Ask LH: Can A Liquor Store Employee Ask To See My Friend's ID If I'm Buying?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a question about the rights of bottle shop assistants to check IDs. I was at a bottle store a few days ago with a friend buying two bottles of beer. The checkout assistant asked for my ID which was fine and even a bit flattering (I’m almost 30). But then she asked my friend for her ID too.


Ask LH: Will I Be Forced To Go Back Onto My P-Plates?

Hi Lifehacker, I obtained my P drivers licence in Victoria at the age of 30. I then moved to Queensland 18 months later. Given my age and the fact that I had been on P plates for over 12 months I was given an open drivers licence in Queensland. After only four months in Queensland I now have to move back to Victoria in a couple of months to live permanently.


Is It Legal For Australian Pilots To Take Selfies In The Cockpit?

Last week, Quartz published an article showcasing photographs pilots have taken from the cockpit of aircraft to post on Instagram. As explained in the story, by taking these photos — many of which appear to have been snapped during flight, take-off, or landing — pilots are violating the rules of the air. This is certainly the case in the United States and the European Union, for example, but what about elsewhere?


How To Avoid Embarrassing Yourself On Email

There is a lesson for us all in the continuing revelations from stolen Sony emails being splashed over world-wide media. It is a lesson that Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairperson Amy Pascal could have benefited from before sending emails with racist comments about President Obama. Or an email calling Leonardo DiCaprio’s behaviour “Absolutely Despicable” when he decided to pull out of a planned Steve Jobs biopic.


Why Forcing ISPs To Follow A Code Won't Stop Illegal Downloads

Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced yesterday that they expect internet service providers (ISPs) to work with copyright owners to help police infringement.


Raw Milk Cheeses Could Be Allowed In Australia As Early As Next Year

Cheese definitely has levels of extremeness. You can stick to cheddar if you’re not adventurous, or upgrade to Brie or Camembert if you want something with a bit more flavour. Then there are the blues and after that, well, it just gets smellier (and more delicious). What you won’t find in Australia however is cheese made from raw milk, as it’s banned by Food Standards Australia… but that could change as soon as “early 2015″.


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: Can I Have Driver's Licences In Two Different States?

Hi Lifehacker, Is it possible to have two current driving licences for two different states in Australia? Particularly for Queensland and Victoria?


Ask LH: Can I Speed Up My P-Plate Qualifying By Moving?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a 25 year old P-plater from NSW who is planning to move to Victoria. If I transfer my license to Victoria, will I escape the last year of my P-plate restriction? Which set of rules apply?