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Twitter > Is it yours or your boss’?

If I ever leave SBS, I’ll be taking my twitter profile with me. I like to think that while SBS gives me an amazing profile and platform, my twitter followers follow me because of the brand that I’ve built as a business journalist throughout the years and my friends follow me, because, well I’m interesting… … Continue reading

Harvey Norman > Cheap games GST-free

I’ve interviewed Gerry Harvey a few times as a journo for SBS World News Australia and Sky News. I find him to be honest, genuine and direct. So if he back flips on a previous position, then it really must be for good reason. Tonight, Harvey Norman Ireland, which is separate from the local chain, … Continue reading

Housing > Shortage getting worse

House prices may have stabilised in many parts of the country, but the construction of new homes still haven’t  caught up with demand, in fact, it’s now worse. The gap between housing demand and supply has grown according to the National Housing Supply Council to 186,800 homes. That shortfall is predicted to blow out to … Continue reading

New York > Record tourists

  The world may be going through an economic slowdown, but that’s not stopping tourists from visiting some of the world’s greatest cities. New York for example, is on track for a record breaking year.  It’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg says the Big Apple will draw around 50.2 million visitors by the end of the year, … Continue reading

Xmas shopping > Are you waiting until Saturday?

Are you one of the 1.4% of people waiting until Christmas Eve to do your present shopping? A survey by the Australian National Retailers Association shows some people are waiting until the very last minute to do their shopping, and given Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday this year, it’s hoping shoppers will come out … Continue reading

Pollies v Players > Who deserves more pay?

  Two kinds of pay stories were out today. One about politicians. The other AFL players. Guess which one got the most coverage? From next year, federal MPs will receive pay rises of at least $44,000 a year, taking backbenchers’ salaries to $185,000. The Prime Minister will get $481,000. In return, they’ll need to give … Continue reading

So You Want To Be A Journalist? > How I started

This time 14 years ago I received my HSC result and UAI. I was devestated. My UAI was 80.10. More than 15 points below the minimum entry requirement to study journalism at Charles Sturt University. Despite the endless television news work experience I had done during high school, community radio and newspaper work, I was … Continue reading

iChoose > Samsung v Apple

So my iPhone 3GS is dying. (Yes, I haven’t updated yet, get over it). The screen fades to black once the battery hits 60%. Last week it stretched to 30%. So I decided to take it to the Apple Store in the Sydney CBD to get it checked out and was told that I’d have … Continue reading

ANZ > Setting rates alone

This is my last post on interest rates for a while, I promise. But I couldn’t let yesterday’s decision by the big four banks to follow the RBA and pass on the full 25 basis point cut in full go unnoticed. But that’s not the story. The story is ANZ’s decision to now announce its … Continue reading

Banks > Super Profits Tax?

Although unlikely, there’s a small chance Treasurer Wayne Swan could start the new year blazing, threatening the banking sector with a super profits tax, similar to that being imposed in the mining industry. As borrowers continue to wait to hear if the big four will pass on the Reserve Bank’s 25 point basis point cut, … Continue reading