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  • Iran 'sought gunman's extradition'

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Police chief says Australia rebuffed attempts to have Man Haron Monis returned.
  • ‘They like to pretend that it doesn’t happen’

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:41 am
    REMEMBER Ewan McGregor’s character in the film ‘Ghostwriter’? We speak to the man who the role was based on to shed some light on one of the most mysterious professions.
  • Cairns mother charged over 8 child deaths

    NEWS.com.au | Breaking News
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:55 pm
    A CAIRNS mother has been charged with eight counts of murder as she remains in hospital under police guard.
  • ‘They like to pretend that it doesn’t happen’

    NEWS.com.au | Most Popular | Most Popular Stories
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:41 am
    REMEMBER Ewan McGregor’s character in the film ‘Ghostwriter’? We speak to the man who the role was based on to shed some light on one of the most mysterious professions.
  • The big winner in Abbott's reshuffle is the ambitious Scott Morrison

    The Conversation
    Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow at University of Canberra
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    Tony Abbott has seized the opportunity for a significant reshuffle that he says puts “jobs and families” at the heart of his 2015 agenda, as he seeks to “reset and refocus” his battered government. The changes favour key allies (Scott Morrison and Kevin Andrews), scrape at barnacles (the women issue) and attempt to address some problem areas (the failure in selling messages, poor negotiation with crossbenchers). The big winner is the highly ambitious Scott Morrison (who, incidentally, is said to be close to Abbott’s chief of staff Peta Credlin). He gets the expanded portfolio of…
 
 
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    The Conversation

  • The big winner in Abbott's reshuffle is the ambitious Scott Morrison

    Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow at University of Canberra
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    Tony Abbott has seized the opportunity for a significant reshuffle that he says puts “jobs and families” at the heart of his 2015 agenda, as he seeks to “reset and refocus” his battered government. The changes favour key allies (Scott Morrison and Kevin Andrews), scrape at barnacles (the women issue) and attempt to address some problem areas (the failure in selling messages, poor negotiation with crossbenchers). The big winner is the highly ambitious Scott Morrison (who, incidentally, is said to be close to Abbott’s chief of staff Peta Credlin). He gets the expanded portfolio of…
  • Micro Parties Surge in Vic Upper House on Major Party Vote Fall

    Adrian Beaumont, PhD Student, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Melbourne
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    At the Victorian election held on the 29 November, Labor won a comfortable majority in the lower house. However, it was a different story in the upper house. The Coalition won 16 of the 40 seats, down 5 on the 2010 result, Labor 14, down 2, the Greens 5, up 2, the Shooters & Fishers 2, and the Sex Party, Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and Vote 1 Local Jobs each won one seat. As a result, if the Coalition opposes a bill, Labor will need the Greens and at least two of the other five cross-benchers to pass it. The Coalition’s upper house vote was 36.1%, down 7.0% on 2010, Labor had 33.5%,…
  • Cuba: notes from a frequent visitor

    Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Professor of History at Vanderbilt University
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    There's a lot to be rebuilt in downtown Havana Jane Landers, Author providedAs an historian who grew up in the Caribbean and who has been researching and traveling to Cuba since it was still a Soviet dependent, I have been asked frequently in the last few days my impression of the astounding news that the United States and Cuba have agreed to restore diplomatic relations with one another. My short answer is that this breakthrough in US-Cuban relations is hugely important and long overdue. The standoff was a remnant of the Cold War that made no sense when we deal with more repressive…
  • The Interview, Hollywood and the politics of ridicule

    Patricia Phalen, Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Is it ever okay to depict the assassination of living person? KCNA/ReutersSony’s decision to cancel the Christmas Day release of its film The Interview is drawing harsh criticism from Hollywood’s elite. George Clooney is asking everyone to stand up against the cancellation. Judd Apatow is defending comedy’s history of attacking people who are “bad to other people.” Rob Lowe, Steve Carell, Jimmy Kimmel and many, many more celebrities have added their voices to the mix. The Interview, which features Randall Park in the role of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, follows an absurd (and…
  • The Stephen Colbert legacy

    Sophia A. McClennen, Director, Center for Global Studies at Pennsylvania State University
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Stephen Colbert created an extraordinary character: a right-wing, bloviating pundit who was both outrageous and adorable. Lucy Nicholson/ReutersIf you were following politics over the last few election cycles, you were most likely getting some of your information from satire. In fact, research has shown that in today’s political climate, satire has become one of the most influential sources of public discourse in our nation – especially for younger voters. Sometimes, satirical news shows even create news of their own that’s later reported on by mainstream outlets. A number of comedians…
 
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    Daily Telegraph | Top Stories

  • Burns double fires Phoenix past Sydney FC

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:20 am
    NATHAN Burns scored a double as Wellington Phoenix beat Sydney FC 2-0 at Allianz Stadium. Relive all the action in match centre.
  • PM doubles women in Cabinet

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    TONY ABBOTT has unveiled a “significant” shake-up of his ministry, with David Johnston dumped and Sussan Ley becoming the second woman in Cabinet.
  • PM doubles women in Cabinet

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    TONY ABBOTT has unveiled a “significant” shake-up of his ministry, with David Johnston dumped and Sussan Ley becoming the second woman in Cabinet.
  • Police oppose bail for murder accused mum

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    POLICE say they will oppose bail for the Cairns woman charged with murdering seven of her children and a niece.
  • Anonymous caller warned of Monis

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:45 pm
    ON THE weekend before the Lindt cafe siege, authorities received an anonymous call urging them to look at the website of Man Haron Monis.
 
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    Women's Network Australia Blog

  • Planning a Balanced 2015 – Business and LIFE!

    Dianna Jacobsen
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    As 2014 draws to a close, many of us are doing a number of things: stressing about Christmas preparations; looking forward to some family time and days off work; starting to wonder what 2015 may bring and what we should plan for next year; and dwelling on how many things we have yet to tick-off […]
  • The New Code – Changing Franchising From 1 January 2015

    Simone Pentis
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Franchising industry is about to go through another major change. The final version of the new Franchising Code of Conduct (“New Code”) together with the regulation repealing the existing Franchising Code of Conduct (“Old Code”) have been released and are now moving through the process of being tabled into the houses of parliament. While […]
  • Do More Than Just Survive Christmas – 10 Tips on How to Thrive.

    Sue Lester
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    No matter what your normal family dynamics, the busy festive season can be stressful, so here are some helpful tips and reminders to get you through with a smile. 1. Leave the Past where it belongs, your version of it only exists in your head. 2. If you are going to imagine a future event […]
  • If You Are Confused About Wealth – Then Smile!

    Leo Eliades
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When I was in my twenties there was a time when I was convinced that wealth was only for others, not me. As much as I wanted the freedom and the choices that came with wealth, I was so confused and that was enough to make me give up. Fortunately for me and those I […]
  • How to Use Google Keyword Planner to Brainstorm Blog Topics

    Sorcha Mullis
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Not just good for paid and organic keyword research, Google’s keyword planner tool also offers a terrific platform for brainstorming new blog topics that you know people will want to read – because they’ve been searching for it! Google keyword planner is a free AdWords tool that will help you find ideas for your blog […]
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    Bartlett's Blog

  • Democrat stalwart dies

    Andrew Bartlett
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    The role of the Australian Democrats as a political force is beginning to recede into history. It is now over six years since the party ceased having representation in the federal Parliament. But I am keen that the very positive legacy of the party is not forgotten and nor should those people who made a major contribution to the party’s success. One such person is Heather Southcott, who died last week at the age of 86. While she served briefly in the South Australian parliament, her major contribution was in the administrative arm of the party over many years. She was National President of…
  • The Liberal’s compulsion to turn public assets into private wealth – and get the public to help fund the process

    Andrew Bartlett
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:11 am
    The LNP in Queensland have been softening up the public for a privatisation binge pretty much from the day they got elected in 2012. In recent times, they’ve kindly made the public pay millions for a prolonged wide-ranging advertising campaign – badly disguised as a pretend consultation process called Strong Choices. Naturally, any input from the public that didn’t back privatisation was ignored and the recent Budget duly contained a range of privatisation measures. And to rub in just how shameless governments with big majorities can be, having ignored the majority view of the public,…
  • Political donations: buying influence and outcomes.

    Andrew Bartlett
    15 May 2014 | 5:44 am
    The furore in New South Wales over developers and resource companies seeking to buy influence through political donations has died down a bit as focus has turned to the federal Budget. Whilst no one is linking Budget decisions to specific donations, it is pretty obvious the Coalition has brought down a Budget which favours many of their major financial backers, whilst a very large number of less well off people will be paying a significant financial price as a result of Budget decisions (although the Senate still has some key decisions to make before we all know for sure what the fate of some…
  • On War and Remembrance

    Andrew Bartlett
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Since I took up studying teaching, all that half-silly/half-sinister commentary that happens from time to time alleging Australia’s school children are having their brains filled with left-wing propaganda – especially when it comes to history – has become a bit more directly relevant for me. Although it’s pretty clear that fact-free fumigating by some random politician – even a random Education Minister – has little direct effect on what is taught in classrooms, it does have its effect on what some adults think is taught in schools, and on public conceptualisations of history…
  • Time to restore an Upper House in Qld’s Parliament

    Andrew Bartlett
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Calls to bring back the Upper House – or Legislative Council – in Queensland’s Parliament appear with fairly regular frequency. Like every other state Upper House at the time, when Queensland’s Legislative Council voted to abolish itself back in 1921, all its members were appointed rather than elected – something which certainly needed addressing. However, every other state (eventually) dealt with this through the obvious mechanism of requiring members of the Upper House to be directly elected. The absence of any form of check and balance over the Queensland…
 
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    Karen Andrews - learning through life and creativity

  • Goodbye 2014

    Karen Andrews
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The tragic events of the Sydney siege earlier in the week has sent a potent reminder to not only myself, but I think the rest of the country, about the important things in life: to not take it for granted, to tell our family and friends how much we love them, to not close our hearts at such times, but to keep them open. How compassion is a powerful and beautiful thing. Coming into Christmas, many of our thoughts turn this way anyway, but I think this year most people will be especially aware and appreciative – I know I will be. Those of you who read via feeds, or who haven’t been…
  • Art Aquarium experience at Melbourne Aquarium {Giveaway}

    Karen Andrews
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    This past weekend, we were guests of the Melbourne Aquarium to get a preview look and try-out of their new ‘Art Aquarium’ exhibit for the summer. This interactive experience, set up on a state-of-the-art screen, allows the young (and young at heart – see picture!) to create their own fish to then see projected onto a virtual aquarium and see swim around! As you can see in my picture, I chose a shark, but there are a number of different species on offer to colour in. Riley’s first fish was a jellyfish and Keira’s was a tropical kind. It was exciting to see your…
  • Shift Your Thinking to Change Your Life

    Karen Andrews
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you had asked me five or ten years, or even 12 months, ago if I thought I’d ever run a marathon, I probably would’ve shrugged my shoulders and said brightly, “Oh, sure, I reckon. Probably. Maybe. Pass me some wine, please.” The difference between that Karen and me right now… isn’t all that much, honestly. I just made the conscious decision to do it. That didn’t mean I was any less nervous as I prepared, but it did eliminate a lot of the flip-flopping that I do when making (some) big decisions. Marathon training, and writing again, required a lot of…
  • Year of Creative Engagement – November and December and Overall Summary

    Karen Andrews
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:34 am
    Extracted from original introductory post: The Year of Creative Engagement (#yoce) will be my attempt to document my creative journey, put greater stock in accountability and output, while also showing what new work I’m reading or listening to. My monthly book reports already feature here on the blog, and this exercise will also appear on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. These will be hashtagged #yoce I’ve already begun this journey, for I’ve been participating in the Month of Poetry project, posting micro poems every day this month on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #mop14.
  • Thirty-Six

    Karen Andrews
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    It was my birthday on Friday. I turned thirty-six. I’ve briefly flicked back and read a few birthday posts from years past. If I was a good blogger this would be where I link to these and chuckle over their joy (or melancholy – I tend to oscillate between the two at the thought of another year gone), but I’m not going to do that because I haven’t been a very good blogger lately. I’ve been writing. You see, the above photo was taken on Saturday, the day after my birthday, and is actually why I’ve made the time to sit down today and write this…
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    Karen Cheng's Fashion and Life

  • Win $200 to Spend at Vision Direct

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:18 pm
    I’ve teamed up with Vision Direct to give one lucky winner a $200 voucher to purchase a pair of hot new sunglasses! You can choose from styles like Ray-Ban, Celine, Gucci, Chloe, D&G, Givenchy, Missoni, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, YSL and much more. The range is really impressive and the prices are the best I’ve seen online. Vision Direct have put together a Christmas Gift Guide so you can see the best and most popular styles in simple categories (glamour, career, retro, trendy etc). The photos above is a collection of glamorous styles, including frames like Dolce & Gabbana,…
  • 50% off Three Floor Dresses at ASOS

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Oh wow! Since writing about my Three Floor Dress earlier this week, I found a whole heap of Three Floor Dress styles at ASOS – on 50% off sale :) These dresses are from $100 – $180, which is an amazing bargain when they’re usually $300-$400. They’re perfect for a New Year’s Eve party! Scroll below for a direct link to the dresses – happy shopping! Turn on your JavaScript to view content
  • The Library Dress Hire

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Yesterday I mentioned I borrowed a dress from a new dress hire boutique in Perth, called The Library Dress. I’ve never done it before, because my thinking has been that if I’m going to spend $130-$150 to hire a dress that I’ll wear ONCE, I may as well put in a bit more money and spend $250 on a dress that I can keep forever. Am I right?! I estimate that every year I go to one or two weddings, one black tie corporate ball, and maybe 6-8 big functions… which is possibly a bit more than most people, but hey, it’s part of my job. Anyway, the problem is that these…
  • High Tea Fundraiser for Borderless Friendship WA

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I had the pleasure of attending a High Tea Fundraising Event for Borderless Friendship WA (BFWA). BFWA is part of the Borderless Friendship Foundation (BFF) in Thailand, who work with 350-400 communities in the remote areas of Northern Thailand. Specifically, they enhance the lives of children, youth, women and vulnerable people within those communities; helping them with food, education, medical help, safe drinking water and sanitation. I did a bit of reading up on them; although they are not a large organisation, I’m deeply impressed by the kind of work that they do. They sound like a…
  • 25 Day Fitness Challenge – Day 8 to 14

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    As I’ve mentioned before, I have dedicated the month of December to getting fit again. For 25 days, I’m going to try to do some kind of vigorous exercise each day. See all the past activity for my Fitness Challenge here. This is what I’ve been up to this week: Monday – Day 8 Netball game. Super high intensity workout! Tuesday – Day 9 Went for a quick 3.5km run around the block. Wednesday – Day 10 Strength and floor exercises. Lunges, squats, burpees, planks, spiderman – the lot! Thursday – Day 11 Weights workout. Just used 3kg dumbbells and tried to target my upper…
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Your Last Minute Gift Solution

    Boomerang Books
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers make awesome Christmas Gifts. Here are 9 reasons why you need to buy a Boomerang Books Gift Voucher right now… 1. Ok, admit it…you’ve left your Christmas shopping until the last minute, haven’t you? And now you need to buy something quick smart! Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers are the answer. Guaranteed to […]
  • Best-Of Book Lists

    Fiona Crawford
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    I have a love–hate relationship with best-of book lists. I find sometimes people try too hard to seem clever about what they’ve chosen and not hard enough about including honest-to-goodness good reads. But I am simultaneously unable to abstain from perusing said lists. I feel an innate need to gauge whether or not I think […]
  • ”A Tapestry of Experiences Folded into Fiction”; Victoria Lane Talks About ‘Celia and Nonna’

    Romi Sharp
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    Victoria Lane has made a successful career from writing; as an award-winning financial journalist for many years, editor and correspondent for many leading media publications, and of course, as a picture and chapter book writer for children. Today, we delve into Victoria’s writerly mind as she shares her inspirations behind her touching picture book, Celia […]
  • Doodles and Drafts – Drawing Boxes with Peter Carnavas

    Dimity Powell
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    Every once in a while something special sneaks into your life, so unassuming you are barely aware of its presence. However, its ability to change and influence is a forceful undercurrent with powerful impact. It might be meeting a new friend for the first time. It could be finding a dog to call your own. […]
  • The Twelve Books of Christmas

    George Ivanoff
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:34 am
    You may have noticed, with Christmas fast approaching, that the Boomerang Books bloggers have been writing about the festive season — recommending books for Chrissy presents; sharing festive reads; reminiscing about Christmas-themed books; etc. I was originally planning to recommend some Christmas reads… but then I changed my mind. I thought I’d do something a […]
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    The Interpreter

  • Back next week, and back next year

    Sam Roggeveen
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Like much of Australia, The Interpreter is winding down for the Christmas-New Year break. We will be back for the first half of next week with less-than-the-usual number of posts, and after Christmas we will have daily posts featuring some of The Interpreter's best material from 2014. That's until 12 January, when we are back on deck for 2015. I feel privileged to have edited The Interpreter through an incredible 2014. It's the year in which we launched a concerted effort to cover the Asia Pacific region from the region, with contributors such as Catriona Croft-Cusworth (Indonesia), Elliot…
  • China: Lines blur between nuclear and conventional warfighting

    Lora Saalman
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    China recently tested its WU-14 hypersonic device, marking its third flight test this year. These tests have elicited analysis for their impact on Beijing's military capabilities, including their potential to break through missile defences. Chinese mobile ICBMs, displayed for a parade marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, 2009. They merit even closer attention, however, for what they signal about possible shifts in Chinese views on deterrence, transparency and strategic stability.  The WU-14 flights are just the latest installment of Chinese…
  • Australia on the UN Security Council: An end-of-term review

    Peter Nadin
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    At the end of the year, Australia will complete its fifth term as an elected member of the UN Security Council, the world's premier international peace and security body. It has been a difficult 24 months. The Council's focus has been erratic, and its permanent membership increasingly divided. Yet amid the turmoil, Australia has forged for itself a reasonably successful term on the Council. Australia has done the bread-and-butter work while deftly responding to crises such as the shooting down of MH17. In this case, Australia had something at stake: 38 citizens were killed, and in response…
  • CIA torture: What did Australia know?

    Cynthia Banham
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As the fall-out from the US Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIA's torture program continues, what has been the reaction from America's allies? The CIA torture report, long awaited and much debated, removes all doubt, lest anyone still harboured any, that America tortured detainees in the 'war on terror' in the most horrific of ways. Australia and the UK, remember, were implicated in America's treatment of detainees and in its undermining of the international-law principle prohibiting torture without exception. Their own citizens were detained in the war on terror and, for many…
  • Korea: The 5 most important foreign policy events of 2014

    Robert E Kelly
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The end of the year is a nice time to reflect on big events and try to prioritise them. This is often seen as a fool's errand. There are so many events, and weighing their causal significance, in real time particularly, seems impossible. Still, assigning causal weight is what we are supposed to do in social science; it is what makes us different from pundits who just assign causality to their favorite arguments. So even if our judgments are poor, we still have to try. What that in mind, here are the top five foreign policy events for Korea (where I live and work) for 2014. The relevant…
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    Gigajobs

  • PERSONAL ASSISTANT

    paulandrew
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:38 am
    Greetings to youWe are great family  in USA I am a busy entrepreneur, working sometimes 120 hours per week and  looking for a graduate from any country that can speak a very good English  Looking for a Personal assistant , Nanny ,Housekeeper and a Driver  ,caregiver who can take good care of my daughter and a experience driver with driving license, Candidate are expected to work for approximately 40 hours per week (8hours/day Monday to Saturday ) Sundays you have your day off and you can spend it anywhere as you would have the weekends off.Salary/Wages Are Below : Personal…
  • PERSONAL ASSISTANT

    paulandrew
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:38 am
    Greetings to youWe are great family  in USA I am a busy entrepreneur, working sometimes 120 hours per week and  looking for a graduate from any country that can speak a very good English  Looking for a Personal assistant , Nanny ,Housekeeper and a Driver  ,caregiver who can take good care of my daughter and a experience driver with driving license, Candidate are expected to work for approximately 40 hours per week (8hours/day Monday to Saturday ) Sundays you have your day off and you can spend it anywhere as you would have the weekends off.Salary/Wages Are Below : Personal…
  • PERSONAL ASSISTANT

    paulandrew
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Greetings to youWe are great family  in USA I am a busy entrepreneur, working sometimes 120 hours per week and  looking for a graduate from any country that can speak a very good English  Looking for a Personal assistant , Nanny ,Housekeeper and a Driver  ,caregiver who can take good care of my daughter and a experience driver with driving license, Candidate are expected to work for approximately 40 hours per week (8hours/day Monday to Saturday ) Sundays you have your day off and you can spend it anywhere as you would have the weekends off.Salary/Wages Are Below : Personal…
  • Implement your change today

    admin
    28 Feb 2012 | 3:45 pm
    What’s your next career move? Gigajobs has the best job listings from great companies, whether you’re looking for opportunities at a start up or at a major corporate. You can search our job listings or create a profile and let employers find you. Need the an IT resource right now? Find the candidate you’re looking for here. Post a job or search the candidate database.
  • Seek posts 60 Mil profit

    admin
    21 Feb 2012 | 6:32 pm
    Thought you were paying too much for your online ad? received hundred of applicants and only a fraction are suitable candidates? Bigger is not always better. Thought this was interestingt reading.. How much do you think an an ad should cost to? Online job listing site SEEK has reported a record first half profit of $60.6 million, up by 26.5% from the previous corresponding period, mostly due to growth in Australian employment, and its Chinese arm. Shares rose 35 cents or 6.1% to $6.05 after the announcement was made. Revenue from its employment business was up 15% on the previous…
 
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    Australia Visa Immigration Information

  • Beat the 50% Partner Visa Government Fee Increase

    John Bell
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    The Australian government will increase the visa applications charges for partner visas by 50 per cent on the 1st of January 2015, in an attempt to raise $373.6 million for the budget repair job. The cost of a foreign relationship is set to increase by several thousand dollars. Australians who fall in love with or marry a foreigner will have to pay 50 per cent more for partner visa application fee as of the 1st of January 2015. The move was announced in the mid-year budget review on Monday and will potentially raise $373.6 million in revenue over four years. Meanwhile, plans to increase…
  • Single Australian visa for Cricket World Cup

    John Bell
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Australia and New Zealand have visa requirements for a single visa for Cricket World Cup 2015. The representing organisations from Australia and New Zealand made the announcement a few months ago that cricket fans will only need to secure one Australian visa to watch the games in Australia and New Zealand. The host countries have divided the staging of the 49 matches, where 26 will be held in 14 venues in Australia, while 23 will take place in seven cities in New Zealand. New Zealand will accept Australian visas for the duration of the tournament, visitors from countries like India and…
  • 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.
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    Bondville

  • Iconic Australian gifts for kids

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you have family and friends living overseas, or you are like me, and just love iconic Australian symbols, go no further than Make Me Iconic. You'll find a whole host of gift ideas for adults and kids.Read more »
  • Tees for Christmas from Well Spotted

    13 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
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  • Shop Local this Christmas

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:42 am
    Jasmine Dowling is a Brisbane-based blogger and typographer that I love and she has created this fabulous piece about shopping locally that really resonates with me:Jasmine has thrown down her own #ShopLocal challenge and has curated a gorgeous gift guide full of pretty things. Head to her website to see the whole guide - yum!Read more »
  • Bondville Christmas Gift Guide 2014: For Mum

    7 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    It's my last Bondville Christmas 2014 Gift Guide - send this one to your partner/kids! I've pulled together a selection of lovely gifts - For Mum - from Australian designers and online stores.Read more »
  • Bondville Christmas Gift Guide 2014: Something for their rooms

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    The most popular posts on Bondville this year - far and away - are the Real Kids' Room tours and product ideas for children's interiors. It's so much fun to pull together a fun space for the little ones that will let their imaginations run wild. With kids' spaces in mind, this is the Bondville Christmas 2014 Gift Guide #8: Something for their rooms...Read more »
 
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    Rocky Travel

  • Housesitting in Australia as Solo Traveller

    rockytravel
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    What is it like Solo Housesitting in Australia When I first heard of housesitting in Australia I thought it was good for couples. But when I started digging, I was suprised to read about the stories of many solo travellers . As you may already know, housesitting is an unexpensive way to stay in exchange [...] The post Housesitting in Australia as Solo Traveller appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • My favourite Outdoor Wear + Giveaway

    rockytravel
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    My favourite Outdoor Wear for my Australia Travels For my Australia Adventures I always pack my Samsonite Bag with my favourite Outdoor Wear. Meanwhile I have written blog posts about what to wear when travelling in Australia and why I prefer functional clothing when I pack for outdoor adventures. Why pack functional Outdoor Wear for [...] The post My favourite Outdoor Wear + Giveaway appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stay with a local and make friends in Perth

    rockytravel
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    How to stay with a local and make friends in Perth One of the highlights of my epic trip this year was across Australia! There are many ways of getting to know the locals, but a real genuine way to stay with a local is to stay with an Airbnb host. Last year I tried [...] The post Stay with a local and make friends in Perth appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Across Australia on the Indian Pacific Train

    rockytravel
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    2 days Across Australia on The Indian Pacific Train If you have been following my for a while, you may know that I have a passion for train travel. Yes, I do.  In 2004 I first travelled on the GHAN Train from Adelaide to Darwin. In 2011 I bought an Ausrail Pass  and covered 11 [...] The post Across Australia on the Indian Pacific Train appeared first on Rocky Travel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Menulog Takeaway Food Delivery + Giveaway

    rockytravel
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    Menulog Takeaway Food Delivery  – A Review and Giveaway I was recently asked to test out Menulog, the largest online takeaway food delivery in Australia. I know how difficult it is to eat healthy food when travelling. On one hand I am striving to cook my own fresh food every day, on the other hand [...] The post Menulog Takeaway Food Delivery + Giveaway 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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    ZigaZag

  • Sponsored Video Airbnb – The new way to stay

    Johanna
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
      Video sponsored by Airbnb Hands up. Who’s ever booked an Airbnb room or apartment? I haven’t yet, but the more I hear about Airbnb, the more inclined I am to give it a go. A few years ago accommodation on a micro scale would have been unheard of. It was always about the big […] The post Sponsored Video Airbnb – The new way to stay appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • 5 Almost Free Things to Do In Broome

    Johanna
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Broome is sometimes perceived as an expensive destination. Let’s face it, it’s a long way from Perth and it’s a really remote spot, but once you get to know the town, you’ll find there’s plenty to do that doesn’t break the bank. Guest Post contributor, Rosemary McGuigan, has uncovered 5 self-guided activities that cost very […] The post 5 Almost Free Things to Do In Broome appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Foodie things to do in Margaret River. The Margaret River Gourmet Escape

    Johanna
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Today I’m feeling like a slug. And the reason for that is that I’ve just been lucky enough to attend the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, a three day food and wine extravaganza held in and around Leeuwin Estate Winery in South West Australia. It’s an event held in the Margaret River region that celebrates Western […] The post Foodie things to do in Margaret River. The Margaret River Gourmet Escape appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Weekend Getaway : Top 10 Things to do in Bunbury

    Johanna
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Bunbury has been renamed Funbury – It’s Official! Only joking. But the city is a fun place to visit and it is getting a whole lot more attention these days. Someone said, “It’s expanding like rabbits!” which made me laugh. I think they’re right though. Everywhere I look or don’t look there seems to be […] The post Weekend Getaway : Top 10 Things to do in Bunbury appeared first on ZigaZag.
  • Perth Weekend Getaways – Cape Lodge, Margaret River

    Johanna
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:18 pm
    When you’ve had enough of city life and it’s time to escape for the weekend to cooler ‘down south’ climes your thoughts might turn towards the Margaret River region. Ahh, the beaches, the vineyards, the forests, the coastal walks, the river and way too much great food and wine on the epicurean trail especially around […] The post Perth Weekend Getaways – Cape Lodge, Margaret River appeared first on ZigaZag.
 
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    Macrodyl

  • Finding a Tour in Australia

    Marc
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Australia is a huge country, and knowing exactly which route to travel around it is nigh on impossible. There are plenty of ways to traverse the varied Australian landscape, and they all have their own unique experiences to offers. But for now, lets have a look at how to go about finding an Aussie tour. Like all things, there are good and bad points of using a touring agency. Essentially with a tour, you’re going to be travelling a set route with a bunch of complete strangers. And it all begins on day one. You won’t be able to make last minute decisions to split away from the…
  • Road Tripping Tasmania

    Marc
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    You might not have heard the good news, but I’m heading off on a trip to Tasmania! As part of my extended holiday break to Australia, during which I have a few other awesome events planned, I’ll be taking a ferry across to one of the most beautiful places on the planet. So Tassie, I’ll be seeing you soon! Here’s the not-to-be-missed stuff that I have planned for my excursion so far: Day 1: The first day we’re intending to spend on and around Cradle Mountain. Getting some exploration done and just enjoying the fresh air. I may have had some slight influence in us…
  • Anzac Hill Lookout in Alice Springs

    Marc
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    Have you ever been on the road and wanted to find a good spot to watch the sunset? Those kind of spots are often difficult to find aren’t they? You can never really tell where you might find a good lookout, but Anzac Hill is well situated and gives a panoramic view of Alice Springs. I mean, surely we can look at the direction of the sun and figure out east to west? That would stop us watching a sunset through a mountain. To be fair though, I’d probably just climb up that mountain. The purpose of this post though, is to give you some information on the lookout point on Anzac…
  • The Great Barrier Reef: A Google Street View

    Marc
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    It was always a matter of time until this happened, but Google has finally released a street view version of the Great Barrier Reef. If travelling there isn’t a possibility for you then at least you can take a look around the place using Google maps, with the starting point of your underwater tour being right here.  You can chase the fish around the reef without causing them any harm, but there is a lot more to this project than meets the eye. The project is ran by Catlin Seaview Survey, who have been doing an amazing job of tracking the reef. Not only do they have underwater visuals…
  • The Australia #WTChat 12th November Round Up

    Marc
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This weeks #WTChat was focused on the wonderful land of Australia, much like my blog, actually. That means that there was a whole bunch of great advice, cool stories and recommendations on offer for those intending to visit Australia, from those that have already been. To save you the massive trawl and inevitable disappearance of everything tagged with #WTChat, here are some of the best bits: Q1: When did you know you wanted/needed to #travel to #Australia? Have you been before? #WTChat — Hannah Campbell (@TravelinPrayer) November 12, 2014 Now I never said that ALL of the stuff…
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