Call to expand reasons to ignore boss in new work laws

22 May

A worker’s right to ignore unreasonable out-of-hours contact from their boss should expressly include when they are on approved leave as well as staffing arrangements, the peak union body says. Right to disconnect laws passed by the Albanese...[Read More]

Income gap roars back in post pandemic recovery

22 May

The gap between the haves and have-nots narrowed during the COVID-19 pandemic but widened again as the economy roared back to life when lockdowns ended and borders reopened. Yet with the fresh Productivity Commission analysis failing to cover the...[Read More]

PM backs budget despite lukewarm polling response

22 May

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has defended cost-of-living relief measures despite the federal budget failing to spark a major boost in the polls. The $300 rebate for household energy bills proved popular, with 72 per cent of people supporting the...[Read More]

‘No one is immune’: scammers targeting property buyers

22 May

Property buyers are being swindled out of hundreds of thousands of dollars as scammers target the email accounts of financial service businesses. Scammers are hacking the cybersecurity systems of conveyancing professionals and tricking potential...[Read More]

Winemakers head to Hong Kong to kickstart exports

22 May

Australian winemakers hope exports to China will bounce back or surpass pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels as they head to Hong Kong for the first time since prohibitive trade tariffs were dropped. A delegation of industry heavyweights and government...[Read More]

AI race being lost in climate of fear, inquiry told

22 May

Australian companies and workers are missing out on vital benefits from artificial intelligence, an inquiry has heard, as talk about its risks fuel a climate of fear. The Australian Information Industry Association made the claims at a Senate...[Read More]

New energy projects needed to keep the lights on

22 May

AUSTRALIAN ENERGY MARKET * Blackouts, power outages and increased energy prices are forecast across several states unless urgent government action is taken * The NSW, Victorian and South Australian governments must invest in energy projects or power...[Read More]

Care network to take the collective fight to cancer

22 May

A new network linking cancer services across the nation will aim to improve outcomes and experiences for all Australians affected by the disease. The Australian Comprehensive Cancer Network is a pioneering initiative that aims to address significant...[Read More]

Breast tissue ‘breakthrough’ to aid cancer research

22 May

Researchers say they have managed to keep breast cancer tissue viable for at least a week outside of the human body, paving the way for enhanced cancer treatments. A new study, funded by the Prevent Breast Cancer charity, found breast tissue could...[Read More]

Aussies Smith, Keeney chase diving gold in Paris

22 May

Anabelle Smith and Maddison Keeney will challenge for another Olympics 3m snychro podium finish in Paris after being the first Australian divers to lock in their spots for the 2024 Games. Smith, 31, and Keeney, 28, claimed 3m synchro bronze at the...[Read More]

Skateboard ace Trew blitzes Olympic field

22 May

Gold Coast teen Arisa Trew has her eyes firmly set on Paris 2024 after an outstanding gold-medal performance in the women’s park final at the Olympic Qualifier Series in Shanghai. Trew led the way for the Aussies, with Tokyo park gold medallist...[Read More]

How can your small business prepare for tax time?

15 May

With 2024 now well underway, tax season is just around the corner. While getting ready to close off the books and lodge the annual return isn’t something many small business owners look forward to, there’s a lot you can do to make it more...[Read More]

Five ways to keep your business insurance costs down in 2024

15 May

With costs rising across the board, maintaining margins and profitability is a challenge for Australia’s two million-odd small business owners.  Finding ways to cut costs is vital for many. But some expenses are essential, and insurance is one of...[Read More]

Oliver’s Insights – The economic impact of the 2024 Federal Budget

15 May

The 2024-25 Budget – another surplus, but bigger medium term deficits with more big spending, including on a “Future Made in Australia”   Key points   – The budget this year is expected to show a surplus of $9.3bn thanks to a...[Read More]

States query GST carve-up despite ‘constructive’ budget

15 May

States are split on the federal budget as the two most populous jurisdictions question their GST shares, while resource-heavy Western Australia counts its riches. NSW will be the biggest loser from the annual GST distribution set out in the budget...[Read More]