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I can’t imagine my life without my Pooch, he’s an Australian shepherd and only 2 years old. Loves to hang outside and play fetch.

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Do You Need To Hire Professionals For Your End Of Lease Cleaning?

Do you need to hire professionals for your end of lease cleaning? The answer will be yes if it is mentioned in your lease contract that the property has to be professionally cleaned to secure your security deposit. Today, most realtors and landlords put this clause in the contracts. The cost of getting the bond cleaning done is born by the tenant, or the property owner deducts the fee of bond cleaning from the deposit and gets it done.

However, some people will find that it is not necessary to hire professionals to clean their tenanted property. However, it is best to take the assistance of experts, as the chances of getting your bond back increase substantially. End of lease cleaning is a huge task that requires expertise, resources, time, and energy. All of which reckoned cleaning companies in Essendon like this one https://www.bondcleaninginmelbourne.com.au/end-of-lease-cleaning-essendon/ have. Companies like these have human resources and equipment to do the job within hours. The cleaners follow a Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) approved checklist as they know what realtors or property owners check for exit report inspection.

So, if you are at the end of tenancy, then hiring professional cleaners in Essendon is wise. You can book them one-two months prior to the moving date. To hire professionals within your budget, proper market research is required. You can also ask near and dear ones for references and recommendations. So, plan everything accordingly.

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Coronavirus fallout could leave Australian tourism and retail sectors in the doldrums

The impact of coronavirus on Chinese factories and tourism could result in a significant hit to Australian retailers and the broader economy, according to analysts from Commonwealth Bank and ANZ.

Electronics retailers such as JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman could see significant disruption to their supply of computers, TVs and smartphones as China’s coronavirus outbreak closes the factories where electronics are made.

Smartphone factories, including Foxconn, the supplier of Apple’s iPhones, have already closed in China, with industry analysts predicting a 12% production slump.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/12/coronavirus-fallout-could-leave-australian-tourism-and-retail-sector-in-the-doldrums

Chinese tourists and international students spend more at Australian retailers than other nationalities, meaning the government’s travel ban due to the coronavirus will damage the sector.

 

Closing the Gap: Australia’s indigenous inequality ‘not good enough’

Australia has made progress in improving education for indigenous people, but is still falling short in many areas, an annual report has found.

Life expectancy, employment and literacy rates all remain lower for indigenous Australians, according to the Closing The Gap report.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told parliament on Tuesday: “The results are not good enough.”

He called the disadvantages suffered by indigenous children a “national shame”.

The previous “top-down, government-knows best approach” had failed because it had “never really been a partnership with Indigenous people”, he said.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51469708

A kid performs a traditional dance at Musgrave Park during the rally. Indigenous Yuggera and Turrbal people organised a rally known as Meanjin on a date synonymous with the beginning of British colonial rule and oppression of Aboriginal people.

 

 

 

Fall armyworm found in Torres Strait, prompting biosecurity alert amid fears for Australian crops

A moth that has decimated crops all across the world has been detected in Australia for the first time.

A handful of fall armyworms have been caught on the Torres Strait, prompting a biosecurity alert because of their potential to cause major economic damage to the agricultural industry.

The moths’ larvae feed, in large numbers, on more than 350 types of plants, grasses and other crops, including rice, wheat, cotton, sugar cane, sorghum, and many fruit and vegetables.

In areas where the moth has taken hold, including the Americas, China, and South-East Asia, destruction of crops has happened almost overnight.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said the armyworms had caused “very alarming” damage to crops in those regions and posed a serious biosecurity threat in Australia.

“At this stage, there’s no detection of any crops that have been damaged,” he said.

“[But] these moths can fly up to 100 kilometres a night and are very destructive.”

Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-12/worm-moth-fall-armyworm-detected-found-australia-torres-strait/11957838

The fall armyworm adult moth with its brown fury wings spread.

 

A 60% rise in industrial emissions points to failure of Coalition’s ‘safeguard mechanism’

Industrial greenhouse gas emissions in Australia have risen 60% in the past 15 years, putting the country on a path that, if it continues, will lead to it missing the target set at the Paris climate conference.

That is the conclusion of an analysis by energy and carbon consultants RepuTex, which examined the rise in industrial carbon pollution – including from oil and gas extraction, mining and large-scale transport – in the period covered by Australia’s 2030 emissions target, starting in 2005.

The resulting report highlights the failure of the Coalition government’s “safeguard mechanism” policy, which was promised to limit carbon pollution rises so cuts paid for by taxpayers through the emissions reduction fund, the main national climate policy, were not just wiped out by increases elsewhere.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/12/a-60-rise-in-industrial-emissions-points-to-failure-of-coalitions-safeguard-mechanism

Emissions from the Bluescope steelworks at Port Kembla, Australia

 

The Best Small Business Accounting And Bookkeeping Apps For 2020

Hello Everyone,

As an accountant, I have been working in the industry for 10 years and have always relied on accounting software for making things streamlined and error-free. It was only recently that the mobile apps became popular and revolutionised the way we do our business. Now an entrepreneur can have all the financial information on his finger tips. Every user of the app can check the incomings and outgoings and make important decisions based on the data, which gets updated in real-time and is automatically synced across devices. If you are looking for a suitable app for your business, then read the article shared below.

https://www.agibookkeeping.com.au/best-small-business-accounting-bookkeeping-apps-2020/

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Bushfires are ‘Australia’s war’ and that means we need a battle plan

As a blaze tore through from the Orroral Valley, troops were ready to evacuate my 88-year-old father from his nursing home. It was the first place that would be hit if Canberra’s suburbs were overrun.

Flames were visible from the windows of the nursing home and as darkness fell, Mt Tennent’s menacing glow loomed overhead.

As the fire front bore down, army personnel were poised with military vehicles to extract scores of the frightened, immobile elderly.

Ahead of the expected path of the fire, military engineers were building critical fire breaks. In the air, surveillance aircraft and even small drones assisted with mapping the fire progress.

Read  more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-07/australia-bushfires-adf-operation-bushfire-assist/11931704A child is seen being lifted by a man into the arms of a woman aboard MV Sycamore. A Naval officer stands to the left, watching.

 

Homebuyers are stampeding back into the Australian property market, leading to what could be ‘the fastest market recovery on record’

National prices may have nosedived off their 2017 peaks, but are now bouncing at a blistering rate, kickstarting what research group CoreLogic is calling “the fastest market recovery on record” given the depth of the downturn.

“Since national dwelling values bottomed out 8.4% below their peak at June 2019, the Australian dwelling market has quickly recovered 6.7%,” head of residential research Eliza Owen said this week in a Corelogic note.

“If growth rates continue at the January trajectory – of 0.9% value growth per month – Australia’s dwelling market would make a full nominal recovery by April, marking a 10 month recovery period since values found a floor last June,” Owen said.

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australian-property-price-recovery-2020-forecasts-homebuyers-2020-2

 

 

‘Completely dropped off’: Australia’s tourism industry braces for coronavirus crisis

Ben Woodward has seen some difficult times in the tourism industry, but the Cairns operator says the coronavirus outbreak threatens to beat the lot.

“As an industry, we’ve come through crisis situations before, there’s been Sars, there’s been the GFC, there’s been the pilot strike, but it is looking like one of the worst crisis situations we’ve encountered as an industry.”

Cairns and Port Trips and Attractions has more than 200 staff across its bus tours, nature parks and sanctuaries in far-north Queensland. Woodward, the company’s sales and marketing director, says cancellations started rolling in as soon as the Australian government imposed its ban on non-Australian citizens arriving from China, following China’s own cancellation of international tour groups leaving the country.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/11/completely-dropped-off-australias-tourism-industry-braces-for-coronavirus-crisis

Tourists looking at coral through a glass-bottomed boat on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

 

 

Court awards underpaid teenager $250,000

A teenager who was underpaid by a small business in Melbourne will get a $250,000 payday after the company was ordered to pay its fine directly to the worker.

In a decision on 6 February, the federal circuit court found the director of Rhino Glass, Mark Hastings, had breached multiple sections of the Fair Work Act.

The court fined Rhino Glass $200,000 and Hastings $40,000 for refusing to pay the 19-year-old warehouse worker 30% of his wages and ordered both pay the fines to the worker on top of the lost salary.

The teen testified against Amy Wang, the manager of the Rhino Glass warehouse.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/11/court-awards-underpaid-teenager-250000

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