Most Aussies tend to think of the ATO as the agency who takes 25–35% of our income. The hope is, of course, that your hard-earned tax dollars go to funding essential government services. Not lining the pockets of crooked ATO agents.
Australians are increasingly concerned about protecting their personal information. Privacy complaints to a commonwealth watchdog have soared 18% in the past year.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison took that step as he delivered a historic national apology to child sex abuse victims. But now they want action.
Saudi Arabia, it seems, has a very different idea of their embassies’ function. Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi royal family living in Virginia in the United States, died on 2 October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Unfortunately for May, it’s the 5% that’s not done which could still derail the entire process. And see her ousted from her post.
Australians aren’t alone when it comes to our unhealthy appetite for too much debt. Far from it. With interest rates across much of the globe having fallen to zero — or even below — in the years following the global financial crisis, borrowing was never cheaper.
And if you think developing nations are going to be carrying the brunt of that cost…think again. The report rather optimistically also calls for coal (of which Australia is the largest global exporter) to be phased out by 2050.
If you’ve been doing any driving of late, you’ll have noticed an unwelcome sting. Petrol is closing in on a record-setting AU$1.70 a litre. That’s partly due to the currently weak Aussie dollar and partly due to the artificially elevated oil price.
Arguments first began back in 2013, when Mr Wilson, a self-styled crypto anarchist, showed off the world’s first 3D-printed gun. Files showing how to replicate the process became immediately available on the Defense Distributed website, where it was downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.