Monthly Archives: February 2014

Abbott announces $320million assistance for farmers

  By Mehroz Siraj Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the federal government have announced a $320million relief and assistance package for drought ravaged farmers in Queensland and New South Wales. In a media release that appeared on PM Abbott’s website, the government said that the latest relief package had been prepared after weeks of diligent […]

Telcos jacking up SMS prices by up to 90,000 per cent.  Australian consumers are being gouged by telcos for sending text messages on their mobiles, a consumer group has said and asked the competition regulator to take action.   In a submission to an inquiry by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, or ACCC, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network , the ACCAN, said some Australians were paying unreasonable SMS prices […]

Not all bad in retail: H&M to open Australian outlets in 2014

The Age The next wave of international retailers into Australia is about to hit with the Swedish H&M set to open its doors in Melbourne within the next few months and Sydney within 18 months. To show its support for the market, H&M has leased a site in The Strand at 250 Elizabeth Street for […]

Newman’s bold migration plan well received.

By Mehroz Siraj The Queensland Government’s plan of encouraging refugees and prospective migrants to relocate to regional areas has been well received by communities and governing authorities in Queensland and nationwide. In the week leading up to Australia day, Premier Campbell Newman, revealed that his administration was negotiating a Queensland specific immigration pathway with the […]