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Family member wants a loan? Here's how to handle it

THERE’S nothing as awkward as when a family member asks for a loan, so how do you deal with being placed between a cousin and a hard place?

Ideas people in agriculture eligible for larger grants

MOOVE ON: Agriculturalists with big ideas have until December 21 to apply for substantial grants.

Hartsuyker says there's big money to reward big farming ideas

BSL's GM says they're in it for the long haul

WINNER: Joe Rea was "proud” and "humbled” to accept the Best In Business Award in November.

Joe Rea reflects on the year that was.

Booming coking coal prices leads the way to jobs for CQ

COAL BOOM: Due to a strong demand for its role in steel production in India, China and Japan, the coking coal price is booming.

Coking coal project plans in the pipeline to boost employment.

premium_icon SEQ town growing so fast, it needs a school 14 years early

Residents say they were drawn to Yarrabilba because of the affordable new houses and big yards. Picture: Liam Kidston.

Mr Power said the high school would cost $60 million

What's your business New Year resolution?

NEW YEAR: Making resolutions for better business strategies should be made before 2018 arrives.

Business owners should make good resolutions for the New Year

How to beat Christmas cash stress

Jenna Buttery with Boyd Avery, 3, Baron Scott, 9, Bellamy Avery, 2, and Bryan Maunder-Scott, 10, knows how to budget for Christmas. Picture: Evan Morgan

Mum says Christmas about creating moments, not just gifts

Department stores in dire straits

A Westfield shopping centre in Sydney. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Market could be shrinking quickly than previously thought

‘The bottom line’: Moment of truth for bitcoin

AFTER losing more than a fifth of its value in a bloody weekend, bitcoin is facing its latest baptism of fire with this long-awaited launch.

IN TOO DEEP: Our $1.7 trillion bender could end in disaster

We’ve gone to town on low interest rates, but mortgage holders could be in trouble if rates rise. Picture: Josie Hayden

The world is shouting at us: You’re in over your head with debt

Wagners pay lovely gesture to long-term employees at float

HAPPY DAYS: Wagners CEO Cameron Coleman and construction materials general manager John Stark, who are both long-term employees at the company, celebrate the successful float of the business on the ASX in Sydney.

Long-term employees were flown to Sydney to celebrate the ASX float

Kleenmaid fraud trial to start in July

Andrew Eric Young spoke to the court via phone link on Friday. (FILE PHOTO).

Massive trial will not resume this year

Historic day for Wagners: Share price spikes after float

Wagners celebrate.

Family flies out of Toowoomba ahead of company's ASX float

Multimillion spat: Terminal smokes contractor at appeal

After a multimillion dollar payout order, Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal's appeal has been allowed.

Coal terminal decided not to stomach $4.1 million payout order.

Mum's 'nightmare' after CommBank grants son $15,000 loan

CommBank has cancelled the loan and made a “goodwill payment”. Picture: Hollie Adams/The Australian

Commonwealth Bank grants son $15,000 loan at the ‘click of a button’

8700 'misled' Optus customers in line for compensation

ANOTHER internet provider has been caught charging customers for NBN download speeds they can’t possibly receive.

Gladstone Port exploring renewable energy options

GPC chief executive officer Peter O'Sullivan is proud to announce the company's foray into renewable energy.

Admin office will soon have 70 solar panels.

The motherload of computer game-changers set to come on line

POWERFUL TECHNOLOGY: The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the brain of your computer.

Opinion: Bruce Kerr talks eighth generation desktop CPUs.

Instead of watching the traffic, how about a movie?

Senior Mercedes engineering executive Jochen Haab with the Level 3 autonomous driving test Sydney to Melbourne last month. Picture: Joshua Dowling

Race to turn your autonomous car into a cinema.

The balance of time

OUT of all the challenges in business, finding a good work/life balance still seems to remain as one of the greatest of all.

New postcode restrictions for home loans

The Commbank has announced a range of changes to make it tougher for borrowers.

Home loan customers will be forced to come up with fatter deposits

Preparing your business for Rally fever

RALLY REVENUE: Opportunity is knocking for local businesses as rally time nears.

Kennards Hire Rally takes over the Coffs Coast from November 16-19

Number crunching business improvement

Financial rationale made Coffs Harbour Council 'fit for the future.'

Creative estate judgement

Do you have a legal question for solicitor Manny Wood?

Legal Hypothetical with solicitor Manny Wood

'Something badly wrong' with govt offer to retiring worker

Christoph Schnelle recently had a client who had to choose between a $400,000 lump sum or $37,000 pension for life from their government employer.

Pension choice angers business columnist Christoph Schnelle

Using secret audio recordings as evidence

The Greek Goddess of Justice, known as Themis.

What grounds are there to use recordings in courts

Real lightsabers are closer than you think

THE blazing swords of Star Wars seem like a scientific impossibility. But when you ask actual scientists about building a real one, the answer is surprising.

What the first ever text message said

Phone technology has changed enormously since the first text message was sent 25 years ago

IT has been 25 years since the first text message was ever sent

How to become a gaming millionaire

The League of Legends World Championships is like the World Cup for computer gamers. Picture: AFP

Gamer brags about having a jacuzzi airlifted into his penthouse suite

Smart condom rates your skills in bed

New “smart” condom reveals the truth on your skills between the sheets

It provides all the statistics men need to assess sexual prowess