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Harry and Meghan’s honeymoon a secret

It’s not known where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will honeymoon, but Botswana may top the list.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could honeymoon in Africa or the Caribbean, with Botswana likely to be top of the list.
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The southern African country is a place the couple know well – with Prince Harry reportedly whisking his fiancee away to holiday in 2017 to mark her 36th birthday.

The trip came a year after the pair’s famous holiday in the country, where their love story began after meeting on a blind date.

The prince has revealed how they bonded in the African bush.

“I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana and we camped out with each other under the stars… she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic,” he said.

Ms Markle’s engagement ring features diamonds from the personal collection of Diana, Princess of Wales, and a stone from Botswana.

The US actor spoke about their special relationship with the African country as she described the significance of the precious stones in her ring from Harry.

In the engagement interview, she said: “And you know, to be able to have this – which sort of links where you come from and Botswana which is important to us and it’s, it’s perfect.”

The Caribbean could be another honeymoon destination for the couple and they already have an invitation to return as a newlywed.

Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, made the offer during the prince’s 2016 tour of the West Indies.

“I am told that there may be a princess and I just want to say that should you make the decision to honeymoon, then Antigua and Barbuda want to welcome you,” Mr Browne said.

Police probe whether Autopilot feature was on in Tesla crash

Witnesses say the Tesla Model S didn’t brake prior to crashing into a fire truck at high speed.A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous autopilot feature has rear-ended a US fire department truck at nealy 100km/h apparently without braking before impact, but police say it’s unknown if the autopilot feature was engaged.
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The cause of the Friday evening crash, involving a Tesla Model S and a fire department mechanic truck stopped at a red light, was under investigation, said police in South Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

The crash, in which the Tesla driver was injured, comes as federal safety agencies investigate the performance of Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system.

The Tesla’s air bags were activated in the crash, South Jordan police Sergeant Samuel Winkler said on Saturday. The Tesla’s driver suffered a broken right ankle, and the driver of the Unified Fire Authority mechanic truck didn’t require treatment, Winkler said.

There was no indication the Tesla’s driver was under the influence of any substance, and information on what the driver may have told investigators about the circumstances of the crash likely wouldn’t be available before Monday, Winkler said by telephone.

There was light rain falling and roads were wet when the crash occurred, police said in a statement.

“Witnesses indicated the Tesla Model S did not brake prior to impact,” the statement said.

Tesla’s Autopilot system uses cameras, radar and computers to keep speed, change lanes and automatically stop vehicles. The company, which is based in Palo Alto, California, and has a huge battery factory in the Reno, Nevada, area, tells drivers the system requires them to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel so they can take control to avoid accidents.

Allison’s family call for help for victims

The parents of domestic violence murder victim Allison Baden-Clay are urging Queenslanders to speak up and intervene in abusive and controlling relationships before it’s too late.
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Allison’s parents, Geoff and Priscilla Dickie, on Sunday opened up about their regret at not doing more to help the mother-of-three, and urged others to act on warning signs.

“As a society we are told to mind our own business and not intrude in other people’s affairs and in a domestic violence situation this can make it hard to determine what to do,” Allison’s father Geoff said.

Allison’s body was found on a creek bank 13km from her home on April 20, 2012, 10 days after her husband Gerard reported her missing.

The former real estate agent was later found guilty of killing her in what has become one of ‘s most high profile cases of domestic violence.

Allison’s parents say they spoke to her about the abuse in the years leading up to her death, but were conscious of how Baden-Clay would react to their intervention and believed Allison would safely resolve her situation.

“At the time we approached Allison and attempted to discuss her situation in the best way we knew how, with the limited knowledge we had at the time,” Mr Dickie said.

“Allison, being a strong and determined person, didn’t want us to worry.”

The Dickies and Allison’s sister, Vanessa Fowler, are partnering with Griffith University as part of its MATE Bystander program, aimed at teaching the business and corporate sector how to identify and handle abusive relationships.

“Some people are educated not to intervene in what seems like private situations so a lot of people have pluralistic ignorance or they don’t know what to do or they have fear of making things more difficult,” Griffith University Professor Paul Mazzerolle said.

“We all have a role to play as bystanders, we can all have an impact.”

Allison’s three daughters, who are now being raised by her parents, are excelling at school, Mr Dickie said.

“There’s been no adverse comments out of that school … they’re safe,” he said.

Darwin and Townsville passengers set to pay for government IT blowout

Passengers on the Mount Isa – Townsville route could be slugged with extra costs under secret air traffic control plans to contain an IT costs blow-out. Photo: Townville AirportPassengers in Townsville and Darwin airports are likely be slugged with additional charges to subsidise a computer rollout fiasco between two federal government departments.
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The issue is as a result of the rollout of the troubled OneSky program which is aimed at replacing military and civilian air traffic computer systems.

Civilian air traffic control is run by Airservices which is developingOneSky with input from the n Defence Force.

The plan is to introduce one combined system in what would be ’s first harmonised civil and military air traffic management system.

According to Airservices, thejoint One Sky approach “is enabling us to introduce new cutting-edge air traffic management technology to ensure we improve safety and efficiency for civil and military air traffic, while catering for the significant forecast growth in the aviation sector.”

Airservices and Defence had an agreement on a fixed-price ratio between the two however documents obtained by Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick under Freedom of Information show that the ADF is baulking at the skyrocketing costs of the project –being delivered by French contractor Thales – and they are looking at options including passing on costs to passengers.

A September 2017 letter from Airservices CEO Jason Harfield to Airforce chief Air Marshall GavinDavies admits there are “emerging concerns within Defence” over costs and as a compromise offered facilities and equipment to the military toconsolidate Darwin, Townsville and Nowra (NSW) services in Brisbane.

“We would intend to recover these costs by extending our existing charging regime at Darwin and Townsville for civilian aircraft,” Mr Harfield said in his email.

Airservices have refused to confirm or deny this plan but Senator Patrick –who is on the committee looking into rural and regional air fares –questioned whether the proposal breached competition law on cross-subsidisation.

“We put in an FOI request about another matter and it so happens among the correspondence Jason Harfield said they would shift project control to Brisbane for Townsville and Darwin and ‘don’t worry, Defence, we’ll recover the costs from the regional operators,” Senator Patrick said.

“This is out of touch with what I would say are community expectations.”

Senator Patrick said he would ask Airservices about the letter at upcoming Senate estimates in two weeks time.

“We will grill Airservices on how they approach this andhow they charge back, rather than charge it across the entire industry, why would they impose this on rural passengers.”

Senator Patrick said they were dealing witha cost blow-out by passing it on to the regions.

“It’s not acceptable,” he said.

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Government already over budget: Labor

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is surprised the Turnbull government already appears bored with its less-than-a-week old budget and would rather attack Labor’s policies instead.
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“The more the government worry about Labor, the more we intend to worry about the n people and their needs,” Mr Shorten told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.

A key component of the budget was personal income tax cuts spread over a seven-year period.

Treasurer Scott Morrison is adamant he won’t be splitting the plan which is initially aimed at low and middle-income earners with a tax cut for higher income earners promised for 2024/25.

So far, Labor, the Greens and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation have rejected the latter stage of the plan which would abolish the 37 per cent tax bracket but the treasurer is confident of getting it passed in the Senate.

“People have underestimated us when it comes to dealing with the Senate,” Mr Morrison told ABC television on Sunday.

“We’ve passed $41 billion worth of savings measures since the last election alone and we will continue to work respectfully and in an engaged way.”

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen confirmed Labor would support tax cuts for low- and middle-income earners – although would effectively double them in government.

“(The government has) tried to make this about seven years time instead of what we can all do in the next term,” Mr Bowen told Sky News on Sunday.

“I think it’s a pretty cruel and sick joke to say we can’t provide tax relief until 2024.”

But Mr Morrison wants just one vote in the parliament to give ns certainty over the tax they will be paying over the next decade.

“I say very clearly to them, we don’t want taxes strangling the economy and strangling your job and your wages and this is the plan to do that,” he said.

He said his plan will deal with bracket creep into the future while under Labor full-time average earnings will face higher taxes.

“We provided a comprehensive plan to deal with problems in the tax system. Bill Shorten has engaged in a political Dutch auction.”