Australia’s Largest Household Hardware Chain Could Be in Trouble and more Zedlines

Bunnings Warehouse could be costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in missed revenue as it has become the centre of a tradie tax fraud. (Image Source: Flickr)

Chair of Treasury's Black Economy Taskforce, Michael Andrew, says Bunnings Warehouse Australian Business Number is being used in more than forty per cent of all ABN's quoted in the Northern Territory.

He says putting down the incorrect ABN makes it easier for independent suppliers or contractors to avoid paying tax on invoices, especially with transactions paid in cash.

Massive Wombat to Save Thallon
There is nothing quite like the Aussie spirit, and that’s what is keeping residents in the small town of Thallon confident they can turn their home around.

As small communities all across the country continue to struggle, this small south-west Queensland town is refusing to accept this fate, with new and exciting ways to encourage tourists to stop by the community of 300 to take a look around.

With hopes of 30-meter tall artworks and a whopping 3.5 meters tall statue of William the Wombat to be erected in September, the residents of Thallon have high hopes for their ‘Back from the Brink’ campaign.

Quirk Stands Ground on Bus Driver Pay Rise

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the 2.5 per cent pay rise offered to Brisbane bus drivers is more than fair and is non-negotiable.

Yesterday more than three hundred people protested outside Brisbane City Hall demanding Rail, Tram and Bus Union members receive a 3.5 per cent pay rise, improved safety measures and rostering system.

Councillor Quirk says as “custodian of ratepayers’ money,” it is his responsibility to maintain the pay rise offer of 2.5 per cent as part of the new enterprise bargaining agreement.

Focus on Methamphetamines Misplaced in Australia
Following the release of the Ten-year National Drug Strategy, Michael Gannon president of the Australian Medical Association says that its focus on methamphetamines is misplaced.

Dr Gannon says we see so much carnage from ice use and yet it pales into insignificance with the problems caused by legal drugs like alcohol by a much larger group of Australians every day.

With alcohol abuse costing Australian taxpayers an estimated thirty-six billion dollars annually and being linked to five thousand deaths and more than one hundred and fifty thousand hospitalisations each year, Dr Gannon believes it needs to be given the same amount of attention as ice.

Controversial PNG PM Re-Elected

Following an almost six-week long election process, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter
O’Neill has secured his second term with 60 votes to 46 on the floor of Parliament.

After the inaugural sitting was delayed twice, Mr O’Neill says it certainly wasn’t something they wanted in Parliament, but it was just a little bit of a circus created by our opposition.

The controversial Prime Minister is set to face an even larger opposition this term, with two other major parties in Parliament and a number of independents.

“Hamilton 68” to combat Russian Propaganda
A website has been launched to track Russian-supported propaganda and disinformation on Twitter, as a non-governmental effort to end Moscow’s ability to meddle in future international elections.

Researchers working with the Alliance for Securing Democracy created the “Hamilton 68” dashboard, which displays near real time analysis of English-language tweets from a pool of 600 Twitter accounts identified as users who spread Russian propaganda.

The Alliance for Securing Democracy is a bipartisan, transatlantic project which was set up last month to counter Russian disinformation campaigns.