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Ask LH: Should I Contest My Unfair Traffic Fine In Court?

Hi Lifehacker, I have recently been issued a $113 fine for driving in a bus lane in a non-exempt vehicle, to access a driveway on the left hand side of the road. I have written to the issuing Police station to contest this fine but I have been denied. When asked what the officer had written in his brief, I was advised that he had taken leave and the traffic department as well as one of the officers at the station had reviewed my request. Queensland law states that a non-exempt vehicle is authorised to use the bus lane for up to 100m to access a side street or driveway.


Ask LH: Should I Lie About Having A Job?

Hey Lifehacker, If I’m looking for work, is it better to lie and say that I am currently employed, or should I fess up and say that I’m not? I wonder whether it looks better to a prospective employer to say that I am already employed.


Ask LH: Do All Foods Have To Be Marked With An Expiry Date?

Hi Lifehacker, On a recent visit to Woolworths I noticed a tin of tuna I picked up did not have an expiry date. Isn’t it mandatory to display the expiry date on food items in Australia?


Ask LH: Can I Switch My Phone To Another Network?

Dear Lifehacker, Last year, I received a Samsung Galaxy smartphone while on a Telstra contract. My question is, can I use it with an Optus SIM card, or do I have to buy a completely new phone?


Ask LH: What's A Good MP3 Player For My Car?

Hi Lifehacker, I am after an MP3 player that will be used mostly to play music and podcasts in the car. What would be the best sort of MP3 player for this sort of task, both in value and features?


Ask LH: Can I Upgrade The Processor In My Phone Or Tablet?

Hi Lifehacker, My tablet’s screen and battery are still great, but the dual-core processor is getting long in the tooth. Is there any way I can either upgrade the processor, or get it to draw on the much more powerful processor in my phone?


Ask LH: Can I Access All My Messaging Services With One App?

Hi Lifehacker, Is there a messaging app which connects all other messaging apps? I know many people using WhatsApp, Viber, Hangouts or just plain SMS. Is there an app in which I can connect them all?


Ask LH: Which Private Health Insurance Should I Get?

Hey Lifehacker, I am overwhelmed by the options available for private health insurance. I am confused over which type of cover would be the best and cheapest to choose from. My partner and I are planning for a baby by next year end so I would want an insurer that would cover the pregnancy charges as well.


Ask LH: How Can I Improve My Maths?

Hey Lifehacker, Since I was a child I have disliked maths. I devoured books like they were going out of fashion, but I always had trouble when it came to numbers. I had a tutor during high school, and it was their opinion that I had missed something critical in the early years of high school maths which had made the later years very difficult.


Ask LH: How Can I Choose The Right Paint To Use?

Dear LH, I have lots of painting work that I need to do on an old house, both internal and external. The range of options and advice from different people on paints to use is wide and varied. Any cheat sheets you’ve come across or other advice?