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The reason busy women are suffering from anxiety

Rates of anxiety and depression among Australian women are at a “concerning” high, as women nationwide fail to meet the recommended rate of weekly physical activity, a new study has found.

Conducted by not-for-profit government funded organisation Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, the study surveyed 10,000 women across Australia aged 18 to 80 on their physical and mental health concerns.

More than 40 per cent of women surveyed said they had been previously diagnosed with anxiety disorder or depression by a doctor or pyschologist, with a “concerning” number of all ages expressing trouble sleeping and “worrying excessively about different things”.

Survey director Helen Brown said researchers had observed a link between the increased mental health concerns and low physical activity in women across Australia, and anxiety was the highest condition among “busy” women aged 18 to 35.

“It was really interesting that 60 per cent of women nationwide said they weren’t active enough, as that’s almost counter-intuitive considering that physical activity is a great way to deal with anxiety,” Dr Brown said.

While almost half of women described their health as “very good”, 60 per cent of women perceived themselves as “slightly” or “quite” overweight.

Women in the ACT were found to be the most active, while West Australian women were the least active. NSW came in second last, with only 42 per cent of women surveyed meeting the recommended level of two-and-a-half hours of weekly moderate physical activity.

The biggest barriers to exercise were “being too tired”, “not having enough time”, not having people to exercise with, and feeling unsafe exercising in their local neighbourhood, Dr Brown said.

Only half of women across Australia met the recommended amount of weekly exercise, with many listing “being too tired” as a barrier. Photo: Li Zhongfei

“They’re are all tied in together; you get too tired and then you don’t do it,” she said. “Then it rolls into [increasing] anxiety. It’s a vicious circle.”

While Dr Brown acknowledged the potential for over-diagnosis, she suggested the particularly high rates of anxiety among younger women could be linked to new “expectations” of social media, added on top of everyday stress.

The study found women of all ages who perceived themselves as overweight were four times more likely to feel held back from physical activity because of embarrassment about their appearance when exercising, compared to women who identified as being “about the right weight”.

Dr Brown said women should “realiseyou don’t have to look ‘sporty’ to be active”, and be active in “ways that suit their lifestyle”.

“Exercise makes you think of lycra and going to the gym, and women – especially those who are a bit older – may not feel that’s not for them,” she said. “It’s just a bit intimidating

“Plus more women are working than ever before, so the concept of this work-life balance can… just make you feel guilty.

“But you can just… use the stairs instead of the escalator, or park further away from the shops and walk the rest of the way.”

The study, released on Sunday, found the biggest health concerns of women across all ages were menopause, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, bowel health and painful sex, while younger women in the study were concerned about fertility, endometriosis and breast cancer.

The women surveyed said they were often overwhelmed by the range of medical information available online, and many struggled to find reliable information and opted for Google and Wikipedia over reliable government health websites.

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Sydney auction market has worst fortnight in 16 months

Sydney’s auction market ended winter with a thud on Saturday with clearance rates falling over consecutive weekends for the lowest non-holiday result since April 16 last year.

Sydney reported a clearance rate of 67.9 per cent on Saturday, which was down again on the 69.4 per cent recorded the previous weekend and significantly lower than the booming 80.7 per cent reported over the same weekend last year.

Higher auction numbers may have contributed to the weekend’s lower result providing more choice for buyers and more competition for sellers.

On Saturday 675 homes were listed for auction, which was well ahead of the 576 listed last weekend and also well above the 574 auctioned over the same weekend last year. The official start to the Sydney spring selling season next Saturday will again host about 650 auctions.

Sydney recorded a median auction price of $1.2 million on Saturday, which was higher than the $1.16 million reported the previous weekend and the same as that recorded over the same weekend last year. A total of $316.8 million worth of property was reported sold at auction in Sydney at the weekend. Related: Rundown Clovelly home sells for $3.4mRelated: Click here for Saturday’s auction resultsRelated: Click here for the Market Snapshot

The Sydney auction market has ended with the clearance rate weakening although auction numbers remain significantly higher than recorded over the same period last year.

Sydney auction clearance rates averaged 70.6 per cent over winter, compared to 79 per cent over autumn and 77.5 per cent over winter last year.

A total of 7795 weekend auctions were conducted over winter, lower than the 9040 auctioned over autumn, but well ahead of the 5785, or 34.7 per cent higher, held last winter.

Although Sydney auction numbers will continue to rise through spring and likely remain ahead of last year’s totals, clearance rates are set to track lower as the lower interest rate energy driven by last year’s rate cuts dissipates.

Sydney sellers overall, however, will maintain the upper hand, particularly in the inner suburban markets.

Sydney remains a city divided with a clear disparity in regional results, with inner suburban areas continuing to produce significantly higher results compared to the middle and outer suburbs. Inner suburban results, however, were lower this weekend compared to last, with outer suburban clearance rates slightly higher overall than the previous Saturdays.

The lower north was the top performing region at the weekend with a strong clearance rate of 81 per cent followed by the upper north shore 75.5 per cent, the city and east 72.2 per cent, the inner west 71.9 per cent, the northern beaches 70.8 per cent, the central coast 66.7 per cent, the west 65.9 per cent, Canterbury Bankstown significantly higher this weekend at 60.5 per cent, the north-west 58.8 per cent, the south 55.2 per cent and the south-west 50 per cent.

Notable sales reported at the weekend included: A five-bedroom home at 32 Shadforth Street, Mosman, sold for $5,675,000 by Simeon Manners,A six-bedroom home at 32 Colbran Avenue, Kenthurst, sold by Lumby Hampson for $4 million,A four-bedroom home at 8A Bruce Avenue, Killara, sold by LJ Hooker Gordon for $3,880,000,A five-bedroom home at 58 Village High Road, Vaucluse, sold for $3,650,000 by McGrath Eastern SuburbsA four-bedroom home at 30 Hilltop Crescent, Fairlight, sold by Stone Real Estate for $3,230,000.

The most expensive property reported sold at auction was a three-bedroom unit at 1503/61-69 Macquarie Street, Sydney, sold for $7,110,000 by Morton Circular Quay. The most affordable property reported sold at the weekend was a one-bedroom unit at 104E/138 Carillon Avenue, Newtown, sold for $420,000 by Raine and Horne Newtown.

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‘We shouldn’t need to be silent for telling stories’

Theatregoers and cast members of a gay drama on Sydney’s north shore have had their tyres slashed in what police are treating as a potential hate crime.

Eight vehicles parked outside the Lane Cove Theatre Company’s production of Holding the Man on Saturday night had their tyres punctured, NSW Police confirmed.

It is the second time the play – about two gay men living with HIV/AIDS – has been targeted this month, after posters were torn down around Lane Cove prior to opening night.

The theatre company’s president, Lochie Beh, told the Herald it was a “ridiculous, cowardly act” that took place during what was supposed to be the show’s final performance.

“We all went out to our cars … one by one we discovered that yes, all our tyres had been targeted,” he said. “It wasn’t just one tyre per car, we’re talking one, two and possibly three tyres in some cases.

Mr Beh, whose tyres were among those slashed, said police who attended the scene indicated it may be treated “as a hate crime”. He said he had never been contacted by anyone expressing concerns about the play’s themes.

“We’re obviously incredibly disappointed and upset by the actions of a very small minority. That said, we are moving forward,” he said.

“We’re a theatre company that tells stories. We shouldn’t need to be silent for telling stories.”

A NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed officers were called to the performance space at St Aidan’s Anglican Church in Longueville at 10.30pm on Saturday night and found eight vehicles with punctured tyres.

“Police have been told the vehicles were owned by members of a theatre group,” she said. “We will be investigating all motives including motives of bias.”

Officers at the Harbourside Local Area Command declined to provide further details.

Holding the Man, originally a memoir by Timothy Conigrave and later adapted to the stage and film, is a classic text in the Australian gay community.

It tells the story of Conigrave watching his partner, John Caleo, die of HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s. Conigrave himself died shortly after finishing the book.

The stage adaptation was written by playwright Tommy Murphy, who said Saturday night’s crime showed the battle fought by Conigrave and Caleo has not yet been won.

“I had laughed when they tore down the posters – all their vandalism did was help promote the production. The idiots,” Murphy said in a statement.

“And now last night’s crime is a deeply shocking reminder of the hatred for the LGBTQI community.”

Murphy said he now believed apathy, fear and hatred would mean the “yes” campaign on same-sex marriage would be defeated in the upcoming postal survey.

Liberal MP for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman, who is gay, said the production had been the victim of a “series of hateful attacks”.

“This type of behaviour has no place in our local community and should be condemned,” he wrote on Facebook. “Just disgraceful that any person would be targeted in this way.”

Due to high demand, the Lane Cove Theatre Company scheduled a final, sold-out performance on Sunday afternoon.

“We don’t understand why we’ve been targeted when we’ve got such support from the local community,” Mr Beh said.

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US tax reform could boost bull case

The prospects of more details from President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans on tax reform will move to centre-stage this week, potentially throwing a further bone to bullish investors.

With the second quarter earnings season fading in the rear view mirror, tax cuts provide a potential to extend corporate America’s profit surge. And they offer a distraction from a potential US government shutdown and a potential default.

“All this comes after a relative summer of calm for most financial markets, a calm that was not the least disturbed by [Fed chair Janet] Yellen’s remarks in Jackson Hole [which avoided monetary policy],” according to BMO Capital Markets chief economist Douglas Porter.

“Despite all the drama in the geopolitical world, US markets barely budged, on net, over the past three months,” Mr Porter noted. “Looking back to just before Memorial Day [May 29], the S&P 500 is up slightly, 10-year Treasury yields have dipped a few basis points to just under 2.2 per cent, and oil and gold are almost flat on net.”

In New York on Friday, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones edged higher and the Nasdaq dipped. All three benchmarks were higher on the week.

Local stocks are poised to open higher. ASX futures were up 6 points over the weekend. The Australian dollar was 0.3 per cent higher. The spot price of iron ore rebounded 1.6 per cent; base metals mostly paused. UK markets are closed on Monday for a bank holiday.

The much-anticipated speech by Dr Yellen on financial stability at the annual gathering of global central bankers at Jackson Hole proved to be rather academic; monetary policy drew no more than a passing mention.

Dr Yellen, however, argued strongly for the US to retain the majority of the financial regulations put into place after the financial crisis, saying the rules helped bolster the economy. It’s a position that could diminish her chances of a second term; her current term expires in February. ‘Accommodation’ required

Hours later, Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, also held to script, arguing against a rising protectionist wave around the world; the euro rallied against the greenback as Mr Draghi didn’t try to rein in the single currency, which has advanced more than 13 per cent against its US counterpart this year.

In a question and answer session, Mr Draghi said he was confident inflation would accelerate over time. For now “a significant degree of accommodation” was still required, he also said, reiterating his existing stances on both.

This week – with little key Australian data and reporting season slowing dramatically – the focus will shift to US tax reform efforts and a mix of economic data including China’s official and Markit manufacturing PMIs for August. The highlight US releases include consumer confidence, personal spending, durable goods orders and August’s non-farm payrolls data on Friday.

Reporting results Monday are Lend Lease, Reliance Worldwide, Retail Food Group and Spark Infrastructure.

“We expect a healthy 200,000 gain in non-farm payrolls in August, with the unemployment rate falling to a new cyclical low of 4.2 per cent,” said Capital Economics’ Paul Ashford.

TD Economics is somewhat less enthusiastic, forecasting 175,000 new jobs with the jobless rate holding at 4.3 per cent.

“On wages, we expect a 0.2 per cent month over month increase, taking in account unfavourable calendar effects that bias the monthly gain downward. The rise should lead average hourly earnings slightly higher on a year-on-year basis to 2.6 per cent v 2.5 per cent,” TD said.

“Overall, the combination of solid job growth and a pickup in wage gains argues for a hawkish report, though the market response will be tempered by concerns over low inflation and near-term political risks.”

US investors will be awaiting more tax reform details from President Donald Trump in the days ahead. He’s expected to press forward. Gary Cohn, the White House’s top economic adviser, said in an interview that he expects tax reform to pass this year.

What’s unclear for global investors as the week begins is the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Texas, and its oil refining sector. In addition, North Korea launched a number of short-range missiles over the weekend. By the closing bell in New York on Friday, Wall St’s volatility measure had dropped back below 12, where it has spent the vast majority of its time this year.

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We’re all responsible when it comes to waste

AUSTRALIANS should be angry about waste.

We should be angry about the amount that is produced, and our inability to avoid being a part of that production because of the things we buy and our lack of a say in how those things are packaged.

We should be angry about the cost of waste. That is particularly so in the wake of damning evidence that despite how much we now spendon recycling and other attempts to be less wasteful, whole systems are being undermined.

We should be angry about what has occurred at Lake Macquarie City Council’s Awaba Waste Management Facility, where a sub-contractor’s green waste truck routinely left the site overloaded to “substantial” or “severe” levels.

As Local Court magistrate Susan McIntyre noted in a sentencing decision that was published on Friday, the overloading represented a real public risk.

Multinational waste management company Remondis was fined more than $750,000 for its“premiere” role in the overloading. It “consigned” the waste to sub-contractor Jet Group which owned the truck. It oversaw the contract that saw Jet paid by the tonne. It received the Lake Macquarie-operated weighbridge invoices that showed the truck sometimes carried loads of up to 58.5 tonnes, when it was only licensed to carry 42.5 tonnes.

That limit is based on the truck’s ability to safely carry a load. Ms McIntyre heard evidence that on a majority of occasions the truck carried loads at least 10 tonnes above the 42.5 tonne limit.

Remondis and Jet Group have been heavily fined after prosecutions in which they both entered guilty pleas. Remondis was hit with another $250,000 in legal costs for the Roads and Maritime Services, after Remondis in 2016 initiated a Supreme Court appeal relating to the casewhich it later withdrew. Jet Group is appealing the severity of its sentence.

Lake Macquarie City Council was not prosecuted, despite operating the Awaba weighbridge which produced the invoiced weights that Remondis paid Jet Group by.

While the council was not prosecuted, Ms McIntyre made clear that under laws passed in 2005,it had obligations under a “chain of responsibility” associated with heavy vehicles, loads and waste leaving the council’s landfill site.

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