What next for the Aussie Dollar

It has been a turbulent few weeks for financial markets, including for the Aussie dollar. The AUD has been on a roller coaster, having reached a high of 81.2 US cents in late January and a low of 77.7 US cents about 10 days ago having traded at a low around 75 cents in December. It is currently trading around 79.5 US cents, with the market divided about which direction will break over the next 12 months. Foreign exchange markets are driven by many factors. For the Australian dollar, there…

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Hundreds of drug seizures made in joint Australian-Dutch operation

Over 270 attempts to import illicit drugs into Australia were foiled after the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration (Dutch Customs) joined forces to target international mail items between the two countries. During a week of action from 5-11 February, the two agencies coordinated their intervention activities in mail centres to stop attempted importations of illicit drugs and precursors such as MDMA, methamphetamine, cannabis, cocaine and ephedrine. The ABF devoted additional resources at the International Mail Gateway Facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane to…

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Government Agrees To Medicare Review Recommendations

The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Human Services The Hon Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health The Turnbull Government has agreed or agreed in principle to all 14 recommendations from the Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers. We are committed to protecting the personal information of the Australian people. These recommendations will make practical improvements to the security of Medicare numbers, without increasing the administrative burden on health professionals. The Government engaged extensively with the health sector to inform our response to this review and…

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Australian Scholarships Foundation

Welcome to ASF’s February Scholarship Alert and to 2018! Our mission is to support, build and sustain Australia’s not-for-profit sector by offering scholarships for education, training and mentoring programs that will improve your ability to lead and manage your NFP organisation. Click here if you’d like to support the work we do. 2018 is off to a cracking start with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accelerate your leadership development, a chance to complete an MBA Residential Unit at Deakin Business School, and a brand new opportunity to learn how to measure…

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Pop Up Park

Kick back this summer at Werribee City Centre’s free Pop up Park! From 19 January to 25 February 2018, Station Place will be transformed into a buzzing summer destination, with live music, an outdoor cinema, food trucks and more. As well as providing a green and relaxed space to enjoy over summer, the Pop Up Park will feature a free program of live music, movies and family entertainment. Enjoy the deckchairs, umbrellas and lawn games each day from: Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm Friday 9am – 10pm Saturday 9am…

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How Battery Replacements Would Impact iPhone Upgrades

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, made an uncommon and astonishing affirmation amid his organization’s generally stellar quarterly income call this week, saying that he and his group never halted to consider how the progressing battery substitution program would influence clients’ choices to update their iPhone. While the organization revealed yet another record-crushing quarterly income on Thursday, iPhone deals were unexpectedly around 1 percent in respect to a similar quarter a year ago. This is a problem which, surrendered that its advertised iPhone X has been accessible for some time now, provoked…

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Burke’s disingenuous double-speak as Labor backtracks on Adani

The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for the Environment and Energy After not asking a question on the environment for 566 days, Shadow Environment Minister Tony Burke asked two questions in 48 hours. With the Batman by-election looming, his intention is to distract from Labor’s crab-walk away from its previous support for Adani. When it comes to the Abbot Point terminal and Adani, there are three points to make: * The Queensland Government is the primary regulator of the existing Abbot Point terminal, as its construction predates the Environmental Protection…

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Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse when to watch in Australia

Whether you call it a supermoon, blood moon or Super Blood Blue Moon, Wednesday’s total lunar eclipse is going to be spectacular. Earthlings haven’t seen a celestial event like this in nearly 150 Years – and Australians have one of the best seats in the world! Here’s what you need to know for an optimum viewing experience in each state and territory. What the hell is a blue moon? Wednesday’s blue moon isn’t actually blue – so don’t loudly complain about the colour to fellow stargazers or you’ll look like…

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Census reveals Australia’s religious diversity on World Religion Day

World Religion Day aims to foster interfaith understanding and harmony, and is an opportunity to recognise the diversity of religion present in modern day Australia. The 2016 Census of Population and Housing found that three-fifths of the Australian population (61 per cent, or 14 million people) are affiliated with a religion or spiritual belief. Christianity is once again the dominant religion in Australia, with 12 million people, and 86 per cent of religious Australians, identifying as Christians. There was roughly a seven per cent drop in the number of Christians…

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Australians are on the move – and they’re all heading north

Joint media release with the Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry MP Australians are on the move and they’re all heading north – riding the Australian continental plate at a rate of seven centimetres a year This continental shift means Australia’s mapping co-ordinates have been realigned approximately 1.8 metres north-east in an update to the national coordinate reference frame (the Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020, or GDA2020). This is the first update to Australia’s coordinate reference frame in over two decades and is significant for applications that rely on highly accurate…

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