What is elder abuse and why do we need a national inquiry into it?

Attorney-General George Brandis has announced an inquiry into laws and frameworks to safeguard older Australians from abuse.

Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?

Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit. This week, the news headlines tell us “eating chocolate improves brain function” and that it “could help protect against normal age-related decline”.

Will house prices 'collapse' if negative gearing is changed?

Gavin Wood, RMIT University

There is much confusion about the effects of Labor’s tax proposals with respect to investors in rental housing. They propose to grandfather existing arrangements.

NSW Medical cannabis trial for chemo patients

The third New South Wales medicinal cannabis clinical trial, which will involve patients with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting has been announced.

NRMA launches car reviews on best cars

The NRMA has gone live with Best Cars- a car review website launched in conjunction with the announcement of the winners of Australia’s Best Cars.

WA motorists covered in new Bill

The Western Austrlian Government has introduced legislation to ensure all motorists will have insurance cover for catastrophic injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes.

QLD to join national road injury insurance scheme

Queensland will soon join a new national road crash insurance scheme to fill a gap that has left some catastrophically injured motorists without cover for medical costs or ongoing care.

Medicinal cannabis legislation passes Parliament

Parliament has passed legislation permitting Australian patients to access a safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis products for the management of painful and chronic conditions.

QLD seniors regional housing initiative

Elderly residents could avoid a move away from their home towns and be able to retire locally under a new Queensland Government initiative to build adaptable housing in regional communities.

SA jury duty available for people aged over 70

The South Australian Government will move to allow people over 70-years-old to sit on juries in South Australia.

VIC tackling men and family violence

The Victorian Government is increasing access to men’s behaviour change programs to help break the cycle of family violence.

NSW rollout of domestic violence suspect targeting

A measure announced as part of the NSW Government’s $60 million domestic and family violence package will be rolled out across the state following a successful trial.

Safeguarding older Australians from abuse

Today, the Federal Government has taken steps to put the rights of older Australians on the national agenda by initiating an inquiry into elder abuse.

QLD tough smoking laws for young and old

The Queensland Government has passed anti-smoking laws to reduce areas where smokers can light up and restricting tobacco sales, including aged care facilities.

Criminals gain increased access to Android malware

Security researchers are reporting that Android malware known as GM Bot is now more widely available to criminals.

Free waterwise showerheads for WA local communities

Water Minister Mia Davies is encouraging Water Corporation customers to take advantage of a free Showerhead Swap initiative launching today.

Concession payment to SA tennants

From tomorrow, more than 27,000 tenanted households across South Australia will receive the Cost of Living Concession for the first time.

SA dog and cat welfare laws up for debate

Major changes to South Australia’s dog and cat management laws will today be debated in Parliament.

Free tickets to NSW Premier's gala concerts

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today reminded seniors that free tickets to the 2016 Premier’s Gala Concerts would be available from 9.00am this morning, 23 February.

Changes to QLD smoke alarm laws

Legislation introduced to parliament today will mandate the installation of high-tech smoke detectors by 2027 in Queensland domestic dwellings, based on State Coroner recommendations.

Estate duties part of the tax debate?

The Australia Institute has released a paper, Surprise Me When I’m Dead: Revisiting the Case for Estate Duties.