Time management: The meaning, importance and benefits

It is often said that ‘Time and tide wait for no one.’ Therefore, to achieve success in life, one needs to develop a deep appreciation for time. Anyone can benefit from time management — whether in school, in the office or with life in general. You can realise...[Read More]

Here’s to a prosperous 2023

Ready or not, 2023 is upon us, and it is time for a refreshing restart for us all. As you reflect back on 2022 and look ahead to your goals and new years resolutions, please take a moment to reflect on how much you accomplished in 2022. There’s no limit to what you...[Read More]

What you can do to protect yourself as scams evolve

In 2022, Australians fell victim to investment and cryptocurrency-related scams, losing $242.5 million (US$166 million). In the United Kingdom (UK), a total of over £2.3 billion was lost in 2021 because of various scams, including online shopping, dating or romance...[Read More]

Risks abound for businesses in 2023

Businesses have so far proved resilient to turbulent economic conditions domestically and overseas but next year is not looking so rosy. In the final chapters of 2022, the 300 basis point lift in the cash rate from record lows is just starting to show up in weaker...[Read More]

What is happening in power bills debate

The Politics, the background, what the gas industry says and what environmental groups say? THE POLITICS * Federal parliament will sit on Thursday to debate and pass laws the government says will push down electricity and gas bills for households and businesses. *...[Read More]

Mixed outlook for agriculture in 2023

It’s a mixed outlook for agriculture in the coming year, with grains and lamb expected to perform well while the number of dairy farmers leaving the industry takes a toll. Rural Bank’s 2023 outlook also listed global economic challenges and continuing high...[Read More]

Recession unlikely in Australia, says IMF

The International Monetary Fund expects Australia to dodge a recession but has downgraded its expectations for growth next year. The United Nations agency anticipates growth slowing to 1.7 per cent in 2023 – less than the 1.9 per cent forecast in its world economic...[Read More]

Data breach penalty laws pass lower house

Increased fines for companies that have serious data breaches are one step closer, after new laws passed the lower house. The bill will hike up fines for breaches from $2.2 million to either $50 million, 30 per cent of a company’s turnover during the affected period,...[Read More]

Mining mentors develop ore-some innovation

Australia’s mentors of mining technology are trying to bring manufacturing home but foreign raiders continue to snap up local talent. Swedish equipment giant Epiroc, whose $2.5 million electric truck drove onto the floor of a recent mining expo, is acquiring...[Read More]

Australian workers to trial four-day week

It’s every worker’s dream: getting paid for more hours than they actually work. And for Australian staff at Unilever ANZ, it’s about to become a reality. The maker of Dove, Rexona, Continental and Streets products announced on Wednesday that from November 14, its...[Read More]

Workers must wait two years for a pay rise

Workers will wait two more years for a lift in real wages after the Albanese government’s first budget warned inflation would outstrip pay growth until 2024/25. Treasury predictions in Tuesday’s 2022/23 budget see the tight labour market pushing wages...[Read More]

Annual inflation soars to 7.3 per cent

Inflation has surged to 7.3 per cent annually in the September quarter as supply chain bottlenecks, high energy prices and expensive freight continues to drive up the cost of living. Inflation over the quarter hit 1.8 per cent, according to data from the national...[Read More]

Budget good, but more needed: business

Peak business groups have hailed the Albanese government’s first budget as careful and cautious, but warn hard work lies ahead to shore up the economy. Business Council chief Jennifer Westacott said the Labor economic blueprint made the necessary first steps to...[Read More]

Workers need right to switch off: report

Employees should have the right to “disconnect” from work and not be contacted by bosses after knock-off time, a parliamentary committee recommends. The Senate committee on work and care released its interim report on Tuesday, which included eight...[Read More]

Inflation battle to hem household budget

The assistant treasurer has flagged further stress for household budgets following a spike in US interest rates. The US Federal Reserve announced a 0.75 per cent increase in official rates to a target range of 3 to 3.25 per cent, the highest levels in almost 15...[Read More]