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  1. The Pom Queen

    2 Million Brits never held a job

    DAVID Cameron is to unleash a raft of tough measures on the workshy to force them into jobs and break apart Benefits Britain. The Sun can reveal extra conditions will be imposed on jobseekers before they can claim handouts. The blitzkrieg has been made possible by a hardening in the national mood after August's riots and the sinking economy, the PM believes. No10 staff are working on six radical options. The most hotly-tipped is the scrapping of the 12- week time limit the jobless have to turn down specific offers of work. Under new rules, only unemployed people with a long record of previous hard work will be allowed time to ponder future job offers. An even more Draconian plan is to take away the dole completely for anyone who languishes in work clubs for more than six months. Jobseekers may also have to justify their time daily, with sheets to be issued that they must fill in to qualify for their next handout. The PM will unveil the proposals at the Conservatives' annual conference opening in Manchester tomorrow. They are expected to be in either his set-piece speech on Wednesday or Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's on Monday. A senior Government source said: "A lot of people are really struggling to find work. But there are also far too many with no intention of getting off their backsides." Jobseekers' Allowance of up to £67.50 a week is paid out with only basic obligations for recipients in return. It emerged yesterday that reading a newspaper or getting a haircut qualify as "job-seeking activities". Claimants take an average of just eight minutes a day seeking work. Five million Brits are on benefits. An estimated two million have never had a job.
  2. The central bank has left the cash rate at 4.5 per cent for a third straight month. "With (economic) growth likely to be close to trend, inflation close to target and the global outlook remaining somewhat uncertain, the board judged this setting of monetary policy to be appropriate," he (Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens) said in a statement. Expectation is that they will still creep up later in the year.
  3. Australia will have a federal election on August 21.
  4. The Flinns

    Interest Rates Held

    After three consecutive rate rises, the RBA has decided to leave the official cash rate on hold. The RBA has raised official interest rates six times since last October, taking the official cash rate from the historic lows of 3 per cent to what the central bank considers a more normal rate of 4.5 per cent. The escalating debt problems in Europe had led many economists to believe that the RBA would keep rates on hold this month. Speaking about the decision, RBA governor Glenn Stevens said since the board last met, concerns about sovereign creditworthiness in several European countries have been a focus of financial markets. “Investors have generally displayed a good deal more caution. As a result, equity prices have fallen and long-term government bond rates have declined outside of the countries most affected by the sovereign concerns. The Australian dollar fell sharply as part of this adjustment,” Mr Stevens said. “Taking all the available information into account, the Board views this setting of monetary policy as appropriate for the near term.”
  5. Are they in your work place or is there some centre you attend. Is there somewhere in Scotland??
  6. :jiggy:Hi I have many questions. 1, I have noticed a lot more English people moving into Melbourne of late and am wondering if anyone gets together at a club or pub to have proper roast dinners or Christmas food etc ? 2, Why does all indian food taste different to the UK ? Is it actually because most so called 'Indian' food in the UK is actually Pakistani ? Even the Chinese food is different here. 3, Where can I get Boddingtons in Victoria/Melbourne ? 4, Does anyone know of anywhere that sells Scotch eggs, I miss them !!! All comments/help gratefully recieved ! :spinny: