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The update has slashed growth and surplus forecasts, as the economy is buffeted by global and domestic pressures. Lukas Coch/AAP

Lower growth, tiny surplus in MYEFO budget update

The projected surplus has been revised down from A$7.1 billion at budget time to $5 billion for this financial year.
One of this year’s most refreshing developments was the youth-led action on climate change. AAP Image/Dan Peled

5 human rights issues that defined 2019

From mass climate change movements to cultural genocide of Uighurs in China, here are some of the headline human rights moments that captured Australia’s attention.
Too many informal carers have to choose between giving their older mum or dad the care they need and dropping out of the workforce. Shutterstock

More carers’ leave may help Australians look after elderly parents and stay in work

A new system of carers' leave would allow middle-aged Australians to care for their ageing parents while staying in the workforce.
If family members are in a nursing home, it’s difficult to know if they’re getting the care they need. Here are some ways to find out. Nancy Beijersbergen/from www.shutterstock.com

How to check if your mum or dad’s nursing home is up to scratch

If you've read the headlines about poor standards in Australia's nursing homes, it's only natural to be concerned about your own family or friends in residential aged care.
Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’

Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’ The Conversation, CC BY27,1 Mo (download)
Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".

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