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0% Term Deposits?

23 August 2019

Getting no interest or, even worse, paying the bank interest over your own savings, is that something retirees and intending retirees are now countenancing or is there an alternative?

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Bupa Eden’s 11th hour escape

23 August 2019

The goings-on at Bupa's nursing home in Eden weren't as dramatic as the wholesale abandonment of frail elderly residents at the Earle Haven nursing home on the Gold Coast, but it demonstrated once again that the new-broom Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is an impotent and inadequate defender of the health and wellbeing of nursing home residents. Bupa and the Commission played a game of chicken: Bupa won.

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Nursing homes are understaffed period

23 August 2019

Guest contributor, Dr Michael Wynne of the unfunded, grass roots advocacy organisation Aged Care Crisis explains why increasing staffing levels in nursing home is a prerequisite, not the be-al-and-end-all, of quality care in Australia's nursing homes.

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Health funding or health profiteering crisis?

23 August 2019

Public debate on health centres on private health insurance and how unaffordable it has become and how inadequate. CPSA is an unlikely defender of private health insurance funds, but the funds are only secondary culprits, enablers of the primary culprits.

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Who let public housing down?

23 August 2019

OVER the last decade State and Territory Governments have allowed for over 20,000 public housing dwellings to be lost. In order to pick up the slack, non-profit providers have increased the amount of homes they operate but it is not keeping pace with demand.

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LETTERS from readers, September 2019

23 August 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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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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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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