Tasmania's house prices are still on the rise!
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Hobart - M. E. Times Int'l: Hobart's housing market continues to buck the national trend, once again being named Australia's best-performing capital city for house price growth.
While national prices experienced their steepest drop since the global financial crisis, the nation's southernmost capital city continued full steam ahead.
So what makes Hobart's housing market so different to the rest of the country, and will the boom come to an end anytime soon?
The latest report from property analyst CoreLogic report, released yesterday, showed that in the year to December 2018, dwelling prices jumped 8.7 per cent in the state's capital and 9.9 per cent in regional Tasmania.
That compares to a national drop of 4.8 per cent, with falls of 8.9 per cent in Sydney and 7 per cent in Melbourne.
Hobart also jumped ahead of Adelaide and Perth to record a median house price of $490,000 dollars.
CoreLogic's head of research, Tim Lawless, said population growth and a lack of housing supply had put pressure on the state's property market, leaving little room for potential buyers to negotiate.
"Homes are selling very quickly, there's a lot of urgency in the marketplace," he said.
Politician admits to anti-Muslim tirade on social media
Brisbane - North Queensland LNP candidate Phillip Thompson has outed himself over vile racist slurs made about Muslims on social media in which he implied he would shoot them.
In part, the comment posted on Facebook in 2012 read: “A sign said behead all those who insult the profit (sic) I know what im (sic) doing this week getting my GUN licence”, followed by “give me a M4 and send to Sydney and I’ll do the dishes.”
Mr Thompson, who is running for the seat of Herbert, yesterday issued a public apology in which he said the controversial comments were made during his “darkest days”.
The ex-serviceman sustained physical and mental injuries from an explosive device that detonated in Afghanistan in 2009.
Melbourne's Alfred Hospital is the only one sets voluntary euthanasia
Melbourne: Terminally ill Victorians wanting to access voluntary euthanasia will have to get the lethal drugs from Melbourne's Alfred Hospital.
The hospital's pharmacy service will be the only point of access for dispensing the medications, acting Health Minister Martin Foley announced on Saturday.
Victoria passed historic assisted dying legislation in November 2017, the only state in the country to do so, and the scheme will be up and running by June 19.
"The Alfred is one of Victoria's leading hospitals. Having a single point of access for voluntary assisted dying is just one of the ways we're making sure the model is the safest and most conservative in the world," Mr Foley said in a statement.
"We've made voluntary assisted dying legal because a person's quality of death is part of their quality of life - and everyone deserves a dignified choice at the end of their lives."
Only adults with decision-making capacity, who are suffering an incurable, advanced condition which is likely to cause death within six months.
Construction watchdog to review projects linked to cracking Opal Tower
Sydney: Victoria’s construction watchdog will review buildings linked to the company behind Sydney’s Opal Tower. The Herald Sun reports Icon’s developments in Melbourne will be inspected after residents in the company’s Olympic park tower in Sydney were forced to evacuate following cracking in the buildings concrete paneling. Icon’s Managing Director Nick Brown insists all the company’s projects are safe but says it will comply with the review.
Majority of asylum seekers on Nauru are criminals: Dutton
Canberra: Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has told reporters most of the asylum seekers still on Nauru are criminals. His comments come after the coalition revealed it had closed 19 detention centres since coming into power. The Morrison government continues to criticise Labor over its push for changes to medical evacuations from Manus and Nauru.
East Gippsland fire believed to have been deliberately lit
Melbourne: Victorian authorities believe a fire burning in East Gippsland which threatened homes could have been lit deliberately. An investigation will take place into the fires near Rosedale, after a day of extreme heat across Victoria.
Australian dollar briefly falls below 68 US cents, its lowest value in 10 years
Sydney: The Australian dollar has briefly tumbled below 68 US cents, its lowest level in 10 years.
A Chinese private sector survey revealed factory activity contracted for the first time in 19 months, with the Caixin Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for December dipping to 49.7.
The dollar was also dragged lower because of a surging US greenback, after weaker European Union (EU) economic figures led to investors fleeing to the safe haven US currency.
"Despite the new year, there is a continuation of the same issues that have plagued 2018 and the recent manufacturing numbers from China and Europe just add to the tension," Ryan Nauman, market strategist at Informa Financial Intelligence, said.
For a few minutes, the Australian dollar was trading as low as 67.3 US cents at 9:45am (AEDT).
It has since risen back to a three-year low of 69.35 US cents at 4:20pm (AEDT).
Shares set to rebound as Australian dollar drops to three-year low
Sydney: Australian shares are tipped to rebound after a dismal start to 2019, though the local dollar has dipped below 70 US cents for the first time in nearly three years.
The SPI200 futures contract was up 87 points, or 1.59 per cent, to 5,574.0, at 0800 AEDT last week, hinting the benchmark ASX/200 will surge after fears over weak China factory data underpinned a poor start to the new year.
Wall Street is struggling for direction in a rollercoaster first session for 2019 as investors reckon with economic jitters.
Buruli ulcer is infecting hundreds of Victorians, and doctors don't know why
Melbourne: Over the past four years, the annual number of infections reported in Victoria has almost quadrupled.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services the diagnoses in Victoria were as follows: 89 in 2014, 107 in 2015,182 in 2016, 277 in 2017 and 336 in 2018
"It's got a toxin that actually does three things," explained Associate Professor Daniel O'Brien from Barwon Health.
The flesh-eating bacteria, Mycobacterium ulcerans, is related to the infection that causes leprosy.
It stays dormant in an infected person for months before a wound starts to bulge.
"It is an aggressive disease that's not easy to treat," Dr O'Brien said.
Over a two-year period, scientists plan to visit 120 homes of people who have caught the disease, as well as 120 homes not linked to infections.
Animals including possums, bandicoots, koalas and even domestic cats and dogs, are suspected to act as a carrier or "reservoir" of the disease.
Doctors now claim a 99.5 per cent success rate in treating the infection.
This includes being mosquito safe, removing stagnant water that can act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, cleaning and protecting cuts and scratches, and wearing gloves when gardening.
Scott Morrison vows to make 2019 'a winner for us all'
Canberra: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to make 2019 'a winner for us all', promising his government will 'grab the year by the scruff of its neck'. In his New Year's Day message, the Liberal Party leader skated over what was a tumultuous 2018 for the party and instead focused on what lies ahead for his government, including a federal election. Opposition leader Bill Shorten used his New Year's Day message to lambaste the political turmoil over the past year, saying Australians had 'every right' to feel let down by politics in 2018.