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OUT NOW: Michelin Guide to Australian Nursing Homes

29 June 2020

Malnourishment is not exactly what you would associate with the Michelin restaurant guide, but the Department of Health has gone ahead and done a Michelin (with dots rather than stars) for Australian nursing homes - available from July 2020. How helpful is it?

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Super shock unnecessary

29 June 2020

Halved overnight! Many retirees received a letter from their superannuation fund saying their pension would be halved from 1 July 2020. It's not as bad as it seems, though.

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Housing stimulus not for those who need it

29 June 2020

The Government's housing stimulus package ignores the need for social and affordable housing in favour of helping home buyers and renovators, who will appreciate the extra cash, but what about the massive waiting list for social housing?

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The great Narromine toilet roll heist

25 May 2020

In a letter to CPSA, CPSA member Bob Meadly provides an insight in how COVID-19 is lived in rural NSW and also opines that free-to-air TV these days is so bad it probably gives you dementia.

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Hip, hip, hurray for the PBLCI!

25 May 2020

The Pensioner Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI), used in pension indexation, has proven its worth in the March 2020 quarter once again, but pensioners haven't always be so lucky.

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The COVID-19 luck of Aussie nursing homes

25 May 2020

There is plenty of evidence that shows Australian nursing homes escaped COVID-19 disaster not through planning and skill but simply because COVID-19 never took off in Australia generally.

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Stamp duty out, land tax in: downsizing easier?

25 May 2020

Stamp duty adds thousands of dollars to the cost of buying a house or apartment. Would replacing it with an annual land tax, where you pay the same but over time, make it easier to sell and buy elsewhere? Would it be helpful in downsizing? Victoria has it, the ACT is getting it, NSW is thinking about it.

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Aged care watchdog asleep in its kennel

28 April 2020

CPSA is calling for the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC) to resume inspections of nursing homes at a time of extreme risk to the health and wellbeing of nursing home residents.

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