POLITICS/SOCIETY

Encouraging suicide or committing manslaughter?

A 69-year-old man is in jail for encouraging his wife to commit suicide so he could get the $1.4 million from her life insurance policies. Jennifer Morant, 56, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in her car in November 2014. Last month, a jury found her husband, Graham Morant, 69, guilty of two crimes under section 311 of Queensland’s Criminal Code Act 1889:...

Why Consider Dome Shelters For Your Business

Many businesses, big or small, are now embracing new trends when it comes to their building needs. Before, a permanent warehouse and office is the no-brainer solution to give employees a workplace where they can work efficiently and with ease. But now, temporary buildings are on the rise giving options to anyone who might need a durable structure fast...

What The Public Needs For A Safer Road Experience

We all know that the government is responsible for the public’s safety. It is the very reason why many projects, bills, and funds are allotted yearly. This is for the welfare and protection of the general public. One of these includes providing people with a safe road to travel. Statistics show that in Australia, there is already 874 provisional road...

Grattan on Friday: Turnbull tells Liberals to answer that unanswerable question

Malcolm Turnbull used his appearance on Q&A to hold his political executioners to account. AAP Malcolm Turnbull has delivered a hefty blow to the struggling Morrison government by refocusing attention on the one question it has desperately tried to smother. That is: why was he sacked? When he appeared on Thursday’s Q&A special, Turnbull was on a dual mission. His neat blue...

Democrats take House at US midterm elections, but Republicans keep Senate; Labor well ahead in Victoria

Democrats celebrate as the US mid-term results come in.  AAP/EPA/Erik S. Lesser US midterm elections were held today. All 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senators were up for election. Democrats were defending 26 Senators, including some states that Trump won by big margins in 2016, and Republicans just nine. Democrats won the House, regaining control of a chamber...

Found: the earliest European image of Aboriginal Australians

"New Hollanders” depicted in a 1698 edition of the explorer William Dampier’s journal. Courtesy of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, University of Hawai'i-Mānoa The earliest found European image of Aboriginal Australians,engraved in 1698, depicts them resisting their enslavement. Recently discovered in the Hamilton library of Honolulu University it is an apocryphal image for its times, intending to portray the...

Renters Beware: how the pension and super could leave you behind

Super and the pension treat most retirees well, but not renters.  Shutterstock How we fund retirement in an ageing century ought to worry all of us. But one group of us should be much more worried than the rest. In a new set of research briefs published by the Centre of Excellence of Population Ageing Research, we report that most people do well...

The US midterm elections are being billed as a referendum on Trump, but it’s not that simple

Wes Mountain/The Conversation  From afar, the US midterm elections might seem to be all about Donald Trump, and there is some truth to this. The man, as has been the case for some years now, is unavoidable. More than 700 days after the host of The Apprentice was elected to lead the world’s largest military and economic power, this will be the first chance...

Listen To Older Voices : Margaret Healy – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle...

The Editors Opinion : The RSPCA claim to be politically neutral – but are they?

Promoting the Liberal Parties policies but nothing about the other parties The Toorak Times was made aware yesterday by one of our readers that the RSPCA Victoria appear to be promoting the policies of the Victorian Liberal- National Coalition,  even though they have indicated for example,that recent gains in the area of puppy farming as enacted by the Andrews Government,...