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Reforming the Australian grocery market

The Australian grocery market, dominated by Coles and Woolworths, faces scrutiny over pricing, competition, and innovation. Griffith University’s Graeme Hughes says reforms emphasising transparency, competition, and consumer empowerment are essential for its future.

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Hot Fiery Sun

The escalating human toll of extreme heat

Global heatwaves are causing severe human suffering, with vulnerable populations facing escalating risks. Urgent questions arise about mobility, decent work, health access, homelessness, mental health, and essential services during extreme heat says Professor Susan Harris Rimmer.

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Navigating investments wisely

Explore intelligent wealth-building insights: assess risk objectively, avoid herd mentality, and overcome overconfidence in navigating investments. Success lies not just in making money but in safeguarding it—creating a resilient financial foundation for the future says Dr John Fan.

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Australian money

The floating Australian dollar

The 40th anniversary of the floating of the Australian dollar on December 12, 2023, marks a pivotal moment in Australia’s economic history. Transitioning from a pegged to a flexible exchange rate in 1983, the journey showcases Australia’s economic adaptability, facilitated by a floating exchange rate system, poised to guide the nation towards sustained growth and stability on the global stage.

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Telecoms

Lessons from the Optus outage for remote Australia

The Optus outage in Australia, affecting 10 million customers, exposed the vulnerability of telecommunications, especially in remote areas. While urban disruptions garnered attention, rural communities faced greater challenges, emphasizing the normalcy of such events says Dr Amber Marshall.

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Overworked Nurse

Combatting placement poverty

Many Australian students are struggling with the rising cost of living and are taking on additional paid work while studying. Some students, especially those in health-related fields like nursing and midwifery, are facing “placement poverty” due to extensive unpaid placement hours. Addressing placement poverty is crucial to ensure a strong and diverse healthcare workforce in the future.

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Man checking a long receipt

Reforming the Australian grocery market

The Australian grocery market, dominated by Coles and Woolworths, faces scrutiny over pricing, competition, and innovation. Griffith University’s Graeme Hughes says reforms emphasising transparency, competition, and consumer empowerment are essential for its future.

Read more
Hot Fiery Sun

The escalating human toll of extreme heat

Global heatwaves are causing severe human suffering, with vulnerable populations facing escalating risks. Urgent questions arise about mobility, decent work, health access, homelessness, mental health, and essential services during extreme heat says Professor Susan Harris Rimmer.

Read more

Navigating investments wisely

Explore intelligent wealth-building insights: assess risk objectively, avoid herd mentality, and overcome overconfidence in navigating investments. Success lies not just in making money but in safeguarding it—creating a resilient financial foundation for the future says Dr John Fan.

Read more
Australian money

The floating Australian dollar

The 40th anniversary of the floating of the Australian dollar on December 12, 2023, marks a pivotal moment in Australia’s economic history. Transitioning from a pegged to a flexible exchange rate in 1983, the journey showcases Australia’s economic adaptability, facilitated by a floating exchange rate system, poised to guide the nation towards sustained growth and stability on the global stage.

Read more
Telecoms

Lessons from the Optus outage for remote Australia

The Optus outage in Australia, affecting 10 million customers, exposed the vulnerability of telecommunications, especially in remote areas. While urban disruptions garnered attention, rural communities faced greater challenges, emphasizing the normalcy of such events says Dr Amber Marshall.

Read more
Overworked Nurse

Combatting placement poverty

Many Australian students are struggling with the rising cost of living and are taking on additional paid work while studying. Some students, especially those in health-related fields like nursing and midwifery, are facing “placement poverty” due to extensive unpaid placement hours. Addressing placement poverty is crucial to ensure a strong and diverse healthcare workforce in the future.

Read more
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