"Backpacker tax" still in force after 2016 Federal budget

THE so-called “backpacker’s tax” has survived in the 2016 Federal Budget, with the government ignoring growing calls to dump the charge by farmers.

Budget 2016: Upper-middle Aussie will get the rewards

Smokers will be hit with hefty increases in taxes over the next four years.

Small businesses and big earners to get tax cuts

Lawyers: Carmichael emissions 3x more than reduction target

Australian Conservation Foundation chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy speaks to media outside Federal Court in Brisbane ahead of court hearing between ACF and Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt over the approval of the Carmichael Mine.Photo Pamela Frost

Court hears Carmichael emissions 3x more than reduction target

RBA drops rates down to 1.75%

RBA drops cash rate by 25 basis points

Bindi takes Steve Irwin fundraising to America

Bindi Irwin targets LA for Steve Irwin fundraising.

Steve Irwin Gala Dinner will now held in America

WATERCOOLER: Are holiday penalty rates too costly?

A rally over penalty rates in Ipswich on Monday. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

It is a costly task to pay the double time penalty rates to staff

BEAN COUNTER: Business and babies are not so far apart

Award winning financial planner and Daily columnist Scott Baker, director of Mobbs Baker Wealth.

New dad Scott Baker muses on parenthood and business.

Morrison confirms wealthy Aussies will pay more tax on super

SCOTT Morrison has confirmed wealthy Australians will pay more tax on their superannuation, as he frames his first budget in the shadow of an election.

Morrison hints budget is for those wanting to "get ahead"

Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, April 29, 2016.

Scott Morrison has given a hint on the focus of his first budget

Plenty of surprise at our commodity and currency recovery

Australia's recovery has surprised many financial market types

Negative gearing changes off the table for May's budget

Mr Turnbull on Friday told a room full of Sydney small business owners they were at the heart of each of his government's policies, but stopped short of revealing if they would be offered any new incentives or cuts.

Turnbull has taken negative gearing changes off the table

Business confidence down for now but change expected

Business confidence is down as the mining outlook weakens.

The winning streak in the US share market faltered overnight.

New car sales still strong with fresh jump in March

Sales of new motor vehicles remain at historically high levels

Lackluster US economy dampens investor enthusiasm

Disappointing US economic data weighed on investor sentiment

9.7 inch iPad Pro: One top tool for both work and play

AFTER using the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, you would think downsizing to the 9.7 inch model would be a bit of a let down.

Large Hadron Collider taken out by encounter with weasel

The Large Hadron Collider has been temporarily immobilised

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn dumps all his Apple shares

Apple's stock fell 9 percent during the last week of April 2016 after it reported a sizeable drop in iPhone sales. Icahn, a longtime booster, told CNBC he still thinks Apple is a "great company." But he said he worries about Chinese regulators, who recently blocked Apple's online services. Apple has been hoping to expand in China.

One of Apple’s most prominent investors, has sold his entire stake

Online gambling sites banned from giving free credit

One of the illegal gambling sites tempting young computer users on the Fraser Coast.

No more free credit from online gambling companies

In defence of insurance companies not paying out on TPD

INSURANCE is a necessity, but it's a sad reality that many policyholders end up disappointed when the time comes to make a claim.

MY SAY: When tax advice crosses the line

Cash money Photo:Barry Leddicoat / Sunshine Coast Daily

I am not at all shocked by the allegations emerging from Panama

Changes to pension will hit those with assets

Noel Whittaker

Age pension changes will hit those with substantial assets first

OPINION: Extra few dollars are so worth it for our farmers

Dion Burton at his dairy farm and milk factory in Tinana Photo: Mitch Crawley / Fraser Coast Chronicle

92% of respondents said they would spend the extra few dollars

Analysis: It's a challenging time for investors

Noel Whittaker

In a challenging time for investors here's how to find a safe-haven

Panama Papers: Media holds rich and powerful to account

A security guard sit outside the the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama City. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung says it has obtained a vast trove of documents detailing the offshore financial dealings of the rich and famous. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism says the latest trove contains includes nearly 40 years of data from the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca.

Cracks appear in the once invincible wall of tax haven secrecy

Game Review: Ratchet & Clank

BEFORE you read this, please keep one thing in mind, and that is yours truly is a die-hard fan of the Ratchet & Clank series which now stretches back 14...

Xbox 360 party is over, but console will be supported

Halo has been a huge success on the Xbox 360.

78 billion hours of games played on Microsoft console

Survey finds one in two overestimate cost of a home

An introduction to a variety of free tools and apps to make the most of your smartphone.

The dream of owning property may be closer than people thin

Resurrected Australian Sentinel tank hits the world stage

Sentinel on show at the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum in Cairns

Sentinel: Bringing Aussie history home

Apple iPhone SE to start at $679 in Australia

Apple's new iPhone SE comes in an array of colours.

Apple unveils its most powerful four inch phone

Sony announces AU launch date and price for Playstation VR

Sony's competitor to the Oculus rift will be released in Australia

New app, BeyondNow, hopes to reduce number of suicides

Depression can be a lonely place.

A new app has been developed to help reduce suicide deaths