China considers paying couples to have a second child

28th February 2017 China considers paying couples to have a second child _ World news _ The Guardian   China is considering introducing birth rewards and subsidies to encourage couples to have a second child after surveys showed economic constraints were making many reluctant to expand families. Births rose to 17.86 million the highest level … Continue reading China considers paying couples to have a second child

Battle over budget as Treasurer Scott Morrison won’t commit to saving mining windfall

1st March 2017 Battle over budget as Treasurer Scott Morrison won't commit to saving mining windfall   Treasurer Scott Morrison has told the government not spend the coming windfall in iron ore and coal prices, saying that if it did, that it would repeat the mistakes of prime minister John Howard and Peter Costello in … Continue reading Battle over budget as Treasurer Scott Morrison won’t commit to saving mining windfall

Wellbeing Index reveals life got better for Australians in 2016

3rd March 2017 Wellbeing Index reveals life got better for Australians in 2016   Australia's collective well ┬ábeing grew more than twice the rate of the economy last year. The Fairfax-Laternal Economics well-being index which provides a broader measure of national welfare than economic figures-rose 5.8% in 2016. That compares with the annual GDP growth … Continue reading Wellbeing Index reveals life got better for Australians in 2016

Extreme heatwave days already hitting poorer nations more than rich

5th March 2017 Extreme heatwave days already hitting poorer nations more than rich   "Everyone's spoken for years about how poor countries are going to suffer more-or are suffering more-and I couldn't find one figure actually showing this," Nicholas Herold at the Climate Change Research Centre at the Universty of NSW said.than richer ones since … Continue reading Extreme heatwave days already hitting poorer nations more than rich