August 2015

Published a story 28th Aug 2015 5:38 PM

DEVELOPERS around the country may be inflating council infrastructure-related charges by as much as 400%, a new study has revealed.

Developers inflating infrastructure levies by up to 400%

DEVELOPERS around the country may be inflating council infrastructure-related charges by as much as 400%, a new study has revealed.

Published a story 27th Aug 2015 5:37 PM

HUNDREDS of low-income Australians are falling victim to two traps when they get credit cards with interest-free periods linked to whitegoods purchases.

Interest-free promises on whitegoods leaves many in lurch

HUNDREDS of low-income Australians are falling victim to two traps when they get credit cards with interest-free periods linked to whitegoods purchases.

Published a story 26th Aug 2015 6:10 PM

A FORMER senior Treasury official has warned the nation is “sleepwalking into a real mess”, citing a potential recession.

Recession warning issued by former Treasury head

A FORMER senior Treasury official has warned the nation is “sleepwalking into a real mess”, citing a potential recession.

Published a story 25th Aug 2015 6:15 PM

THE economic slowdown after the mining boom could last for three years as the nation struggles to pick up the slack in other sectors, a researcher has forecast.

Mining decline could result in 'soft period' of three years

THE economic slowdown after the mining boom could last for three years as the nation struggles to pick up the slack in other sectors, a researcher has forecast.

Published a story 20th Aug 2015 8:38 PM

THE bill for Australia’s welfare system is growing slower than the national economy despite Abbott Government plans to cut back on support.

Economic growth outstrips welfare needs

THE bill for Australia’s welfare system is growing slower than the national economy despite Abbott Government plans to cut back on support.

Published a story 20th Aug 2015 5:24 PM

THE Palmer Coolum Resort was one of three businesses that poured a total of more than $5.5 million into the Palmer United Party’s coffers in June.

Palmer's companies pour millions into PUP coffers

THE Palmer Coolum Resort was one of three businesses that poured a total of more than $5.5 million into the Palmer United Party’s coffers in June.

Published a story 19th Aug 2015 4:35 PM

LAWYERS and green groups have dubbed the Abbott Government’s plans to stop environmental appeals of mine approvals as an “over-reaction”.

Senate likely to block Abbott's Green law ‘over-reaction’

LAWYERS and green groups have dubbed the Abbott Government’s plans to stop environmental appeals of mine approvals as an “over-reaction”.

Published a story 18th Aug 2015 8:26 PM

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has vowed to stop environment groups around the country from challenging  mine approvals that may endanger valuable habitats.

Environmental groups to miss out on voice on mining issues

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has vowed to stop environment groups around the country from challenging mine approvals that may endanger valuable habitats.

Published a story 16th Aug 2015 7:52 PM

THE Federal Government should hand complete responsibility for primary and secondary schools to State and Territory governments, a new report has urged.

Federal Government urged to hand schools back to states

THE Federal Government should hand complete responsibility for primary and secondary schools to State and Territory governments, a new report has urged.

Published a story 14th Aug 2015 6:44 PM

FEDERAL frontbencher Christopher Pyne has blamed the New South Wales Liberal Party for creating a “storm in a teacup” over Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon.

Pyne blames NSW state govt for commissioner controversy

FEDERAL frontbencher Christopher Pyne has blamed the New South Wales Liberal Party for creating a “storm in a teacup” over Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon.

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