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Pakenham Bypass crash: Mother shares photos of wreckage after horror smash

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Hayley Reid, 37, (pictured) and her one-year- old son had to pulled out of their SUV by strangers after the collision on the Pakenham Bypass in Melbourne's south-east on Saturday morning

Hayley Reid, 37, (pictured) and her one-year- old son had to pulled out of their SUV by strangers after the collision on the Pakenham Bypass in Melbourne's south-east on Saturday morning

Hayley Reid, 37, (pictured) and her one-year- old son had to pulled out of their SUV by strangers after the collision on the Pakenham Bypass in Melbourne’s south-east on Saturday morning

A young mother and her newborn son miraculously survived a horror crash after an allegedly stolen car slammed into their SUV at 200km/h.

Hayley Reid, 37, and her one-year-old boy had to pulled from their Mazda by strangers after the smash on the Pakenham Bypass in Melbourne‘s south- east on Saturday morning.

She shared images of the mangled wreckage on Wednesday as she relived her horrific ordeal.  

‘Two people who [allegedly] stole a vehicle were travelling along at a ridiculous speed ran straight up the back of us and slingshot our car into the drain,’ she wrote.

‘My son and I walked away from this terrifying crash a little battered and bruised, but nevertheless we were able to walk away. 

‘We were so very fortunate.’  

She shared images of the mangled wreckage online

She shared images of the mangled wreckage online

She shared images of the mangled wreckage online

After spending a day in hospital undergoing tests they were released.

But she said her family’s life could have changed forever if she had made the decision to place her son in a forward facing child restraint.  

‘He only had two little bruises from the harness in all this carnage. If he was facing forwards, the police officer said this would have been a whole different conversation… his injuries would have been horrendous instead of minor,’ she wrote.

‘Please, please, please keep your babies safe! Keep them rear facing as long as possible! You just never know when the unexpected can happen.’ 

Ms Reid's mangled Mazda SUV is pictured following the horror smash on Saturday

Ms Reid's mangled Mazda SUV is pictured following the horror smash on Saturday

Ms Reid’s mangled Mazda SUV is pictured following the horror smash on Saturday  

Meanwhile, three bystanders chased after the driver of the allegedly stolen vehicle who had attempted to flee on foot as Ms Reid and her son were helped out of the car by strangers. 

He was restrained on the side of the road during a dramatic citizen’s arrest until police arrived.  

Tristan White was one of the men involved in taking down the alleged offender.

He said he was surprised anyone survived the crash. 

‘I was on my way to buy a car in Berwick when this absolute knucklehead flew past me in the service lane,’ he told the Pakenham Gazette.

‘With the amount of w*****s on the road these days, I didn’t really think much of it, but soon enough, we saw he’d crashed. It was just chaos.

‘The whole thing was just unbelievable. I thought someone was dead straight away. They’re absolutely lucky to walk out of that alive.’

Three bystanders chased down the alleged offender who had allegedly fled on foot

Three bystanders chased down the alleged offender who had allegedly fled on foot

Three bystanders chased down the alleged offender who had allegedly fled on foot

Mr White said he chased the driver down and dragged him across the road, before flipping him over and sitting on his back until police arrived.   

Victoria police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia he was taken to hospital under police guard with only minor injuries. 

A 20-year-old man from Hampton Park has been charged with theft and traffic offences to appear at a Magistrate’s Court on August 11.

Ms Reid has thanked the strangers who pulled them out of the wreckage and helped to track down the alleged driver of the other car.

‘A massive shoutout to those AMAZING people who helped me that day. The three men who caught the man until the police arrived, the lovely lady who called the ambulance and stayed with us and the people who helped get our doors open and us out of the car,’ she wrote. 

The family car was destroyed after the 'terrifying crash' on Saturday morning in Melbourne's south east

The family car was destroyed after the 'terrifying crash' on Saturday morning in Melbourne's south east

The family car was destroyed after the ‘terrifying crash’ on Saturday morning in Melbourne’s south east 

Hayley Reid said the situation could have changed her family's life forever if she had instead made the decision to place her son into a forward facing child restraint

Hayley Reid said the situation could have changed her family's life forever if she had instead made the decision to place her son into a forward facing child restraint

Hayley Reid said the situation could have changed her family’s life forever if she had instead made the decision to place her son into a forward facing child restraint

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Mentally ill man frogmarched out of Brisbane hospital wearing hospital gown

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A woman watched in disgust as security escorted a mentally ill man from a hospital ward and left him on the side of the road just a day after he was admitted with hypothermia.

The man was still wearing his hospital gown when he was left out the front of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on Sunday.  

He had been found a day earlier naked and in a swampy creek, suffering from hypothermia, the Courier-Mail reported. 

A woman was 'disgusted' when she watched security escort a mentally ill man from a hospital ward and leave him on the side of the road a day after he was admitted with hypothermia

A woman was 'disgusted' when she watched security escort a mentally ill man from a hospital ward and leave him on the side of the road a day after he was admitted with hypothermia

A woman was ‘disgusted’ when she watched security escort a mentally ill man from a hospital ward and leave him on the side of the road a day after he was admitted with hypothermia

Mother-of-three Hayley Birtles-Eades told the publication she was ‘horrified’ when she watched the man as he was ‘frogmarched’ out of the hospital.

‘Protective services marched a mentally unwell and clearly unstable man out of the hospital… What the actual f**k is going on with the world?’ she posted on Facebook after the incident.  

‘This man is clearly unable to take care of himself, he’s a danger to himself and to the public, tossing him out on to a main road is NOT duty of care.’

Ms Birtles-Eades went on to say that the man should have been sedated and put in a psychiatric ward if that was what he needed, but that ‘tossing him outside wearing only a hospital gown and a nappy’ wasn’t the answer.  

‘I am shocked and horrified with what I just witnessed.’   

 Ms Birtles-Eades recorded part of the ordeal.

The man was still wearing his hospital gown when he was left out the front of Royal Brisbane and Women's hospital on Sunday

The man was still wearing his hospital gown when he was left out the front of Royal Brisbane and Women's hospital on Sunday

The man was still wearing his hospital gown when he was left out the front of Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital on Sunday

Ms Birtles-Eades called an ambulance when she noticed the man had been left outside the hospital

Ms Birtles-Eades called an ambulance when she noticed the man had been left outside the hospital

Ms Birtles-Eades called an ambulance when she noticed the man had been left outside the hospital

In the footage, the man can be heard moaning and whining as he is forcibly dragged from the premises.  

‘You’ve been discharged – let’s go, come on… you’re going… off,’ one guard says.

The mother-of-three was in the emergency room waiting for her husband to receive treatment for a suspected stroke. 

She was asked to stop filming the incident and was told it was ‘illegal’, but Ms Birtles-Eades said that was the least of her concerns. 

‘The hospital can fix broken bones, but if you’ve got a broken brain, you’re stuffed,’ she said.

‘How many times does a person have to ask for help before they get it? How bad do you have to be – dead?’

Ms Birtles-Eades called an ambulance when she noticed the man had been left outside the hospital.

The Queensland Ambulance Service transported him right back to the same hospital emergency room. 

A Queensland Health spokesman told the Courier-Mail that staff gave the man a gown as he arrived naked and said that the man’s GP was contacted before he was discharged. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Queensland Health for comment. 

Mother-of-three Hayley Birtles-Eades said she was 'horrified' when she watched the man as he was 'frogmarched' out of the hospital

Mother-of-three Hayley Birtles-Eades said she was 'horrified' when she watched the man as he was 'frogmarched' out of the hospital

Mother-of-three Hayley Birtles-Eades said she was ‘horrified’ when she watched the man as he was ‘frogmarched’ out of the hospital

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Todd Sampson reveals dark family secret in Anh Do Brush With Fame interview

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An award-winning film maker and television presenter has candidly revealed the dark family secret he discovered as a child by hiding a recording device under the couch when he went to bed.

Todd Sampson appeared on Anh Do’s latest episode of Brush With Fame on Tuesday night and revealed that the girl he believed was his cousin for most of his childhood was in fact his older sister.

As Do painted his portrait, Sampson revealed his mother grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, in an extremely religious family.

Before he was born, she moved out of home, got a job behind the till at KFC and was pregnant by the time she was 15 years old.

Todd Sampson appeared on Ahn Do's latest episode of Brush With Fame on Tuesday night and revealed that he believed his older sister was his cousin for much of his childhood. His mother (left) gave her away after she gave birth to her

Todd Sampson appeared on Ahn Do's latest episode of Brush With Fame on Tuesday night and revealed that he believed his older sister was his cousin for much of his childhood. His mother (left) gave her away after she gave birth to her

Todd Sampson appeared on Ahn Do’s latest episode of Brush With Fame on Tuesday night and revealed that he believed his older sister was his cousin for much of his childhood. His mother (left) gave her away after she gave birth to her

‘At the time and in the area, it was quite religious. She was basically told she had to give up the child. She gave up the child to her sister – and she was raised as my cousin,’ he revealed.

Sampson went on to say the decision haunted his mother in the years to follow.

‘[It was] the biggest regret of my mother’s life,’ he said, before adding that he had no idea his cousin, Wendy, could have actually been his sister.

Do was completely flawed by the admission, and stopped painting as he asked how Sampson eventually came to learn the truth.   

‘I was such an investigative kid – also known as a little sh*t,’ he confessed.

‘I used to record my parents’ conversations when I would go to bed. I got a recorder for Christmas, and just before I’d go to bed, I would hit record under the sofa where my parents were, then go off to sleep.’

As Do painted his portrait, Sampson revealed his mother grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, in an extremely religious family

As Do painted his portrait, Sampson revealed his mother grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, in an extremely religious family

As Do painted his portrait, Sampson revealed his mother grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, in an extremely religious family

Sampson now has two daughters of his own and said he could never imagine giving them up

Sampson now has two daughters of his own and said he could never imagine giving them up

Sampson now has two daughters of his own and said he could never imagine giving them up

The following day, Sampson would quietly retrieve the recorder and listen back to what his parents discussed after he was asleep.  

‘That day, I’m listening to the recording and I’m like, ”Wait now, did they just say that Wendy’s my sister?”,’ he said.

During the conversation that he had recorded, Sampson’s parents were debating whether or not they should share the secret with he and his biological sister. 

‘They were debating at night whether they should tell us, and whether we were old enough to comprehend what had happened. But Wendy had been in and out of our lives as our cousin,’ he said.

Rather than sit around and wait to see if his parents ever told him, Sampson simply decided to confront them himself. 

‘I remember her face – it was just shock and relief,’ he recalled.

Sampson appeared in Anh Do's Brush With Fame documentary on Tuesday night

Sampson appeared in Anh Do's Brush With Fame documentary on Tuesday night

Sampson appeared in Anh Do’s Brush With Fame documentary on Tuesday night

Sampson, himself a father-of-two, said he personally couldn't ever fathom giving a child away

Sampson, himself a father-of-two, said he personally couldn't ever fathom giving a child away

Sampson, himself a father-of-two, said he personally couldn’t ever fathom giving a child away

‘She said, “yes, she is”.’ Then, it was only as an adult, many many years later, that I reconnected with her as my older sister. Now I’m super-proud that she’s my sister, and all that she’s done in her life.’

Sampson, himself a father-of-two, said he personally couldn’t ever fathom giving a child away.

‘But I’m not 15,’ he added. ‘She had Wendy in a room all by herself.’ 

In spite of the enormous family secret and the incredible way in which he learned the truth, Sampson said he had a great childhood.

‘It was filled with fun, adventure, danger, stress… I remember my mum worked at KFC,’ he said.

‘I’d wait for her to come home, but I couldn’t do it because I was so tired… I was just a kid. She wasn’t getting home until like 11, 12pm.’   

In spite of the enormous family secret and the incredible way in which he learned the truth, Sampson said he had a great childhood

In spite of the enormous family secret and the incredible way in which he learned the truth, Sampson said he had a great childhood

In spite of the enormous family secret and the incredible way in which he learned the truth, Sampson said he had a great childhood

Sampson moved to Australia in the 1990s and had become a familiar face on programs such as Gruen and The Project.

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Why struggling businesses will miss out on JobKeeper 2.0 as two million workers lose wage subsidies

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Struggling businesses are set to miss out on JobKeeper from next week – causing two million workers to lose their wage subsidies and potentially their jobs.

Australia’s economy is already in recession for the first in 29 years, after coronavirus shutdowns caused a record plunge in economic activity.

Since the pandemic began in March, the number of jobs across Australia has plunged by a national average pace of 4.5 per cent, official payroll data released on Tuesday revealed.

In Victoria, the tally of jobs have plummeted by an even more dramatic 8.3 per cent over six months – a level more than double the 3.7 per cent decline in neighbouring New South Wales and the 3.1 per cent drop in Queensland. 

Melbourne, Australia’s second biggest city, has been placed into a strict, Stage Four lockdown since August 2 with an 8pm to 5am curfew.

Struggling businesses are set to miss out on JobKeeper from next week - causing two million workers to lose their wage subsidies and potentially their jobs. From September 28, JobKeeper will cover 1.4million workers instead of 3.5million. Pictured is Melbourne's Chadstone Shopping Centre during the Stage Four lockdown in the Victorian capital

Struggling businesses are set to miss out on JobKeeper from next week - causing two million workers to lose their wage subsidies and potentially their jobs. From September 28, JobKeeper will cover 1.4million workers instead of 3.5million. Pictured is Melbourne's Chadstone Shopping Centre during the Stage Four lockdown in the Victorian capital

Struggling businesses are set to miss out on JobKeeper from next week – causing two million workers to lose their wage subsidies and potentially their jobs. From September 28, JobKeeper will cover 1.4million workers instead of 3.5million. Pictured is Melbourne’s Chadstone Shopping Centre during the Stage Four lockdown in the Victorian capital

Despite that economic carnage, the number of workers across Australia eligible to receive JobKeeper wage subsidies from their employer will plunge from 3.5million to 1.4 million from September 28.

Australia’s COVID-19 jobs carnage by state

VICTORIA: Down 8.3 per cent

NEW SOUTH WALES: Down 3.7 per cent

QUEENSLAND: Down 3.1 per cent

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Down 2.7 per cent

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Down 0.9 per cent

TASMANIA: Down 4.3 per cent

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Down 2 per cent

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: Down 4.5 per cent

AUSTRALIA AVERAGE: Down 4.5 per cent 

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics payroll jobs data showing the changes between March 14 and September 5 

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That will see more than two million people lose JobKeeper as a flat $1,500 a fortnight payment is replaced with a $1,200 subsidy for those who work 20 hours or more.

Part-time workers putting in fewer hours will be eligible for just $750.

JobKeeper is being phased out completely in March with the October 6 budget reportedly ruling out another extension. 

Making matters worse, businesses receiving JobKeeper 2.0 will be required to demonstrate their Goods and Services Tax turnover had plunged by 30 per cent in the September quarter of 2020 compared with the same three months in 2019.

Tax agent H&R Block’s director of tax communications Mark Chapman said this would see many small businesses miss out, even if they had suffered a sharp revenue fall, putting jobs at risk.

‘That could jeopardise the survival of many businesses because if, for example, they only show a 20 per cent fall, that is significant enough to make many small businesses non-viable, but not significant enough to qualify for JobKeeper,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘At the very least, many affected businesses will let go of staff over the next few weeks as they can no longer afford to keep them on the books.’

Since JobKeeper debuted in April, 928,864 businesses have qualified for a wage subsidy.

Sydney’s city centre, the home of struggling cafes, had 10,948 businesses receive JobKeeper while Melbourne’s central business district had 7,165 firms propped up with a taxpayer subsidy.

While these businesses are set to continue receiving JobKeeper, the likes of suburban shops are likely to miss out by virtue of having revenue falls of less than 30 per cent.

Sydney's city centre, the home of struggling cafes, had 10,948 businesses receive JobKeeper

Sydney's city centre, the home of struggling cafes, had 10,948 businesses receive JobKeeper

Sydney’s city centre, the home of struggling cafes, had 10,948 businesses receive JobKeeper

Small business accountant Ben Johnston, a director of Johnston Advisory, said stricter JobKeeper 2.0 rules would be devastating for the economy and would hurt the construction sector which didn't need help in March. Pictured is a Melbourne building site in September

Small business accountant Ben Johnston, a director of Johnston Advisory, said stricter JobKeeper 2.0 rules would be devastating for the economy and would hurt the construction sector which didn't need help in March. Pictured is a Melbourne building site in September

Small business accountant Ben Johnston, a director of Johnston Advisory, said stricter JobKeeper 2.0 rules would be devastating for the economy and would hurt the construction sector which didn’t need help in March. Pictured is a Melbourne building site in September

Small business accountant Ben Johnston, a director of Johnston Advisory, said stricter JobKeeper 2.0 rules would be devastating for the economy – following a record seven per cent plunge in Australia’s gross domestic product during the June quarter.

THE JOBKEEPER RED ZONES BY POSTCODE

SYDNEY (2000): 10,948 businesses

MELBOURNE (3000): 7,165 businesses

LIVERPOOL, SYDNEY’S SOUTH-WEST (2170): 4,293 businesses 

CRANBOURNE, MELBOURNE’S SOUTH-EAST (3977): 3,134 businesses

BAULKHAM HILLS, SYDNEY’S NORTH-WEST (2153): 3,096 businesses 

BANKSTOWN, SYDNEY’S SOUTH-WEST (2200): 2,505 businesses 

ROUSE HILL, SYDNEY’S NORTH-WEST (2155): 2,333 businesses 

CROWS NEST, SYDNEY NORTH SHORE (2065): 2,126 businesses  

CHATSWOOD, SYDNEY NORTH SHORE (2067): 2,090 businesses 

Source: Treasury 

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‘It’s going to have an alarming, a huge impact on the economy,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘We’ve got people that are heavily reliant on it for their businesses to support employment which is now going to be taken away from them.’

The tighter rules would be particularly devastating for dine-in restaurants – already battling the effects of social distancing rules – as reduced JobKeeper subsidies diluted the spending power of their customers.

‘A lot of the suburban restaurants, where people are now eating out, what I can’t understate is the economy has been ticking over on artificial money,’ Mr Johnston said.

Adding to those woes, Australia’s 1.45million JobSeeker recipients will have their unemployment benefits, as of September 25, reduced from $1,115.70 a fortnight to $815.70 as the temporary coronavirus supplement is halved from $550 to $250.  

Under the new JobKeeper wage subsidy rules, companies only qualify if they were in financial strife at the start of the pandemic in March. 

Mr Johnston, who has been an accountant for 24 years, said construction firms that didn’t need JobKeeper the first time around were particularly vulnerable now as an economic slowdown belatedly reduced demand for home renovations.

‘Every construction client that I’m talking about is really, really worried about that impact leading into Christmas,’ he said.

‘People are unsure about job retention and people are getting made redundant. 

Adding to those woes, Australia's 1.45million JobSeeker recipients will have their unemployment benefits, as of September 25, reduced from $1,115.70 a fortnight to $815.70 as the temporary coronavirus supplement is halved from $550 to $250. Pictured is a Gold Coast Centrelink queue in March

Adding to those woes, Australia's 1.45million JobSeeker recipients will have their unemployment benefits, as of September 25, reduced from $1,115.70 a fortnight to $815.70 as the temporary coronavirus supplement is halved from $550 to $250. Pictured is a Gold Coast Centrelink queue in March

Adding to those woes, Australia’s 1.45million JobSeeker recipients will have their unemployment benefits, as of September 25, reduced from $1,115.70 a fortnight to $815.70 as the temporary coronavirus supplement is halved from $550 to $250. Pictured is a Gold Coast Centrelink queue in March

‘The construction industry didn’t feel it at the start because home owners had pre-approved construction loans and builders were on site so they kept working away through coronavirus because they had access to money.’

JOBS FALSE DAWN

Unemployment rate fell from a 22-year high of 7.5 per cent in July to 6.8 per cent in August

Participation rate rose from 64.7 per cent to 64.8 per cent 

Number employed rose by 111,000 to 12,583,400

Jobless ranks fell by 86,500 with women making up 55,000 or 64 per cent of those

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics  

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H&R Block said companies that sold their assets to meet cash flow challenges may also have trouble qualifying for JobKeeper 2.0.

‘Businesses need to include sales of capital assets – like plant and machinery, fixtures and fittings – in turnover for the purposes of the 30 per cent test,’ Mr Chapman said.

‘Some businesses have been forced to sell off their assets to survive – they will now be penalised because the proceeds of those sales will be included in their turnover, meaning that they may not qualify for JobKeeper.’

Australia’s unemployment rate fell from a 22-year high of 7.5 per cent in July to 6.8 per cent in August, as 111,000 new jobs were created. 

The good news, however, was more the product of more retrenched people declaring themselves to be self employed. 

Westpac senior economist Justin Smirk said the latest payrolls data, based on tax office figures, showed sectors that had previously weathered the coronavirus shutdowns were now shedding staff. 

‘The downtrend continues in Victoria while the job losses in NSW have broadened out to sectors not affected by the earlier lockdown,’ he said.

How are the support payments changing from September?

JOBKEEPER

* The $1,500 fortnightly wage subsidy will continue until September 27 – covering 3.5million workers

* From the end of September to December 31, JobKeeper will be reduced to $1,200 for full-time workers and $750 for people working 20 hours or less – with 1.4million workers eligible

* From January to March, the full-time rate will be $1,000 and part-time will reduce to $650 – with the scheme covering 1million workers

* Businesses turning over less than $1billion will have to requalify for the program at both stages through showing a 30 per cent drop in revenue.

* Businesses with more than $1billion in turnover have to demonstrate a 50 per cent fall

JOBSEEKER

* The elevated unemployment benefit will remain at $1,100 a fortnight until September 24

* From that date until the end of the year the $550 coronavirus supplement will be cut by $300 to make the overall fortnightly payment $800

* People will be able to earn up to $300 without having their payment reduced

* The mutual obligation rules requiring people to search for four jobs a month will restart on August 4

* Penalties for people refusing a job offer will be reintroduced

* Job search requirements will increase in September when the assets test will also return

* The permanent JobSeeker rate to take effect from January next year will be announced in the October 6 budget.

 

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