Author Archives: dodasam

Rooftop solar enters brave new world as South Australia leads shift to tighter rules

Queensland tourism destinations have featured in nine of 10 «hotspots» for mortgage deferrals as operators looked to recoup costs during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. New analysis from Equifax, which analysed repayment information from the big four banks, found that when broken down by region mortgage holders in the Whitsundays were the most likely to defer repayments. The Whitsundays ...

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Let›s be creative and use this budget to stimulate the economy

In framing Budget 2021, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will not only have to contend with the fiscal and economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic but he will also have to be mindful of the increasingly likely prospect of a no-deal Brexit, the urgent need to address climate change, ongoing reform of international tax rules, and the prospect of further ...

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Eurozone economy barely grew in September, PMI data show

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India›s decision to defer this week›s interest rate meeting has underscored the government›s failure to act in time – be it appointing members to the Monetary Policy Committee or boosting stimulus – to support an economy facing its worst contraction in history. While the central bank didn›t cite any reason for rescheduling its three-day meeting ...

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China urges US to respect market economy, fair competition principles

China has always opposed the United States’ unreasonable action of bullying foreign enterprises by abusing state power and the concept of national security, foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday. Wang made the remarks in response to a query about a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Sunday night against a US administration’s order to ban the popular ...

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Tribute to Nahme Taree Sukkar

Born 15 March 1930, Passed away 11 September 2020 Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Nahme Utrush Sukkar passed away at home surrounded by his family in Melbourne, Australia. Born in Sourgha, near the mountainous village of Becharre in Lebanon, he emigrated to Australia in 1956 and began his great adventure down under, being the only second person from the village ...

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Why COVID border closures were Australia’s biggest strategic mistake

Australia’s brutal border wars have dominated headlines as the coronavirus crises raged on, with the NSW and Queensland Premiers repeatedly locking horns over the controversial issue. Queensland’s Annastacia Palaszczuk and NSW’s Gladys Berejiklian have clashed again and again after the northern state barred NSW residents from entering for months on end, with similar divisive border closures also in place in ...

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Pilot whales Tasmania: Almost 400 die in Australia›s worst stranding

About 380 whales have died in what is suspected to be Australia›s largest stranding on record, officials say. Since Monday, hundreds of long-finned pilot whales have been found beached on Tasmania›s west coast. Rescuers had managed to save 50 by late on Wednesday, and they were trying to help the remaining estimated 30 whales. Tasmanian government officials said the rescue ...

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Economy doesn’t need more stimulus for a V-shaped recovery, Trump advisor Kudlow says

“I don’t think the V-shaped recovery depends on the package, but I do think a targeted package could be a great help,” Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow said from the White House. Kudlow’s suggestion appeared to mark a deviation from statements made by Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hours earlier. Both Mnuchin and Powell testified on ...

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