Beware the building cost of carbon tax

THE introduction of the carbon tax on July 1 has received much attention, with most commentators acknowledging that it will have far-reaching implications. Despite this, Master Builders has been surprisingly unsuccessful in pointing the spotlight at the inevitable impact the carbon tax will have on the cost of building and, in turn, housing affordability. Unlike […]

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How to exercise in the fresh air while protecting your skin from the sun

A WORKOUT in the fresh air is a boon for your health. Not only will it boost your fitness and body image, but benefit your mental wellbeing too. A recent survey of body+soul readers by OPSM found that three quarters of you exercise outside every week. Outdoor exercisers had stronger feelings of revitalisation and a […]

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Meet Bianca Rinehart, who loves to blow stuff up

MEET Bianca Hope Rinehart, the daughter of the world’s richest woman. Despite being famously media shy, Rinehart has posed in designer gowns for the December issue of Vogue Australia (out Friday) in the wide red land where her family made their mining fortune – the Pilbara. Alongside two of her siblings, Rinehart is currently engaged […]

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BANKS’ failure to pass on full interest rate cuts is forcing more homeowners into mortgage arrears across Australia, a new report shows.

Research by global ratings agency Moody’s reveals that mortgage customers are increasingly defaulting on their payments – albeit at low official cash rates – as house prices slide and equity falls. While the national 30-day delinquency rate remained steady at 1.8 per cent in the 12 months to May 2012, they have spiked sharply in […]

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