Author Archives: Sahar Mourad

Fears a 29-year-old ceasefire that was broken will reignite the Morocco-Western Sahara conflict

By: Sahar Mourad A United Nations brokered ceasefire between the Western Sahara and Morocco has been in place since 1991. The 29 year ceasefire was thrown out the window on Friday when the leader of the pro-independence group Polisario Front in Western Sahara, Brahim Ghali, declared war on Morocco. They accused Morocco of placing a roadblock stopping access to Mauritania ...

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Australians lost nearly $7 million on online shopping scams this year

By: Sharon Masige It’s getting closer to the silly season and as shoppers get stuck in to Christmas shopping, they’re being warned to keep an eye out for online scams. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) revealed the amount of money lost through online shopping scams has spiked 42% this year. More than 12,000 online shopping scams were reported to ...

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Adults in NSW will receive $100 in vouchers to spend at hospitality and entertainment venues

By: Yoni Bashan   Every adult in NSW will receive $100 in vouchers to use on dining, entertainment and recreation in a bid to stimulate the hospitality and cultural sectors still suffering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The scheme, costing $500m, will involve four digital vouchers worth $25 each, two of which will be redeemable at restaurants, ...

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The Australian Business Summit Council Inc. celebrates the launch of the second issue of their magazine, EKONOMOS

By: Sahar Mourad   Australia has long been a leader within the economic sector, but one organisation is working to further strengthen the country’s ties with the rest of the world.   The Australian Business Summit Council Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that works to support Australian businesses both nationally and internationally.   Founding President Dr Frank Alafaci and Secretary ...

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ABSC INC. holds media conference to promote EKONOMOS, Issue 2, 2020

The Australian Business Summit Council Inc. hosted its second Media Conference and annual luncheon at The Waterview in Bicentennial Park, Homebush on 9 November 2020 to promote the imminent publication of the second issue of EKONOMOS, the official ABSC Inc. business affairs magazine in late November this year. More than thirty VIPs and guests enjoyed the five-star venue’s sumptuous food ...

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Biden says nothing will stop transition as Trump vows new legal action

By: Simon Lewis and Jeff Mason President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that nothing would stop the transfer of power in the US government, while President Donald Trump pursued lawsuits in several states in a long-shot bid to hold on to power. Mr Trump’s campaign said it would file a lawsuit to stop Michigan from officially certifying Mr Biden as the winner there ...

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Australians cancelled 800,000 credit cards during COVID-19

By: Aleks Vickovich While Australia’s national net debt has blown out by 40 per cent to $703 billion thanks largely to the pandemic, it seems regular folks around the country have taken a more prudent approach, reducing their collective credit card bill by more than $7 billion over the same period. According to the latest data from the Reserve Bank of Australia, ...

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Petition calling for media royal commission and setting Australian record tabled in Parliament

By: Jack Snape Australia’s largest-ever parliamentary e-petition, which calls for a royal commission into media diversity and has more than 500,000 signatures, has been submitted to the House of Representatives. The petition was launched by former prime minister Kevin Rudd. “The bottom line is the lifeblood of our democracies depends on a fair, balanced, independent, free media which separates out ...

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ISIS claims attack by paroled solo gunman Kujtim Fejzulai

Austrian investigators were piecing together the Monday evening rampage through central Vienna by a lone gunman and later claimed by Islamic State, as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for a European response to “political Islam”. Four people were killed and 23 wounded when Kujtim Fejzulai, described as a 20-year-old Islamic State sympathiser who had spent time in prison, opened fire with ...

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House prices across Australia begin to soar

House prices across Australia have risen overall for the first time since the start of COVID-19. Monthly data from CoreLogic shows that, as a collective average, the housing market experienced a 0.4 per cent rise in October. It follows month-on-month average declines since the pandemic started shaking the nation’s economy. “The numbers out today are quite remarkable,” CoreLogic head of ...

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