February 2023

While smart home technology has been around since the 1990s, people are just beginning to appreciate having it. The devices in a smart home are interconnected and accessible from a single hub, such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or gaming console. A smart home automation system...

Losing a loved one is probably one of the most stressful events one will ever go through in life. It will leave you feeling distraught and devastated, so sorting out their finances is the last thing you’d be concerned about. It could be challenging to...

The Albanese government’s proposed superannuation overhaul will stop troubling practices such as surgeons pressuring patients to raid their super to fund cosmetic surgery, the assistant treasurer says. Stephen Jones defends the government’s suggested definition for superannuation that would limit early access to super and preserve the...

Australian businesses will be able to dip into a $62 million pool to help them become more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The grants of between $10,000 and $25,000 are also expected to help take pressure off power bills once the projects take effect. Small...

The treasurer wants to start a conversation about the future of superannuation concessions that burden the federal budget, but hasn’t changed his position on tax reform. Jim Chalmers said the government can’t ignore the cost of super tax concessions as the budget faces other pressures. “We’ve got...

New generation, transmission lines and energy storage are needed to keep the lights on in homes and businesses as ageing coal power plants shut down. In a national electricity market update released on Tuesday, the Australian Energy Market Operator warned the reliability of the electricity grid...

The Victorian Greens are joining calls to regulate the short-stay accommodation industry, as poor housing supply fuels staff shortages across the nation. The sector is almost entirely unregulated, the party’s renters’ rights spokeswoman Gabrielle de Vietri said. “Investment properties are being turned into mini hotels at the...

The federal government has given defence bases a renewable energy boost, ahead of hotly anticipated changes to defence policy. The federal government will build 10 new solar energy sites to power defence bases around Australia, complete with battery storage. “We’re investing in renewable energy projects because they...

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