Entries by The Meddler

Homebuyers turn to the Bank of Mum and Dad

The bank of mum and dad is alive and well, according to a new report. It’s no new phenomenon: for decades, kids have been turning to their parents for a financial leg-up to get into the housing market. But research released this week in the Genworth First Home Buyer Sentiment Report found that the number […]

Could your Instagram profile get you audited by the ATO?

It might sound far-fetched, but your social media accounts could just land you in trouble with the Australian Tax Office. The ATO are always sharpening their data-gathering tools, and now they’re adding social media to the rich tapestry of information at their fingertips. Translation: taxpayers could have their social media accounts monitored to see if […]

Couple pays $500k for IVF – and gets the wrong sperm

A heartbreaking story has emerged out of the United States, where a woman undergoing IVF treatment had her egg mistakenly impregnated with the wrong man’s sperm. She and her husband only realised the issue when their healthy child was born and began developing Asian features – and both parents are Caucasian. This only became obvious […]

I have health insurance – and my surgery is still $11k

I have health insurance. I have had health insurance for many, many years. If I were to add up the premiums, I’d find that I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on my health insurance policy. Now I need to use it – and I’m horrified at my out of pocket expenses. I need […]

Boy hit by car, killed outside school

I got to my desk and perused the news, and read about a terrible accident that happened at a Sydney school on Friday morning. A car appears to have accidentally accelerated before crashing into a wall and pinning a child underneath. Tragically, the young boy died. Such a terrible, heart-breaking accident, and it made me […]