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  • It takes a village to care for a village

    It takes a village to care for a village

    There is a lovely African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”, which highlights the importance of community in the growth and development of children; our future leaders.

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  • Don’t panic – the world is not falling apart

    Don’t panic – the world is not falling apart

    It's not easy to hold your nerve as you watch share markets plunge – but 'don’t panic' really is good advice.

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  • Australia trades

    Australia trades

    Over the 2016-17 financial year China accounted for roughly a quarter of Australia's two-way trade, dwarfing the next biggest contributions from Japan and the US, both around 9%.

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  • Cool, calm, collecting: 3 ideas for investing in art

    Cool, calm, collecting: 3 ideas for investing in art

    Artworks can change hands for eye-watering amounts, but there are ways to build a collection without breaking the bank.

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  • Dollars and sense: the Aussie dollar in 2018

    Dollars and sense: the Aussie dollar in 2018

    A rising dollar is good news for some sectors, while a fall is good for others.

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  • Our national credit hangover

    Our national credit hangover

    Did you play a little fast and loose with your credit card over Christmas? You’re not alone.

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  • Fruit of the vines: The rise of Aussie wine

    Fruit of the vines: The rise of Aussie wine

    Australian wine makers are pulling out of a slump and catering to a growing export and domestic market.

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  • The questionable wisdom of crowds

    The questionable wisdom of crowds

    We put our trust in crowds. Most of the big, important decisions in our society are made by large groups of people; be they government departments, cabinets, commissions, boards or juries.

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  • Prices are the real BBQ stopper

    Prices are the real BBQ stopper

    What’s not to love about being the BBQ host with the most? The cost, that’s what. We take a look at the real cost of the average Australia Day barbecue.

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  • Climate change with a cherry on top

    Climate change with a cherry on top

    Climate change is usually explained in terms of melting ice caps, rising sea levels and coral bleaching.

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  • Goldfish blues: There’s something fishy about our focus

    Goldfish blues: There’s something fishy about our focus

    The humble goldfish may be able to focus for longer than us. Here are a few ways we may be able to regain the lead.

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  • Outlook for 2018

    Outlook for 2018

    The global economy is currently growing at its fastest pace in over five years; and the good economic news is likely to continue into 2018.

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  • Life reboots at 50

    Life reboots at 50

    Turning 50 offers plenty of upside. Old pressures ease off, making room for new adventures. Here are five ways to enjoy your sixth decade.

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  • The Smart Money starts out Money Smart

    The Smart Money starts out Money Smart

    Many Australians lack confidence when it comes to dealing with money.

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  • Seniorpreneurs are stirring up start-ups

    Seniorpreneurs are stirring up start-ups

    Older entrepreneurs are shrugging off stereotypes and bringing a wealth of wisdom and experience to start-ups and the small business sector.

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  • Amazon has landed

    Amazon has landed

    We look at the hype – and potential harm – as the online department store sets up shop on Australian shores; just in time for Christmas

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  • Bitcoins and tulips have something in common

    Bitcoins and tulips have something in common

    Coins that aren’t really coins, miners who don’t dig or drill – but use more real power than many countries – and made-up words like cryptocurrency and blockchain; it’s enough to do your head in.

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  • Cutting carbon emissions for next to nothing

    Cutting carbon emissions for next to nothing

    Australia can meet its 2030 greenhouse emissions target at zero net cost, according to new research by the Australian National University.

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  • The world’s most visited cities

    The world’s most visited cities

    Asia boasts six of the top 10 most visited cities on the planet, thanks to the rise of Chinese tourism and to region’s efforts to develop “smart cities”.

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  • North Korea: Can trade trump missiles?

    North Korea: Can trade trump missiles?

    Renewed sabre-rattling between old foes North Korea and the United States has been growing louder by the day. We analyse what it means for Australia and the rest of the region.

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