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17/06/2016 - 4:23pm

The 40-hour working week has become a standard in Australia; five days a week, nine in the morning to five in the evening. It's become such a common idea that people often forget just how much time this is, particularly in regards to how it affects their health. Mankind never evolved to be sat at a desk for eight hours a day, after all. For 13 per cent of the population, that 40-hour week stretches to 50 or more, according to the OECD.

14/06/2016 - 2:37pm

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was once quoted as saying "Youth is the most beautiful thing in this world - and what a pity that it has to be wasted on the children". This phrase has now entered common parlance, though a little more concisely: "Youth is wasted on the young". There might be a certain truth to it too, but it is perhaps more telling of the power of hindsight rather than the behaviour of young Australians.

10/06/2016 - 10:55am

When it comes to technological development, there is one particular law that is often quoted. Or rather, not a law, but a prediction. Moore's Law, developed by the eponymous Gordon E. Moore in the 1970s, to be exact. This concept in simple terms states that the overall processing power of a computer will double every two years.

31/05/2016 - 10:05am

With the new Federal Budget announced, private health insurance consumers are likely looking to see what's in it for them. After all, April's 5.59 per cent premium increase did nothing to help affordability, though many families won't want to renege on their health insurance benefits.

31/05/2016 - 10:01am

As the winter months close in, many Australians are likely looking to escape to brighter shores. Roy Morgan research has revealed that 2.7 million Australians took an overseas holiday, one of the largest volumes in years.

26/05/2016 - 10:18am

Much like the trials and tribulations faced by families, small businesses are finding it difficult to compare corporate health insurance. There's a great benefit to Australia's competitive health insurance landscape: there are plenty of providers trying to offer the best products for the most affordable price.

19/05/2016 - 5:44pm

Disability is a wide and complex topic, and can be a difficult subject to talk about. Whether from birth or from an incident later in life, disability can make a huge difference to how you interact with the world and the people within it - and, of course, vice versa.

As Australians live longer, disability will shortly become less of an outlier and more of an expected part of life, especially in old age. However, with the right cover, living with disability does not have to be difficult.

19/05/2016 - 5:00pm

For some years, Australia has been accommodating to skilled workers arriving on 457 visas. Employers get a larger pool of talent from which they can choose potential job candidates, and jobseekers have the attraction of living and working in one of the most diverse countries in the world.

17/05/2016 - 10:45am

Every year, the Commonwealth Ombudsman (formerly the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman, or PHIO) releases its annual report on the industry. The latest edition has recently been published, taking in the 2014-2015 financial year.

In this 12-month period, Australian policyholders got to have their say by taking to the Commonwealth Ombudsman (CO) website and making complaints if they felt aggrieved by their health fund.

09/05/2016 - 11:09am

American director, actor and comedian Woody Allen once said "80 per cent of success is showing up" - but was he wrong? In the workplace, absenteeism is a problem, but so is presenteeism, when people who are too sick to work do so regardless.

It's clearly not an ideal situation. Employees who are sick are unproductive and spread germs around the office, potentially leading to more business absenteeism than if that person stayed home to rest.