Is your dentist away?

Whether it’s a broken tooth or a nagging ache that won’t go away, dental problems often crop up when the local dentist is on leave.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) wants to reassure people if they have any dental emergencies over the Christmas-New Year period and their local dentist is not available, there will be other dentists ready to address any problems.

Services will be limited to relief of pain or trauma and the provision of antibiotics where required, the ADA said.

Aircon habit costs up to $1.3 billion

One in five Australians leave their air conditioning running when they are not at home – a habit expected to waste an estimated $1.3 billion this summer.

A new survey by comparison website finder.com.au revealed that 23 per cent of Australians or 2.3 million households wasted an average of 4.1 hours in energy per day at a cost of $578 per household each quarter. 

This works out to a cost of up to $1.3 billion in wasted energy expenditure over summer while these homes are sitting empty or an added $578 per household quarterly electricity bill.

Will Mr Turnbull lead the government to the next election?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reshuffled his Cabinet and his government’s one seat majority has been secured by John Alexander’s win in the Bennelong by-election.

Gay marriage has been passed into law and Labor’s Sam Dastyari has said he will not return to the Senate next year.

The outlook for the government in 2018 should be looking up, but 25 successive opinion polls would indicate otherwise.

Although voters still prefer Mr Turnbull  as prime minister to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, do you think this will last?

Or has Australia had enough of leadership spills and instability? 

The new digital divide is among older Australians

Most older Australians won’t be shopping online or receiving e-Cards this Christmas because they are on the wrong side of a ‘digital divide’, National Seniors Australia says.

The consumer group for over 50s this year surveyed its members and found many are online, tech-savvy, or else keen to learn.

But others said that the digital world was a strange and unfriendly place they didn’t want to visit.

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The new digital divide is among older Australians

Most older Australians won’t be shopping online or receiving e-Cards this Christmas because they are on the wrong side of a ‘digital divide’, National Seniors Australia says.

The consumer group for over 50s this year surveyed its members and found many are online, tech-savvy, or else keen to learn.

But others said that the digital world was a strange and unfriendly place they didn’t want to visit.

Christmas doesn't have to be the season to feel lonely

A new survey has found that a quarter of Australians are lonely some or most of the time, with men over the age of 55 one of the groups most likely to feel the impact of loneliness.

The Australian Red Cross survey also showed that the main reason for older men feeling lonely was divorce or separation.

Women aged over 55 were much more likely to chat to a friend or family member to help counteract loneliness.

Survey finds in-laws give the worst Christmas presents

A new survey has shown mothers-in-law and fathers-in-law have the worst reputation for giving gifts which have upset, offended or bewildered the rest of the family – at least in the United Kingdom.

Other common culprits for giving gifts which were never used included work colleagues, aunts and sisters.

“The survey found Brits had received gifts which included a broken toilet brush, an already opened pack of peanuts and an out of date cereal bar!”, said Oliver Harcourt, head of Vistaprint UK, which commissioned the study via OnePoll.com.

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Just don't call me 'Spidery McSpiderface'

A four millimetre-long jumping spider, with a hipster ginger beard and red hairs on the top of its legs, has been discovered in Queensland – and Australia is being asked to name it.

Small in size but flamboyant in colour, the spider was discovered  as part of species discovery program ‘Bush Blitz’ in the Quinkan region of Queensland’s Cape York by Dr Barbara Baehr and Robert Whyte of the Queensland Museum and PhD student Jim Mclean of Macquarie University.

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