[og_img] THE HON ALAN TUDGE MP MINISTER FOR POPULATION, CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE ACTING MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, MIGRANT SERVICES AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS  MEDIA RELEASE 30 November 2020 Further changes to support Family visa applicants The Morrison Government is making further changes to the Family visa program to support applicants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government has been working over recent months to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on visa holders and has already introduced a number of arrangements to support those who have been impacted. This includes providing visa holders flexibility to remain in Australia, or to continue their visa pathway even if they have been unable to travel due to the current international border restrictions.   In addition to these changes, the Government will allow certain Family visas which have been applied for outside Australia, to be granted while the visa applicant is in Australia. This temporary concession ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/27569/eight_col_eight_col_baby2.jpg?1487102165 One in five children are living in poverty, and the latest Child Poverty Monitor report warns it could get worse if the government doesn’t take bolder action in the aftermath of Covid-19. Photo: 123.rf The report uses the most recent official income and hardship data, which covers the period to June 2019, well before the pandemic hit. It showed the government was roughly on track to meet its three-year targets for reducing child poverty. However, the report said child poverty was likely to increase, as more families were plunged into hardship, with parents and caregivers losing their jobs or having their hours reduced due to Covid-19. The report said the government acted quickly to help those who were hit financially, with a $25 a week increase to benefits, the temporary increase to the winter energy payment, the wage subsidy scheme and the Covid-19 income relief payment. “These changes no ...

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  Transcript: Yes, let us discuss the topic, and let me explain the myths, and what  the best dietary module acceptable, if you have diabetes type 2. The staple diet of a Sri Lankan is rice and curry and not curry and rice. Rice is an important part of a diet for many people around the world. This means eating a plateful of cooked white rice with a few curries to accompany, and that would be the regular diet of a Sri Lankan. One cup of long white grain cooked rice weighs 158 g has 242 kilo calories. Has 4.43 g of protein, 0.39 g of fat, 53.2 g of carbs, 0.56 g of fiber. It is known that white rice consumption is linked to a higher risk of diabetes among Asian people. Eating brown rice could help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes Also having a cup ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/226690/eight_col_80392053_l.jpg?1585626467 The government is continuing its crackdown on loan sharks, introducing new rules to protect against unaffordable loans. Photo: 123rf.com Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said the rules would ensure all consumers who borrow money get the same protections, “regardless of where they get their loans from”. Currently lenders have high-level obligations to check a borrower will be able to pay back a loan. But Clark said some lenders are much more careful and diligent than others. “Around 20 percent of repayment problems experienced by Kiwi borrowers are thought to be due to the cost of the loan itself. We know that the harm caused by unaffordable debt is serious and long-lasting. We need to support all lenders to do a more thorough job of understanding their customers’ circumstances before approving a loan. “We are making changes to ensure that the rules are clear, consistently applied and easy to enforce ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png New Zealand kicked off its APEC host year today, with a pōwhiri taking place on Wellington’s waterfront with local iwi Te Atiawa, and a number of Government ministers welcoming representatives from the other 20 APEC economies. “APEC is a hugely important international event, and New Zealand is hosting amidst the challenge of global disruption and pandemic,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta. “The pōwhiri is a unique opportunity to honour and welcome the international delegates who together represent a region of nearly 3 billion people across Asia-Pacific. It is also important to increase the visibility and importance of partnership including with mana whenua, Te Atiawa iwi, as kaitiaki of this region.” APEC 2021 will be one of the largest ongoing virtual events in the world, with more than 300 meetings conducted across New Zealand. The pōwhiri is one of the few physical events of New Zealand’s APEC virtual host ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/the-story-behind-it-is-well-with.jpg   “This incredible story of faith belongs to Horatio Spafford (1828-1888). Much like Job, he placed his trust in God during his life’s prosperity, but also during its calamities. A devout Christian who’d immersed himself in Scripture, many years of his life were joyous. He was a prominent Chicago lawyer, whose business was thriving. He owned several properties throughout the city. He and his beloved wife had four beautiful daughters and one son. Life was more than good — it was blessed. But faith, no matter how great, does not spare us from adversity. Just as Horatio hit the pinnacle of his profession and financial success, things began to change. It began with the tragic loss of their son. Not long thereafter, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed nearly every real estate investment Horatio owned. Just a few years later in 1873, Horatio decided to treat his wife and daughters ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/249048/eight_col_125928909_3724937040870624_1778060918711958664_o.jpg?1605772289 Samoa has imposed strict measures for returning citizens on upcoming repatriation flights from New Zealand and one from Fiji. Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Photo: Samoa govt This follows confirmation of two positive Covid-19 cases found to have been infected before they had boarded the last repatriation flight from Auckland earlier this month. Samoan Prime Minster Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said approval would only be given to returning citizens permanently residing in the country and scholarship students. But they must present a medical report clearing them of symptoms of the coronavirus before entering Samoa. Meanwhile, the two people who tested positive cases are now in isolation. The prime minister said the sailor who had worked in Italy became infected in August, and that the 70-year-old man who travelled from Australia had contacted the virus before he travelled to New Zealand to catch the same flight to Samoa. All passengers on ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114084/eight_col_201124_NZ-Housing_02.jpg?1606769738 House prices grew at their fastest level in 16 years in November. (File image). Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon Property research firm CoreLogic’s house price index rose 2.1 percent last month, with the average house price hitting $769,013. The index was more than 9 percent up on a year ago. CoreLogic head of research Nick Goodall said the market remained driven by low supply, low interest rates and strong demand, and would not slow in the near term. “You have to go all the way back to October 2004 to find a time of stronger monthly growth.” The metrics used to assess the ability to get into the market also illustrated a “worsening situation”, Goodall said. “The ratio of housing values compared to household income has jumped from 6.2 a year ago, to 6.8 at the end of [September]. “Meanwhile the average time it takes to save for a ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Minister for the Public Service Chris Hipkins announced today that Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes CNZM has been reappointed for three years. The Public Service Commissioner is appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. “Mr Hughes’ reappointment reflects the need for strong leadership and continuity to implement the Government’s priorities, including the ongoing response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Chris Hipkins said. “He has worked with Ministers and Public Service secretaries to drive reforms aimed at delivering better outcomes and services for New Zealanders, and brought a strong focus on diversity and inclusion in leadership positions.” The role of the Commissioner is central to New Zealand’s politically neutral and unified Public Service. As a statutory officer, the Commissioner acts independently on a range of matters to do with the leadership and operation of the Public Service and the wider public sector, including the ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Dr.-Dinesh-Palipana-e1606743994989.jpg Source:Dailymirror Sri Lankan born Dr. Dinesh Palipana was recently named as Queensland’s Australian for the year 2021. The state’s first quadriplegic medical graduate and medical intern, Dr. Palipana was honoured at a special ceremony held in Brisbane.   An advocate for inclusivity and equitable treatment of people with disabilities, Dr. Palipana is now a Senior R esident Doctor at Gold Coast University Hospital, and also a qualified Lawyer. Daily Mirror caught up with Dr. Palipana in the middle of a busy night at the Emergency Department of the Hospital to discuss his journey so far. Excerpts of the interview: Q Tell us about where you started?I was born in Kandy. We moved around a lot because my dad was an Engineer for the Water Board. We moved to Australia when I was ten years old, and I grew up here since then.    Q Did you always want to be a doctor?No, I ...

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