Daily News - Tuesday 11 February 2014

Posted 11 February 2014 9:38am



Financial services lobby calls for tougher pension means testing
Rebecca Hyam, The ABC

The Financial Services Council has proposed increasing the age at which people can access their superannuation, and reviewing the assets and income test for the age pension.

A cool change, but what has Pope Francis actually achieved?
Marcus O’Donnell, The Conversation

A year ago this week, the ageing, doctrinaire and aristocratic Pope, Benedict XVI, shocked keen Vatican watchers and the public alike by his sudden resignation. Few were prepared for the shockwaves that would follow.

Greens, Labor aim to kill off new temporary visa
Sarah Whyte, The Age

The Greens are fighting to overturn the Abbott government's reintroduction of a controversial temporary asylum visa that prevents asylum seekers from gaining permanent residency.

Toyota to close: Thousands of jobs to go as carmaker closes Australian plants by 2017
Emma Griffiths, The ABC

Toyota has made the "heart-breaking" announcement that it will stop making cars in Australia in 2017, bringing an end to the nation's car manufacturing sector.

Advancing human rights in the market
Frank Brennan, Eureka Street

I was a participant at Kevin Rudd's 2020 summit. But I was not part of any stream that produced a nation changing outcome.

With Navy’s record of abuse, asylum boat claims can’t be ignored
Ben Wadham, The Conversation

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s three-word slogan “stop the boats” may be meeting its promise.

US gets a drought preview
The Land

AS drought once again grips large areas of NSW and Queensland, the United States is hoping to gain a first-hand insight into its impacts.

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