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Report calls for action on aged pension
It would be nice to think Australia’s low unemployment rate – now 4.2%, the lowest since August 2008 – is here to stay. We’ve been waiting a long time to see this. In the decade before the onset of COVID-19 the jobless rate hardly moved. In March 2010 it was 5.4%. Ten years later, in March 2020, it was 5.3%. In between the lowest the rate was to 4.9% - and then just for two months. CC BY In 2021 the unemployment rate was under 5% in six out of 12 months. A lower rate of unemployment makes us all
ShutterstockThe internet allows us to check the surf, the news, traffic on the road, what our friends have been up to – all before getting out of bed. While this has made several aspects of life easier, it can also come at a cost. The last decade has seen a growing number of Facebook groups and pages dedicated to revealing the locations of police traffic operations. These Facebook communities rely on users to alert the group or page when they drive past a random breath testing or roadside drug t
The Kremlin says there is room to continue dialogue with the United States, but it looks clear Russia's main security demands have not been taken into account by Washington.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow would not rush to draw conclusions after the US formally responded on Wednesday to its proposals for a redrawing of post-Cold War security arrangements in Europe.
ShutterstockAs Omicron surges through the community, getting the right answer from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is not as straightforward as reading one or two lines off the kit. RATs are a convenient diagnostic tool to detect COVID virus fragments in nasal secretions or saliva. They are designed to be self-administered and give an answer in minutes. Detecting infection early is critical to preventing spread and allowing persons at risk of severe disease to get timely access to close monitoring an
McDonald's ended 2021 on a high note with US customers spending more and fewer restaurant closures in Europe from coronavirus restrictions.But higher costs for food and labour weighed on profits and the company said it expects that pressure to continue this year.
shutterstockA trip into central Australia involves packing your 4WD to the brim with survival gear, water and food. Yet fish have managed to persist in that parched landscape for thousands of years – how do they do it? We at the Flinders Molecular Ecology Lab went about finding out. Our recent research examined rainbowfish in Australia, to discover how they hold onto life in isolated pockets of water in the desert. Pockets of water in the desert can only hold small fish populations. A small popu
ShutterstockAs the start of a new school year looms, school uniforms are being dusted off or new ones bought. At the same time, age-old debates about the pros and cons of school uniforms are being dusted off, too. But questions about practicality, cost or conformity tend to overshadow the bigger underlying issue of how uniforms – and rules about wearing them – actually affect educational outcomes. In other words, does wearing (or not wearing) a uniform contribute to students being mentally well,
Pharmaceutical company Moderna aims to have its Omicron-specific COVID-19 booster vaccine on the market by the third quarter of 2022.The first participant has received a jab as part of US trials aimed at improving third-dose protection against the strain.
Residents are being told to prepare to take shelter as the rain pours in parts of Victoria. Read the latest here.
Emergency measures have been activated in South Australia as the state braces for more inland flooding after recent rains cut food supply lines to the Northern Territory and Western Australia.Roads and rail lines to both states remain underwater in parts leading to diminishing stocks of fresh food and meat in the NT and some processed foods in WA.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has "not raised any issue" about his awkward encounter with former Australian of the Year Grace Tame at The Lodge earlier this week.Ms Tame stood stony faced during a photograph with the prime minister and appeared reluctant to shake his hand at a morning tea for Australian of the Year finalists.
Australia's religious leaders have called for the release of asylum seekers in detention following the Novak Djokovic controversy.The star tennis player, who arrived to compete in the Australian Open, was detained by immigration authorities in Melbourne's Park Hotel and deported a fortnight ago after failing to meet the country's vaccination requirements for international visitors.
The "virtual fatigue" felt by so many of us will change the way Australia lives and works, a survey shows.Years of tapping to seek advice or treatment, order food, try to learn, or see colleagues and friends are taking their toll.
Richard Jacobson, an avid hiker, was camping with a friend in the Superstition Mountains when he plummeted 213 metres off a cliff. Read more about this tragic accident.
A man who sexually offended against a teenage girl won't have his prison sentence increased after an appeal by prosecutors failed.They had argued the judge who sentenced Harry Smith to 18 months behind bars made a mistake in describing his 15-year-old victim as a "willing participant".
Melanie Ham, who amassed 815,000 YouTube subscribers, passed away from cancer. She was only 36.
Russia has sent its strongest signal so far that it is willing to engage with US security proposals and reiterated it does not want war over Ukraine."If it depends on Russia, then there will be no war.
A 19-year-old has filmed her experience as floods left her stranded in the outback. Find out why viewers are gobsmacked.
Victoria is rushing to get children vaccinated before school returns, as COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalisations continue to stabilise.The state recorded 15 deaths and 13,755 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, including 6130 from PCR tests and 7625 from rapid antigen tests.
ShutterstockChildren whose parents smoke have lower academic test scores and more behavioural issues than children of non-smokers. These are the findings of our research published in the journal of Economics and Human Biology. Smoking is prevalent in lower socio-economic groups whose characteristics (such as lower IQ and poorer motivation on average) are correlated with lower academic scores and more behavioural issues in children. This can bias the results as the sample of children whose scores