Stamp duty costs climb as home buyers struggle to save

14 February

Saving for a house deposit is hard enough but it turns out other associated costs are soaring too, making home ownership more elusive. States and territories charge buyers stamp duty on most property purchases. The tax is up to six times more...[Read More]

Health technology cracks code for patients and profits

14 February

Health technology breakthroughs are bringing more jobs, a more advanced health system and better outcomes for patients, according to Assistant Minister for Health Ged Kearney. Some 56 new full-time jobs have been created for every $1 million of...[Read More]

Bendigo named top town on the back of Loong the dragon

14 February

It’s a very good year of the dragon in Bendigo. The Victorian regional city, which is home to the world’s oldest complete Chinese processional dragon, has been named Australia’s Town of the Year. Bendigo’s Golden Dragon Museum is one if the...[Read More]

Our love for Hobbies: The Key to Well-Being and Fulfillment

8 February

Engaging in hobbies and pursuing activities you love is a universally beneficial practice, whether you’re in Australia or the UK. These two regions, despite their geographical distance, share a common appreciation for the positive impact of...[Read More]

Understanding the five key areas of personal finances

8 February

When it comes to managing your money, it’s crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of the five key areas of personal finance: income, spending, saving, investing, and protection. Mastering these elements can be the difference between...[Read More]

10 benefits of Yoga and Pilates for people of all ages

8 February

Yoga and Pilates offer numerous benefits for people of all ages, including those leading into and during retirement.   Improved Flexibility: Both Yoga and Pilates involve stretching exercises that can help improve flexibility. This is particularly...[Read More]

Architectural wonders: A journey through time and culture

8 February

When it comes to experiencing cultural architecture, the world is rich with destinations that showcase the history, art, and innovation of human civilization. Here are some top destinations known for their distinctive architectural...[Read More]

Effective Dispute Resolution: Strategies for Navigating Conflicts Successfully

8 February

Managing a dispute effectively requires a strategic approach that considers the nature of the conflict, the parties involved, and the desired outcomes. Here are several key considerations to keep in mind when managing a dispute:   Understand the...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – 05/02/24

7 February

Key points – The Australian Government’s changes to the Stage 3 tax cuts have refocussed attention on the need for tax reform. – The Australian tax system has five key problems: it’s heavily reliant on income tax; it’s complicated by...[Read More]

Tax cuts all but assured as coalition backs changes

7 February

Low and middle income earners have been guaranteed extra relief, with bipartisan support secured for changes to income tax cuts. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton said he would not stand in the way of those doing it tough and in need of tax...[Read More]

Almost two in three voters back tax changes, poll shows

7 February

Voters have voiced approval for looming changes to tax cuts, but federal politicians are doing their best to play down the polling. Almost two in three people surveyed by Newspoll said the prime minister made the right decision to amend stage three...[Read More]

‘Chemical fingerprint’ developed from gin samples

7 February

Chemists have trialled a new technique that takes a “chemical fingerprint” of gin in seconds, which could help producers futureproof their gins and conduct quality control. A team of researchers from Heriot-Watt University worked alongside the...[Read More]

What is your “big picture” ?

1 February

Even as children, people create this big picture in their minds — a reflection of how they envision their life to be. Whether your big picture is similar to what’s called the Australian Dream (home ownership as the key to a better life) or...[Read More]

The benefits of having life insurance to protect your family

1 February

For some people, a major reason for beginning to prepare for life’s ‘what if’ scenarios is starting a family. If your primary concern is taking care of your family, life insurance is an excellent option. It makes sure that your loved ones are...[Read More]

Retirement planning tips and mistakes to sidestep

1 February

Whether you’re in your 30s, 40s, or 50s, the importance of retirement planning cannot be overstated. Starting early allows you to build a secure financial foundation for your retirement years. However, the strategies and concerns differ based on...[Read More]