Calls to cut working holiday makers sell regions short

By Ken Morrison* Australia is undergoing a period of transition and our economy must move with the times. While the mining investment boom is waning, the people boom from Asia is just beginning and Australia is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this opportunity, offering a range of services including tourism. Tourism directly employs more […]

Sydney extends tap-and-go ticket trials to trains

By Julian Bajkowski New South Wales transport authorities have announced the extension of customer trials for the state’s rebirthed public transit smartcard, Opal, to trains with readers for the devices now being switched-on at rail stations on Sydney’s City Circle line as well as Bondi Junction. The start of trials for CBD rail passengers is […]

Retail therapy prescribed for Queensland transport smartcards

By Julian Bajkowski The Queensland government has called for expressions of interest for a technological fix to allow retailers to reload the state’s public transport smartcards using the same ‘contactless’ payments terminals consumers now use to make so-called ‘tap-and-go’ purchases. The call for expressions of interest comes as the state government attempts to increase the […]

RBA to cap credit card surcharges

By Lilia Guan The Reserve Bank of Australia has decided, during a Payments System Board meeting, to vary the Standards relating to merchant surcharging on credit and scheme debit cards.   The variation allows card scheme rules to limit surcharges to the reasonable cost of card acceptance.   According to the Reserve Bank the variation […]


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