Australians are now thinking twice about whether the risk of the vaccine is greater than the risk of contracting the coronavirus. Is it a valid concern?
Why risk the side effects of a vaccine when the chances of local transmission and infection are so low? It's a different story overseas where the coronavirus is out of control, but from the relative safety of Australia - is it really necessary?
Although it's yet to be proven, is it just a coincidence? Was the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Australia sufficiently high to justify the risk of taking the vaccine and dealing with the side effects and potential complications?
Is that an acceptable risk for the sake of international travel? If community transmission is almost non-existent, our only real exposure is and would be from overseas travellers. Despite our strict quarantine measures, there are still occasional cases (connected with overseas travellers) so imagine what it would be like if we had open borders with no or limited quarantine.
While the dangers of buying off-the-plan are real and this article tries to paint the buyer as a hardworking non-English speaking migrant, does it or should it make a difference (even in your perception) that he's an experienced mortgage broker who has positioned himself as being an educator for first home buyers and investors (according to his website)?
With Christine Holgate back in the headlines over the Australia Post saga, it's good to revisit what it was all about. She won the $200m [email protected] deal and was essentially fired/pushed/bullied out of her job for doing so...
Former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate says taxpayers' money wasn't used to purchase Cartier watches as bonuses for staff, because Australia post is a "commercial organisation". Is she correct? R...
A brave man. How does anyone step into this role knowing that even if they do a good job and achieve amazing things for Australia Post they could still be abandoned by their board, condemned by parliamentary ministers, and criticised by the Prime Minister - all without defence or recourse?
Off-the-plan disaster leaves man with half a homeBy A Current Affair Staff|An hour agoA man paid $700,000 for a house and land package in an Aussie suburb - but what he got instead was half a home. Bi...
Oh Prince Philip … For decades and decades during his career as a working royal, the Greek-born Prince who married a future Queen managed to regularly hit the headlines for putting his (bespoke shod...
More on that story. The next question is whether lessons will be learned and will things improve to prevent the next tragedy? For all the incidents that sadly make the news, many more are perpetrated in silence and behind closed doors.
When the headline states 'first home buyers get lucky break', most readers are probably expecting a story about a struggling young couple battling against cashed-up baby boomers - not an older couple snapping up a $1.59m inner Sydney suburb property at auction. This isn't the typical demographic for first home buyers, or at least it didn't use to be...
Teenage girl wants to argue that her being subjected to a strip search was illegal, but in order to do so, the footage will be viewed over and over again by multiple people - including men. Would you find this intimidating?
The personal data of 7 million Australian Facebook users has been stolen in a major hacking operation dating back to 2019. Recent reports show that details for roughly half a billion world users of th...
Is there that much of a difference between the property market and shopping centre shelves?
It seems like the FOMO virus has struck again. The interesting thing is that it's self-manifesting. When people are so focused on a subject, they read/research enough, and they speak to enough people (who all have the same mindset), they convince themselves that it's real and necessary to act - immediately. When these like-minded people congregate together (ie, in supermarkets or auctions) it literally becomes a frenzy.
But like toilet paper, is there really a shortage when it comes to property/homes that justifies the market at these levels?
Do you think the government's position is clear enough or strong enough? The government has a strong preference that people shouldn't travel, they encourage people to reconsider their holiday and travel plans, and that people should be on extra high alert. It's already challenging enough to enforce mandatory actions and public orders, what chance do they have in persuading the public to act accordingly?
HOW TO SAVE WILLOWGROVE – YOUR GUIDE TO OBJECTING TO POWERHOUSE PROJECT Posted on June 21, 2020 by Suzette meade It has become increasingly clear as reports and documents have become available under...
Will our economic reality change after 31 March 2021? At the moment it seems like everything is 'going back to normal', isn't it? The sharemarket is back to where it was pre-COVID and (some parts of) the property market seem to be booming according to (some) reports - leaving aside the state of some apartment blocks and vacancies. Community transmission is almost non-existent, we don't have to wear masks on public transport, but people are still working from home.
So what does all this mean and will it change when JobKeeper ends? What happens when businesses and people have to go back to spending "our own money"? Of course, government benefits weren't going to last forever and the weaning had to start sooner or later.
So wait, which is it again? They said it's going to be bad, and now it's not going to be so bad... possibly even good for some sectors or for some people... but then bad for others? Do you read these predictions? If so, do you believe them? Do you follow them?
Maybe the flooding will be good news after all. Can you imagine that the government approved the demolition of a heritage building to replace it with a museum? The irony of it all.
Since they have no guilt or conscience to preserve actual heritage rather than destroy it, hopefully, these recent floods will force them to reconsider their decision to reach the right outcome if not for different reasons.
Scams on dating apps? Criminals are enterprising. Whenever there's an opportunity or a way, they're on to it. Imagine if they actually applied their ingenuity to more legitimate and positive endeavours instead? Surely the world would be a much better place.
Eastern suburbs solicitor Mark Leo O'Brien used the millions of dollars left by his deceased clients for charities on buying a new Bondi home for his family, setting up his own super fund and still ha...
Big business executives are calling on the government to support working parents by giving men the opportunity to take more time off work and share more responsibility at home to assist women in the w...
So which is worse, unqualified role models (leaving aside from the dishonesty) actually teaching and inspiring students to achieve great things, or fully qualified teachers abusing or taking advantage of children under their care?
After dedicating a lifetime to education, some universities would award an honorary doctorate or so - isn't it?
Spies among us. Does this worry you? Or are you not surprised that there are foreign or terrorist operatives in our midst within the community collecting information. Of course, spies don't have to be from potential threats or enemies, they could also be from friends and some of our closest allies as well.
ASIO boss reveals foreign spies were found operating on Australian soilBy Jorge Branco7:52pm Mar 17, 2021 Tweet Facebook Mail A "significant number" of foreign spies and their proxies have been remove...
"...there doesn’t seem to be anything under million dollars in Sydney anyway"
Hmmm... it just sounds as though they need an expectation adjustment. A home doesn't have to be a million-dollar house in Sydney, does it?
If people insist that they can only live in a certain kind of house, of a certain size in a certain area, then obviously they also need to adjust their expectation to a certain price range. If that's too expensive for them or they can't afford it, then shouldn't they just reevaluate their choices?
Despite having $100,000 in savings, Amy Kitts and her husband Ben feel "hopeless” about their dream of ever owning a house in Sydney and say they are priced out of the market, despite their huge chu...
Did you know that many shopping centres (especially the major shopping centres) have turnover rent?
Landlords require tenants to pay a proportion of their turnover, over a certain amount, to the landlord because they say the shopping centre (and the foot traffic that it attracts) contributes to the tenant's turnover.
Should online sales be included in the assessment of turnover rent?
Is full employment even possible or a realistic indicator for the economy? Determining the unemployment rate relies on people actually looking for employment. So what happens if people have given up or just stopped looking because of the pandemic?
How would you like to live in a country that got rid of unemployment? Sound nice? Well now you might just get the chance, with the announcement last week by the RBA boss that he is now aiming to get A...