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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Gas acceleration program open for applications

Applications are now open for the Australian Government’s $26 million Gas Acceleration Program (GAP), which is designed to accelerate new supplies from onshore gas developments to the domestic market. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said it’s essential that Australia continues to invest in its gas sector to meet the needs of industry and domestic users. “This program is a significant component of the Australian Government’s $90 million investment in gas security, reliability and affordability,” Minister Canavan said. “Australia has significant gas reserves that can power our economy…

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Secret hit list’ reveals suburbs that will suffer most under childcare reforms

Australia’s secret hit list of the areas which will suffer the most from the government’s childcare reforms has been revealed. The government subsidy has helped ease the pressure on parents, but the rules are about to change and not all families will be eligible for assistance. Labor’s childcare spokeswoman Amanda Rishworth said many families “are going to get a rude shock come the first of July”. “The majority of families that will be affected are in the two lowest income brackets,”she said. The ALP claims it’s uncovered a secret hit…

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A cryptocurrency created as a parody is now worth more than $1 billion

Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency created as a parody after a popular internet meme, now has a market cap of more than $1.1 billion The rise of Dogecoin and other bitcoin descendants is due to the fact that they’re perceived as being “cheap” compared to bitcoin or ether, according to Dave Chapman from Octagon Strategy. One of the Dogecoin founders told a cryptocurrency news site that the token’s rise makes him worry about market excess. A cryptocurrency that was created as a parody and named after an internet meme now has a…

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Boost to broadband consumer protections

The Turnbull Government has announced a range of new protections to ensure broadband customers get the level of service they expect from their retail service provider as they transition to the National Broadband Network (NBN). The new protections will empower consumers to make informed decisions about their internet plan, and will ensure greater transparency by retail service providers. The Government has issued a direction to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to implement the new protections and will provide $8.7 million over three years to support these measures. The…

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Consumer Watchdog to put petrol companies on notice

The Turnbull Government is directing consumer watchdog the ACCC to bust open the books of petrol companies and companies involved in all aspects the petrol supply chain to ensure Australian families are given a fair go at the petrol pump. The Turnbull Government has issued a new direction to the ACCC giving them the power to monitor the prices, costs and profits relating to the supply of petroleum products and related services in Australia for the next two years. Australian motorists become acutely aware of the variabilities of petrol prices…

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NAB refunds $1.7 million for overcharging interest on home loans

National Australia Bank Limited (NAB) has refunded $1.7 million to 966 home loan customers after it failed to properly set up mortgage offset accounts. Following customer complaints, NAB conducted an internal review which found that between April 2010 and August 2017 it had not linked some offset accounts to broker originated loans. This resulted in those customers overpaying interest on their home loan. NAB has refunded affected customers so that they are only charged interest that would have been payable had the mortgage offset account been properly linked from the…

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Keneally caught out on Medicare claims

The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Human Services Kristina Keneally has serious questions to answer about her claims regarding Medicare. Official data from the Department of Human Services shows that in the week before the October long weekend, not a single person waited over an hour at the Ryde Service Centre in the week that Kristina Keneally claimed she had an hour’s wait. Not one person. Indeed the average waiting time for that week was less than 13 minutes – almost five times faster than the now utterly discredited…

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Record bulk billing numbers under Turnbull Government

More Australian patients are visiting their GP without having to pay, with the bulk billing rate for the September quarter increasing to a record 85.9 per cent. More Australian patients are visiting their GP without having to pay, with the bulk billing rate for the September quarter increasing to a record 85.9 per cent. This is the highest bulk billing rate ever achieved for a September quarter – and significantly higher than Labor’s 82.2% when they were last in Government. The Turnbull Government has also delivered a significant 88.5% bulk…

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Australia and Sri Lanka develop action plan to fight Chronic Kidney Disease killer

Australian and Sri Lankan medical researchers have forged a new action plan to investigate the causes of a particular form of chronic kidney disease. The plan was formed at the first workshop held since the two countries agreed to join forces to fight the illness that kills roughly 1,500 Sri Lankans every year. ANSTO sent a delegation of researchers, led by CEO Dr Adi Paterson, to Sri Lanka to meet with key stakeholders in Kandy, Colombo and Anuradhapura. Dr Paterson said the visit was a key step in the research…

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