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'We had virtually nothing': the danger with using overseas app developers

'We had virtually nothing': the danger with using overseas app developers

As the saying goes, buy cheap pay twice, which is especially the case with the often-unscrupulous international web of app developers.

  • by Alexandra Cain

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Serious tax debates need more than vested interests muttering darkly
Opinion
The economy

Serious tax debates need more than vested interests muttering darkly

This week’s intervention over Labor's tax policy on share dividends was extraordinary, even by the standards of politics-as-usual.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Pushing ahead with Snowy 2 doesn't make sense
Opinion
National

Pushing ahead with Snowy 2 doesn't make sense

It is disappointing to read that Snowy Hydro Limited is secretively pushing ahead with Malcolm Turnbull's ill-conceived Snowy 2 scheme.

Who's best on tax, Coalition or Labor? It depends on what you earn and how far out you look
Analysis
Federal

Who's best on tax, Coalition or Labor? It depends on what you earn and how far out you look

Labor is backing battlers, for now. The Coalition wants to lock in benefits for high earners.

  • by Peter Martin
A rookie parenting mistake I won't repeat
Opinion
Life & relationships

A rookie parenting mistake I won't repeat

I have a habit of convincing myself that an ambitious plan I've hatched won't be nearly as difficult as it sounds.

  • by Aisha Sultan
Next step for China's Belt and Road could be northern Australia
Opinion
Asia

Next step for China's Belt and Road could be northern Australia

Xi is making an expansive, risky bet on the future, hoping the diverse nations to China’s west can be pulled into a new Sinocentric sphere of influence.

  • by Richard McGregor
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Time to add a space force to the order of battle
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Federal

Time to add a space force to the order of battle

The establishment of the Australian Space Agency next week offers the country a unique opportunity.

  • by Nicholas Stuart
Russia does not deserve the World Cup
Opinion
Soccer

Russia does not deserve the World Cup

The behaviour and values of Russia are in complete opposition to the spirit of the World Cup.

  • by Lydia Dackiw
Carbon tax: the two most loaded words in Australian politics make a return to Canberra
Analysis
Federal

Carbon tax: the two most loaded words in Australian politics make a return to Canberra

While the tensions are real and the skirmishes will not end, they're not enough to stop Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg's plan.

  • by David Crowe
The city where a trillion-dollar plan to dominate global trade began
Asia

The city where a trillion-dollar plan to dominate global trade began

Welcome to Chongqing, the heart of China's dream to reshape the world.

  • by Kirsty Needham
'Blink, fold, or crash and burn at the ballot box': Labor's tax call sets up a class war election
Analysis
Federal

'Blink, fold, or crash and burn at the ballot box': Labor's tax call sets up a class war election

Either one side will blink, the crossbench will fold, or one side will crash and burn at the ballot box.

  • by Mark Kenny
Government pension loans scheme needs adviser exemption
Analysis
Borrowing

Government pension loans scheme needs adviser exemption

Access to a government reverse mortgage will be expanded from the middle of next year, but getting advice on whether it is a good idea is another matter.

  • by John Collett
Why this house price slump is different from the last one
Analysis
Investing

Why this house price slump is different from the last one

The downturn in property prices is different from previous dips in an important way: it is being driven by banks' home loan decisions.

  • by Clancy Yeates
The robot farm is here and food may never be the same
Analysis
The economy

The robot farm is here and food may never be the same

What was once the world's most labour-intensive profession may be soon run by smartphones.

  • by Adam Minter
The ins and outs of lending and borrowing for companies
Analysis
Small business

The ins and outs of lending and borrowing for companies

Companies are one of the most heavily controlled entities when it comes to income tax.

  • by Max Newnham
Remembering yet another young woman's violent end
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ACT

Remembering yet another young woman's violent end

Another young woman is dead, but change when it comes to male violence will be a long time coming.

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War Memorial’s virtual Battle of Hamel is shameful on all fronts
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National

War Memorial’s virtual Battle of Hamel is shameful on all fronts

There has been debate recently in these pages about the ethos of the Australian War Memorial

Our emotionally abusive relationship ... with the banks
Opinion
National

Our emotionally abusive relationship ... with the banks

My inexpert appraisal is that we’ve moved beyond a mere lack of trust in banks to perceiving our relationship with them as emotionally abusive.

  • by Julie Szego
Boxing clever Gina outmuscles Twiggy in fight for Atlas
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Boxing clever Gina outmuscles Twiggy in fight for Atlas

Gina Rinehart's bid for Atlas Iron was planned well before Andrew Forrest's raid.

  • by Colin Kruger
The 'not all men' excuse is absurd
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Life & relationships

The 'not all men' excuse is absurd

Women don’t need to be told to look for the goodness in men, because we try our damnedest to find it every day.

  • by Clementine Ford
The ABC is an indulgence we can no longer afford
Opinion
Companies

The ABC is an indulgence we can no longer afford

Privatising the ABC would mean an ABC that was forced to economise and focus on delivering what consumers wanted.

  • by Harry Stutchbury
Just when you thought online dating couldn't get any worse
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Life & relationships

Just when you thought online dating couldn't get any worse

Online dating is already prfoundly dehumanising. We don't need an app to make it more so.

  • by Kerri Sackville
Why you should keep paying the 'tampon tax'
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Federal

Why you should keep paying the 'tampon tax'

Amid moves to exempt sanitary items from the GST, experts warn there are better ways to help women.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Let’s free up principals to do what they do best
Opinion
ACT

Let’s free up principals to do what they do best

National surveys of Australia’s principals confirm rising and health-endangering stress.

  • by Glenn Fowler
Gold Coast mid-season report card: Ain't no sunshine
Analysis
AFL

Gold Coast mid-season report card: Ain't no sunshine

Not many sunny days ahead for Gold Coast in 2018.

  • by Sam McClure
 Eurydice Dixon, whose body was found on a soccer field in the city's inner north.
National

For Eurydice's sake, we need to do more than go to vigils

We share those photos, we go to vigils. We insist that the police and journalists use the appropriate language but if we want to save the lives of women and girls there is more we can do.

  • by Jenna Price
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Clive Palmer is back in Canberra and he's already copped two sprays
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Federal

Clive Palmer is back in Canberra and he's already copped two sprays

Clive Palmer is back to remind us that in politics, megalomania never gets old.

  • by Tony Wright
What I would rather receive as a government 'push present'
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Life & relationships

What I would rather receive as a government 'push present'

Over the weekend, the NSW government announced they would give the parents of babies born in NSW a loot bag worth $150, at a cost of $13.5 million each year.

  • by Polly Dunning
Bought Bitcoin? The Tax Office has you in its sights
Analysis
Tax

Bought Bitcoin? The Tax Office has you in its sights

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are assets liable for capital gains tax, under tax law.

  • by Melissa Browne
OPEC tensions loom as the production-rich meet the production-poor
Opinion
Markets

OPEC tensions loom as the production-rich meet the production-poor

Friday’s OPEC meeting in Vienna is shaping up as the most critical, and potentially the most fractious, since the cartel agreed to production limits.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Academic freedom is at heart of Ramsay Centre furore
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Federal

Academic freedom is at heart of Ramsay Centre furore

If someone offers to donate millions of dollars, I completely understand why universities would want to say “yes please”.  Unless, of course, that donation could compromise academic freedom.

  • by Tanya Plibersek
Fashion forward: Ex-PacBrands guru Morphett scores $5m share bonus
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Companies

Fashion forward: Ex-PacBrands guru Morphett scores $5m share bonus

Morphet's stock pot is now worth $7.4 million, her initial share options alone have delivered a $5 million bonanza.

  • by Colin Kruger
Another vigil for another woman who should be here
Opinion
Life & relationships

Another vigil for another woman who should be here

We mourn for her, for her friends, and family - and for ourselves, because we know one of us will be next, we just don’t yet know who.

  • by Jane Gilmore
Optus' epic World Cup streaming fail gives Telstra boss a free kick
Opinion
Companies

Optus' epic World Cup streaming fail gives Telstra boss a free kick

This week should have been a free kick, of sorts, for Optus. Instead, the Singtel owned carrier is in crisis mode.

  • by John McDuling
Moral panic over Fortnite is misplaced
Opinion
Technology

Moral panic over Fortnite is misplaced

Society has an unfortunate habit of going a bit bonkers whenever new technology comes out that children consume in droves. But when it comes to violent video games, the evidence is now pretty clear.

  • by Chris Ferguson
Stupidity and the NBN
Opinion
ACT

Stupidity and the NBN

I have one piece of advice: get ready! Your NBN problems may have just begun.

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Our democracy is more important than Facebook's profits
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Companies

Our democracy is more important than Facebook's profits

The poison in our political systems needs to be cleansed for the sake of all of us.

  • by Lucy Battersby
Three words that can save a friendship
Opinion
Life & relationships

Three words that can save a friendship

Like so many women, I was taught from an early age to avoid conflict at all costs

  • by Kasey Edwards
ACT treaty needed to right past wrongs made against Indigenous people
Opinion
ACT

ACT treaty needed to right past wrongs made against Indigenous people

The response of successive national governments over the last 30 years to calls for a treaty has been disappointing, to say the least.

  • by Julie Tongs
4 Points: At this stage, Saints have the Blues
Opinion
AFL

4 Points: At this stage, Saints have the Blues

Richardson and St Kilda go marching on; Good things in small packages for Tigers; Fight or flight for winged Crows; Bye-bye to byes.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Dangerous territory as households feel sting
Opinion
The economy

Dangerous territory as households feel sting

Almost unnoticed, cost of living pressures have climbed back to the top of the political agenda, just like they did in 2007.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Everyone except the government knows childcare isn't predictable
Opinion
The economy

Everyone except the government knows childcare isn't predictable

Farrah's Millar's breast cancer didn't tick the right boxes for child-care subsidy and highlights how machines can't take into account rare events.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Extreme pressure is not stopping the National Energy Guarantee
Analysis
Federal

Extreme pressure is not stopping the National Energy Guarantee

For all the political rhetoric, there is no clear alternative to the National Energy Guarantee.

  • by David Crowe
Collingwood mid-season report card: Bucking the expectations
Analysis
AFL

Collingwood mid-season report card: Bucking the expectations

Most analysts had the Magpies missing September again and a potentially ugly end to Nathan Buckley's reign as coach.

  • by Martin Blake
Australia and Ireland's Sydney decider is rugby's golden opportunity
Analysis
Rugby Union

Australia and Ireland's Sydney decider is rugby's golden opportunity

The Wallabies can give the entire game a leg up if they respond against Ireland at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

  • by Georgina Robinson
Bellamy deserves last of the big coaching pay-days
Analysis
NRL

Bellamy deserves last of the big coaching pay-days

A ceiling on the expenditure of NRL club football departments will apply from 2020.

  • by Roy Masters
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It's a matter of digital life and death
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Planning & budgeting

It's a matter of digital life and death

The law is still playing catch-up when it comes to our virtual assets, but I'm ditching digital clutter for the sake of my loved ones.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
The rights and wrongs of VAR decision are now irrelevant for the Socceroos
Analysis
Soccer

The rights and wrongs of VAR decision are now irrelevant for the Socceroos

The good news for the Socceroos, after a tremendous but ultimately fruitless performance, is they are very much in the hunt to qualify for the second phase.

  • by Michael Lynch
Faith
Opinion
Life & relationships

Faith

In the 1950s, I was one of the millions of Catholics worldwide who prayed for the return of the Russian people to the fold of the Catholic Church.

  • by Brian Kilday
Alan Attwood.
National

A diary. A drive. One day every year

Anniversaries squat resolutely on the calendar, refusing to be moved.

  • by Alan Attwood