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'Confidence' in CBA's Ian Narev is a hollow cliche

08 August 2017 | SMH

In the sporting world, the expression "having the full support of the board" has become such a cliche it has even made it into the Urban Dictionary.

The definition is: "Something that a football club's board will say to the media about their coach two to four weeks before firing him."


Interest rate risk for under-40s as debt burdens

01 August 2017 | SMH

The average mortgage burden on home owners aged under 40 doubled between 2002 and 2014 leaving them especially vulnerable to rising interest rates, a leading household survey shows.

The latest instalment of the respected Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, released on Wednesday, demonstrates how high house prices are affecting the lives of young people in Australia's big cities.


Adani loan too much of a risk for taxpayers

31 July 2017 | SMH

A $1 billion concessional loan to the controversial Adani Carmichael mine project in Queensland's Galilee Basin could expose taxpayers to a high risk of losing their money, according to an independent business analysis.


Huge queues at Sydney Airport's T2 terminal as terrorism security increased

31 July 2017 | SMH

Huge queues of people snaked out Sydney Airport's domestic terminal T2 on Monday morning as passengers experienced lengthy waits to check in to their flights.

Crowds also gathered in the baggage claim area with the wait attributed to extra security after an alleged plot to bring down a flight was uncovered.


Grill'd under fire for wage theft

27 July 2017 | Kelly Hughes

In 2015, Australian fast food burger chain Grill’d was investigated for wage underpayment and hiring staff on outdated employment agreements.

The scrutiny came when former Melbourne Grill’d employee Kahlani Pyrah took the company to court, over allegations she was being paid below the award wage and was unfairly dismissed.


Wage fraud will continue until politicians stop it. They can – but will they?

27 July 2017 | The Guardian

Following yet another wage fraud scandal – this time at restaurant chain, Dainty Sichuan – a recent newspaper editorial contended that, “Further layers of workplace regulation are not the solution to wage fraud.” Instead, it argued in favour of stronger enforcement of existing laws. The editorial could not be more wrong.


Drinking coffee could reduce your chance of death

11 July 2017 | The Independent

Drinking around three cups of coffee a day has been linked to a lower risk of death “from any cause” in two new large-scale studies.

The habits of coffee-lovers were shown to add years to their life – with high coffee consumption shown to reduce the risk of death from diseases related to circulation and digestion in particular.


US concerns for Turnbull's new franchise laws

09 July 2017 | AFR

Leaked emails flagging a potential diplomatic incident with the United States and a potential loss of investments if certain legislation proceeded gives a fascinating - and rarely seen – insight into the opaque world of lobbying and advocacy.



Tesla to build world's biggest lithium ion battery for South Australia

07 July 2017 | ABC

South Australia will be home to the world's largest lithium ion battery thanks to a historic agreement between Tesla and the State Government, with Tesla boss Elon Musk promising to build it in 100 days, or it's free.


Time for retirement living to meet the fairness test

04 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."


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