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Qantas wins legal battle against union after airline stood down hundreds of engineers without pay

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Qantas and budget carrier Jetstar have won a court case launched by a union after ordering aircraft engineers to stop work without pay amid the COVID-19 crisis.

From late March and early April, the struggling airlines stood down hundreds of maintenance staff along with about 20,000 other employees including pilots and cabin crew.

After the COVID-19 fallout both companies experienced huge reductions in passengers, with Qantas eventually suspending international flights because of government restrictions on travel. 

Qantas baggage handlers and ground staff (pictured) who were stood down along with engineers hold a protest in the Qantas domestic terminal in Sydney, in August 2020

Qantas baggage handlers and ground staff (pictured) who were stood down along with engineers hold a protest in the Qantas domestic terminal in Sydney, in August 2020

Qantas baggage handlers and ground staff (pictured) who were stood down along with engineers hold a protest in the Qantas domestic terminal in Sydney, in August 2020 

Two years ago, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce (pictured) was the highest paid chief executive in Australia but has voluntarily suspended his salary

Two years ago, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce (pictured) was the highest paid chief executive in Australia but has voluntarily suspended his salary

Two years ago, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce (pictured) was the highest paid chief executive in Australia but has voluntarily suspended his salary 

International travel was banned by the federal government in March to halt the spread of coronavirus with returning travelers required to undergo a 14-day hotel quarantine. 

An application to the Fair Work Commission was made by the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association in March disputing the airline’s decision to stand down the maintenance staff without pay. 

The union argued it was a business decision in response to ‘actual and projected downturn in trade’, and was an event within the airlines’ control.

‘It is a stoppage arising from a voluntary change in business operations, not a matter entirely out of the airlines’ hands,’ the court was told.

But the Qantas Group, which includes Jetstar, said it had already explored and implemented every other cost-saving measure, such as ceasing payments for rent, and these were not sufficient.

On Tuesday Justice Geoffrey Flick ruled the ‘stoppage of work for both Qantas and Jetstar … was one for which Qantas could not reasonably be held responsible and one which Jetstar could not reasonably prevent’.

‘Given the substantial downturn in passenger flights, there was no other option ‘reasonably’ open for Qantas or Jetstar to pursue,’ he said.

He ruled the licensed engineers could not be ‘usefully employed’ during the stand-down period, and the airlines were pursuing a course ‘of ensuring their very economic survival’.

The total wage bill for Qantas aircraft maintenance workers at the time was about $3.8million a week, and for Jetstar, about $500,000 a week.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Qantas and Jetstar will reportedly continue to run at a loss for the 2020/21 financial year.  

Two years ago, CEO Alan Joyce was the highest paid chief executive in Australia, according to the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors.  

Joyce’s total pay was $1.7million in the most recent financial year, down from $9.9million a year earlier, Qantas said in a recent statement after Joyce opted not to receive shares and volunteered to not receive his salary for part of 2020. 

A boeing 747 undergoing maintenance work at the Qantas Jet Base in Sydney (pictured)

A boeing 747 undergoing maintenance work at the Qantas Jet Base in Sydney (pictured)

A boeing 747 undergoing maintenance work at the Qantas Jet Base in Sydney (pictured) 

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Sydney CBD stabber Mert Ney filmed himself after murdering Michaela Dunn in hotel room in 2019

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After murdering a woman in a Sydney CBD unit, Mert Ney pulled out his phone and started filming.

The 22-year-old held his phone at arm’s length, put his bloodied left hand near his face and then turned the camera to show his victim’s body.

‘I’m f***ing psycho,’ he wrote after sending an acquaintance the short clip.

‘I was laughing bro. The fear.’

Ney’s later rampage through Sydney’s CBD was thwarted by a gaggle of good Samaritans armed with a milk crate, a chair and a crowbar.

Ney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murdering Michaela Dunn, 24, minutes after entering a Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019.

Mert Ney pulled out his phone and started filming himself after killing a woman he was meeting for a 'girlfriend experience'

Mert Ney pulled out his phone and started filming himself after killing a woman he was meeting for a 'girlfriend experience'

Mert Ney pulled out his phone and started filming himself after killing a woman he was meeting for a ‘girlfriend experience’

Ney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murdering Michaela Dunn (pictured) , 24, minutes after entering a Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019

Ney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murdering Michaela Dunn (pictured) , 24, minutes after entering a Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019

Ney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murdering Michaela Dunn (pictured) , 24, minutes after entering a Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019

Ney's later rampage through Sydney's CBD was thwarted by a gaggle of good Samaritans armed with a milk crate, a chair and a crowbar

Ney's later rampage through Sydney's CBD was thwarted by a gaggle of good Samaritans armed with a milk crate, a chair and a crowbar

Ney’s later rampage through Sydney’s CBD was thwarted by a gaggle of good Samaritans armed with a milk crate, a chair and a crowbar

He also admitted stabbing Linda Bo in the shoulder outside the Hotel CBD on York St, as he ran around the city’s streets brandishing a bloody 20-centimetre knife and shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ repeatedly.

Agreed facts, tendered to Sydney’s Central Local Court, tell of Ney’s erratic behaviour in three weeks before the rampage.

Ms Dunn (pictured) suffered serious and extensive injuries including a deep wound to her neck and defensive wounds to her forearms and hands

Ms Dunn (pictured) suffered serious and extensive injuries including a deep wound to her neck and defensive wounds to her forearms and hands

Ms Dunn (pictured) suffered serious and extensive injuries including a deep wound to her neck and defensive wounds to her forearms and hands

This included his expression of interest in Islam and later decision to stop going to a mosque as ‘he didn’t like the people’, and his escape from a secure room in Blacktown Hospital on August 7 during an involuntary admission.

The case will now head to the NSW Supreme Court, which will need to resolve a series of disputed facts, including an allegation that Ney told a person on Snapchat he was ‘going on terror attack in large shop’ (sic).

An extended history of Ney, including his relationship with his father, is also in contest. 

Ms Dunn, who met Ney after he agreed to pay $250 for a ‘girlfriend experience’, suffered serious and extensive injuries including a deep wound to her neck and defensive wounds to her forearms and hands. 

Ms Dunn (pictured), 24, had been lured to a hotel room on Clarence Street, in Sydney's CBD

Ms Dunn (pictured), 24, had been lured to a hotel room on Clarence Street, in Sydney's CBD

Ms Dunn (pictured), 24, had been lured to a hotel room on Clarence Street, in Sydney’s CBD 

After killing her in the front room of the unit, Ney filmed his video and placed a murder weapon on the kitchen bench.

He departed down fire stairs, dropping another bloodied knife on the way, and began his frenzied assault on Sydney.

Sprinting down York St, Ney attempted to stab a woman before plunging a knife into the back of Ms Bo’s shoulder.

The wound required six stitches.

Pursued by passing firefighters and a man armed with a crowbar, Ney ran through stationary traffic as he yelled ‘shoot me’ and ‘I’m going to kill you or you kill me’.

The then-20-year-old was eventually stopped in Wynyard Lane when another of the men chasing, Jamie Ingham, used a chair to knock the assailant to the ground and then pin him.

Ney (pictured) had a history of serious mental health issues and no known links to terrorism

Ney (pictured) had a history of serious mental health issues and no known links to terrorism

Ney (pictured) had a history of serious mental health issues and no known links to terrorism

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Jason Shore then placed a milk crate over Ney’s head as a third man struck him in the legs.

In a later police interview, Ney said he couldn’t recall stabbing either woman.

When questioning turned to his beliefs, he said: ‘Yep, I hate the government’.

Ney also pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the common assault of his sister, who he struck in the face and placed in a headlock after he escaped from hospital.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a Supreme Court mention on December 11.

HOW THE SYDNEY STABBING UNFOLDED: 

* 2pm: Police receive calls about a man armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava wandering York Street in Sydney’s CBD.

* Officers arrive to find a 41-year-old woman suffering a stab wound at the Hotel CBD on the corner of King and York Streets.

* A short time later, three members of the public detain Mert Ney, 21, before he’s arrested by police.

* 3.15pm: The body of a 24-year-old woman is found in a Clarence Street unit.

* Police investigate whether the body is linked to the earlier stabbing.

* 5.30pm: NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirms the two crimes are linked and reveals Ney has a history of mental health issues.

* Police say the Marayong man has no links to terrorist organisations but does have some ‘ideologies in relation to terrorism’.

* Ney was allegedly carrying material ‘about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world’, the commissioner says.

* Detectives conduct a thorough search of Ney’s western Sydney home

*Police reveal Ney had arranged to meet with Michaela Dunn at 1.30pm on Tuesday. CCTV footage shows Ney leaving the apartment building at 1.50pm 

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Webjet launches massive flight and holiday package sale between Queensland and New South Wales

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Wetjet have launched flight and holiday package sales as Queensland prepares to open its borders with New South Wales early.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk previously flagged November 1 as the official open date between the two states for the first time since August 8, when NSW was declared a coronavirus hotspot.

But on Tuesday it was rumoured that state lines could reopen two days earlier on Friday ahead of the Sunshine State election.

To celebrate the potential grand reopening, Webjet are offering holiday packages that include five nights’ accommodation and flights for as little as $379 per person.

Sydneysiders can enjoy five-night trips to Hamilton Island (pictured) for $1,245 per person

Sydneysiders can enjoy five-night trips to Hamilton Island (pictured) for $1,245 per person

Sydneysiders can enjoy five-night trips to Hamilton Island (pictured) for $1,245 per person

Sydneysiders can enjoy five-night trips to Cairns for $519, Airlie Beach for $605 and the Gold Coast for $389. 

Bargain Hunters who prefer to stay in NSW can also make the most of discounted rates from Sydney to Byron Bay for $419.

Brisbane residents can save money on trips to Byron Bay and a range of destinations within Queensland, including Townsville, Cairns and Hamilton Island.

‘Travel between NSW and QLD is perennially popular,’ Webjet CEO David Galt told 7 News.

People from Sydney can book flights and accommodation for $1,099pp to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays

People from Sydney can book flights and accommodation for $1,099pp to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays

People from Sydney can book flights and accommodation for $1,099pp to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays

‘With family and friends eager to connect for Christmas with the number of residents looking to enjoy an interstate summer holiday, the demand for interstate trips across QLD/NSW in the coming months is expected to continue.’

The sale runs from October 27 until November 4.

Ms Palaszczuk sayd she’s waiting on advice from Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young about the border closure. 

‘When she’s ready to provide that advice we will make our announcement,’ Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Tuesday.

Flights from Brisbane to Port Stephens (pictured) are also on sale for $595 until November 4 at Webjet

Flights from Brisbane to Port Stephens (pictured) are also on sale for $595 until November 4 at Webjet

Flights from Brisbane to Port Stephens (pictured) are also on sale for $595 until November 4 at Webjet

The premier has been heavily criticised for her border closure policy from several state and federal leaders for banning visitors from COVID hot spots until the area records 28 days without a mystery case.

But this week the Labor leader said it might not matter that NSW has ongoing community transmission of the virus and hasn’t clocked up 28 days without a locally acquired case.

Asked if the two coronavirus cases diagnosed in the NSW community on Tuesday could torpedo the border reopening plans, Ms Palaszczuk said Dr Young would look at a range of factors, not just the 28-day border clock.

‘The sewage testing, the rate of testing … and NSW Health has to work out if they can trace back (the cases),’ she said.

Bargain Hunters who prefer to stay in NSW can also make the most of discounted rates from Sydney to Byron Bay (pictured) for $419

Bargain Hunters who prefer to stay in NSW can also make the most of discounted rates from Sydney to Byron Bay (pictured) for $419

Bargain Hunters who prefer to stay in NSW can also make the most of discounted rates from Sydney to Byron Bay (pictured) for $419

WEBJET SALE: WHERE CAN I GO?

 Sydney to Airlie Beach: $605pp

Sydney to Brisbane: $379pp

Sydney to Byron Bay: $419pp

Sydney to Cairns: $519pp

Sydney to Gold Coast: $389pp

Sydney to Hamilton Island: $1,099pp

Sydney to Noosa Heads: $745pp

Sydney to Sunshine Coast: $429pp

Sydney to Townsville: $529pp 

 

Brisbane to Airlie Beach: $529pp

Brisbane to Byron Bay: 795pp

Brisbane to Cairns: $479pp

Brisbane to Hamilton Island: $1,245

Brisbane to Townsville: $455pp 

Brisbane to Port Stephens: $595pp

 Brisbane to Port Douglas: $475pp

All prices include five nights’ accommodation and return flights.

Source: Webjet 

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Dinky One dating site for men with small penises sees tens of thousands sign up

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Moving a romantic relationship to the physical stage can be a stressful experience for men who are less well-endowed in the trouser department.

But a niche dating app dedicated to males with smaller penises aims to combat the awkwardness and open a debate over whether size really is a big deal.

Dinky One, a UK-based match-making site, is designed to help those with miniature manhoods find love.

When it launched in March, it attracted around 33,000 members (pun intended) within two days, with a fifth of men joining identifying as gay or bisexual – though it’s open to all genders and sexualities.

Niche dating app Dinky One is dedicated to males with smaller penises and aims to combat the awkwardness and open a debate over whether size matters

Niche dating app Dinky One is dedicated to males with smaller penises and aims to combat the awkwardness and open a debate over whether size matters

Niche dating app Dinky One is dedicated to males with smaller penises and aims to combat the awkwardness and open a debate over whether size matters

The only pre-requisite for men who sign up is that they have a below average appendage – that’s under 5.5 inches (14cm) globally when erect. 

While the site aims to make men more comfortable and tackle the stigma around the issue, it’s also geared towards women who prefer a smaller penis.

A female member referenced as Z, aged 28, said she finds sex with a man whose phallus is bigger than 4 inches painful.

‘In the past have had to resort to oral but miss that close intimacy of sex,’ she explained in a testimonial on the site. 

‘I can hardly ask a new potential partner when dating about their size, and that may be exaggerated anyway!’

The idea of a smaller manhood also appeals to women who enjoy an element of control in the bedroom.

The only pre-requisite for men who sign up is that they have a below average manhood - that's under 5.5 inches (14cm) when erect. Pictured: a member's profile

The only pre-requisite for men who sign up is that they have a below average manhood - that's under 5.5 inches (14cm) when erect. Pictured: a member's profile

The only pre-requisite for men who sign up is that they have a below average manhood – that’s under 5.5 inches (14cm) when erect. Pictured: a member’s profile

While the site aims to make men more comfortable and tackle the stigma around the issue, it's also geared towards women who prefer a smaller penis. Pictured: a female member's profile

While the site aims to make men more comfortable and tackle the stigma around the issue, it's also geared towards women who prefer a smaller penis. Pictured: a female member's profile

While the site aims to make men more comfortable and tackle the stigma around the issue, it’s also geared towards women who prefer a smaller penis. Pictured: a female member’s profile

User K, aged 42, explained: ‘Being a dominant women, the idea of man with a small d*** really appeals. I don’t want to have him on me, asserting his authority. 

‘He should be pleasing me orally or with toys. If he does a good job then I will let him orgasm, but only under my terms.’

Meanwhile male member T, aged 36, admitted: ‘When you’re a smaller man dating is very complicated. A lot of my mates found their partners from friends of friends or via work. 

‘Imagine the situation when one of these relationships fails, she’s likely to mention my size to her friends and then gossip spreads! Everyone in your office asking you, “Can you help me a little bit?”, “Do you have a small pencil I can borrow?”

‘Either everyone knows or you become paranoid. It’s therefore far better to date online with strangers and even better on a dedicated site such as Dinky One as everyone knows in advance.’ 

PENIS SIZES ACROSS THE UK
REGION OF THE UK AVERAGE PENIS SIZE (INCHES) AVERAGE PENIS SIZE (CM) 
Wales 6.56 16.66 
London  6.51  16.53 
East Anglia  6.47  16.43 
Scotland  6.45  16.38 
North West  6.41  16.28 
Northern Ireland  6.35  16.13 
North East  6.33  16.08 
Yorks & Humber  6.29  15.98 
South East  6.27  15.93 
West Midlands  6.26  15.90 
South West  6.23  15.82 
East Midlands  6.11  15.52 

It’s free to sign up, and users aren’t required to add a photograph, provided they supply a valid email address, while the sharing of nudes on the platform is prohibited. 

Founder David Minns said: ‘There’s pressure on all genders to confirm to ideals set by TV, film and even porn. The adult entertainment industry only casts males with well over average sized penises. 

‘In addition, adverts on major porn sites advertise dubious products to increase penis size. All of this makes a man already insecure about his size even more self conscious. 

‘Some men are big, some average and some below average. Dinky One lets smaller men date people outside their circle of friends with the safety that everyone using the site is fully aware. Members can focus on shared interests and get on with dating.’

Sign ups to online dating platforms spiked during lockdown, with Match Group – which owns brands including Tinder, Hinge, Match, and OKCupid – reporting a 15 per cent increase in new subscribers in its second quarter. 

For more information visit https://dinkyone.com/ 

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