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Australia's Welfare Report for 2019

19 September 2019

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report has just been released, with lots of positive news spread among some very worrying statistics. The 2019 edition of this report is the 14th iteration, as the government attempts to gain insight into our work life, home life, education and income among other key issues. This report goes well beyond the scope of welfare payments and support services, as it looks into numerous factors that are likely to affect our collective wellbeing.

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Trade War Intensifies

18 September 2019

The trade war between the United States and China is not limited to two nations, with global markets continuing to feel the pressure. As a chief political ally of the US and major exporter to China, Australia is somewhat caught in the middle. The trade war recently intensified with the addition of new tariffs, with the escalation sending shock waves across the world. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has noted multiple "longer-term downside risks" to the Australian economy, with preparation measures needed to reduce the impact.

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Buyers back in the Market

18 September 2019

Property prices in key markets continue to rise, with an increasing number of buyers taking out mortgages in case growth rates gain momentum. While national prices are still down according to the latest ABS data, the tide is starting to turn in Sydney and Melbourne. CoreLogic has recorded price gains in Australia's two biggest markets over the last three months, which may be a sign of better things to come nationwide. Despite improving conditions, buyers are being affected by a lack of housing stock as property listings remain stagnant.

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Looking after your Joints with Exercise

12 September 2019

Everyone knows about the positive impacts of exercise, with cardio and strength routines able to improve your health and upgrade your quality of life. Getting regular exercise is not always easy, however, with lifestyle constraints and existing physical problems often getting in the way. It's important to work through these problems, however, with arthritis, painful joints and stiffness responding well to the right exercises.

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Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel

05 September 2019

In order to deal with climate change, corporate greed and political inertia, a multitude of new energy solutions are required. While renewable solar and wind power is an important piece of the puzzle, scientists are also developing clever ways to capture existing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into usable fuel. This transformative process almost sounds too good to be true, with “direct air capture” technology able to clean up the environment and produce eco-friendly liquid fuel at the same time.

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