Chinese buyers

The majority of the Chinese who purchase real estate are doing so because they are migrating here and they need a house to live in.

New research by Deakin University’s Dr Mona Chung casts doubt on whether it is Chinese buyers here or overseas who are pushing up the house prices in Melbourne and Sydney. The research, which surveyed more than 350 Chinese buyers from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia found 78% had migrated or were planning to migrate to Australia. And properties priced between $500,000 – $800,000 made-up just over half of their purchases.

Dr Chung says there has been very little research into the impact of buyers with Chinese backgrounds on the Australian property market, and most of the negative commentary was based on media and real estate agent speculation.

‘And because society doesn’t get the true picture of what is going on, people then go with all the guesses, it creates quite a lot of social instability among the Chinese and obviously Australians.’

Source: How Chinese buyers have been wrongly blamed for killing the Australian housing dream

Greenhouse gas

About the update Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts are made up of a series of comprehensive reports and databases that estimate, and account for, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. These publications fulfil Australia’s international and domestic reporting requirements. The Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory is a publication series that reports on the latest estimates of Australia’s national greenhouse gas inventory.

Source: Department of the Environment and Energy

No Excuses

Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

The message of Existentialism is about as simple as can be. It is that every one of us, as an individual, is responsible: responsible for what we do and responsible for whom we are.

If you believe that life should be a quest for values, reasons, and purpose: filled with passion and governed by individual responsibility, then yours is the sort of mind to which the Existentialist philosophers were speaking.

“Fifty years after the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre gave it its identity, and 150 years after the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard gave it its initial impetus, Existentialism continues to win new enthusiasts and, in keeping with its still exciting and revolutionary message, vehement critics.”

Existentialism has continued to exert a profound attraction for individuals driven to re-examine life’s most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom.

  1. What is life?
  2. What is my place in it?
  3. What choices does this obligate me to make?

Enrich your understanding of this philosophical movement, the thinkers it brought together, and the prominent role it still plays in contemporary thought.

Source: No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

Rich or poor

If you want to make a change in your financial life, it must be done in the following 3 steps:

1.  Awareness — it starts within you – recognising  your disempowering beliefs and your”Poor Habits”  – your thoughts and actions.

2. Removing — your disempowering beliefs and your”Poor Habits”  

3. Reprogramming — working on your beliefs and habits so you can create a new way of being.

Source: Here are the 13 biggest differences between the rich and the poor [infographic]

Words of wisdom

What pearls of wisdom have Australians learned from the mistakes and successes of others?

“Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.”

“There is a lot of work and effort behind successful people.”

“Have a well thought out plan and stick to it.”

Having a plan in life focuses the choices you make – the challenge is sticking to your plan over the long term. When we asked Australians what stops them from keeping good habits, not sticking at things long enough was a common response. So despite recognising that persistence was an important lesson in life many struggle to stay on track.

Gender & Sexuality

New ways of thinking about science and human difference.

Is there evidence—biological, genetic, evolutionary or psychological—to support the persistent notion that differing brain anatomy or physiology causes behavioral differences between the sexes?

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling is Brown University Professor Emerita and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a leading expert in biology and gender development. Using a groundbreaking new approach to understanding gender differences, Dr. Fausto-Sterling is shifting old assumptions about how humans develop particular traits.

Source: Gender & Sexuality – Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling

Trademark

Artist Yoko Ono has forced a Polish beverage company to rename its new drink, called John Lemon, after threatening legal action.

The widow of Beatles great John Lennon alleged the soft drink infringed on the trademark of her late husband and his rights.

The legal action referenced a Facebook post by John Lemon Ireland showing a large wall mural of Lennon holding lemons with the brand’s logo underneath. Other advertising depicted a pair of round glasses, closely linked with the famous Beatle, next to the words “Let It Be.”

The company has now agreed to change the drink’s name to On Lemon, reaching a settlement so that they could continue their business.

Source: Yoko Ono won’t let it be, forces ‘John Lemon’ drink to re-brand

Fresh food

Chinese consumers will find it easier to buy fresh Australian produce and a wider range of other Australian goods and services following a ground-breaking agreement between Austrade and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

“Online delivery of imported fresh food in China is becoming increasingly viable as a result of improvements in last-mile cold chain logistics.

Australia currently ranks fourth in sales volume on Tmall Global, Alibaba’s international online platform that allows direct sales to Chinese consumers, behind the United States, Japan and Korea.

Source: Alibaba opens doors to Australia