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Ex-PUPs back elusive loan scheme

The New Daily - May 27, 2015

A little-known government scheme that allows retirees to reverse mortgage their family home has received the backing of three independent senators. Senators Jacqui Lambie, Glenn Lazarus and Nick Xenophon this morning called for the 'Pension Loan ...and more »

Widen access to PLS, say cross-bench senators

Financial Standard - May 27, 2015

Senators Jacqui Lambie, Glenn Lazarus, Ricky Muir and Nick Xenophon have called on the government and opposition to back legislation to broaden access to the Pension Loan Scheme (PLS).

Lobbying helped kill Australia iron ore inquiry

Mineweb - May 27, 2015

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon had wanted the probe to look into the impact of the price collapse on government revenue and to consider whether action was needed to ensure healthy competition in the sector. Prime Minister Tony Abbott publicly threw ...and more »

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Frocktober: Adelaide Fashion Festival in the city has been set for late October - May 28, 2015

By Christopher Russell. BRIGHT, confident Chinese student Wang Dang has won a four-week trip to Adelaide to learn English, tour South Australia and become a cultural ambassador for the state. A Chinese language major at Qingdao Agricultural University, ...and more »

Skills shortage to worsen

The Australian - May 28, 2015

The number of commencements dropped 22 per cent to 192,000, driven by falls of 26 per cent in NSW and Victoria, 28 per cent in South Australia and 23 per cent in Queensland. Only 157,000 apprentices and trainees finished their training last year, and ...

Former skipper Jamie Siddons named Redbacks coach

The Australian - May 28, 2015

He was skipper in 69 of those matches and says taking charge of the side is the perfect opportunity for him to return to South Australia. Siddons takes over from his former SA teammate Darren Berry, who left the post in March after four years in charge. “I am so ...and more »

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Australia eyes investment opportunities in the Northeastern states

Economic Times - May 28, 2015

Politics and Nation. Home · MarketsNewsIndustrySmall BizPoliticsWealthMFTech · JobsOpinionBlogsNRIMagazinesSlideshowsET NOWET SpeedET Portfolio · News · Defence · Mobility & WeaponsEquipment & OrdnanceCommunication ...and more »

WestConnex: Roads Minister serves cliches in latte tirade

The Age - May 28, 2015

Last week, as if to emphasise that point, his boss, Roads Minister Duncan Gay, delivered a tired old tyre tirade so grounded in the anti-urban platitudes of Australian politics I felt I'd slipped a century. Suddenly we were back at Federation, jeering across the ...and more »

Leaders and laggards: the Irish and Australia

The Age - May 28, 2015

Within the Labor Party, the traditional political home of Irish-Australian Catholics, progressives regarded Catholics, usually found in the party's right wing, as holding back social reforms such as equal representation for women within the party's ranks.and more »

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Grants regime ignores innovation: cancer pioneer Brendon Coventry

May 18, 2015

A doctor trialling a vaccine for melanoma patients has achieved among the best survival rates worldwide, including multiple cases of long-term remission, yet has been repeatedly knocked back for local research grants. ..and more »

Big miners BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto's 'flood the market tactics' threaten Australia's prosperity: Andrew Twiggy Forrest

Daily Telegraph - May 11, 2015

IRON ore is the bedrock of our economy. Like wool after the world wars, and gold before Federation, iron ore is now the single most important income generator for our nation...and more »

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