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Tag Archives: Australia

Paris attacks: Opera House among icons to light up blue, white and red in solidarity with France

The Sydney Opera House was among a range of landmarks to light up in the colours blue, white and red as Australians showed their support for Parisians rocked by terror attacks. Vigils were also held around the country in solidarity with the French after more than 120 people were killed in a coordinated series of […]

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Victoria to guarantee minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios

The Victorian Government will introduce legislation to guarantee a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio as set out in current enterprise agreements. Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the bill would take the staffing issue off the bargaining table for future industrial agreements. There is no one figure for all public hospitals, as the minimum ratio depends on the type […]

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How to get fast-track passport clearance at Singapore’s Changi Airport

Australian frequent travellers can now skip any immigration queues at Singapore’s Changi Airport in favour of strolling through the automated passport control lanes ordinarily reserved for Singapore locals. After a brief fee-free registration process, you’ll have access to the eIACS (enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System) channel for two years from the date of approval, covering an […]

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Child Care Rebate payments on the horizon for families

Over a quarter of a million families will soon receive their Quarterly Child Care Rebate payments. The payment, delivered by the Department of Human Services, will reimburse around 275,000 families for part of their out-of-pocket child care fees. Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen said the quarterly payments covering July to September 2015 […]

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23 Reasons Australia Is The Most Stunningly Perfect Place To Travel

Australia is travel heaven, and if we had it our way, we’d be there all. the. time. In fact, if “money were no object,” U.S. travelers would choose to visit Australia over almost every other country on Earth, according to TripAdvisor’s most recent TripBarometer study. And we can’t say we blame them. The Land Down […]

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Australia’s ‘best’ universities named

The 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, released on Thursday (AEST), showed Australia was the seventh most represented country out of 70 surveyed, with eight institutions in the top 200 and 22 in the top 400. But the rankings editor warned that Australia would struggle to maintain high performance and research outputs without generous […]

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Which global cities have the best and worst reputations in 2015?

(CNN)  Australia, give yourself a pat on the back. Sydney and Melbourne are the two most reputable cities in the world, according to the latest study by the Reputation Institute. The 2015 City RepTrak study surveyed more than 19,000 residents of G8 countries — France, Germany, Italy, UK, Japan, U.S., Canada and Russia. Respondents were […]

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Top 10 Countries with the Highest Quality of Life

What are the countries with the highest quality of life? This question was addressed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development through its Better Life Index which compares the well-being of member countries. The OECD studied 36 countries and evaluated material living conditions and quality of life based on 11 categories: income, housing, jobs, […]

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More scrutiny needed to ensure foreign investment to Australia is with clean money

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) agrees with the Federal Government’s view that more needs to be done to ensure any foreign investment into Australia is secured with clean money. As reported by the ABC’s 4 Corners program last night, there are areas where improvement could be made which the Federal Government is currently looking […]

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Historic ratios win for nurses and midwives

 last night became a world leader in patient safety when the ‘Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Bill 2015’ was passed through the state parliament’s Upper House. The only other state in the world to have legislated safe nurse/midwife: patient ratios is California, which enacted their ratios in 2004, and […]

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