May 3, 2024

State MP Presents Motion to Stop ‘Relentless’ Banking Branch Closures

Major banks have been steadily closing branches across Australia citing the popularity of online digital services. New South Wales state MP Rachel Merton is calling for a halt to bank and ATM closures as regional customers continue to see local branches disappear. The National Australia Bank (NAB) closed the Lithgow and Oberon bank branches and […]

May 3, 2024

Australian Plant-Based Meat Sales Surge 47 Percent Between 2020 and 2023

Yet retail sales were slow due to ‘expectations around taste’ and the ‘higher price point’ of plant-based products. Australia’s plant-based meat sales surged 47 percent, while per capita consumption increased 28 percent, between 2020 and 2024, according to Food Frontier in its State of the Industry report. The report evaluated the current state of the […]

May 2, 2024

MPs’ WhatsApp Messages Should Be Disclosed, Says Committee

A cross-party group of MPs has been looking into transparency standards, following a lobbying scandal involving former Prime Minister David Cameron. MPs have called for greater transparency in government lobbying and urged for WhatsApp messages to undergo the same scrutiny and disclosure as face-to-face meetings. Members of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) […]

May 2, 2024

X extends pact with NFL to expand content scope

X renewed its deal with the NFL this week to amplify even more content on the platform. X CEO Linda Yaccarino announced the renewal on Monday in a post. “A dream team of epic proportions! Whether you’re at the game or streaming it live, the energy from fans is contagious on X,” she wrote. “Sharing […]

May 2, 2024

White House: Biden Closely Monitoring Campus Protests, Condemns Antisemitism

Regarding the taking down of U.S. flags to raise Palestinian ones, Karine Jean-Pierre says ‘Americans have the right to peacefully protest within the law.’ The day after pro-Palestine demonstrations on college campuses across the country turned violent as protesters forcibly occupied a building and clashed with police and counter-protesters, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre […]

May 2, 2024

Westpac Promises Not to Close Anymore Regional Branches Until 2027

Westpac will instead invest more than $150 million in the branch network in the next two years. “Big Four” Australian bank Westpac has pledged not to close any more regional bank branches until at least 2027, and will invest $150 million in its network. The promise is the latest episode in the cashless saga and […]