Nusantara to be new Indonesian capital

Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Picture: Getty Images Amanda Hodge southeast asia correspondent The Australian,  January 18, 2022 Indonesia’s parliament passed a landmark bill on the country’s proposed new capital city on Tuesday, including its name, Nusantara – an Indonesian word used to describe the entire archipelagic nation. MPs sat into the early hours of Tuesday to debate the legislation ahead …

Hottest gadgets of 2022: New Samsung, Linklet wearable cameras and Moonbike

Solar panel shingles that can be simply nailed to a roof are among the latest technology to be unveiled. Chris Griffith Technology Reporter  The Australian, January 18, 2022 It’s early in 2022 but already we’ve seen the unveiling of dozens of new gadgets, mainly at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas this month. While some gadgets are updates …

Global moves to protect cash as local wallets, purses and safes hold $105bn

James Kirby ‘Cash is crucial, we should be making moves to mandate its acceptance.’ Picture: iStockThe Australian, January 18, 2022 It’s not what you might expect: the most recent numbers from the Reserve Bank show ATM cash withdrawals are rising by about a million transactions a month. Moreover, the amount of notes on issue across the economy remains at record …

The Australian’s Australian of the Year: Diggers deserve nation’s gratitude

For their sacrifice and achievements, the last Diggers to leave the country have been jointly nominated for The Australian’s Australian of the Year. Angelica Snowden Journalist The Australian, January 18, 2022 When the last six Australian Diggers left Afghanistan, they were met at Karzai International Airport in Kabul and congratulated on their commitment to supporting the country’s security forces stave …

How small businesses can win big during major sales events

Klarna SmartCompany, December 17, 2021 Two e-commerce founders share their advice for making the most of the festive shopping season. Left: Josh Howard, Single Use Ain’t Sexy; Right: Rebecca Veksler, SoL Cups. Source: Supplied. Whether you have an established online presence or are just dipping your toe into the world of e-commerce, SmartCompany spoke to two successful entrepreneurs to help …

Staff could walk out on the job unless they get RATs free of charge

Emma Elsworthy SmartCompany, January 18, 2022 ACTU secretary Sally McManus. Source: Joel Carrett/AAP. Unions are threatening to walk off the job unless employers give out elusive rapid antigen tests (RATs) free of charge — but with shortages predicted ’til February, a stalemate could see Australia’s already-choked supply chains placed under greater strain. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary …

Labor’s rushed Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 defies accountability and consultation

Vince Catania Countryman/The West Australian, 5 January 2022 Protestors against the WA Government’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill gather on the steps of WA Parliament in August. Credit: Gabrielle Timmins/Kimberley Land/Gabrielle Timmins/Kimberley Land Something big happened in Parliament late last year that you need to be aware of. An extremely significant piece of legislation was rushed through Parliament in the last …

Westpac hit with lawsuit for sacking manager over ‘sexual innuendo’

David Marin-GuzmanWorkplace correspondent Financial Review, Jan 17, 2022 A Westpac manager who was fired for allegedly calling his female superior “little piggy”, and asking if she was “going tea-bagging”, said his sacking was retribution for complaining about his boss’ toxic attitude. The former insurance manager for Westpac’s BT Financial, Mark Curtis, is suing the bank for damages over what he …

Small business calls for HECS-style loans scheme

Ayesha de KretserSenior Reporter Financial Review, Jan 18, 2022 Small Business Australia is lobbying Canberra to ditch the small to medium enterprise loan recovery scheme and replace it with a system modelled on the higher education contribution scheme (HECS). Head of Small Business Australia Bill Laing said Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s current SME loan scheme had been a failure because …