going over, but it wasn't. But this one. A real rumble just before, about two minutes ago. Right. How long did the rumble last for? Oh, about five seconds. Six Oh, okay. Well, we were warned that aftershocks might be possible. All right, John, We'll certainly treat that as a word in the street. So there you go. Maybe an aftershock from the earthquake the other night. And John was in Montrose in the eastern suburbs. A lot of calls coming through on this. Anyway, John, stay on the line. You'll be in the running for the Daily Word on the street prize. An overnight stay for two people, including breakfast at Oakwood, Premier Melbourne. Then, of course, there's our yearly prize, 50 grand to spend on the car of your dreams thanks to the Penfold Motor Group. Steve joins us in Cockatoo I hope Steve's gone. Heidi Good afternoon. Hi, Tom. Whereabouts are you? Heidi. Ferntree Gully. Righto. And how did it compare to the earthquake the other night?
 

Herald Sun - Warning on EV target

Monday, May 29, 2023
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Victorian motorists 'will need support' As the Andrews government considers a ban on all new petrol vehicle sales from 2035, the transport industry and automotive associations are calling for a major expansion of subsidies and greater consultation.
 

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Saturday, May 27, 2023
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MORROW Motor Group team members Gavin Morrow, Saxon Hobbs and Craig Kemp are happy to show off two of the dealership's most in-demand vehicles: the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5. On top of its consistently impressive sales and service results, the business has one extra reason to smile right now: Morrow Motor Group has just been named 'Best Large Regional Automotive Business' by the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce.
 

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Saturday, May 27, 2023
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MORROW Motor Group team members Gavin Morrow, Saxon Hobbs and Craig Kemp are happy to show off two of the dealership's most in-demand vehicles: the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5. On top of its consistently impressive sales and service results, the business has one extra
 

ABC Wimmera, Horsham, Breakfast - Interview Great for the garden, even better for our local farmers...

Friday, May 26, 2023
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ABC Wimmera, Horsham, Breakfast - Interview Great for the garden, even better for our local farmers...d the emerging crops which have started to dry out. Thanks so much for those text messages. Keep them in. What did you get in the gauge? 04678427. And to give us a call, Suze waiting by the phone 1300 594 222. Love to hear from you this morning. Now, I wonder if David was checked his rain gauge. Good morning, David. Good morning, Rebecca. Have you checked your gauge this morning? Check the car. It's quite a heavy dew on the car. Okay. All right. We'll go with that heavy dew. The dew ratio. There you go. All right, David, there was a house fire at Young early in the week. Not too good, was it? Yeah, it was last Sunday. Yeah. When a family's full of gratitude for the outpouring of support they've received from the community after fire tore through their home on Sunday night. And Wendy Billman and Bruce Sartori's home in Young was destroyed when a fire caused by an electrical fault went through their Main street home in property in Young. And all members of the family escaped without injury, including a number of pets, although they lost their fish. According to Wenda and the couple have lived in the house for in their home for 23 years, along with their two sons, Jai, 13, K six, Cane 16. And the whole house is totally gutted and it's gone. Wenda said that the family's been listed by friends and neighbours who rallied around them straight away, and she said that the support from the community has been overwhelming. But that's the spirit out there and she said, may not talk much about around town, but when things like this happen, they rally around you. And she said he'd go and see other people and help them out. And community here is amazing. And Wenda, who's not home at the time of the fire, said that she's proud of the way her family acted in the face of the emergency. And she said that talk about being proud they were all the family were worried about was making sure everyone else was out. And the boys are watching the little ones. They were amazing. Couldn't be prouder of the boys and the family. So yeah, all very sad. Yeah, very sad. So hopefully they can get back on their feet sooner rather than later. Now there's a bit of suspicion over radio transmission tags and rubbish bins so people will be concerned about that, are they? Yes, it's quite odd, but suspicious needs a bit odd. So it kerbside waste collection system is on a mission to secretly spy on the contents of their bins as they dismissed as rubbish so by Horsham Rural City Council. And since the new wheelie bins were deposited on people's kerbs ahead of the launch of the Four bins system in April, some eagle eyed residents have spotted the tiny white plastic disc shaped devices attached to the underside of new green and purple bin lids. And now in some municipalities as bin bags, there are radio frequency identification device tags which store and transmit digital data for capture by radio receiver which is then transferred to a database. But despite a groundswell of concern on social media and of course that's where you'd hear it, and reports claiming your rubbish could be spying on you. Council maintains no truth behind the suggestion. The monitoring, the dirty habits and the tags allow the trucks to cheque in real time whether the bin is at the correct property address before it's emptied. And if there's no tag or the bin is somewhere it shouldn't be, it will be not it will not be emptied. And critics have claimed the tags could later be used to identify when residents haven't done enough recycling, identify the contents of the bin. But council maintains there's nothing sinister about the little bugs and our radio frequency ID tags are everywhere. And spokesman said that you've probably got a few in your wallet and the one on the bin is a small plastic device that just goes under the lid of the bin. And the RFID tags tell our council exactly how many bins have be
 

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Thursday, May 25, 2023
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MORROW Motor Group team members Gavin Morrow, Saxon Hobbs and Craig Kemp are happy to show off two of the dealership's most in-demand vehicles: the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5. On top of its consistently impressive sales and service results, the business has one extra reason to smile right now: Morrow Motor Group has just been named 'Best Large Regional Automotive Business' by the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce.
 

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Thursday, May 25, 2023
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MORROW Motor Group team members Gavin Morrow, Saxon Hobbs and Craig Kemp are happy to show off two of the dealership's most in-demand vehicles: the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5. On top of its consistently impressive sales and service results, the business has one extra reason to smile right now: Morrow Motor Group has just been named 'Best Large Regional Automotive Business' by the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce.
 

Warracknabeal Herald, Warracknabeal, General News - Morrows judged state best

Saturday, May 20, 2023
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FROM humble roots in Warracknabeal, Morrow Motor Group has beaten its biggest regional rivals to take out a prestigious state award, and the family couldn't be prouder. Based in Warracknabeal, Kevin and Barbara Morrow started the company in 1974, partnering with Holden and trading under the name Amor Motors and Aubrey Trucks.
 

The Horsham Times, Horsham, General News - Motor group'sm.au Friday, May 19, 2023 team triumph

Saturday, May 20, 2023
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A Horsham motor dealer with humble roots in the Wimmera has beaten its biggest regional rivals to take out a prestigious state award. Morrow Motor Group has won the Automotive Industry Award in the Best Large Regional Automotive Business category of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, an honour more often going to much bigger operators.
 

Herald Sun - Automotive Awards

Friday, May 19, 2023
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Herald Sun - Automotive Awards THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS Geoff Gwilym VACC CEO I'm super proud right now. Recently, I attended the Automotive Industry Awards in Melbourne, run by VACC.
 

Australasian Paint & Panel - Richard Dudley to leave MTAA

Thursday, December 8, 2022
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The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) CEO, Mr Richard Dudley, has stepped down from his post to explore new opportunities and to allow for organisational renewal. After 12 years of industry advocacy and representations with six prime...
 

Twitter, @Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) - The Chamber’s annual general meeting has also added the expertise of two accomplished industry leaders to its board, endorsing Adrian Kloeden president of the @vicchamber, and Geoff Gwilym, chief executive of the @YouTube, Modern Business TV Show - VACCofficial as new directors.

Friday, December 2, 2022
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Twitter, @Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) - The Chamber’s annual general meeting has also added the expertise of two accomplished industry leaders to its board, endorsing Adrian Kloeden president of the @vicchamber, and Geoff Gwilym, chief executive of the @YouTube, Modern Business TV Show - VACCofficial as new directors.
 

GoAuto - New YouTube, Modern Business TV Show - VACC, TACC board elected

Friday, December 2, 2022
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GoAuto - Nine members of YouTube, Modern Business TV Show - VACC and TACC board elected, led by new president Chris Hummer MEMBERS of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (YouTube, Modern Business TV Show - VACC) and its Tasmanian arm, TACC, have voted in a new board, which elected Chris Hummer as new president. At the...