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Australia lists Neo-Nazi hate group and Hezbollah as terrorist organisations



Australia will list Hezbollah and ‘The Base’ as ‘terrorist organisations’

This extends a ban from Hezbollah armed units to the entire organisation, which controls much of Lebanon.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews says the decision brings Australia in line with allies like the US and Canada.

She says “there is no place in Australia for their hateful ideologies.”

Australia will also ban neo-Nazi group, The Base, which the Government says is “violent” and “racist”.

Andrews says “we know that there are individuals actively watching what is happening in Australia.”

Hezbollah’s external security branch has been listed as a terrorist organisation since 2003.

The Base had organised paramilitary training camps overseas, Ms Andrews said, with the chairman of Australia’s Anti-Defamation Commission, Dvir Abramovich, describing the group as a “ticking time bomb” and “problem from hell”.

“These violent extremists are ticking time bombs”

The Base is led by Rinaldo Nazzaro and is already listed as a terror organisation in the UK and US.

Nazzaro is a former FBI and Pentagon employee, who now lives in Russia.

The Base joins the only other far-right group on the list, Sonnenkrieg Division, which spouts a violent white-supremacist ideology.

“White supremacy in Australia a problem from hell,” Dr Abramovich told reporters on Wednesday.

“The Base and other neo-Nazi groups are a real threat to our safety and security and if we don’t act, it will cost lives.”

Dr Abramovich said The Base and other far-right groups operating in Australia target disaffected young white men into carrying out terror attacks, such as the Christchurch mosque tragedy.

He called the listing of Hezbollah “long overdue”.

Prior to today’s announcement, there were 26 organisations on Australia’s terror list.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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How to make your money work for you over the next decade



With high interest rates, persistent inflation, and a tight labor market—the next decade is expected to be very different from the last 10 years.

Companies and households around the world are still trying to get back to pre-pandemic economic outputs and lifestyles.

So, how can people successfully invest and better manage their personal finances?

James Faris, an Investing Reporter with Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #InAmericaToday #featured #money #finance #economy #investing

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Parents buying houses for their adult children



Rise in parents purchasing homes for adult children sparks concerns

A growing trend of parents buying houses for their adult children is causing a stir, raising questions about the potential downsides of such arrangements. While the gesture may seem benevolent, experts warn of the pitfalls associated with this practice.

Financial advisors express concerns about the impact on both generations’ financial independence. By providing ready-made homes, parents might inadvertently hinder their children’s ability to learn crucial financial lessons, such as budgeting, mortgage management, and property ownership responsibilities.

The trend also sparks debates on the long-term implications for the housing market. Critics argue that such parental interventions can distort property prices and exacerbate existing affordability challenges, particularly for younger individuals aspiring to enter the property market independently.

There’s a call for a broader societal discussion on the balance between parental support and fostering financial autonomy. While the intention is often rooted in care, the unintended consequences of sheltering adult children from financial realities are prompting a reassessment of this well-meaning practice.

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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