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Update on government actions to help lower electricity prices

THE Australian Government will provide $51 million to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to help lower electricity prices.

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Put an end to homelessness and housing stress!

A REPORT by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) has found that Australia needs to triple its social housing stock over the next 20 years to cover both the existing backlog and newly emerging need.

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Granny flat traps

NASTY things can happen if you’re not careful with granny flats.

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Is the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) dead and buried?

THAT question was asked by the NSW Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee inquiry into the Fire and Emergency Services Levy. The response of a senior NSW Treasury official was, “… the Treasurer is on record as saying that the FESL in its current form is dead, buried and cremated”.

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Get the best smoke alarm

SINCE 2006 smoke alarms have been mandatory in all buildings in NSW where people sleep.

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Work Bonus: up, extended to all employment income

THE Work Bonus is an income test concession for Age Pensioners and Veteran Affairs pensioners aged 60 and over. It provides for an extra income-free amount of $250 per fortnight to be used in the income test. The income must come from employment, with income from sole trading excluded.

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