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The Business of Fast Fashion

‘Fast Fashion’ refers to clothing and accessories that are designed to reflect current industry trends, yet produced using less expensive materials to ensure a low price tag

Saving our Mothers

In honoring Mother's Day, Save the Children released the 14th annual State of World's Mother report.

Stop Coca-Cocal trashing Australia

Greenpeace Australia made a new coke ad with a twist. It exposes how this drinks giant is willing to let plastic pollution trash our ocean and kill our marine life.

Thanks a Million Australia

The New Zealand tourism industry is saying a big "Thanks a Million"to Australian visitors to celebrate the record of welcoming a million Australians in a 12-month period

People! Zara commits to go toxic free

Zara, the world’s largest clothing retailer, today announced a commitment to go toxic-free following nine days of intense public pressure. This win belongs to the fashion-lovers, activists, bloggers and denizens of social media. This is people power in action

Tuesday, December 1

Cash rate remain at 2.0% - RBA

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent.

The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, with some softening in conditions in the Asian region, continuing US growth and a recovery in Europe. Key commodity prices are much lower than a year ago, reflecting increased supply, including from Australia, as well as weaker demand. Australia's terms of trade are falling.
The Federal Reserve is expected to start increasing its policy rate over the period ahead, but some other major central banks are continuing to ease monetary policy. Volatility in financial markets has abated somewhat for the moment. While credit costs for some emerging market countries remain higher than a year ago, global financial conditions overall remain very accommodative.
In Australia, the available information suggests that moderate expansion in the economy continues in the face of a large decline in capital spending in the mining sector. While GDP growth has been somewhat below longer-term averages for some time, business surveys suggest a gradual improvement in conditions in non-mining sectors over the past year. This has been accompanied by stronger growth in employment and a steady rate of unemployment.
Inflation is low and should remain so, with the economy likely to have a degree of spare capacity for some time yet. Inflation is forecast to be consistent with the target over the next one to two years.
In such circumstances, monetary policy needs to be accommodative. Low interest rates are acting to support borrowing and spending. While the recent changes to some lending rates for housing will reduce this support slightly, overall conditions are still quite accommodative. Credit growth has increased a little over recent months, with credit provided by intermediaries to businesses picking up. Growth in lending to investors in the housing market has eased. Supervisory measures are helping to contain risks that may arise from the housing market.
The pace of growth in dwelling prices has moderated in Melbourne and Sydney over recent months and has remained mostly subdued in other cities. In other asset markets, prices for commercial property have been supported by lower long-term interest rates, while equity prices have moved in parallel with developments in global markets. The Australian dollar is adjusting to the significant declines in key commodity prices.
At today's meeting the Board again judged that the prospects for an improvement in economic conditions had firmed a little over recent months and that leaving the cash rate unchanged was appropriate. Members also observed that the outlook for inflation may afford scope for further easing of policy, should that be appropriate to lend support to demand. The Board will continue to assess the outlook, and hence whether the current stance of policy will most effectively foster sustainable growth and inflation consistent with the target.

Friday, November 27

  South Australia bushfire: State Inquiry Centre now open 9am to 6pm


Calls to the State Inquiry Centre set up to help people looking for their loved ones following the Pinery bushfire in South Australia have slowed, and it will now be operating on reduced hours.


The centre, which can be reached on 1800 727 077, takes calls for the Red Cross-operated Register.Find.Reunite. service. As of tomorrow it will be open from 9am to 6pm ACDT, instead of the 24 hours a day it had been operating since opening on Wednesday.


Anyone looking for loved ones who might have been affected by the Pinery fire can call the centre and register with Register.Find.Reunite. As well those affected by the fires who want to let their family and friends know they are okay can also call the service to register their details.


Register.Find.Reunite. can also still be accessed around the clock via the Red Cross website

Thursday, November 26

Commonwealth Bank provides Emergency Assistance for customers affected by SA bushfires

 Commonwealth Bank has activated its Emergency Assistance Package for customers and businesses affected by the bushfires in South Australia.

We have established a dedicated phone line to assist those who may need to discuss their circumstances and our staff are on hand to help. If you need assistance or advice, please call 1300 720 814 or visit a branch.

Special arrangements are in place to support our Commonwealth Bank and CommInsure customers should they need it, and our staff are ready to assist them promptly with their financial concerns and enquiries.

As part of the Bank’s Emergency Assistance Package, we can help discuss a range of options, including:
·         Emergency accommodation assistance for CommInsure customers whose homes have been damaged by the fire.
·         Expediting claims to CommInsure for customers seeking help through their home, contents and motor vehicle insurance.
·         Customised assistance for Commonwealth Bank home loan, credit card and personal loan customers who may experience difficulties because of the fires.
·         Considering requests for additional loans including emergency credit limit increases (subject to credit approval).
·         Loan restructuring for business customers with existing loans.
·         Waiving prepayment charges over the next month for affected customers wishing to access term deposits and Commonwealth Investment Bonds ahead of the maturity date.
·         Waiving other selected fees and charges.

We understand that each customer will have different needs and we encourage our affected customers to discuss their individual circumstances with us by either phoning: 1300 720 814 or visiting their nearest open branch.

Red Cross helps people affected by the bushfires in South Australia

Red Cross volunteers and staff are on the ground supporting people affected by the Pinery bushfire in South Australia.

‘Our volunteers are stationed at the relief centres in Gawler, Balaklava and Clare, providing practical assistance, support and information,’ Jai O’Toole, Red Cross State Manager of Emergency Services, says. ‘People heading to the relief centres are going through a really tough time at the moment, and we’re doing all we can to help.’

Red Cross teams at the relief centres are also registering people with Register. Find. Reunite – a service that helps reunite families during emergencies. Anyone worried about their loved ones in the affected area can check for news by phoning 1800 727 077 or online at Red Cross staff and volunteers have been manning the 1800 number since Wednesday night and will continue to do so as long as it is needed.

Register.Find.Reunite. is the simplest way to let your family and friends know you’re okay or to find out if your loved ones are safe,’ says Mr O’Toole. ‘Being separated from family and friends is one of the most stressful things a person can experience during an emergency. Not knowing where your loved ones are, not being able to get a hold of them by phone or email adds to that anxiety.’

Red Cross is also working closely with government agencies and emergency services working out how best to help affected communities during this difficult time, and also what sort of recovery support might be needed later on. 'We're not sure of the final impact, but we know that people need our help now, and they will continue to need it for some time yet.

‘Our hearts go out to those affected by the fires.  If we can take anything out of this, it’s the certain knowledge that disasters can strike anytime, anywhere. We urge all Australians to make sure they are disaster ready, we see time and again how being prepared for a disaster makes a huge difference.’

For advice, tips and a free emergency planning guide go to

Australian Psychological Society welcomes Government mental health reform

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Government of much-needed reform to the mental health system through a regionalised approach to deliver better tailored care to people with mental health problems.

The Government today outlined its response to the National Mental Health Commission report, Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities – Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services.

Responding to the announcement, Executive Director of the APS Professor Lyn Littlefield said, “We welcome mental health reform that will lead to better care for people with mental health issues.”

“The proposed changes, including increased access to online mental health interventions and tailored packages of care for people with severe, chronic and complex conditions through Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia, will lead to a more integrated and coordinated approach to their mental health care.”

The APS also welcomed the focus on children and young people and making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health a priority.
The APS has long maintained that it is critical to provide universal access to mental health care under Medicare and is pleased that this will continue to be provided through Better Access.

Professor Littlefield said, “The Government has acknowledged the effectiveness and importance of the Better Access Initiative, which delivers psychological services under Medicare to large numbers of Australians.

“The APS looks forward to working closely with the Government on the implementation of the reform and to support the Primary Health Networks in their new role in delivering on these important initiatives.”