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Westpac home loan expenses tests toughened to weed out liar loans

12 April 2018 | Michael Janda

WestpacAustralia's second biggest home lender is further tightening lending standards by asking more detailed questions about exactly how much prospective loan customers spend and on what.


Small businesses being crushed by the tax office

08 April 2018 | Adele Ferguson

Graeme HalperinMark Freeman's bright business idea earned him a government grant. But the tax office disagreed and hit him with a huge bill. Seven years and $750,000 later, he is still fighting for justice.


Mortgage rates could rise on back of high global rates

08 April 2018 | Ian Verrender

HousingWhen there's so much happening — cricket scandals, trade wars and the potential for military action — ongoing inaction generally isn't a celebrated event.


Banking code revamp small step in regaining trust

28 March 2018 | Clancy Yeates

After weeks of having their reputations dragged through the mud, banks are pushing ahead with plans to bolster the industry’s code of conduct.


Australia's population increases by one person every 86 seconds as it exceeds 25 million

22 March 2018 | The ABC

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Australia's population grew by another 1.6 per cent to 24.7 million in the 12 months to the end of September 2017, adding another person every 1 minute and 26 seconds.

 


Dow Jones plunges after Trump unveils $US60b tariffs on China

22 March 2018 | The ABC

Trade warsWall Street has plunged over fears of a US-China trade war, after the Trump administration moved to impose tariffs on up to $US60 billion ($77 billion) worth of Chinese imports.

 


Why the RBA may not raise rates any time soon

22 March 2018 | The Age

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There's fresh reason to think that the Reserve Bank of Australia, as Treasurer Scott Morrison anticipates, may not be raising interest rates anytime soon.


Fresh sell off roils Wall Street

08 February 2018 | The Australian

Wall Street An overnight plunge on Wall Street thrust The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 into correction territory for the first time in two years at 8am (AEDT), as worries about rising interest rates and new-found volatility rattled markets again. 


Malcolm Turnbull Abe summit could have done much more

19 January 2018 | AFR

Malcolm Turnbull There was an air of Groundhog Day, about Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's trip to Tokyo this week – a repeat whiff of missed opportunity after last January's summit in Sydney. 


Can Facebook win its battle against election interference in 2018?

28 December 2017 | The Guardian

Social networks spent much of 2017 slowly coming to terms with the extent to which their platforms had been exploited to spread political misinformation. But the narrow focus of investigations over the last year is likely to cause further pain in 2018, as the US midterm elections create a new urgency for the problem to be solved.

At the beginning of this year, Facebook was hostile to the suggestion that it may have played an unwitting part in a foreign influence campaign. After the election of Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, described the suggestion that his site may have swayed voters as a “crazy idea”, despite evidence that hoaxes and lies had been spread on the social network during the campaign. (He later apologised for the comment, saying it was “dismissive and I regret it”.)


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