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Qantas has revealed the pricing for its first direct flight between Perth and London - and the tickets go on sale today. A non-stop return Economy flight to London will officially set you back $2270, although Qantas is promising prices below $2000 during promotional periods. Here are the details.

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Dear Lifehacker, I've been in a long-term relationship with a UK national for two years. She wants to come to Australia on a one-year work visa so we can spend time together before I move to the UK. However, she gets a bit confused by our government sites. What would be the best visa for her to take as far as working goes? She's a hospitality worker and doesn't earn much so I am willing to pay for it all - just wondering what the costs will be?

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Today, the world woke up to a very disturbing video of a United Airlines passenger being bloodied and dragged off an overbooked flight so that a United employee could fly in his place. The footage has caused outrage with numerous calls to boycott the airline. Many have pointed out that the man was a paying customer who posed no threat, so the airline had no right to forcibly remove him.

There's no question that what happened to this passenger was completely over the top. But on a technical level, it was also entirely legal to eject him. It turns out airlines can kick you off a flight for all sorts of reasons. Let's take a look at the facts.

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If you're a frequent work traveller who likes to keep fit, finding suitable facilities can be a real pain in the bum. Whenever a hotel isn't equipped with a gym (a frequent occurrence when work is paying) you're essentially forced between heading to an outside fitness centre or putting your exercise on hold. But there's also another way — with a little ingenuity it's possible to get a full workout inside your hotel room. This infographic explains how it's done.

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United Airlines made headlines around the world today after a gate agent refused to board two young girls on a flight to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings. The choice of attire was deemed "improper" for United representatives, even though both passengers were children.

Despite almost universal condemnation and boycott threats from celebrities, United is sticking to its guns and refuses to admit any wrongdoing. While we won't defend its draconian and sexist policy, the airline does have one thing right - leggings are a pretty terrible choice for an aeroplane. Here's what to wear instead.

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The latest World Happiness Report has just been released by the United Nations. The top ten was dominated by Northern Europe, with Norway taking out the top spot. The only countries in the Southern Hemisphere to make the cut were New Zealand and Australia - with the former beating the latter. That's right: Kiwis are officially happier and have better lives than their Antipodean neighbours.

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A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia’s east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast. But help could be at hand from a surprising source: electric vehicles.

By electrifying our motoring, we would boost demand for renewable energy from the grid, while smoothing out some of the destabilising effects that the recent boom in household solar has had on our energy networks.

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About 3,000 Australians die prematurely each year from outdoor air pollution, and our cars are a major component of that pollution, particularly in traffic congested areas.

Suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne and to a lesser extent other capital cities frequently do not meet air quality standards, and show a deterioration in air quality in recent years. This pollution is likely to get worse as population increases and along with it congestion on our roads.

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It's easier than ever to find travel deals, and you can usually get the lowest price directly from the hotel or airline. This begs the question: are third party travel sites even worth it? Recently, Expedia enhanced their points program, which allows customers to earn travel rewards through them. They're not the first online travel agency (OTA) to offer something like this, so let's see how they stack up.

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If you're planning a trip to the US, a high quality airline will get your trip off to a good start. Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University conducted a study on the major US airlines' performance every year. You might be surprised by the ranking.

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Frequent flyer points are a fantasy currency that fluctuates depending on how you use them. This makes it difficult to know what they're worth — or whether you're squandering their potential value. This infographic breaks down the dollar value of 1000 points when purchasing everything from flight upgrades to commercial goods.

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They say that you don't know what you've got until it's gone. It's a truth that I haven't been able to stop thinking since I left behind the only home I've ever known. Relocating to Canada gave me the change in pace that I needed, along with some perspective about some of the things I took for granted about life in Australia.