Patients had to wait longer outside the emergency room in Queensland as satellite hospitals were delayed

Patients had to wait longer outside the emergency room in Queensland as satellite hospitals were delayed

Ambulance ramping has worsened in Queensland amid the latest COVID wave as satellite hospitals designed to reduce the burden on the health system have been shown to be ready by the end of next year. Most important points: The seven hospitals will now open at the end of 2023 Queensland Health says delays are due … Read more

Russia’s Africa moves force Europe to think about Ethiopia – POLITICO

Russia’s Africa moves force Europe to think about Ethiopia – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Russia’s rapprochement with Africa has alarmed European officials at the EU’s cautious pace to re-engage the Ethiopian government, despite allegations of war crimes and ethnic cleansing. Once a darling of the West, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was hailed as a reformer, even winning the 2019 Nobel Peace … Read more

Wellcamp COVID quarantine facility costs Queensland government more than $220 million after figures released in budget estimates hearing

Wellcamp COVID quarantine facility costs Queensland government more than 0 million after figures released in budget estimates hearing

Queensland taxpayers have spent more than $220 million setting up and running the controversial private Wellcamp quarantine facility in the Darling Downs, which will be mothballed within days. Most important points: Deputy Prime Minister Says With Increased Vaccination Coverage The Facility Is No Longer Needed Since opening in February, 730 people have been quarantined at … Read more

Budgeting & Savings Q+A Live Blog: Experts Reveal Top Tips for Getting More for Less

Budgeting & Savings Q+A Live Blog: Experts Reveal Top Tips for Getting More for Less

(Unsplash: Peter Wendt) Naveen Umakanth has asked for some tips to save on groceries when you eat vegetarian, here’s the question: We are vegetarians. We cannot keep up with the rising costs of vegetables, fruit, dairy and bread. Please help us how? here’s how Jody Allen puts it: Hi Naveen! Okay, there’s a lot you … Read more

With the Australian economy in turmoil, Labor is under pressure to deliver on election promises. But a showstopper is coming

With the Australian economy in turmoil, Labor is under pressure to deliver on election promises.  But a showstopper is coming

Today is two months after the election. It has been a busy period. Four Prime Ministers’ trips abroad, attempts to mend diplomatic rifts, an energy crisis, a worsening inflation problem and a new wave of COVID. Some election promises have already been fulfilled. Others are subject to evaluations, consultations and negotiations between banks. The opposition … Read more

Changes to Victoria from July 1 include money for utility bill comparisons and increased tolls and fines

Changes to Victoria from July 1 include money for utility bill comparisons and increased tolls and fines

Victorians waking up to a new fiscal year will face a host of price hikes as the government launches a new scheme to ease pressure on the cost of living. Australia continues to struggle with inflation, with consumer prices rising 5.1 percent in the past year. Mortgage repayments will also increase, with most major banks … Read more

Ottawa losing about $23-billion a year in uncollected taxes: CRA

Ottawa losing about -billion a year in uncollected taxes: CRA

The federal government is missing out on up to $23.4-billion a year in uncollected taxes, according to the Canada Revenue Agency’s most detailed effort to date to estimate Canada’s tax gap. The tax gap refers to the difference between how much tax Ottawa collects each year and how much it could have collected if every … Read more

What can I claim on tax if I’m working from home? ‘Shortcut’ to lodging tax return set to come to an end at tax time 2022

What can I claim on tax if I’m working from home? ‘Shortcut’ to lodging tax return set to come to an end at tax time 2022

A tax “shortcut” established and extended to help Australians working from home throughout the pandemic to lodge their returns is set to come to an end. This tax season will be the last time taxpayers can claim a flat rate of 80 cents per hour worked from the home office. Watch more on this story … Read more

Jim Chalmers warns of ‘significantly higher’ inflation ahead as Albanese Government continues to pitch real wages growth

Jim Chalmers warns of ‘significantly higher’ inflation ahead as Albanese Government continues to pitch real wages growth

Jim Chalmers has insisted the government will follow through on its promise for real wages growth but has warned of “significantly higher” inflation to come this year. Treasurer Jim Chalmers has foreshadowed dire increases to inflation and warned the cost of living crisis in Australia will get “worse before it gets better”. Dr Chalmers said … Read more