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BEGGING TO DIFFER: Aged Care Royal Commission Nails It

22 November 2019

The Aged Care Royal Commission's interim Report Neglect has left absolutely no wriggle room for Government and industry to pretend that the aged care system is sound at heart. Yes, there is a systemic problem. In fact, there are many. Consumer organisations in the ageing arena must now show their mettle and stand should to shoulder with the Royal Commission, insisting on reform that benefits the people who need care.

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The bewildering interim measures in aged care

22 November 2019

The Royal Commission listed three areas for immediate action without making recommendations as to what that action should comprise. Immediate action may not be all that straightforward for entrenched problems to be addressed.

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Super lost and franking credits wasted

22 November 2019

During the great franking credit debate much was made of retail and industry funds' ability to still fully utilise franking credits, something your typical SMSF would not have been able to do had the new policy been implemented. Turns out retail and industry funds can't as a rule be bothered with franking credits and anything to do with income tax.

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Advance Care Directive pitfalls

22 November 2019

Doctors tend not to be all that keen on Advance Care Directives. It is prudent to assume that they will take any excuse to ignore your Advance Care Directive if they think they have a better idea.

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The not-a-retirement-income review

24 October 2019

The Australian Government has fearlessly announced an independent review of retirement income policy settings, but has at the same time re-assured those affected that absolutely no changes will occur as a result of this review.

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Minister: people on the dole are druggies and alkies

24 October 2019

A Social Services Minister not suggesting, but actually saying that people on Newstart waste their money on illegal drugs and alcohol? Yep, this is Australia, which is about to introduce drug and alcohol testing for the unfortunate people who rely on Newstart for survival.

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