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Which Industries Need More Support

June 18th, 2020
As Australia's COVID-19 recovery hits full steam, not all industries will respond at the same rate. While the property market has been impacted less than expected, and some industries are thriving in the new environment, others are likely to remain at standstill or worse for months to come. Hospitality is just starting to wake up, arts and event management will be down for a while, and international tourism remains nothing but a distant possibility. In this new post-COVID world, some industries are going to need much more support than others.

The economic response packages released by the Australian Government have been fairly well received, despite massive inconsistencies between income grades and a massive budget error. With the JobKeeper payment and JobSeeker supplement both set to expire at the end of September, however, entire industries are going to be crying out for extra support. Certain segments of the economy have already been singled out, with the childcare industry given early support and the construction sector boosted through the new HomeBuilder program.

House Prices Remain Resilient

June 15th, 2020
The health of the Australian property market is closely aligned with domestic and global economic conditions. While COVID-19 is sure to have an effect on prices and activity for months to come, the large and resilient nature of the market may be impacted by the pandemic less than originally thought. At the height of the health crisis, there were expectations the value of Australian homes would drop by as much as 10% or even more. While it's still early days, and global stability is far from cer [...]

Your Home is your Gym

June 12th, 2020

Gyms across Australia and New Zealand have been shut over recent weeks, with outdoor fitness equipment and classes also limited until very recently. While everyone will be happy when their local gym opens for business, the pandemic has given people a unique opportunity to take control of their own fitness. From YouTube fitness classes to bodyweight routines and backyard workouts, […]

Psychology & Pressure in Sport

June 8th, 2020

Excelling at sport demands a potent combination of physical ability, mental ambition, and emotional stability. Conditioning your body to perfection is only half the battle, you also need a rock solid mental approach and the rare ability to deal with pressure in its many shifting forms. From Olympic athletes to world-class football players, the psychology of pressure in sport is […]

Pet World Records

June 1st, 2020

From cats and dogs to more exotic pets, animals add so much colour and joy to human lives. While all pets are special, some of our animal companions are a little more memorable than most. Record-breaking animals come in all shapes and sizes, from the world’s tallest dog to the loudest purring cat and a turtle that’s been around longer […]

Commonwealth Bank Release Downturn Scenarios

May 20th, 2020

The economic effects of COVID-19 are starting to filter through to the housing market, with more pronounced effects likely in the weeks and months ahead. The Commonwealth Bank recently published data about the length and extent of the possible downturn, with two different scenarios released. According to the base case and best possible scenario, the Australian property market will fall […]

The Real Unemployment Figures

May 20th, 2020

Australia’s unemployment figure rose to 6.2% in the latest announcement, with 600,000 jobs lost so far due to the coronavirus shutdown. Despite being the steepest monthly rise on record, according to many experts, the real shape of employment is much worse due to the artificial nature of the JobKeeper package, the record number of underemployed people, and the sharp rise […]

The Quarantine on Consumption

May 15th, 2020

Coronavirus has changed everything, which gives us a rare opportunity to re-evaluate our existing way of life. Social isolation is the new normal, more people are working from home, and even a trip to the supermarket is a major social outing. When something of this magnitude affects the entire world, there is an opportunity to emerge from the storm with […]

Mental Health Challenges in a Strange New Word

May 11th, 2020

Along with the acute health effects of COVID-19, the pandemic is associated with a number of long-term mental health challenges. Long periods of isolation, lack of activity, and large-scale anxiety are having a profound effect on people with existing mental health conditions. Worrying new symptoms are also arising for people without a history of mental illness, as everyone struggles with […]

Which Industries are Winning During Isolation

May 4th, 2020

Coronavirus continues to have a devastating impact on industries around the world. Entire sectors are failing, millions of people have lost their jobs, and global governments have unveiled their biggest stimulus packages in history. Amidst all the chaos and destruction, however, some industry sectors are flourishing like never before. From healthcare and logistics to e-commerce and video conferencing, let’s take […]

Keeing in Touch with Friends Remotely

April 20th, 2020

As everyone becomes accustomed to staying at home, keeping in touch with friends and family is more important than ever. While handshakes are well-and-truly out of fashion and hugs are reserved to members of your family unit, there are lots of digital tools that help us to stay connected and keep in touch despite iso-life. From Facebook and Twitter to […]