Australian Financial Review

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Inside the unstoppable rise of the country’s mortgage brokers

They’re wealthy, brash and eating the banks’ lunch. Meet the millionaire mortgage brokers taking on the major lenders – and, for now – winning.

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CBA shares: Commonwealth Bank preps new digital mortgage amid broker battle

Brokers say major lenders are going straight to customers threatening to leave, even after they have already engaged a mortgage broker to find the best deal.

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Someone will have to bite the bullet and raise taxes

It’s delusional to think that we can find large new areas to spend money on without the overall cost of government going up. But whoever raises taxes first will have an advantage.

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Why universities are headed for a reckoning

Half the students at Sydney and Melbourne universities are now from overseas. A decade ago, this figure was 25 per cent. But cuts are coming, and for some it’s a matter of survival.

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Australia housing crisis: New Treasury analysis shows the average wait time for development approval is 144 days in Victoria and 114 days in NSW

The nation is building thousands fewer homes than other countries, with Victoria and NSW experiencing the longest development approval delays.

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Hard truths: When immigration populism meets reality

The latest migration debate has so far been framed in terms of its benefits, but little regard has been given to the costs of closing the door on skilled workers.

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Immigration cuts: National Farmers’ Federation warns against political quick fix

The Coalition will have to cut visa places for health, education, aged care and tourism sectors as part of efforts to slash overseas arrivals.

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Unis slam Dutton’s plan to allow fewer students work more

Experts say Peter Dutton’s promise to allow overseas students to work 30 hours a week would trigger a fresh wave of visa abuse.

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PsiQuantum: Why AUKUS may be the missing piece in the quantum computing puzzle

Defence planners have long worried how vulnerable military information systems are to GPS being taken out by an adversary.

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Budget 2024: Australian universities brace for foreign student cuts of up to 95pc

Both sides of politics say the reductions are needed to relieve housing pressure and both plans would deliver a huge shock to the $48b industry.