South Australia's unemployment rate falls to four-year low

South Australia's unemployment rate falls to four-year low

Updated October 19, 2017 13:31:20 South Australia’s unemployment rate has settled below 6 per cent for the first time in four years, a day ahead of the loss of nearly 1,000 Holden jobs in Adelaide’s north. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that the headline seasonally adjusted rate rose from 5.8 to 5.9 per cent in September, but the less volatile trend figure fell from 6 to 5.8 per cent. The last time both measures were below 6 per cent was in March 2013. The unemployment rate in SA remains…

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Pokies rigged to ensure punters lost money: report

Pokies rigged to ensure punters lost money: report

VICTORIA’S gambling regulator will probe Crown casino amid stunning allegations staff were ordered to tamper with poker machines to ensure punters lost more money. The shocking revelations, from anonymous whistleblowers claiming to be former Crown employees, are set to spark multiple inquiries into the casino’s operations and conduct. Australia’s biggest casino operator, owned by billionaire James Packer’s Crown Resorts, rejected the allegations on Wednesday as more than $350 million was stripped from its share price. Crown shares plummeted by more than 8 per cent after the claims were made under…

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No answers yet for two-thirds of the economy not covered by latest energy plan

No answers yet for two-thirds of the economy not covered by latest energy plan

Updated October 18, 2017 19:43:50 Farmers, builders and the trucking industry might be forced to do extra work to cut greenhouse gas emissions because of the way the National Energy Guarantee is designed. Key points: To hit its Paris climate agreement targets, Australia has to reduce emissions by 26 per cent overall by 2030 The NEG requires the electricity sector to reduce their emissions by that much, but some say they could make bigger reductions They argue this leaves the farming, construction and trucking industries, who are less equipped to…

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Switch providers to save big on energy

Switch providers to save big on energy

AUSTRALIANS should overcome their misconceptions and switch energy providers to save as much as $1800 a year, one consumer finance expert says, as power price pressure shows no sign of letting up. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently declared there is unacceptable pressure on household budgets after residential prices increased by 63 per cent in the last decade, with some families forced to sacrifice food or medicine to keep their power on. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is battling the states over his planned National Energy Guarantee (NEG), but…

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Turnbull faces upward battle convincing states to support new energy plan

Turnbull faces upward battle convincing states to support new energy plan

Updated October 18, 2017 01:45:55 Video: This is how the Prime Minister is spruiking his new plan. (ABC News) Victoria, Queensland and South Australia look set to make the Prime Minister work hard if he wants them to support his new energy plan. At the heart of Malcolm Turnbull’s pitch is a prediction that by 2020 it could cut household power bills by $100 a year. But Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said when Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg spoke to his state counterparts last night he had no evidence…

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