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  • Kennett bemoans loss of cheesesticks

    The Age News Headlines
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    Ex-premier disappointed the East West Link will displace the dramatic entrance to the city.
  • Why the terrorists have won

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Comment: Today, Australians' rights and freedoms have been sacrificed.
  • White woman ‘given wrong sperm’

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    A WHITE woman in the US is suing a sperm bank, alleging the firm mistakenly gave her vials from a black donor.
  • Police believe murder was targeted attack

    NEWS.com.au | Breaking News
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    QUEENSLAND police say Mark Emmanuel Spencer, 37, was killed in a targeted attack at his Gold Coast home.
  • White woman ‘given wrong sperm’

    NEWS.com.au | Most Popular | Most Popular Stories
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    A WHITE woman in the US is suing a sperm bank, alleging the firm mistakenly gave her vials from a black donor.
 
 
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    NEWS.com.au | Most Popular | Most Popular Stories

  • White woman ‘given wrong sperm’

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    A WHITE woman in the US is suing a sperm bank, alleging the firm mistakenly gave her vials from a black donor.
  • Thor blimey, what’s going on ‘ere?

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    IS THAT really Chris Hemsworth with Julie Bishop? The Thor actor smartens up for a Parliament House visit - but what was he doing there?
  • Hird faces sack, banned from club B&F

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    ESSENDON coach James Hird faces the sack if he opts to go against club orders and appeal a Federal Court ruling on the Bombers’ drugs saga.
  • Obama in lift with armed ex-con

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    BARACK Obama was left to ride in a lift with an armed ex-convict — this latest embarrassment for the US Secret Service is unbelievable.
  • DNA needed to identify victim

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    THE body of a woman discovered at her Central Coast home is understood to have been attacked so badly DNA testing with a relative will be necessary to confirm her identity. A 55-year-old disabled pensioner has been charged with murder.
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    The Conversation

  • Abbott fans the burqa debate he was trying to cool

    Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow at University of Canberra
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:33 am
    A friend of mine bought a burqa when we were travelling in Afghanistan in 2002. She’s worn it perhaps once at drinks in Parliament House – before the garment became an issue - though not, as far as I am aware, when entering the building. I’ve not seen anyone else in or around Parliament House in a burqa. Conservative Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, who wants those in burqas banned from coming into the place, says he saw some women with facial veils three years ago. He took the matter up at Senate estimates and was told people could wear balaclavas too. Tony Abbott on Wednesday cautioned…
  • Breaking the silence around the 1965 Indonesian genocide

    Saskia E. Wieringa, Professor and Chair of Gender and Women's Same-sex Relations Crossculturally at University of Amsterdam
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    Symbols such as the monument of the slain Indonesian generals continue to propagate Suharto's version of events to today's Indonesian youth. Chez Julius Livre 1/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDNext year it will be 50 years since a group of middle-ranking army officers abducted the top brass of the Indonesian army. They had planned to bring them before President Sukarno, as they had heard rumours of a coup. However, they killed the generals instead. The bodies were dumped in a disused well on a training field of the air force, called Lubang Buaya, Crocodile Hole. To this day mystery surrounds these…
  • Non-Go8 university leaders seek changes to higher education bill

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The government's higher education reforms will benefit the prestigious universities with branding and price power, but few others. SuppliedLeaders of Australia’s middle-tier and regional universities are concerned that the government’s proposed higher education package will hurt their brand and their students. At a conference in Melbourne today, Deregulation in Higher Education, Southern Cross University Vice-Chancellor Peter Lee said his university and others in regional areas will be at a competitive disadvantage to larger, longer-established universities in capital cities when fee…
  • Five ways to stop the world’s wildlife vanishing

    Paul Jepson, Course Director, MSc Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at University of Oxford
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Going, going, gone: wildlife like the loris are disappearing. N. A. Naseer, CC BY-NC-NDFull marks to colleagues at the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London for the Living Planet Report 2014 and its headline message which one hopes ought to shock the world out of its complacency: a 52% decline of wildlife populations in the past 40 years. Over the summer I re-read Fairfield Osborne’s 1948 classic Our Plundered Planet – the first mass-readership environmental book that detailed the scale of the damage humanity wrought on nature. Faced with the figures in this report it…
  • New UK copyright law will do nothing to help young designers

    Dan Hunter, Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    If you have an empty home, you'd better fill it soon. Sergey Peterman/ShutterstockYou probably don’t think much about the derivation of that lovely shelving in your living room, or that sleek, stylish lamp. But many of them will be copies of designs from the 20s, 60s, 80s. And despite the fact that many of their designers are dead, the cheap reproduction of them is soon to be outlawed in the UK. Last year the UK Government introduced the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA), which included a provision intended to extend the protections of copyright law to mass-produced…
 
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    Daily Telegraph | Top Stories

  • Woman burns Aussie flag at memorial

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    UPDATE: Police have released CCTV footage of a woman linked with the burning of an Australian flag at the War Memorial.
  • Obama in lift with armed ex-con

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    BARACK Obama was left to ride in a lift with an armed ex-convict — this latest embarrassment for the US Secret Service is unbelievable.
  • DNA needed to identify victim

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    THE body of a woman discovered at her Central Coast home is understood to have been attacked so badly DNA testing with a relative will be necessary to confirm her identity. A 55-year-old disabled pensioner has been charged with murder.
  • Sutton grateful Burgess is on his side

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
    SOUTH Sydney captain John Sutton says forward enforcer Sam Burgess shapes as the key to the Rabbitohs breaking their 43-year premiership drought.
  • Untold grief over Quakers Hill victims

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:21 pm
    AS members of the victims’ families lined up to tell their personal stories at today’s inquest into the Quakers Hill nursing home fire it was clear that the pain of their loss was the same.
 
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • Making Excellent Customer Service Your Mission

    Terri Mitchell AKA The Profit Frog
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    If your customer service is not delivered at its very highest, it absolutely hurts your business through fewer dollars spent at your registers, lack of word-of-mouth referrals, and worst of all, loss of customer loyalty – which ultimately means they are shopping at your competitor and that ought to ring alarm bells for you. You […]
  • PayPal Launches – Flexible Small Business Loans

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Disruptive technology is at it again with PayPal about to launch their ‘Small Business Lending’ arm. If you process your business transactions through PayPal you need to check it out. Initially the working capital loans will be relatively small e.g. up to 8% of annual turnover, but as PayPal continue to mine and analyse the […]
  • Franchisee Sales – Maintaining the Confidentiality and Minimising Disruptions

    Simone Pentis
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Selling your franchise business? While you may have made the decision to sell your franchise business, until you have an unconditional contract you may not want to unnecessarily cause concern or raise questions you are not ready to answer. This may be particularly important in situations where you do not want suppliers and/or employees to […]
  • Hurry Up and Wait

    David Solomon
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    In my distant past I spent 2 years and 40 days in the Army (not that I was counting…much). One of the things that I remember very clearly was how we used be told to rush from place to place – literally running to get there. And when we did arrive to where we were […]
  • The True Cost of Losing Customers

    Sarah Savvas
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Customer retention is one of the most crucial factors at play in building and maintaining a successful business. A great example of an industry where customer loss is exceptionally high is the telco industry. The industry is saturated with operators and so price wars are inevitable. This creates low brand loyalty with customers switching providers […]
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    Policy Online - apo.org.au

  • Competition policy review: draft report

    Ian Harper | Australian Government Competition Policy Review, Su McCluskey | Australian Government Competition Policy Review, Peter Anderson | Australian Government Competition Policy Review, Michael O'Bryan | Australian Government Competition Policy Review
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:28 am
    Both the world and Australian economies have changed significantly since the Hilmer Review of the 1990s.  The recommendations in this Draft Report seek to bring Australia’s competition policy up to date.Read more
  • Children's rights in the digital age: a download from children around the world

    Amanda Third | Institute for Culture and Society, Delphine Bellerose | Institute for Culture and Society, Urszula Dawkins | Institute for Culture and Society, Emma Keltie | Institute for Culture and Society, Kari Pihl | Institute for Culture and Society
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Evidence from across the world is telling us that no matter where they are from, more and more children are relying on digital tools, platforms and services to learn, engage, participate, play, innovate, work or socialise.Read more
  • Parental sexual offending: managing risk through diversion

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Reports on static and dynamic risk factors in an Australian sample of parental child sex offenders and the predictive strength of those factors regarding reoffending with or without a treatment intervention.Read more
  • Dying well

    Hal Swerissen | Grattan Institute, Stephen Duckett | Grattan Institute
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Recommends more public discussion, including an education campaign, about the limits of health care as death approaches and the need to focus on end-of-life care.Read more
  • Women, work and the menopause: releasing the potential of older professional women

    Gavin Jack | Women Work and the Menopause, Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society, Marian Pitts | Women Work and the Menopause, Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society, Kathleen Riach | Women Work and the Menopause, Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society, Emily Banks | Women Work and the Menopause, Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society, Jan Schapper | Women Work and the Menopause, Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society, Philip Sarrel | Women Work and the Menopause, Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Explores the experiences of menopause for professional women as part of a broader appreciation of health and well-being in later life.Read more
 
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    Miscellaneous Mum - Trying to find the objective correlative, everyday

  • 10 Poems to Make You Cry

    Karen Andrews
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    This post was inspired by a book review I read in The Australian about the release of Poems That Make Grown Men Cry. I haven’t read it yet (I’m fourth in the hold line at the local library on a lone copy), and while I am waiting I’ve been pondering what poems I’d include in a similar collection and asked some writer friends which one they’d choose. You’ll see them below, along with seven of my own.     1. This Morning in a Morning Voice by Todd Boss I first came across this poem quite by accident while using the ‘poetry spinner’ on…
  • Tips on Changing the Focus of Your Blog

    Karen Andrews
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    I received a question via email last week and requested permission to post it here so I can answer. The main reason for this is because I hear this question a lot, in varying forms, and have actually been meaning to write about the topic for some time. So that’s a nice coincidence! The question: I would like to ask you how you re-aligned your blog topics after you changed from a parenting blog to a creative/writer’s blog? Now I am stuck about what direction to write in for my actual blog, I don’t feel qualified to offer writing tips as I am a newbie. Do I take a business…
  • The Creative Life – Veronica and Kim Foale

    Karen Andrews
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    For today’s installment of ‘The Creative life’ I wanted to talk explore a mother/daughter relationship and how that contributes creativity and accomplishment and immediately thought of Veronica and Kim Foale. I’ve known both ladies for many years now and both bring strength and conviction to whatever project they’re working on.    Veronica Foale   To those of your blog readers who’ve known you for your writing up until now, can you explain a little about your new soap business, Veronica Foale Essentials? Have you always made them, and what drove…
  • Family Friendly Dining at InterContinental with Planet Trekkers Menu

    Karen Andrews
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    We were guests of InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto for the purposes of this post. The InterContinental hotel chain has recently released their Planet Trekkers menu. This menu was developed by Park Lane InterContinental chef Theo Randall along with leading children’s food expert Annabel Karmel. We were invited along to give it a try and, given our foodie experiences with resident picky eater (Riley), I cautiously – but optimistically – accepted. I will say right off the bat that the InterContinental at The Rialto is one of Melbourne’s best known hotels, set off…
  • When Boot Space Becomes Exhibition Space

    Karen Andrews
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    The odometer read just over 500 kilometres when we took delivery of the Ford Territory Titanium. As you can see below, the road trip we took bumped that up big time.   Now it’s school holidays, I’m looking forward to having a reprieve from the lunch making and uniform ironing and all the other little jobs that comprise those busy mornings. For example, this morning, we slept in, made pancakes, played a board game and then I took a moment to slip outside to take a couple of photographs.   (Although this picture is actually by Keira) This is when the kids joined me and…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I had the pleasure of being invited to a special event at Varga Girl, a boutique in Leederville. This event launched the first capsule from the “ML Vintage Collection” featuring original, never-been-worn 1970s vintage Missoni, Versace and Courreges and Krizia clothing and accessories. There is a pretty cool story behind this collection! Mary Lipshut was a fashion buyer and owned a fashion label. She worked for Myer Australia in the 1970s where she bought labels such as Pucci, Missoni and Courreges… plus made friends with fashion royalties such as Gianni Versace, Ottavio and Rosita…
  • Haircuts are my thing!

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I know lots of women who have a “grooming THING”. Some love their manicures, some can’t live without a facial, some go to a day spa for a full body massage. It’s their one thing that they have to do regularly. In the past, I’ve never really had a THING. I’m not really a high maintenance kind of girl (I like to think!) Sure I like to be pampered, but I really can’t be bothered most of the time. I’m busy with life, family, kids, fitness and my hobbies… and it just isn’t a big priority for me. Plus all that pampering and grooming stuff is so expensive and time consuming! I…
  • Geocaching – Real-Life Treasure Hunting

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    We’ve slipped on our gumboots and armed ourselves with a map and compass! My kids and I have recently discovered Geocaching! What is it you ask? Because it sounds like professional mining exploration and… plain hard work :P Geocaching is a real life, on-going treasure hunt that is happening all around the world and in your local park right now. It’s so much fun! Basically, you download an app, sign up, turn on your location service, then you look for geocaches that are hidden in your area (or where ever you are in the world). We were delighted to discover that there were…
  • That Bird Label – Blue Maxi Dress

    admin
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The team at Birdsnest have launched their new Summer Collection for That Bird Label – a special collaboration between the shop and its customers. The team designs and develops styles based on ongoing feedback from their customer, who also get a final say about prints and colours. Featuring lots of bright, bold prints, ladylike silhouettes, easy wraps and draping… the collection has some lovely pieces for real women. Anyway, this dress was my pick of the whole collection! It is the Bonnie Maxi Dress in a Blue Garden Maze pattern. There is a black and green version with a slightly different…
  • Mossy Landscapes

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    My 5 year old boy and I were doing some gardening the other day, when I asked him to pull out some weeds on the driveway. He happily pulled all the weeds. Then he started to dig up some mossy strips growing between the paving bricks. He was utterly fascinated with the moss, and I can see why! We placed his collection on a plate and covered them with water. Now they sit like teeny tiny grassy islands on a dinner plate world. And if you look a little closer, the lush green fields roll back into the horizon, with a lumpy swamp-like terrain, covered with a smattering of trees and shrubs. My son…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Aaron Blabey’s Lessons With a Twist

    Romi Sharp
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Aaron Blabey is an actor-turned children’s author and illustrator, having great success with award-winning books including Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon, and Pig the Pug, which is becoming one of Australia’s best selling picture books. Fortunate to have Sunday Chutney as the chosen book to be read in schools […]
  • Meet Deadly D and Justice Jones

    Joy Lawn
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Deadly D/Dylan and Justice about your Deadly D and Justice Jones books (Magabala Books). Kids who like rugby league and sport are going to love these books. Questions for Dylan/Deadly D and Justice - What are your favourite football teams and players? Dylan: Growing up in Mount Isa and being a North Queensland […]
  • Review – The Billy That Died with its Boots On

    Dimity Powell
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Grade Four Brief: fill an entire exercise book with a collection of poetry based on the theme ‘Don’t’. ‘I hear don’t much more than do. I think that’s sad, how about you?’ was my interpretation of the theme. It featured on every page. Outcome: I filled the book, each page boasting original arrangements of strangled […]
  • The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in October

    Boomerang Books
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief Fiction Books The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion I am not going to ruin this outrageously funny book for you by telling you what happens this time round to Don. However Rosie and Don have been married for 10 months so […]
  • Aussie Kids Love Stickers

    Tracey Allen
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    Aussie kids love stickers, and I’ve pulled together a collection of sticker books to delight all ages. And the best thing? They’ve all been selected from the Boomerang Books Australia’s Top 1000 Bestselling Books list, which means you save 20% off the RRP. Great stuff, hey? First up is from the increasingly popular character, Peppa Pig in Peppa […]
 
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    The Interpreter

  • Australia-India nuclear deal: The need for full parliamentary scrutiny

    John Carlson
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    In a previous post, I pointed out how the Australia-India nuclear cooperation agreement departs from Australia's longstanding safeguards requirements. In particular, there is a risk that the follow-on 'administrative arrangement' could deprive Australia of the ability to track and account for Australian uranium supplied to India. It is not too late to address this problem in a way that ensures the agreement is meaningful and can command bipartisan support in Australia. There will be a crucial role here for the Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT), which will…
  • China's Hong Kong: One country, two incompatible systems

    Malcolm Cook
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The ongoing student-led demonstrations in Hong Kong, which oppose China's undemocratic framework for the 'selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage', are similar in cause, focus and likely outcome as the 2003 mass demonstrations against the then attempts to implement Article 23 of the Basic law. The anti-sedition act aimed at fulfilling Article 23, which was withdrawn after the 1 July 2003 marches, states that 'The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the Central…
  • Could Myanmar’s hunt for energy derail peace?

    Elliot Brennan
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    A little over a quarter of Myanmar's population has access to electricity. Despite this incredible statistic, the country has tremendous energy potential. Criss-crossed with rivers (not to mention an abundance of hydrocarbons), hydropower could provide for much of Myanmar's energy needs. However, it was attempts to harness this hydropower that led to renewed conflict in Kachin state in 2011. A new proposed dam could provoke a similar fallout. Myanmar's Ayeyerwaddy River; Photo by Author In order to support the country's development, Naypyidaw is under pressure to generate more electricity.
  • China Links: Hong Kong, guns, US-China, Yellow River, Xinjiang and more

    Dirk van der Kley
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    James Millward on China's fruitless repression of the Uighurs.  The SMH reports the Chinese embassy in Canberra tried to prevent the Australian ABC airing last night's Foreign Correspondent program on Uighurs.   Beijing to deploy a live fish carrier to the South China Sea. Wu Jianmin argues China-US relations are basically in good shape, despite challenges. Meanwhile Orville Schell highlights the poor treatment Jimmy Carter received on a recent trip to China to exemplify what he sees as worsening bilateral relations.   Stunning photo essay of the Yellow River’s…
  • Is the Abbott Government abandoning Australia’s nuclear safeguards standards for India?

    John Carlson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The signing last month of a civil nuclear cooperation agreement between Australia and India has been greeted as an important step towards closer relations between the two countries, as well as bringing India into the global nuclear energy mainstream. These are worthy objectives, but not at any cost.  Now that the text of the agreement has been quietly made public, some substantial departures from Australia's current safeguards conditions are evident. These suggest, disturbingly, that Australia may be unable to keep track of what happens to uranium supplied to India. In this post I will…
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    Gigajobs

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    Australia Visa Immigration Information

  • Visitor Visa applications for the Christmas and New Year period. Lodge your application now to avoid disappointment.

    John Bell
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    If you are intending to visit Australia for the December/January holiday period the Department of Immigration experiences a very high volume of visa applications during this period, which causes delays in visa processing. In order to avoid disappointment, we recommend that you follow these guidelines when lodging your visitor visa application: 1) Lodge your visa application well in advance of your date of travel (at least 2 months). The average processing time for visitor visa applications during this period may be up to 1 month. The Department of Immigration global processing standard for…
  • Minor issue – big trouble

    John Bell
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    A new hard line stance is being taken by the Department of Boarder Protection, as previously minor issues are now causing visas to be refused or cancelled. The examples below are real cases. Issue 1: Character A Canadian working holiday applicant who is now 24. At the age of 18 was caught in the USA with alcohol (personal use), otherwise no issues at all. He now has to go through a complete police clearance process in the USA and Canada. In the past (for WHMs at least), the declaration of this ‘offence’ was sufficient and the Visa would have been approved within a week. In another…
  • Australian Visa Application Fees and Charges 2014

    National Visas
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Australian visa fees and charges rise every year, implemented on the July 1 start of each migration program year. The last significant increase on visa charges occurred in July 2013, when the Australian government approved price increases for skilled visas and partner visas, among others. Unusually, 2013 saw fee increases at other times throughout the year also as the labour government sought to claw back its debt. A look at Australian visa application costs The components of a visa application cost include (1) base application charges, (2) government charges, and (3) non-government costs.
  • Prepare Your Skills: Australia’s High-Demand Jobs This Next 10 Years

    National Visas
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    The Australian labour force is gearing to adapt to the “competitive, technology-driven future,” summarised the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency in its 2013 paper that envisions the country’s working future. According to Future focus, 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy, Australia’s working population needs to be composed of highly skilled workers with “technical, professional, and managerial” knowledge. This outlook is due to the continuous global movement towards technological growth. Among this group of workers, one set seems to be in greatest…
  • Australian Visa Application: Your Impact on Visa Processing Time

    National Visas
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Visa processing time is the average time the Department of Immigration and registered migration companies take to handle visa lodgements up to approval. Considered unique and of equal urgency among all applicants, visa applications are processed using time service standards that are linked to the Portfolio Budget Statements. Simply, the department can only assign migration places based from the approved budget. How does a visa applicant affect visa processing time? Technically, the processing of any type of visa can only start once it is received by the department. In a scenario wherein…
 
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    Bondville

  • Make: DIY Macrame plant hanger from TMOD

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Well I'm pretty sure you know how hot indoor plants are this year, and macrame is having a moment too; so I was pretty excited to receive this fun DIY macrame plant hanger kit by TMOD from the kind folks at Notemaker. Cute and fun!Read more »
  • Oobi's Halloween Spooky range for girls 3-11 years

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Do your kids love Halloween as much as ours do? We're all for a chance for the little ones to use their imagination and dress up - there's so much excitement as they plan outfits with their friends and we walk around the streets chatting to neighbours. It's not really about the lollies for us, but more about having fun and making memories for the little ones.If you don't have time to DIY, now there is an alternative to standard costumes from one of Australia's favourite kids' fashion labels, Oobi. These cute outfits and accessories are available for girls in sizes from…
  • Loving: Thankyou ethical hand wash

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    I discovered the Thankyou hand wash in my local grocery store a few weeks ago and we love it to bits. With its smart packaging, our hand soap looks great in our new bathroom, smells good, doesn't include any nasties (SLS, SLES, Parabens, detergents, artificial colours etc), and all ingredients are sourced ethically. It's not tested on animals, and is 100% recycled. On top of that, the sale of one Thankyou Body Care bottle directly contributes to one needy person receiving access to health and hygiene training. You can find the Thankyou Body Care range in Australian grocery…
  • Caleb's grey nursery with pops of colour

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Mum Amy filled her newborn son Caleb's room with lots of beautiful fair trade products from her online store Happy As Larry Designs. I'm completely wow'd by Amy's ombre grey IKEA drawers hack. They look amazing with colourful knobs to match the pixel rug. Read on for all the details from Caleb's gorgeous room.Room: Caleb's nurseryAge: NewbornDesigned by: Mum Amy (from Happy As Larry Designs)Location: Perth, WARead more »
  • Family Day Trip: 8 things to do in Dural and Brooklyn, NSW

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    I've been hugely lucky this year to be loaned a zippy Ford EcoSport Titanium as part of the Kidspot Voices of 2014 program and this weekend took advantage of the gorgeous Spring weather to take the EcoSport for a semi-rural escape/half-day trip to peaceful Dural, NSW.Dural is only 36 km north-west of the Sydney CBD but feels like you've reached the country, with its rolling hills, horses, farms, and views out to the Blue Mountains. It's instantly relaxing and perfect for a Sunday drive - ours was in the Ford EcoSport Titanium - a small SUV, but a comfortable fit for our family…
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  • Happy 1001 Days! (101 Things in 1001 Days)

    Elizabeth
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    I’m writing this post from the magical looking tent in the picture above, making me officially the luckiest girl I know.  Tim and I have spent the past few days glamping right on the beach near Sorrento, and late last night I braved the cold to take the photo above because I knew it would be a beauty.  The sky was crystal clear, and with no light pollution around the stars were just phenomenal.  We could even see the Milky Way, but tonight the sky is covered in cloud and it’s just as lovely listening to the rain tapping on our canvas roof. My goodness, what a way to end a…
  • Tasks #89-93 – DRAW ALL THE THINGS

    Elizabeth
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
    101 Things in 1001 Days: Task #89 – Draw or paint 25 figures Task #90 – Draw or paint 25 faces Task #91 – Draw or paint 25 hands Task #92 – Draw or paint 25 still life scenes Task #93 – Draw or paint 25 trees Let me begin by saying that yes, this is one of those occasional image-heavy posts.  Now would probably be a good time for a cup of tea.   Back when I wrote my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days almost 3 years ago I was taking weekly classes at the Melbourne Studio of Art… and I was rapidly running out of cash!  Those classes were excellent for a…
  • #79 – Complete an alphabet photo series

    Elizabeth
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Task #79 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Complete an alphabet photo series For almost three years my deadline for the this project, 28 September 2014, has seemed a very long way away.  It’s hard to believe that I’m staring down the barrel of the final week.  Just 6 days to go! This is the 88th completed task, and I promise that sounds far worse than it actually is.  So many of my tasks are neeeearly complete, and those that are yet to be started are part of a special plan for next weekend.  More on that later. But first, enjoy this fun little photo series.  Each…
  • #98 – Make a time lapse video of a drawing or painting

    Elizabeth
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Portrait from Scarlet Words on Vimeo. Item #98 on my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days: make a time lapse video of a drawing or painting. I spent Saturday at my dining table, surrounded by brushes and watercolours and paper. With just 21 days to go until my deadline (eek!) I have a stack of drawing to get done, and by the end of today I started to feel like the lady in this drawing looks.  Over it. Serves me right for procrastinating, I guess. This facepalming lady was fun to make.  I’m starting to learn how to use water soluble graphite which, when paired with canvas paper,…
  • #67: How to cure an #iSlave

    Elizabeth
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Image source: Romance Academy   Task #67 of my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days: Have a technology-free weekend Let me tell you about life without phones, screens and social media!  I’ve just spent a weekend free of all my gadgets and it was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. I left work last Friday afternoon with my phone locked in my office cupboard, and by the time I reached the car park I already felt different.  It felt very liberating to be free of the buzz each time an email, text, tweet or Facebook notification came in and that was the moment that I realised…
 
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  • Stay with the locals in Cairns

    rockytravel
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Why I like to stay with the locals on my solo trips As a solo traveller I am always keen to try out new ways of staying on a budget that suit my solo travel needs. I love to stay in style at affordable prices. Last year I made my first experience to stay with [...] The post Stay with the locals in Cairns appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Discover Tropical North Queensland

    rockytravel
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    How to discover Tropical North Queensland on a Solo Trip I have just returned from an amazing . This wasn’t my first visit to North Queensland. It was my third trip, but the very first time with no rain! I am so thankful I could visit and enjoy the places with no interruption. September marks [...] The post Discover Tropical North Queensland appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Pack for an Outdoor Adventure

    rockytravel
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Tips to pack light for an Outdoor Adventure My Australia Travels are focussed on Nature and Wildlife. So, when it come to preparing my Australia trip I know how to pack for an Outdoor Adventure. I usually spend 65-70% of of my time in the outdoors, 20% walking and exploring cities, and 10% visiting art [...] The post How to Pack for an Outdoor Adventure appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Australia Travel Apps

    rockytravel
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Best Travel Apps to help you explore Australia Once you have planned your trip to Australia, the next step is to prepare for explorations. While there are still tons of information on paper, such as brochures, leaflets, maps, printouts, it is beneficial to have all information stored on one our device, either smartphone, iphone or [...] The post Australia Travel Apps appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here is my Solo Travel Book

    rockytravel
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    What I have been up lately After months of hard work, I am thrilled to announce my first Solo Travel Book, which is now live on the internet! So, now you know why it was so quite on the Rocky Travel Blog, lately… Drums roll. Here is my Solo Travel Book: “”. Why this ebook? [...] The post Here is my Solo Travel Book appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Want to quit your job and take off on a road trip?

    Jo Castro
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Thinking of a road trip? There are around 2,620 holiday parks around Australia, and coupled with great weather it’s no wonder that people love to camp and caravan. It’s a fabulous way to get out and see the country if you’d like to discover places at grass roots level, so to speak. And Western Australia […] The post Want to quit your job and take off on a road trip? appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Great Walks of the World : Magnetic Island

    Jo Castro
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    Don’t know about you, but gyms aren’t for me. I’ve just cancelled my membership (again) because I couldn’t justify the money and I didn’t use it enough. For me, the best way to keep fit is to walk, and in Australia we are blessed with some amazing walks with incredible scenery. Just recently I was […] The post Great Walks of the World : Magnetic Island appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Accommodation Surfers Paradise and a Beach that Never Ends

    Jo Castro
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:51 am
    I’ve just attended the largest annual Bloggers’ meet-up in Australia; the Problogger Event in Queensland. I know, lucky … but to tell you the truth it’s such a great event that I’d fight hell and high water to get there again next year too! Accommodation Surfers Paradise For the second year in a row it […] The post Accommodation Surfers Paradise and a Beach that Never Ends appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • South West Events: Balingup Medieval Carnival 2014

    Jo Castro
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Gotta love the South West Events and Festivals. One of our faves is the Balingup Medieval Carnival which is held annually in August and even if you’re not into all things Medieval, it’s a fabulous event. In fact it’s a bit like being transported back to the Middle Ages, with music, costumes and re-enacted battle […] The post South West Events: Balingup Medieval Carnival 2014 appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Why you should visit Nannup, Western Australia

    Jo Castro
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    When we first arrived in Western Australia we were told about the Golden Triangle. It sounded a little like the Bermuda Triangle and equally as mysterious, given that we had so much to discover over the very wide ground that is Western Australia. But nowadays we pop down to Nannup quite often, for a weekend […] The post Why you should visit Nannup, Western Australia appeared first on ZigaZag.
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