Made by The National Film Board 1954. A brief trip around Sydney in 1954. The sights and sounds that the visitor might experience and the lifestyle of the locals.
A couple touring the world are documenting the sights in an unusual way – with Lego avatars. The Lego couple have visited 10 countries, focusing on Australia’a natural beauty and stunning coastline during their time down under. Very cool!
There’s nothing politicians like more than balancing the books to make themselves look better. But what most average Aussies are interested in most at budget time isn’t the affect on the leading party’s popularity; but the more immediate impact on their pockets.
So, without further ado, here’s a summary of how last week’s number-crunching from Joe Hockey and Co could hit you where it hurts – or if you’re lucky, give you a big sloppy kiss to make everything seem just that little bit better.
Are you a pensioner? Then this was not the year for you. Not only will you need to pay a $7 co-payment to see your GP and find it harder to get your Seniors Health Card, but you’ve also been hit with various cuts to Commonwealth benefits. If you’re not a pensioner, stop sniggering; the age at which you’ll qualify for a pension and be able to put your feet up has been raised to 70.
Families have also been hit hard, with the cut-off for Family Tax Benefit B being reduced from $100,000 from $150,000, changes to the qualifying age of children, plus a hold on family tax benefit announced until 2017 at the latest.
If you earn a low income, you need every dollar you can get. Unfortunately, there’s more bad news as not only will you have to pay up to see your GP, but you’ll also be charged for visits to hospital emergency rooms that aren’t deemed to be that much of an emergency.
Rather not work at all? You may change that decision after last week’s budget from the Abbott Government’s chief bean counter that’s raised the age of eligibility for Newstart from 22 to 25, plus will make people under 30 who become unemployed wait six months to be eligible for it.
Okay then, why not go to college and improve yourself? The 2014 budget can teach you a lesson in economy here, too. Not only will you be looking at higher university costs and uncapped fees, but also a hike in interest rates on FEE-HELP loans.
If all this is enough to give you a serious case of “austerityitis”, then there may just be light at the end of the tunnel. Medical research is set to get a massive boost with the establishment of a $20 billion future fund so there could well be a cure for your debilitating ailment before it gets too uncomfortable.
Or if this belt-tightening in Parliament House is enough to make you want to throw in the towel and do something drastic – like run away and join the army, for example – then you could be on to a winner.
The Government announced one of the few groups to come out of the budget better off would be our armed forces, with a proposed $1.5 billion cash injection for our army, navy and air forces being brought forward from 2017-18.
Rachel Maher is an experienced financial content writer from Western Australia, she writes on behalf of Fairgo Finance
Made by The Cinema Branch 1938. Narrated by Charles Lawrence.
A medley of oddities peculiar to Australia. The giant earthworm, the processional caterpillar, the bower bird, leeches, the ibis and kangaroos in action.
Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1969. Australian seamen were active in many of the most difficult theatres of the Second World War. Duties included minesweeping, mine laying and escorting convoys on the dangerous Atlantic run, sometimes even to Russia. In the Pacific they supported the American invasion of the islands and participated in the grinding effort of defending bases in New Guinea and northern Australia. Includes footage shot between 1939 – 1945.
Check out this amazing video of Sydney Australia, taken from the air via a drone. Very cool!
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Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1966. Directed by Donald Crombie. An educational film detailing the general types of aircraft in use in Australia and the types of uses they have in the aviation industry. Including an introductory history of aviation in Australia it is an ideal introduction to aviation for young people, the film stresses the importance of the use of aircraft in commerce and agriculture.