Online shopping spree despite cost-of-living crisis

18 July

Online retail therapy is still booming despite the cost-of-living crisis putting pressure on Australian wallets. Even with inflation leading to more expensive groceries, interest rates remaining high and wages staying relatively stagnant,...[Read More]

Signs point to slow start for economy in new year

18 July

Australian consumers and business face the prospect of a sluggish economy through early 2025, according to leading indicators. An index of future-focused data points compiled by Westpac and Melbourne Institute “marginally improved” in June while...[Read More]

Proof scheme an ‘export edge’ for low-emission products

18 July

Companies will get an edge in international trade with the fast-tracking of Australia’s proof-of-origin scheme for new fuels, fertilisers and building materials, the government says. Due to announce the move at an industry conference on Tuesday,...[Read More]

New poll shows cost of living issues hurting government

18 July

Federal Labor is falling behind in the polls, with a new survey showing cost of living pressures are denting its standing with voters. The government’s primary vote remains at 28 per cent, against a rise for the coalition to 38 per cent, from 36...[Read More]

King Charles, Queen Camilla to visit Australia

17 July

King Charles III and Queen Camilla will tour Australia later this year, the first time the royals have visited since the inauguration. Charles, 75, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, and his wife, 76, will visit Canberra and NSW in October,...[Read More]

PM spruiks cost of living measures

4 July

Anthony Albanese is defending the government’s financial aid for voters, as a senator’s suspension threatens to distract from much-heralded energy rebates and other support. Australian households will shave $300 off their energy bills and...[Read More]

Retail sales rise 0.6 per cent as sales start early

4 July

An early start to end-of-financial-year sales lured in bargain-hunters last month, contributing to a larger-than-expected 0.6 per cent lift in retail sales. The monthly gain beat the 0.3 per cent month-on-month consensus forecast and followed a...[Read More]

PM to skip NATO meeting, sending Marles instead

3 July

Anthony Albanese has turned down an invitation to mingle with world leaders at the NATO Summit in Washington, opting to send his deputy so he can stay focused on domestic matters. Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, who is also the defence...[Read More]

Hotter-than-expected inflation leaves RBA in tight spot

27 June

An unexpectedly large jump in the monthly consumer price index is unwelcome news for the Reserve Bank of Australia in its lengthy inflation battle. The monthly consumer price index rose four per cent over the 12 months to May, above expectations and...[Read More]

Australia to aid Solomons police, seeks to block China

26 June

Australia will help prop up the Solomon Islands police force after a request from its new prime minister as it works to decrease China’s presence in the Pacific nation. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese welcomed his counterpart Jeremiah Manele with...[Read More]

Cash can’t crash: why physical money is here to stay

20 June

It’s said money talks, but the conversation about a cashless society has grown ‘coinvoluted’. From credit and debit cards, to digital wallets on mobile phones – the ways Australians now choose to pay has sparked questions about whether cash...[Read More]

Chalmers eyes soft landing amid budget criticism

19 June

Inflation back within target, an economy that’s still growing and an unemployment rate “with a four in front of it” is the soft landing the federal treasurer is targeting. Jim Chalmers remains cautiously confident the Australian economy can...[Read More]

China-Australia relations ‘renewed and revitalised’

19 June

Australia’s relationship with China is on a path of “steady improvement”, Beijing’s second-most powerful leader said following talks with top Australian politicians. Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrived at Parliament House on Monday for an...[Read More]

Regions can benefit from untapped skilled refugee pool

19 June

Management consultant Fadi Chalouhy is the first stateless person in the world to get a skilled migrant visa and since landing in Australia five years ago he has been thriving. Born at the end of the civil war to a Syrian father who was a soldier...[Read More]

Panda diplomacy reins as zoo awaits new residents

19 June

China’s visiting premier has announced a panda swap at an Australian zoo but protesters say panda diplomacy shrouds the black and white of a troubling human rights record. Making the announcement at Adelaide Zoo, China Premier Li Qiang said two...[Read More]