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COVID-19 and Real Estate Markets in Australia – A Review of 2020

  By Mohamad Mourad The onset of COVID-19 in 2020 has produced a number of interesting effects on dynamics in the traditional real estate sectors and real estate markets across Australia in terms of leasing activity and investment activity. This paper is designed to be a summary of the key events and themes surrounding the commercial real estate sector over ...

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World leaders deserve to know about Australia’s abysmal climate change policy, so I wrote to them

By: Bob Carr Australia ends the year as one of the only developed countries not committed to net zero emissions by 2050. To this, prime minister Scott Morrison is adding another distinction. Australia is about to become the only developed country with a parliamentary committee charged with persuading corporates not to move beyond carbon. The work will be steady, not to say ...

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ACTU statement on resumption of conflict in Western Sahara

The ACTU deplores the flagrant violation by the Moroccan army of the ceasefire in Western Sahara by moving its army into the Guerguerat area and Buffer Strip which is monitored by the United Nations’ mission in Western Sahara, MINURSO. MINURSO was tasked with organising a referendum of self-determination promised to the people of Western Sahara, which has been occupied by ...

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Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Ministry of Information

  The Government of the Sahrawi Republic and the Frente POLISARIO condemn in the strongest possible terms the decision taken by the outgoing US President Donald Trump to recognise that which Morocco does not possess, namely “sovereignty over Western Sahara”.   The position announced by Trump constitutes a flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations and its resolutions ...

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Australia’s economy has moved out of its first recession in almost 30 years, new figures show

  The Australian economy has bounced back from its first recession in almost 30 years, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says. Australia’s GDP increased by 3.3 per cent in the September quarter, figures released on Wednesday showed. “The Australian economy is coming back,” Mr Frydenberg told reporters. “Facing a once-in-a-century pandemic that has caused the greatest economic shock since the Great Depression, ...

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NSW eases restrictions for pubs and weddings ahead of holidays

By: Josh Dye and Mary Ward NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a major easing of restrictions ahead of the summer holidays, including allowing people to drink while standing up outdoors in pubs. From Monday the one person per two-square-metres rule will prevail at all indoor venues including for hospitality, retail and places of worship. The one person per four-square-metres will still apply ...

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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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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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