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Earle Haven and Bupa Eden: Australia’s first two rogue nursing homes

22 July 2019

No clearer case and example of profit-over-people was on display in Queensland this July, where 70 nursing home residents were simply abandoned in their beds and wheelchairs over a commercial dispute between a principal and subcontractor. But New South Wales is not far behind. Bupa Australia may also be planning an abandonment of frail older people in its Eden 'facility' on 16 August 2019.

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Will new rules keep energy retailers in line?

22 July 2019

Energy companies, once the stodgiest but most reliable companies in Australia, joined the ranks of corporate spivs and rip-off merchants some years ago. Will the latest initiative by the ACCC reign them in?

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Are you embedded electricity-wise?

22 July 2019

An embedded supply system sounds kind of exciting, but it's only water, gas and electricity we're talking about. How exciting or otherwise are embedded systems?

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Here’s how to self-manage your externally self-managed super

22 July 2019

Self-managed super has flourished as a result of action taken by millions of Australians who were determined not to be ripped off by the financial sector. But how badly do people really want to self-manage their super? Are they now being ripped off by accountants, auditors and unsavoury financial planners? Enter industry fund HostPlus.

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LETTERS from readers, August 2019

22 July 2019

Email voice@cpsa.org.au , if you would like to write to CPSA to have your views and comments published online and in the monthly print version of THE VOICE, CPSA’s newsletter.

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Publish nursing home staffing ratios, pensioners say

22 July 2019

Pensioners are calling on Federal MPs and Senators to support the Private Member’s Bill to be introduced into Federal Parliament today by South Australian Independent Rebekha Sharkie. The Bill makes it compulsory for nursing homes to publicly disclose their staffing ratios.

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Lower pension deeming rates now!

26 June 2019

WITH one interest rate now announced by the Reserve Bank and another one or two coming, it’s time the Australian Government reviewed the deeming rates used to assess the income pensioners get from their bank accounts and term deposits.

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Find your rebates and discounts!

26 June 2019

THE NSW Government is now helping you find rebates and savings that are relevant to you. Service NSW has rolled out its Cost of Living service, which can identify which of the 70 rebates and savings you are eligible for.

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Save on energy with NSW Energy Switch

26 June 2019

ENERGY Switch is a free Service NSW online tool that allows you to compare the electricity and gas plans of all NSW household electricity providers, and switch effortlessly to a different plan if you want to.

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Bupa Traralgon Class Action

26 June 2019

BUPA aged care is in trouble. Eleven out of 76 are currently the subject of compliance action and a further 19 have been the subject of compliance action in recent times.

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Aged care: is a blunt instrument being sharpened?

26 June 2019

How much does it cost to look after a nursing home resident given their health and needs? The current system comes up with a figure, but nobody really knows what it is based on. Time to change from a blunt funding instrument to a sharp one.

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Regional Transport Seniors Card: $250

26 June 2019

STARTING on 1 January 2020, the Regional Transport Seniors Card will provide a credit of $250 a year to be used towards fuel, taxi fares in rural and regional NSW and pre-booked NSW TrainLink train and coach services.

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NBN: landline phone only options

26 June 2019

YOU are going to have to engage with the NBN if you want to keep your good old-fashioned home telephone. That old telephone will run through the NBN internet network, whether you have a computer or not.

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