New Zealand proposes to ban foreign housing buyers and more Zedlines

New Zealand is planning to ban foreign buyers from purchasing existing homes in an attempt to tackle the country’s housing crisis. (Image Source: Pixbay)

Prime Minister-Designate, Jacinda Ardern, announced the proposed restrictions, which follows a campaign pledge by the country’s Labour party to crack down on ‘property speculators’.

The country’s proposed ban on foreign buyers, which would only apply to non-domiciles, comes amid rising support for protectionist policies in developed nations around the world.


Moves for rental properties to meet new minimum standards in Queensland welcomed by advocacy group

The Palaszczuk government’s new laws designed to provide minimum standards in rental properties and provide greater consumer protection, have been welcomed by Tenants Queensland.

Tenants Queensland CEO Penny Carr says the new legislation will also address the very poor quality of some rental accommodation in the state.

Additionally it is believed that the legislation will bring greater transparency to contracting arrangements for residents.


Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) combats cashless society with ‘tap and go’

Surf Life saving Queensland is addressing the problem of a growing cashless society by introducing ‘tap and go’ mobile pay facilities.

This is a move that other charities are making as the majority of people move away from carrying cash upon their person.

Currently card usage accounts for roughly fifty-two per cent of transactions, with cash accounting for thirty-seven per cent, whereas a decade ago cash accounted for seventy per cent of transactions and cards just twenty-six per cent.

Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies director Wendy Scaife  said making it easier for people to donate was the way to go.


New laws passed to protect vulnerable retirement village residents

New legislation passed in state parliament will stop retirement village operators from exploiting residents.

The new law has been introduced following an investigation conducted by ABC’s program Four Corners earlier this year which uncovered residents in retirement villages being left vulnerable to exploitation.

Queensland housing minister Mick de Brenni says new legislation will enforce simplified contracts and will require ongoing fees and charges to be clearly declared upfront.


South Australian property buyers scammed

Property buyers in South Australia have been defrauded out of nearly $1 million by scammers using email details to pose as conveyancers.

The scammers sent fake emails to two clients of The Australian Institute of Conveyancers last week with instructions to send large sums of money for their property settlements.

The Institute claims it is unsure how client information was accessed and the scam has now been referred to police for investigation.


NAACP issues Travel Warning Against American Airlines

The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People has issued a travel warning for African American passengers travelling on American Airlines, claiming the airline lacks in cultural and racial sensitivity.

The civil rights group released a statement saying they have received complaints from passengers about the airline’s “disrespectful, discriminatory and unsafe conditions.”

Since the release of the NAACP statement, people have shared their own experiences of American Airlines on Twitter using the hashtag “happened2MeOnAA.”