Aussies saving millions by dodging work commute

Australians working from home during the coronavirus pandemic are saving a combined $12.7 million a day on average by avoiding commuting, a survey has found.

Aussies saving millions by dodging work commute

Australians working from home during the coronavirus pandemic are saving a combined $12.7 million a day on average by avoiding commuting, a survey has found.

A survey of 1010 respondents by consumer research website Finder found 37 percent of Australians, or more than 4.8 million people, are working from home due to COVID-19.

This is saving a commuter about $100 a month in travel costs, Finder says, based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and NSW public transport.

Train commuters are saving $4.90 a day on average, or $108.18 a month.

Bus commuters are saving $4.10 a day, or $91.04 a month, Finder says, while those of us who drive have $1.80 a day more, or $38.64 a month extra.

Ferry commuters are being spared $7 a day on average, or $153.99 a month, while those who usually use the tram save $3.40 a day, or $75.07 a month.

Before social distancing restrictions being introduced in late March, the total cost of travel to and from work cost Australians a combined $34.4 million a day.

Finder insights manager Graham Cooke said people could improve their travel savings by putting the money in a high-interest savings account or adding to home loan repayments.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday outlined a staged easing of restrictions and set an aspirational July target for the return of most employees to their workplaces.

Major employers say their staff will return progressively.

Mr Cooke says commuting may still see a decline.

"Thousands of companies are now functioning online and the majority of workers have proven they can work efficiently at home," he said.

"With restrictions set to lift, it will be interesting to see if workplaces continue to offer increased flexibility around remote working."

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Ex-AFL coach Dean Laidley bailed to attend rehab

Former AFL player and coach Dean Laidley has been granted bail to attend a residential rehabilitation facility and says he is looking forward to getting the help he needs.

Ex-AFL coach Dean Laidley bailed to attend rehab

Former AFL player and coach Dean Laidley has been granted bail to attend a residential rehabilitation facility and says he is looking forward to getting the help he needs.

Magistrate Kieran Gilligan made the decision on Laidley's release in court today.

The ex-West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne player has been behind bars since May 2, when he was arrested over accusations he had been stalking a woman.

Former teammates, coaches and club doctors have lined up with letters of reference for the 53-year-old, who is battling longstanding mental health issues.

Laidley is accused of stalking a woman, with whom he's in a financial dispute over a property.

He phoned her 43 times on May 2, police told Melbourne Magistrates Court today.

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It's also alleged he contacted her body corporate asking for CCTV footage, which prosecutors argue was to stalk her.

Laidley's barrister, Phil Dunn QC, said his client was fighting allegations he had been involved in aggressive confrontations with the woman at the apartment complex and suggested CCTV footage could be used as evidence that she was not telling the truth about their interactions.

He asked that Laidley be released into the care of a 24-hour residential rehabilitation clinic where he'll receive treatment for longstanding issues including gender dysphoria and substance abuse.

"He's not a bad man. He needs help and he's prepared to accept this help," Mr Dunn said.

Former AFL coaches Mark Williams, Guy McKenna and Denis Pagan wrote references for Laidley, as did his former North Melbourne teammates Brent Harvey and Wayne Schwass and ex-club president James Brayshaw.

Mr Dunn said Laidley had lived in a structured football bubble for 30 years and issues had crept to the surface since leaving the AFL.

"This man here now is a very different person to those who knew him and knew him well," he said.

He said there were serious concerns for Laidley's mental health.

Mr Dunn also referenced the leaking of photos of Laidley in custody. Four officers have been suspended and are expected to be charged.

The AFL Players Association will fund Laidley's in-house care at the facility, which offers 24-hour supervision, drug testing and treatment.

An officer said police had concerns Laidley would offend if he was released.

He told the court Laidley had taken a number of photos of the property where the complainant lived, as well as asking for CCTV footage, and he had repeatedly called and sent her text messages.

After he was arrested, police found 0.3g of crystals in a plastic bag inside an adhesive bra Laidley was wearing, as well as loose crystals believed to be methamphetamine, the officer said.

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