Divorce: Who Gets The Award Points?

Great article on news.com.au this morning:

REACHING a divorce settlement agreement is largely about dividing marital assets. You’ll negotiate a division of your jointly-owned real estate, stock portfolios, cash and even more unusual assets such as expensive collections of art, wine, antique guns or whatever else you have come to own together over the years.

With all that under discussion, it may seem a bit ridiculous to bring up something that seems as trivial as frequent flyer miles. Who cares, right?

Maybe it’s difficult to imagine anyone taking a strong stand over air miles, but don’t laugh. Questions like these are very real, and the stakes may be higher than you think. I’ve known divorcing couples to fight intensely about rewards points earned from various travel and credit card companies over the years of their marriage.

After all, if one or both of you travels often, especially internationally, rewards points can accumulate significantly before you’ve had time to enjoy the benefits of redeeming them. When you’re talking about hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer miles – well, that can make for some very nice first class travel!

So, how exactly do the air miles, or other rewards points, get sorted out?

The first step is to check the terms and conditions of your various rewards programs. This can be some of the most tedious reading imaginable, but it can give you definitive answers. Take Marriott’s reward program, for example. It specifically states that points in this program are not transferable to a spouse as part of a divorce.

Rather than trying to get around this with a court order, it probably makes more sense to assign a value to those points and negotiate for something of equivalent value in your settlement, instead.

Of course, it isn’t always straightforward to estimate the monetary value of loyalty program points. Some travel programs provide a cash value equivalent for their points, but many do not. If yours doesn’t, you may have to do a rough conversion of miles or points into trips or other rewards, and then estimate the value of those.

For instance, if an airline requires 50,000 bonus miles to be redeemed for a first class ticket that would cost $1500, you can reasonably estimate $1500 as the cash value of the 50,000 miles.
However, that value could vary depending on the destination and time of year. As with most things, you’re best served by being proactive. Do some research and come up with a value that’s both realistic and defensible.

Another strategy, if the company awarding the points will allow it, is simply to have the airline or other reward-granting program divide the points equally into two separate accounts. Keep in mind that if you go this route, there will likely be fees incurred for transferring the points and/or resetting their expiration dates. Have a plan for handling these fees fairly.

My advice is always to think financially, not emotionally about your assets during the divorce process. I know, I know … Sometimes that’s easier said than done. If you genuinely love a piece of art, for example, it can have value to you in excess of its worth in dollars. But, if your spouse knows that’s how you feel, they can exploit it.

I’ve seen spouses develop sudden, intense attachments to objects they didn’t even realise they owned, until noticing their partner hoped to keep them. Trust me, their enthusiasm is not borne of newly discovered appreciation for the art in question. They’re seeing the cash value of these things, and are unwilling to lose out on that.

More importantly, if the item is disproportionately important to you, your spouse will see it as a way to get you to give up something else with greater monetary value. Set aside your emotions, and see things in dollar signs, at least for the time being. As impossible as it may seem while you’re in the middle of divorce proceedings, there is other art in the world to love. Don’t let yourself be pressured to make a foolish financial decision, just to keep that one special painting.
It can be difficult to set aside emotions with regard to air miles, as well. People can be very possessive of their travel rewards points – especially since, in many ways air travel is just not as much fun as it used to be, we see the bonus miles as a kind of badge of honour for having endured so much of it.

If you’re like me, you store up the miles for a time when you can use them for a truly pleasurable trip. It’s something to look forward to, and having that taken away can leave you feeling cheated, or even robbed.

But remember, when negotiating your divorce settlement, all air miles and other reward points really do come down to money. If you give up the air miles and make a good financial move elsewhere, you’ll likely find you can still take that special trip you’ve been dreaming of – and you might just enjoy it even more.

Jeff Landers is the author of the new book, Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally – What Women Need To Know About Securing Their Financial Future Before, During, And After Divorce.

Nelson Mandela

News is coming through that Nelson Mandela is now on life support.

Maybe now is a good time to revisit the statement from the dock that he made in 1964. Mandela together with several others were convicted in 1964 and ultimately were sentenced to life imprisonment. This is how he spoke to the judge on his own behalf. I have set out most of the lengthy address, it remains a clarion call by any measure and a fine example of oratory:

“[…] My Lord, I wish now to turn to my own position. I have denied that I am a communist, and I think in the circumstances I am obliged to state exactly what my political beliefs are in order to explain what my position in Umkhonto was, and what my attitude towards the use of force is.

I have always regarded myself, in the first place, as an African patriot. After all, I was born in Umtata, forty-six years ago. My guardian was my cousin, who was the acting paramount chief of Thembuland, and I am related both to Sabata Dalindyebo, the present paramount chief, and to Kaiser Matanzima, the Chief Minister for the Transkei.

Today I am attracted by the idea of a classless society, an attraction which springs in part from Marxist reading and, in part, from my admiration of the structure and organisation of early African societies in this country. The land, then the main means of production, belonged to the tribe. There was no rich or poor and there was no exploitation.

It is true, as I have already stated that I have been influenced by Marxist thought. But this is also true of many of the leaders of the new independent states. Such widely different persons as Gandhi, Nehru, Nkrumah, and Nasser all acknowledge this fact. We all accept the need for some form of socialism to enable our people to catch up with the advanced countries of the world and to overcome their legacy of extreme poverty. But this does not mean we are Marxists.

Indeed, My Lord, for my own part, I believe it is open to debate whether the Communist Party has any specific role to play at this particular stage of our political struggle. The basic task at the present moment is the removal of race discrimination and the attainment of democratic rights on the basis of the Freedom Charter, and a struggle which can best be led by a strong ANC. In so far, My Lord, as that Party furthers this task, I welcome its assistance. I realise that it is one of the main means by which people of all races can be drawn into our struggle.

But from my reading of Marxist literature and from conversations with Marxists, I have gained the impression that communists regard the parliamentary system of the work – of the West as undemocratic and reactionary. But, on the contrary, I am an admirer of such a system.

The Magna Carta, the Petition of Rights, the Bill of Rights are documents which are held in veneration by democrats throughout the world.

I have great respect for British political institutions, and for the country’s system of justice. I regard the British Parliament as the most democratic institution in the world, and the independence and impartiality of its judiciary never fail to arouse my admiration.

The American Congress, that country’s doctrine of separation of powers, as well as the independence of its judiciary, arouse in me similar sentiments.

I have been influenced in my thinking by both West and East. All this has led me to feel that in my search for a political formula, I should be absolutely impartial and objective. I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than that of socialism. I must leave myself free to borrow the best from West and from the East.

I wish now to deal with some of the exhibits. Many of the exhibits are in my handwriting. It has always been my custom to reduce to writing the material which I have been studying.

Exhibits R20, 21 and 22 are lectures drafted in my own hand but they are not my original work. They came to be written in the following circumstances:

For several years an old friend [unidentified person coughs] whom I worked very closely on ANC matters and who occupied senior positions both in the ANC and the Communist Party had been trying to get me to join the Communist Party. I had had many debates with him on the role the Communist Party can play at this stage of our struggle. And I advanced to him the same views in regard to my political beliefs which I have described earlier in my statement. In order to convince me that I should join the Communist Party, she from time to time gave me Marxist literature to read, thought I did not have – always find time to do this. Each of us always stuck to our guns in our arguments as to whether I should join the Communist Party. She [sic] maintained that on achieving freedom we would be unable to solve our problems of poverty and inequality without establishing a communist state and we would require trained Marxists to do this. I maintained my attitude that no ideological differences should be introduced until freedom had been achieved. I saw him on several occasions at Liliesleaf farm, and on one of the last of these occasions he was busy writing with books around him. When I asked him what he was doing he told me that he was busy writing lectures for use in the Communist Party, and suggested that I should read them. There were several lectures in draft form. After I had done so I told him that they seemed far too complicated for the ordinary reader.

Judge: I didn’t catch the name – who do you say this man is you were talking to?

Mandela: I beg your pardon, My Lord

Judge: Who is the man you are referring to?

Mandela: My Lord, as a matter of principle

Judge: No, I thought you had mentioned his name

Mandela: I didn’t mention his name

Judge: Well go on then Mandela: and that was done

Judge: Yes

Mandela: deliberately

Judge: Yes

Mandela: I was saying, My Lord, after I had read I told him that they seemed far too complicated for the ordinary reader in that the language was obtuse and they were full of usual communistic clichés and jargon. If the court will look at some of the standard works of Marxism, my point will be demonstrated. He said it was impossible to simplify the language without losing the effect of what the author was trying to stress. I disagreed with him and then he asked me to see whether I could redraft the lectures in the simplified form suggested by me. I agreed to help him and set to work in an endeavour to do this but I never finished the task as I later became occupied with other practical work which was more important. I never again saw the unfinished manuscript until it was produced at this trial. I wish to state that it is not my handwriting which appears on Exhibit R23 which was obviously drafted by the person who prepared the lectures.

My Lord, there are certain exhibits which suggest that we received financial support from abroad, and I wish now to deal with this question. http://interference%20throughout%20the%20previous%20sentence

http://interference Our political struggle has always been financed from internal sources – from funds raised by our own people and by our own supporters. Whenever we had a special campaign or an important political case we received financial assistance from sympathetic individuals and organisations in the Western countries. We have never felt it necessary to go beyond these sources.

But when in 1961 the Umkhonto was formed, and a new phase of struggle introduced, we realised that these events would make a heavy call on our slender resources, and that the scale of our activities would be hampered by lack of funds. One of my instructions, as I went abroad in January 1962, was to raise funds from the African states.

I must add that whilst abroad, I had discussions with leaders of political movements in Africa and discovered that almost every single one of them, in areas which had still not attained independence, had received all forms of assistance from the socialist countries, as well as from the West, including that of financial support. I also discovered that some well-known African states, all of them non-communists, and even anti-communists, had received similar assistance.

On my return to the Republic, I made a strong recommendation to the ANC that we should not confine ourselves to Africa and the Western countries, but that we should also send a mission to the socialist countries to raise the funds which we so urgently needed.

I have been told that after I was convicted such a mission was sent.

As I understand the State case, and in particular the evidence of “X”, Umkhonto was the inspiration of the Communist Party which sought, by playing upon imaginary grievances, to enrol the African people into an army which ostensibly was to fight for African freedom, but in reality was fighting for a communist state. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact the suggestion is preposterous. Umkhonto was formed by Africans to further their struggle for freedom. Communists and others supported the movement, and we only wish that more sections of the community would join us.

Our fight is against real and not imaginary hardships or, to use the language of the State Prosecutor, ‘so-called hardships’. Basically, My Lord, we fight against two features which are the hallmarks of African life in South Africa and which are entrenched by legislation which we seek to have repealed. These features are poverty and lack of human dignity, and we do not need communists or so-called ‘agitators’ to teach us about these things.

South Africa is the richest country in Africa, and could be one of the richest countries in the world. But it is a land of extremes and remarkable contrasts. http://interference The whites enjoy what may well be the highest standard of living in the world, whilst Africans live in poverty and misery. Forty per cent of the Africans live in hopelessly overcrowded and, in some cases, drought-stricken reserves, where soil erosion and the overworking of the soil makes it impossible for them to live properly off the land. Thirty per cent are labourers, labour tenants, and squatters on white farms and work and live under conditions similar to those of the serfs of the Middle Ages. The other thirty per cent live in towns where they have developed economic and social habits which bring them closer in many respects to white standards. Yet most Africans, even in this group, are impoverished by low incomes and the high cost of living.

The highest-paid and the most prosperous section of urban African life is in Johannesburg. Yet their actual position is desperate. The latest figures were given on the 25th of March 1964 by Mr. Carr, Manager of the Johannesburg Non-European Affairs Department. The poverty datum line for the average African family in Johannesburg, according to Mr. Carr’s department, is R42.84 per month. He showed that the average monthly wage is R32.24 and that forty-six per cent of all African families in Johannesburg do not earn enough to keep them going.

Poverty goes hand in hand with malnutrition and disease. The incidence of malnutrition and deficiency diseases is very high amongst Africans. Tuberculosis, pellagra, kwashiorkor, gastro-enteritis, and scurvy bring death and destruction of health. The incidence of infant mortality is one of the highest in the world. According to the Medical Officer of Health for Pretoria, it is estimated that tuberculosis kills forty people a day, almost all Africans, and in 1961 there were 58,491 new cases reported. These diseases, My Lord, not only destroy the vital organs of the body, but they result in retarded mental conditions and lack of initiative, and reduce powers of concentration. The secondary results of such conditions affect the whole community and the standard of work performed by Africans.

The complaint of Africans, however, is not only that they are poor and whites are rich, but that the laws which are made by the whites are designed to preserve this situation.

There are two ways to break out of poverty. The first is by formal education, and the second is by the worker acquiring a greater skill at his work and thus higher wages. As far as Africans are concerned, both these avenues of advancement are deliberately curtailed by legislation.

I ask the Court to remember that the present Government has always sought to hamper Africans in their search for education. One of their early acts, after coming into power, was to stop subsidies for African school feeding. Many African children who attended schools depended on this supplement to their diet. This was a cruel act.

There is compulsory education for all white children at virtually no cost to their parents, be they rich or poor. Similar facilities are not provided for the African children, though there are some who receive such assistance. African children, however, generally have to pay more for their schooling than whites. According to figures quoted by the South African Institute of Race Relations in its 1963 journal, approximately forty per cent of African children in the age group between seven and fourteen do not attend school. For those who do attend school, the standards are vastly different from those afforded to white children. In 1960-61 the per capita Government spending [someone coughs] on African students at State-aided schools was estimated at R12.46. In the same years, the per capita spending on white children in the Cape Province (which are the only figures available to me) was R144.57. Although there are no figures available to me, it can be stated, without doubt, that the white children on whom R144.57 per head was being spent all came from wealthier homes than African children on whom R12.46 per head was being spent.

The quality of education is also different. According to the Bantu Educational Journal, only 5,660 African children in the whole of South Africa passed their Junior Certificate in 1962, and in that year only 362 passed matric. This is presumably consistent with the policy of Bantu Education about which the present Prime Minister said, during the debate on the Bantu Education Bill in 1953 when he was Minister of Native Affairs, I quote:

“When I have control of Native Education I will reform it so that Natives will be taught from childhood to realise that equality with Europeans is not for them. People who believe in equality are not desirable teachers for Natives. When my Department http://interference controls Native education it will know for what class of higher education a Native is fitted, and whether he will have a chance in life to use his knowledge,” unquote.

The other main obstacle to the economic advancement of the African is the Industrial Colour Bar under which all the better paid, better jobs of industry are reserved for whites only. Moreover, http://interference Africans in the unskilled and semi-skilled occupations which are open to them are not allowed to form trade unions which have recognition under the Industrial Conciliation Act. This means that strikes of African workers are illegal, and that they are denied the right of collective bargaining which is permitted to the better-paid white workers. The discrimination in the policy of successive South African Governments towards African workers is demonstrated by the so-called ‘civilized labour policy’ under which sheltered, unskilled Government jobs are found for those white workers who cannot make the grade in industry, at wages far, which far exceed the earnings of the average African employee in industry.

The Government often answers its critics by saying that Africans in South Africa are economically better off than the inhabitants of the other countries in Africa. I do not know whether this statement is true and doubt whether any comparison can be made without having regard to the cost-of-living index in such countries. But even if it is true, as far as African people are concerned, it is irrelevant. Our complaint is not that we are poor by comparison with people in other countries, but that we are poor by comparison with white people in our own country, and that we are prevented by legislation from altering this imbalance.

The lack of human dignity experienced by Africans is the direct result of the policy of white supremacy. White supremacy implies black inferiority. Legislation designed to preserve white supremacy entrenches this notion. Menial tasks in South Africa are invariably performed by Africans. When anything has to be carried or cleaned the white man will look around for an African to do it for him, whether the African is employed by him or not. Because of this sort of attitude, whites tend to regard Africans as a separate breed. They do not look upon them as people with families of their own; they do not realise that we have emotions – that we fall in love like white people do; that we want to be with their wives and children like white people want to be with theirs; that we want to earn money, enough money to support our families properly, to feed and clothe them and send them to school. And what ‘house-boy’ or ‘garden-boy’ or labourer can ever hope to do this?

Pass laws, which to the Africans are among the most hated bits of legislation in South Africa, render any African liable to police surveillance at any time. I doubt whether there is a single African male in South Africa who has not at some stage had a brush with the police over his pass. Hundreds and thousands of Africans are thrown into jail each year under pass laws. Even worse than this is the fact that pass laws keep husband and wife apart and lead to the breakdown of family life.

Poverty and the breakdown of family life have secondary effects. Children wander about the streets of the townships because they have no schools to go to, or no money to enable them to go to school, or no parents at home to see that they go to school, because both parents, if there be two, have to work to keep the family alive. This leads to a breakdown in moral standards, to an alarming rise in illegitimacy, and to growing violence which erupts not only politically, but everywhere. Life in the townships is dangerous. There is not a day that goes by without somebody being stabbed or assaulted. And violence is carried out of the townships into the white living areas. People are afraid to walk alone in the streets after dark. Housebreakings and robberies are increasing, despite the fact that the death sentence can now be imposed for such offences. Death sentences cannot cure the festering sore.

The only cure is to alter the conditions under which Africans are forced to live and to meet their legitimate grievances. Africans want to be paid a living wage. Africans want to perform work which they are capable of doing, and not work which the Government declares them to be capable of. We want to be allowed to live where we obtain work, and not be endorsed out of an area because we were not born there. We want to be allowed and not to be obliged to live in rented houses which we can never call our own. We want to be part of the general population, and not confined to living in our ghettoes. African men want to have their wives and children to live with them where they work, and not to be forced into an unnatural existence in men’s hostels. Our women want to be with their men folk and not to be left permanently widowed in the reserves. We want to be allowed out after eleven o’clock at night and not to be confined to our rooms like little children. We want to be allowed to travel in our own country and to seek work where we want to, where we want to and not where the Labour Bureau tells us to. We want a just share in the whole of South Africa; we want security and a stake in society.

Above all, My Lord, we want equal political rights, because without them our disabilities will be permanent. I know this sounds revolutionary to the whites in this country, because the majority of voters will be Africans. This makes the white man fear democracy.

But this fear cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the only solution which will guarantee racial harmony and freedom for all. It is not true that the enfranchisement of all will result in racial domination. Political division, based on colour, is entirely artificial and, when it disappears, so will the domination of one colour group by another. The ANC has spent half a century fighting against racialism. When it triumphs as it certainly must, it will not change that policy.

This then is what the ANC is fighting. Our struggle is a truly national one. It is a struggle of the African people, inspired by our own suffering and our own experience. It is a struggle for the right to live. [someone coughs]

During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realised. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

New PM

With the leadership spill having just gone down in Canberra, it’s time to face reality, immediate and urgent dissolution of the government and an election straight away. The government is in plane disarray and it is an appropriate time for a democratic process (as opposed to an party-internal process) to take place.

From news.com.au:

KEVIN Rudd has become Australia’s new Prime Minister after winning the Labor leadership ballot, three years after he lost it to Julia Gillard.

He won the ballot 57- 45 votes and it is understood he will call an August election.

Treasurer and Deputy Leader Wayne Swan quit and Anthony Albanese was elected in his place.

Craig Emerson, Joe Ludwig and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy have quit. Penny Wong has been elected as the new Labor leader in the Senate, a position previously held by Mr Conroy with Jacinta Collins as deputy. Dr Emerson also said he will not contest the next election.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has resigned.

Returning Officer Chris Hayes said the meeting was quite sombre but people were glad the issue was resolved.

The Governor-General is tonight seeking high-level advice before confirming Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister for the second time.

News Limited has learned that Quentin Bryce was waiting to meet with the Acting Solicitor-General to discuss the constitutional impact of the leadership change before agreeing to commission Mr Rudd.

It is understood Ms Gillard is scheduled to travel the short distance to Government House to resign her office at prime minister.

But Ms Bryce will examine the resignation letter before seeking legal advice. Once satisfied she is expected to invite Mr Rudd to form government.

Earlier Mr Rudd defended challenging Ms Gillard after days of rumours and speculation.

“For the nation’s sake it is time for this matter to be resolved,” he said.

“We are on course for a catastrophic defeat unless there is change,” he added.

He said the truth was “many, many MPs” had requested him to return to the leadership, including ministers.

It comes after Prime Minister Julia Gillard called the ballot after a day of drama that saw two independents announce they wouldn’t contest the 2013 election and Bob Katter swung his support behind Kevin Rudd.

“All of these issues need to be resolved tonight,” Ms Gillard said.

“We cannot have the Government or the Labor Party go to the next election with a person leading the Labor Party and a person floating around as the potential alternate leader.”

That was why the loser must retire, she said.

Justice James Wood to Review Terence Leary Parole

Former NSW Supreme Court judge James Wood will lead a review into the decision to release convicted murderer Terrence John Leary on parole.

Leary, who was convicted of murdering a Sydney teenager in 1990 and released on parole last August, allegedly attacked a 30-year-old woman waiting at a bus stop in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill on Wednesday. Leary has been charged with attempted rape and murder over the attack in which his victim was allegedly punched and stabbed.

In announcing the review, NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said Mr Wood would only look at the Leary case, not the entire parole system.

Leary served 22-and-a-half years of a 24-year sentence for the 1990 murder and was released with strict conditions. He had been refused parole on six previous occasions between 2005 and 2010 before his release.  

Full story here.

Sexually Confused Man Gaoled for Stabbing

Justin Tilmouth, gaoled for seven years.
A young man has been jailed for seven years for the attempted murder of a man he was intimately involved with.

Possibly an example of the increasingly complex area of crime arising out of young people with serious sexual identity problems, this case is tragic.

In March last year, Joshua Christopher Tilmouth, 20, handcuffed and tied up Timothy Harkness, 36, then sliced his neck and stabbed him repeatedly.

The incident happened at Tennyson in Adelaide. The South Australian Supreme Court heard Tilmouth was a scholarship student from Alice Springs and met Mr Harkness during a youth camp then started a relationship in 2011. The court was told the pair organised a bondage and sexual fantasy session on the night of the attack and planned to use gags and blindfolds. The men had purchased items from a sex shop and Tilmouth had bought a knife in the weeks before the attack.

Justice Michael David said, “This is a most sad and disturbing case,” he said. “How could a young, high-achieving, well-educated young man from a supportive family act in such a way? “It appears to me the only plausible explanation, on the material before me, is that you were young, you were confused about your sexuality and this built up into a well of resentment towards your victim. “This was a violent, serious and premeditated offence. There is no dispute that you had planned it for some weeks.”

Tilmouth was jailed for 10 years with a non-parole term of seven.

Full story here.

Smug Customs Might Change it’s Colours?

With news that the integrity and processes of Australian Customs may be in dissaray, can we the travelling public expect greater respect, increased sensitivity and appropriate behaviour or a continuance of the bully-boy tactics that make passing through customs one of the most unpleasant things to do in a holiday or travel overseas.

A report detailing corruption in the Customs and Border Protection service has revealed a group of officers used inside knowledge to bypass airport surveillance systems.

The interim report from the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity investigated allegations of collusion amongst four Customs officers at Sydney’s international airport.

Between August 2012 and February 2013 the officers were arrested and charged with a string of offences including abuse of office, bribery and conspiracy. The report found they used a network of contacts and their inside knowledge to thwart the airport’s surveillance systems.

The commission found they started importing steroids in 2007 and later expanded the racket to include more officers and the precursor drug pseudoephedrine. They allegedly developed friendships in order to gather information and cover their tracks. Sixteen other people were also arrested during the crackdown and the report states further arrests are likely.

Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare says the report has prompted a raft of reforms at international airports across Australia including a ban on personal mobile phones in all controlled areas and regular officer rotations.

The head of the Customs and Border Protection, Michael Pezzullo, says the agency has also already started to take action. He says the agency has introduced drug and alcohol testing and mandatory reporting of misconduct and corruption. Liberal spokesman Michael Keenan says staff and budget cuts are partly to blame for the corruption. “When you’re reducing the agency’s operating budget and reducing its ability to do its job, then that obviously takes a toll on the ability of the agency to resist corrupt overtures from organised crime,” he said. “That’s clearly been a contributing factor in what is a scandalous occurrence of corruption within the Commonwealth Public Service.”

Full story here.

Rain Brings out Shoppers?

The spate of rain is bring people out to the shops…

Police have arrested a man south of Sydney following an early morning crime spree.

It is alleged four men used trolleys to ram through security glass at a shopping centre in Warrawong around 5:30 yesterday morning.

Shortly afterwards, one man, allegedly armed with a baseball bat, demanded money from a nearby newsagent before swinging the bat through the store.  

Full story here.