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Expatriates have voted several Asia-Pacific countries into the upper echelons of the latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey, now in its 10th year. Surveying 25,700 expats around the world, HSBC rated Singapore as the ultimate residential and career destination for non-citizens, followed by New Zealand at number three and Australia at number seven. The city-state fended off a strong...
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For the third year in a row, Sydney is enjoying a relatively scotfree reputation among cities worldwide.   With 82.3 points, Australia’s most populous city stayed atop the rankings in Reputation Institute’s latest annual City RepTrak, which surveyed more than 23,000 consumers in G8 nations on 13 attributes that make a city "reputable". Copenhagen, with 81.5 points, lurched to...
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Outrage over “ghost towers,” high-end residential properties unoccupied for most of the year, is fuelling the rise of surcharges and levies on their mostly foreign owner-investors, Bloomberg reported. The taxation has become a bipartisan issue of late, uniting both conservative and left-leaning factions of the federal and Victorian governments.  Western Australia has...
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An apartment block outside Melbourne is gaining attention for its unique use of porthole windows. The Cirqua Apartments in the suburb of Ivanhoe consolidated two neighbouring properties to create the showcase-like structure. Set on a steep slope, the project features six enormous glass oculi on the facade, maximising ventilation and daylight penetration into the complex, which offers 44...
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For the seventh year in a row, Melbourne has been hailed the world’s most liveable city on  The Economist Intelligence Unit 's (EIU) annual Global Liveability Report.  The Australian metropolis routed competitors worldwide across 30 qualitative and quantitative metrics and five categories to gain an overall rating of 97.5 percent, edging out Vienna which obtained a mark of...
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