WA unemployment rate jumps to highest level in a decade
New figures show Western Australia's unemployment rate has spiked to its highest level in more than a decade.
Abbott juggles promises, fairness and affordability
Mark Kenny, The Age
The treatment of assets, be they cash, property, or superannuation, determines the fairness and the cost effectiveness of social welfare payments.
Farm debt pressure builds
Andrew Marshall, The Land
BANKS say there's no farm debt blowout to panic about, but four of the big rural lenders have conceded the need to re-examine debt management policies at a crisis forum in drought-fatigued North Queensland this week.
NFP Salary Survey Reveals Lack of Pay Reviews
A ground-breaking salary survey into the expanding Australian Not for Profit sector reveals that a large proportion of Not for Profit salaries and pay rates are not being reviewed on a regular basis.
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Tasmanian jobless rate continues downward trend
The Tasmanian Premier believes a slight drop in the state's high jobless rate is proof the state economy is recovering.
Cleric’s conflict over oath of secrecy
Dan Box, The Australian
A SENIOR Catholic Church cleric says he obtained permission from the Vatican to break his “oath of secrecy” before giving evidence to the royal commission about the handling of a case of child abuse by a Sydney priest.
'Enormous support' for border protection policy in Sutherland Shire, says Scott Morrison
Murray Trembath, The Age
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says he has received "enormous support" from his Sutherland Shire constituents over the government's hardline policies aimed at stopping asylum-seekers coming to Australia by boat.