The ‘Couple Rule’ creates a dilemma in Australia

The ‘Couple Rule’ creates a dilemma in Australia

Lyndal Sleep Queensland, Australia, July 21, 2019 In Australia’s social security laws, the “couple rule“ is used to determine if a person is in a relationship, tying access to Centrelink payments to the income and assets of their partner. For victims of domestic violence, it ties a woman’s access to social security payment to the perpetrator. Recently I analysed Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)…

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Knee and Hip Replacement top Southern Cross claims

Knee and Hip Replacement top Southern Cross claims

Venkat Raman Auckland, July 21, 2019 Knee and Hip Replacement topped the insurance claims settled by the South Cross Health Society last year, figures released over the weekend reveal. Chief Medical Officer Dr Stephen Child said that the Society paid a whopping $94.7 million in settlement of claims filed by its customers during the past financial year. The amount includes…

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Auckland Council investigates waste dumping complaint

Auckland Council investigates waste dumping complaint

RNZ, Auckland, July 21, 2019 Auckland Council is investigating after claims that a major cosmetic store that opened yesterday (Saturday, July 20, 2019) polluted waterways by dumping wastepaper products down the drain. Sephora opened on Queen Street yesterday and celebrated by firing a cannon filled with paper confetti. Maori Council allegation New Zealand Māori Council Executive Director Matthew Tukaki said…

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Christchurch attacks submissions extended to August 23

Christchurch attacks submissions extended to August 23

Katie Scotcher Wellington, July 21, 2019 The Royal Commission into the Christchurch Mosque shootings has extended its deadline for public submissions. The high level inquiry is investigating the accused gunman and his activities before March 15, 2019. It is also examining the role of security agencies. Last month, the inquiry invited members of the public with relevant information to make submissions.…

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Advocate of businesses to contest in Auckland Council Election

Advocate of businesses to contest in Auckland Council Election

Supplied Content (Edited) Auckland, July 19, 2019 Business woman and community advocate Sarah Trotman will stand for Auckland Council at this year’s local elections in the Waitematā and Gulf ward. She will be running as Communities & Residents (C&R) Councillor candidate. Elections to local governments including various boards and wards will be held from September 20, 2019 to October 12,…

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