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Time for retirement living to meet the fairness test

05 July 2017 | The Age

Retirement is often called the "golden years". If you read the marketing of the large companies that operate retirement villages you'd be led to believe that it's all lawn bowls, cocktails and luxury. The reality can be very different.

As one retiree recently told us: "When I moved in, the reason for that place's existence was residents. Now it's reason for existence is shareholders and there is a huge amount of distrust."


Melbourne's top 20 cafes for 2017

29 June 2017 | The Age

Wake up and smell the coffee, Melbourne. We are literally surrounded by great cafes. In this sneak peek from the first national Good Food Guide, here are the 20 cafes we're calling the year's best.


'A raised eyebrow': calls for probe into Aveo share trading

29 June 2017 | SMH

The corporate watchdog has been called on to investigate recent trading of Aveo’s shares ahead of the company announcing a $145 million buy back this week.

Investment specialists have called on the corporate watchdog to investigate recent trading of Aveo's shares by its largest shareholder Mulpha and a director ahead of the company's announcement of a $145 million buyback this week.


Bleed Them Dry Until They Die Part 3

27 June 2017 | The Age

“The reason they had me forcibly admitted to the Biala Unit, which is a psychiatric department ... was to punish me, was to shut me up, was to silence me with drugs.”

It was June 23, 2009, when Gwyneth Jones was admitted to a psychiatric ward after complaints about her behaviour at Aveo retirement village The George in one of Melbourne’s bayside suburbs.


The Price Of Freedom

24 June 2017 |

Geoff Richards quietly closed the front door of his unit for the last time. The legal letters had been signed, non-disparagement clauses agreed, and the retirement village operator Aveo was about to have its day.

Slowly walking down the path with his dog, Tosh, the crumpled 80-year-old glanced back one last time.


Australian whistleblowers could get access to bounties worth millions

23 June 2017 | The Age

The Turnbull government is considering a bounty-style reward worth millions of dollars for those who blow the whistle on corruption or unethical behaviour at the hands of multibillion-dollar corporations.

Finance Minister Kelly O'Dwyer will on Friday announce measures intended to tighten legislation to give compensation to whistleblowers to stop their "unacceptable treatment" following a series of damning Fairfax Media investigations into the banking and service sectors.


George Christensen crosses the floor, votes with Labor

21 June 2017 | SMH

Rebel government backbencher George Christensen has crossed the floor and voted with Labor to protect workers' penalty rates, in an embarrassing blow to the Turnbull government.

It is extremely rare for MPs to cross the floor and vote against their own side, but Mr Christensen's move has been a long time coming, as he has threatened to do so on previous occasions.


McMillan Shakespeare hit with $80 million class action

19 June 2017 | AFR

Car leasing giant McMillan Shakespeare is to be hit with an $80 million class action alleging unfair and unconscionable conduct and misleading and deceptive conduct in its extended car warranty business NWC.

The Australian Financial Review can reveal that the class action will be funded by global litigation funder Vannin Capital and law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan will file the action next month.



'Shoppies' union face Senate probe over wage scandals

19 June 2017 | The Age

One of Labor's biggest backers, the giant shop assistants union, will be subject to a parliamentary inquiry over wage deals that have cost workers hundreds of millions of dollars.

The new Senate probe is a response to the wages scandal revealed by Fairfax Media involving deals between some of Australia's largest employers, including McDonald's, Coles and Woolworths and the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Association (SDA).


CBA compensation bill rises to $29m

16 June 2017 | The Age

The Commonwealth Bank's compensation bill for victims of bad financial advice has risen to $29 million. 

But customers who were knocked back from the scheme say it was flawed to begin with and have welcomed a push in the Senate for commission of inquiry into the banks.


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