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Funeral provider ripping off the dead

28 January 2020

INVOCARE, one of the largest funeral providers in Australia, has taken the idea of being late for your own funeral to the next level and assumed that, even if you're not late, it will charge you a late fee!

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Downsides and upsides of downsizing

28 January 2020

IT doesn't tell us anything anyone following this issue doesn't know, but the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) report looking into the issue of retirees downsizing from the family home into something smaller gives a good overview of the reasons people do and don't downsize.

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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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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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