Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward.
More than one-third of Australians experiencing financial hardship
New data from NAB has revealed that a third of us are really feeling the pinch – with some unable to pay bills. The bank encouraged those struggling to seek help early if having trouble paying on time.
The “buy now, pay later” free-for-all is likely coming to an end
Such services, such as Afterpay or Zippay, could soon require the same financial checks as getting a credit card. The crackdown comes as many customers find themselves in hot water, unable to pay back what they borrowed.
Greens want jobseekers to be allowed to earn more without penalty
The Greens want to amend the government’s pensioner workforce incentives bill to allow those on jobseeker payments to earn more in wages before their allowance is reduced. They argue that the change is necessary if the unemployment benefit isn’t raised.
Wages show signs of rising, but lag far behind inflation
Australian wages are currently growing at 3.1% – more than half the pace of inflation which sits at 7.3%. While the rise is promising, experts say standards of living will fall if they don’t keep up.
Deliveroo collapses suddenly, blindsiding employees and customers
Experts say it could be the one of several meal-delivery services to disappear due to challenging economic conditions. Prices for deliveries will likely also rise to make the industry more sustainable.
Not even Christmas looks cheerful to businesses
New figures from Business NSW showed that the business confidence index (BCI) came in at negative 64.3 – a level of pessimism equal to that seen in the pandemic and the Global Financial Crisis.
New Zealand moves to lower the voting age to 16
In a landmark decision, the New Zealand supreme court ruled that the existing age of 18 was discriminatory and breached the human rights of young people. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern responded by stating that the government would draft legislation to change the voting age to 16.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused us to develop a very unusual pastime
Health measures have varied over the past few years, with government officials asking us to do our part to keep social gatherings to a minimum. Apparently many of us enthusiastically began reporting our neighbours over secret birthday parties and large food orders.
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