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Carers – a blessing

As we age our bodies and minds start to become a little feebler. No doubt, we will find that we are relying on care provided by relatives, our partners or by the government in ...
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Is it time to apply for the aged pension? Pt. 2

Some weeks ago, I wrote a blog called ‘Is it time to apply for an age pension?’, which looked at the complexities and frustration of the application process. Some readers have ...
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Change for good or change for the sake of change?

With the rather significant swing against the Coalition at last weekends’ by-election in the Sydney seat of Wentworth, we turn our attention to next year’s Federal Election, ...
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Is it time to apply for the age pension?

On 1 February 2019, many people will turn 65 years and 6 months. You may be asking why is this important? For most of us, this date will mean very little, however, for those ...
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Royal Commission – do we need another?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you would know I have been in Vietnam for the last few weeks, blissfully ignorant for a short period of time of all the dramas which ...
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Income - not always what it appears to be

A person’s age pension entitlement is based on several factors. Their age this is the obvious factor. Are they single or a member of a couple? Do they own their home or are ...
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Elder Abuse - hard to believe!

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was June the 15th. It has been held every year since the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse established the commemoration ...
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Would you borrow money from the government?

What am I talking about? Two weeks ago, the Government handed down the 2018 Budget. One of the more interesting initiatives was the expansion of the Pensions Loans Scheme (PLS) ...
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The Budget - what does it all mean?

Last night was a very late night as I worked my way through hundreds of pages of budget documents produced by Treasury.
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Anzac Day – a short and important history

ANZAC Day, as we are all aware, is a national day of remembrance in both Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and ...
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