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Cashless Welfare Card for everyone, no ifs, no buts

24 March 2020

Australia seems to be headed towards an authoritarian form of social security with the Government telling people on a payment what they can buy and where they can buy it. A bit of cash pocket money is all they'll get. And the Minister for Social Services stubbornly refuses to rule out that Age Pensioners will maintain their current exemption.

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Royal Commission: Make nursing home staff ratios mandatory!

25 February 2020

The biggest issue in residential aged care is staffing. Nursing home providers are against mandatory staff ratios, but unions and every right-thinking community group in Australia are in favor. Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is siding with the latter in his recommendations to the Commissioners.

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Cashless welfare card for pensioners?

25 February 2020

Pensioners are becoming increasingly concerned about the cashless welfare card. It's bad enough for those forced onto it already, but pensioners rightly don't want to have a bar it. Problem is the Government refuses to rule out that pensioners, too, will have to shop with a card that restricts what they can buy and where they can buy it.

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A good alternative to term deposits

25 February 2020

If you or someone you know is persisting with term deposits in the face of laughably low interest rates, there may be an alternative that is almost as safe but pays a lot more.

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Measly pension increases here to stay

25 February 2020

Every March and every September full rate pensioners hang out for their increase in the pension but it's been a disappointment for years and it is likely to disappointment for the foreseeable future.

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Unemployment of over-45s surges

25 February 2020

The Australian Government is big on a job being the best form of welfare, but if you're too old to get on an electric bike to deliver for Uber Eats as a casual, the Government doesn't want to know you.

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NSW buried under funeral reviews

25 February 2020

Who pays for the mowing and the whipper-snippering once a cemetery is full? Five years since its creation, the NSW Cemeteries and Crematoria Board has made no headway solving the problem of who will pay for the maintenance of cemeteries once they reach capacity. Will three reviews solve the problem or will we end up just letting the weeds take over?

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Turning nursing homes into tourist traps

28 January 2020

NURSING homes these days offer top-ups of standard services. Such top-ups vary across facilities and can be anything, such as toiletries, upgraded meal choices, massages and entertainment. Problem is in many cases residents are forced to buy these services and they are charged against their nursing home bonds.

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