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Private health premium increases might be the lowest in years, but that doesn’t mean they’re justified

private health premium increases might be the lowest in years, but that doesn’t mean they’re justified
Those facing large price increases might drop or downgrade their cover. Wayhome studio/Shutterstock Every year private health insurers raise premiums and every year we rue the hit to our hip pocket. This cycle is heavily regulated: insurers apply to the health minister who must approve premium hikes unless deemed contrary to the public interest. Premiums then change on April 1. This...

Why White Island erupted and why there was no warning

why white island erupted and why there was no warning
The sudden eruption at White Island was short-lived but produced an ash plume that rose several kilometres above the vent. GNZ Science Five people have been confirmed dead, 31 remain in hospital with injuries and eight are still missing after sudden volcanic eruptions on Whakaari/White Island off the east coast of New Zealand. The island is a tourist destination and 47...

How our screen stories of the future went from flying cars to a darker version of now

how our screen stories of the future went from flying cars to a darker version of now
Years and Years begins with the re-election of Trump in the US, and the election of unconventional populist Four Star Party in the UK. BBC/HBO Fans of Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner returned to cinemas last month for an unusual milestone: history catching up with science fiction. Blade Runner opens in Los Angeles, in November 2019. Furnaces burst flames into the perennial...

Veneto Club Melbourne Choir 1st Showcase Concert

veneto club melbourne choir 1st showcase concert
review by Meredith Fuller psychologist | theatre maker | Soiree & Salon holder What do men need? To be part of a choir like the Veneto CLub's marvellous choir of men aged from 89 to late 70's, and with one 45 year old! Well, actually, what do we ALL need? To sing. There is an increasing number of mixed...

Cream Of the Crate CD Review #20: Sixties Down Under – Volume 4 (A Compilation)

cream of the crate cd review #16 – howling wolf –  the london sessions
      This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site where publications ceased on that site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site. Cream Of The Crate Reviews 1 to 50 were vinyl album reviews. ...

Evangelical churches believe men should control women. That’s why they breed domestic violence

evangelical churches believe men should control women. that’s why they breed domestic violence
Evangelical church teachings create fertile ground for domestic violence, its justification and its concealment. Image: Shutterstock Jane* was a member of Australia’s evangelical Christian community, and throughout her marriage she heard many sermons on honouring a husband’s authority. These sermons focused on a wife submitting to her husband’s authority in everything, from finances to where and when she worked. He was to...

Finally, your electricity bill looks set to fall. Here’s how much you could save

finally, your electricity bill looks set to fall. here’s how much you could save
The renewables revolution is starting to pay off: our electricity bills are set to fall. AAP/Julian Smith Household electricity bills in Australia have increased sharply in the past decade. But new official figures show they are projected to fall markedly - in some cases by 20%. In-house modelling we conducted at the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) shows that...

Share The Joy at THECHO!R’s tenth anniversary, this Sunday 15th December

THECHO!R, with founding Artistic Director, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, celebrate ten  amazing years of music making and community support with their final concert for 2019 in a joyous concert of their greatest musical hits from the past decade at  Sharing The Joy on Sunday 15th December at 3pm, in the Collingwood Town Hall Drawing from their vast body of musical...

Listen To Older Voices [The Baby Boomer Generation] : Dom Barbuto – Part 1

listen to older voices [the baby boomer generation] : dom barbuto – part 1
    This is Part 1 of a 2-part program featuring the Life & Times of Dom Barbuto. Born in 1954 on a small Italian island off the coast of Sicily, Dom reflects back on his early years. He talks about the family migrating to Australia while he was still a very small boy. He recalls his early life in Melbourne...

Health Check: what happens to your body when you’re dehydrated?

health check: what happens to your body when you’re dehydrated?
By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Thanh Mai Bui Duy/Flickr Water is essential for human life. It accounts for for 50-70% of our body weight and is crucial for most bodily functions. Any deficit in normal body water – through dehydration, sickness, exercise or heat stress – can make us feel rotten. First we feel thirsty and fatigued,...