More on that stabbing in Parramatta yesterday. The boy was charged last night after he turned himself in to police. He was due to appear in the Children's Court today. Waiting for the latest to be reported.
More on that story we shared yesterday - and in answer to the question, yes maybe the ACCC plays an important role (even if it interferes with the free market) it does ensure that consumers have selection and choice (at least with their ice cream - yay!)
One painting re-used as the canvas of another painting. It's not unusual if you study art history. Many masterpieces have been painted over or are painted over other paintings. But this is interesting because of the fact that we know about the existence of the first painting because of a photograph (taken in the late 1800s).
Sometimes friendships are formed that will change the trajectory of your life. For one former taxi driver, a chance encounter in 1992 with two elderly passengers during a $5 cab ride led him on a whol...
What do you think of the new 'Integrated Birth Certificate'?
Changes to the Adoption Act and the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act means newly adopted people will be issued with an IBC along with the existing post adoptive birth certificate that is provided after adoption. Both will be legal identity documents, allowing the adopted person to use whichever one they prefer.
It seems we're not the only ones who have trouble in dealing with the likes of Facebook and Google. If they were any other business, whether supplier or service provider, we would have stopped doing business with them long ago.
We're not just talking about the 'free' service that they offer to the public (read the world) in general, but rather products and services that they offer to businesses on a paid basis. Even then, even when we pay them (ie, advertising/hosted solutions), their response to issues and concerns is basically atrocious... don't get to use that word enough.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the Government's $53.5 million purchase of a highly contaminated parcel of land should be fully investigated and could be sent to the state's anti-corruption watchd...
If you've seen the road/track work around Parramatta, you'd guess that there are many businesses suffering because of the interruption and changed traffic conditions - forgetting the fact that many are also recovering from the pandemic. It's not easy to navigate your way around the CBD and it's been like this for a few months. The sooner this project is completed, the sooner businesses can go back to doing... business.
Wait - you weren't counting on a fire sale, were you? Don't put your hopes on finding a bargain right now. The banks aren't going to squeeze people until they break, especially not in this market. You could say it would be 'penny wise pound foolish'.
If the banks withdrew their support for people doing it tough because of the pandemic, the domino effect through the rest of the property market could result in greater losses than what they're currently dealing with in deferring loan repayments.
The challenges of co-parenting during the pandemic. The virus doesn't respect legal and practical divisions of parental responsibilities. Knowing how to navigate these situations isn't easy and unfortunately, being a parent doesn't always equate to behaving like an adult.
Representing our clients' (and their children's) best interests sometimes means offering them professional and objective advice that they may not want to hear even when it's what they need to hear. Uncertain times require more patience and tolerance as we all try to work out what's best for parents, children and families.
Why does the end of year result in a flood of people trying to 'get something before Christmas'?
Managing the logistics of conveyancing and property transactions at this time of year is often the most challenging. Aside from the public holidays and the industry shutdown, there's the rush and the bottleneck of transactions all trying to squeeze in as the Christmas and New Year period looms.
Yes, it's all a bit crazy. Of course we try to adjust people's expectations as to what will happen over the next month or two and how long things will take during this time. But it's the same every year.
A little bit warm today? Greeting clients at the door is the only reminder, otherwise, we've been huddled in the relative cool comfort of our air-conditioned office. Summer is practically here, isn't it?
Temperatures soar to 40 degrees in western SydneyBy 9News Staff1:46pm Nov 16, 2020 Tweet Facebook Mail Temperatures have reached 40C in western Sydney and continue to climb in other parts of NSW as a ...
The consequence of missed and late payments generally includes higher interest rates or penalty fees - but that's also how finance companies make their money too, isn't it?
If there's one important lesson from this, it's to teach your children about financial literacy and financial management. Learning it while they're young hopefully means they won't have to learn it/pay for it when they're older.
Australia's corporate watchdog says some consumers are suffering harm from using buy now, pay later, warning one in five consumers are missing payments, allowing six companies it examined to rack up m...
Did you know that 'financial abuse' was a thing? We've shared articles on this topic before and while it may be challenging for financial institutions to identify when it happens, at least they're now leading the conversation and increasing awareness.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter what the authorities do, there will always be people who are motivated to find (and they will find) ways to get through the net. Of course it doesn't mean the authorities should give up, it just means that the public who want these laws enforced to prevent financial crimes must adjust their expectations as to the outcomes. The struggle is real.
Refurbished iPhones sell out at Coles stores nationwideBy Trevor Long • Technology Expert8:47pm Nov 4, 2020 Tweet Facebook Mail Coles Supermarket's decision to sell refurbished iPhones at discounted...
Is it necessary to do more to get your employees to come back to the office? The sad reality is that the economy will struggle to recover if businesses don't improve their productivity.
The 'working from home' model has some benefits (more so for employees) but improved productivity isn't necessarily one of them. There are so many instances when we can't do things because the people we're dealing with are 'working from home'. They're distracted, they don't have the relevant information in front of them or access to documents or other things necessary for them to complete what they're supposed to do. Turns out to be a wasted call and a waste of time. How that this better? How will the economy recover?
Some clients have told us how good it is to be working from home because it allows them to look after their personal matters like visit their lawyer (us) - but that's exactly the point! They're not working... so who actually is?
Other clients have said that they're working longer hours because their working from home, but is that actually true? It's more likely that they're working different hours (ie, later in the day) simply because they're just doing other things throughout the day and are basically just catching up on what they should have been doing... sigh.
Would this worry you? Does it really affect you if you're not a Fitbit user?
The 'invasion' of privacy or the collection of personal information can be quite daunting to many people, but the reality is that in our search for convenience and apps that work for us (not hinder us), we give up a lot of our personal information so that our interaction with technology can be... personal and personalised.
Is it annoying to receive advertisements on social media for things that you have no interest in or are irrelevant to you? But is it scary when you receive advertisements on social media for the very thing that you're actually interested in (especially if it's in your own private thoughts)?
Maybe corporate big brother knows us better than we know ourselves.
Google’s planned $2.9 billion acquisition of health tracking company Fitbit should be blocked, according to academics who fear the search and advertising giant will get their hands on millions of pe...
If it wasn't said, it was thought... which is worse? Australia often appears to be inclusive but there's always been underlying discrimination. Occasionally it raises its ugly head, often exploding on to the front pages of the media. But even when it's not, it's still simmering beneath the surface. Do examples like this make it anymore real than what it already is?
The Australia-China relationship is confusing, don't you think so? Sometimes (a lot of times) Australia treats China as a national security threat... but we desperately need their international trade, for both imports and exports, and rely on their foreign investment.. but we don't want their foreign ownership or influence. There's the tit-for-tat squabbles with consular representatives and ministers (over human rights, or any kind of rights) but then bribery/foreign interference and political donations scandals. Now a travel bubble? The list goes on...
Birds Eye's owners change 'Made in Australia' labelling for 31 frozen fish productsBy Kate Kachor • Senior Journalist1:40pm Nov 9, 2020 Tweet Facebook Mail The owners of iconic brand Birds Eye will ...
Driving while distracted is dangerous. That's it - there's really not much more to it. The whole point of having these cameras and detection systems is to discourage this behaviour through fines and punishments. But do you really think it's worked?
Are people really more worried about fines and punishment than injury and death?
The supermarket industry has been an interesting case study of ours, but much of the media's attention has been largely overtaken by the pandemic this year. So how have they survived (or thrived) during COVID-19? Quite well... quite well...
Celebrating a birthday 🎂 lunch in the office COVID-style. It’s been a while since we’ve eaten out, and it may still be a while before we do it again - but it won’t stop us from sharing a meal and enjoying a break. ... See MoreSee Less
Here's a statement from the chairperson of Australia Post on the CEO's resignation. What should a board know about the actions of its CEO? What if this was all part of a board-approved strategic direction even if the CEO was responsible for implementation?
Puppies found in a wired-shut ziplock bag in bin at South Australian truck stopBy 9News Staff8:25pm Nov 2, 2020 Tweet Facebook Mail An investigation is underway after six kelpie puppies were found dum...
Expected... and the reality is that any future/replacement CEO will think twice before attempting anything remotely entrepreneurial to improve the business of Australia Post. Sorry, the future doesn't look great for licensees.
The mother of two boys who died in a car crash early on Sunday morning says she will love them for "all eternity". It is alleged the boys along with their 17-year-old cousin stole the car they were in...
The prime minister's previous scathing comments basically made her position untenable and so it was really just a matter of time, regardless of the outcome of the investigation. Forget the fact that she was applauded by Australia Post licensees for looking after and promoting the business to ensure not just sustainability across the group but to potentially improve profitability.
Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate resigns amid Cartier watch investigationBy Stuart Marsh • Senior Producer2:43pm Nov 2, 2020 Tweet Facebook Mail Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate has resigned...
Have you ever tried to have a conversation with the help desk at Facebook (or other large platforms like Google)? It's a test of patience to say the least. Remember the comedy sketch "the computer says no"? That's exactly what it's like. The absurdity of some of the responses leaves you wondering whether you're actually communicating with a real person or some software bot designed with some frustratingly unresponsive and unhelpful responses. Fortunately for this person she was able to resolve her issues, but she's likely to be the minority.
Urgent warning for members of an F45 gym in south-west Sydney after coronavirus patient went to 13 classesBy Freya Noble • Senior Producer5:36pm Oct 29, 2020 Tweet Facebook Mail A new health alert h...
Who wants to live and work in big cities anymore? They're just the centre of infections and the pandemic. With the increasing ability and acceptance of working from home and the changing landscape for shopping and consumer behaviour, is there a benefit to living in urban areas over living in rural or regional areas?
Who is to blame? Young couple lose homeowners grant in mix-upBy Jessica Nagel|13 hours agoOwning your own home is the great Australian dream, and it's one that young Queensland couple Damon Green and ...