Roads Of Australia Series - Hume Highway’s history reaches back to Governor Macquarie

Mark Schneider | 23/10/2015 10:01:35 AM

If ever a road was steeped in the history of Australian settlement it’s the Hume Highway connecting Australia’s two biggest cities, Melbourne and Sydney. Today it’s an essential route for road freight between the two cities, while also serving Canberra and Albury-Wodonga, but its origins were far more humble. In the early days of European settlement the Great Dividing Range proved an impenetrable barrier to the southwest of Sydney, with a geological feature, the Bargo Ra...

Roads of Australia series - Eyre Highway a long and not-so-winding road

Mark Schneider | 20/10/2015 9:20:24 AM

There aren’t many roads anywhere in the world where you can legally land an aircraft, but Australia’s Eyre Highway is one of them. A number of Royal Flying Doctor Service emergency landing strips are signposted along the Eyre Highway’s 1675 kilometres. You’ll see them marked out with “piano keys” painted on the road accompanied with turnaround areas for light aircraft. It’s another curious feature of one of Australia’s most remote highwa...

VW Australia suspends diesel sales

Mark Schneider | 13/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

It’s taken two weeks for Volkswagen Australia to respond to the diesel emissions “defeat device” controversy, but the company has now announced that it will suspend sales of some of its Australian vehicles until the issues are addressed. Meanwhile the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said the company faces potential legal action if it’s broken consumer laws and misled car buyers. Fines The “defeat devices” are illegal in...

VW scandal highlights unrealistic lab tests

Mark Schneider | 8/10/2015 8:26:48 AM

Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal continues to damage the German brand, with its share price tumbling, the threat of legal action from VW owners and sales of VW diesels on hold in some European countries. VW has responded by shuffling its senior management and replacing its CEO, but VW diesel owners are still largely in the dark about what will happen to their cars. VW Australia still waiting Australian VW dealers are still waiting for information from Germany about the ...

Roads of Australia series - Stuart Highway a journey through Australia

Mark | 2/10/2015 10:24:01 AM

It’s one of Australia’s longest and loneliest stretches of road and it runs right through the heart of the country for almost 3000 kilometres, separating the west of the continent from the east. The Stuart Highway, which reaches from Darwin to Port Augusta commemorates the journey of John McDouall Stuart, the first European explorer to travel from south to north through central Australia, though it doesn’t exactly follow the route he took. Today’s smooth sealed...

Vehicle Thefts At Record Lows In Australia

Mark Schneider | 16/09/2015 10:31:48 AM

There’s some good news and bad news in figures on car theft in Australia. The good news is that car theft is at its lowest since records started in the 1970s, with 52,000 cars stolen in 2013/14 according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. That’s a big reduction from the peak year of 2000-2001, when 142,000 cars were stolen across the country. The bad news is that “professional” vehicle theft – where vehicles are stolen and not recovere...

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