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Malcolm Turnbull is forcing Australia's gas producers to curb local prices

26 April 2017 | Business Insider

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is taking on the country’s gas producers as part of his plan to tackle the rising gas prices for Australian consumers due to domestic shortages.

Producers will now operate under tighter restrictions on exports to ensure that Australian consumers and business have an adequate supply.

 


Donald Trump's team unveils opening bid for 'biggest tax cut' in US history

26 April 2017 | SMH

The White House made its opening bid for what officials called the "biggest tax cut" in US history - with cuts that would benefit businesses, the middle class and certain high-earning individuals - but left unanswered questions about whether the plan would be paid for, or how.


'Please don't forget us': the hellish search for Syria's lost prisoners

25 April 2017 | Guardian Australia

“I still remember their last words to me: ‘Please don’t forget us’. This rings in my ears every day like church bells, like a daily call for prayer.”

Mansour al-Omari, a Syrian human rights activist, recalls the moment his name was called by the jailer after spending nine months in detention. He was lucky to be released, but is haunted by those he left behind.


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visits Australian troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

24 April 2017 | The Age

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made an unannounced Anzac Day-eve visit to Iraq and Afghanistan to meet serving Australian troops, and leaders of both countries.

In a strictly controlled visit - the details of which were kept secret to protect the safety of Mr Turnbull and his travelling party - the Prime Minister visited Iraq on Sunday, and Afghanistan on Monday.


Climate change offers huge investment opportunity, Al Gore tells World Bank

24 April 2017 | AFR

Climate change should be grasped as an opportunity to attract vast capital flows into low-carbon investments, create jobs and spur economic growth, rather than viewed as a money-absorbing burden, top officials and experts say.



English language bar for citizenship likely to further disadvantage refugees

24 April 2017 | The Conversation

Citizenship applicants will need to demonstrate a higher level of English proficiency if the government’s proposed changes to the Australian citizenship test go ahead.

Applicants will be required to reach the equivalent of Band 6 proficiency of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


Trump Thinks This Is Pro-Life?

24 April 2017 | The New York Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — When President Trump and his (male) aides sit at a conference table deciding to cut off money to women’s health programs abroad, they call it a “pro-life” move.

Yet here in Haiti, I’ll tell you the result: Impoverished women suffer ghastly injuries and excruciating deaths. Washington’s new women’s health policies should be called “pro-death.”

 


Sweating on every word – how ASIC massaged the banking message

24 April 2017 | SMH

"Sorry about this, it's obviously a huge deal for CFP [Commonwealth Bank's financial planning unit]. They have sweated over EVERY word in the media release, believe me ..."

Rather than being an email from a CBA PR about a press release it was about to issue, it is an email from an ASIC executive, relating to an enforceable undertaking after finding gross misconduct in its financial planning division, thanks to a tip-off from CBA whistleblower Jeff Morris.


Grim warning on North Korea missile threat as Julie Bishop blasts regime

24 April 2017 | SMH

As military tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated further on Sunday, defence experts said Pyongyang could have the ability to strike Australia with an inter-continental ballistic missile [ICBM] within three years – but it cannot hit the mainland yet.


Blow out: 11,000 uni students owe $100,000, a 500pc rise on 5 years ago

18 April 2017 | AFR

The number of student loan debtors owing over $100,000 under the federal government's Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) is over five times higher than five years ago, according to the latest official figures.




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