A spate of fatal truck crashes has "disturbed" NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey after a 45 per cent increase in deaths last year. Her comments followed three deadly collisions in two days, including one on the Newell Highway near Dubbo on Tuesday in which a B-Double truck collided with cars and another truck at a stop-go sign, killing two people. "I'm just so concerned and disturbed about the level of accidents involving heavy vehicles in NSW at the moment," Ms Pavey told the ABC.
Trucking giant Toll Group has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to overhaul the industry with national safety rules to stop road deaths. The company has outlined a six-point plan in a letter to Mr Turnbull, sent the same week the Australian Trucking Association argued for a new safety commission. "Australia has a dire road safety problem," Toll managing director Michael Byrne wrote. "It is time for a genuinely national approach to heavy vehicle regulation."
A new kind of court will help clear case backlogs by discouraging last-minute guilty pleas, a NSW trial suggests. But the NSW Bar Association has said adopting the approach would not do much to fix an underfunded system "near breaking point". From March 2015, District Court judge Ian McClintock presided over a "rolling list" court where dedicated teams of prosecution and defence lawyers appeared before him alone, rather than diverting to other judges after adjournments.
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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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".