NSW taxi users will soon have to pay smaller fees when they pay for a cab by credit card, under reforms announced by the O’Farrell Government on Tuesday that will cost the Cabcharge company millions. Following a similar move by the Victorian government, Premier Barry O’Farrell and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said they would legislate to cap the maximum card surcharge for paying for a taxi at 5 per cent, down from the typical 10 per cent.
If you live in a wealthy area of Sydney, Gladys Berejiklian's government thinks your views are more important than if you don't. If you live in Hunter's Hill, or Mosman, or Vaucluse, Berejiklian's government thinks your views matter more than if you live in Punchbowl, Merrylands, or Ashfield. That is a conclusion which is only too easy to draw from the pitiable, risible, craven decision taken on Thursday to abandon Sydney's remaining council mergers.
Gladys Berejiklian's government will walk away from its court fight against Sydney councils that have challenged their amalgamation in court. The abandonment of the legal pursuit of mergers marks a major about-face from the Premier on one of the government's signature policies. It will affect councils in Sydney's eastern suburbs, northern suburbs, lower north shore and parts of the inner west. But it will also raise large questions of fairness.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".