Abundant takes extreme veggies to market

It has bred tough tomatoes that can sweat out Pakistan’s summer and “cutecumbers” that need little water, now specialist seed supplier Abundant Produce is planting itself on the ASX.

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Abundant Produce specialises in developing seeds that can grow in extreme conditions.

“We are breeding under quite extreme conditions and we put our breeding populations through the stress of hot and cold,” Abundant Produce chief executive Graham Brown told AAP.

The company’s tomatoes can survive 50 degree temperatures thanks to a bit of outback muscle, combining a standard tomato with the Australian bush variety.

Abundant is expected to list next week at an issue price of 20c a share, giving the Sydney-based outfit an estimated market capital around $9 million.

Its hardy cucumber seeds, already selling to Bunnings and US-based seed giant Burpee, will be shortly followed by tomatoes and chillies, pumpkins and other offerings are in development.

Abundant aims to sell seeds to large growers, international seed companies and fresh produce companies and Mr Brown is hoping the new varieties will prove popular at retail level.

“Consumers have a shorter attention span. They’ll want the new taste experience,” he said.

Already describing the new “cutecumber” as perfect for school lunch boxes, Mr Brown said Abundant is targeting a gap in the market for new and interesting breeds of vegetables.

Abundant does not use genetic modification for its seed products, with Mr Brown saying it was a practical and ethical choice to steer clear.

“It also differentiates ourselves from the bigger players… given the choice I’d probably choose to have non-GMO (genetically modified organism),” Mr Brown said.

The company has worked with Sydney University’s Plant Breeding Institute – with which Mr Brown has a longstanding relationship – to create hybrid seeds through techniques such as cross-breeding.

Although testing is done mainly at a facility in western Sydney, Abundant also puts its products to the test in the hot Punjab province of Pakistan.

As part of an aid program the company helped develop tomatoes that can survive the extreme conditions of the region.

The hardier seed gave farmers a more valuable crop, Mr Brown said.

America is great right now: Obama taunts Trump

US President Barack Obama has opened his final presidential campaign – against Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

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His name won’t be on November’s ballot, but Obama is slowly embracing his role as the anti-Trump, using the contrast between himself and the boastful billionaire to paint Trump as anything but presidential.

A Trump victory in the presidential race would mark an overwhelming rebuke to Obama and the likely demise of many of his policies.

So with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders still fighting it out in the Democratic primary, it has fallen increasingly to Obama to take on Trump in ways that no other Democrat can.

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For months, Obama and his aides mostly avoided getting dragged into the fray or letting the campaign din distract from Obama’s agenda.

The White House would sidestep questions about the latest Trump controversies, refusing to turn Obama into a pundit on the race to replace him.

When Obama waded in, it was only to offer implicit rebukes of the Trump phenomenon, such as Obama’s assertion in September that “America is great right now” – a not-so-veiled reference to the business mogul’s campaign promise to “make America great again.”

Now the Trump critique is coming with increasing frequency and ease. Asked whether Trump’s proposals were already damaging US relations, Obama answered unequivocally: “Yes.”

“I am getting questions constantly from foreign leaders about some of the wackier suggestions that are being made,” Obama said. “They don’t expect half-baked notions coming out of the White House. We can’t afford that.”

The Democratic National Committee quickly circulated video of Obama’s remarks, arguing they illustrated how Trump “simply doesn’t have the temperament necessary to be commander in chief.”

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Yet by calling attention to Trump’s positions, the White House risks further elevating him, while giving Obama’s critics a fresh reason to get behind the billionaire businessman.

Obama has said repeatedly he doesn’t believe Trump will win, and White House officials said there was no concerted effort to insert Obama more visibly into the election debate. After all, every minute Obama spends talking about Trump is a minute wasted when it comes to Obama’s many unfinished pieces of business.

Eagle Priddis the poster boy for success

If West Coast midfielder Matt Priddis ever gets a trophy named in his honour, it should be a macaroni figurine awarded to the most professional player.

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Persistence, professionalism, and precision are three of the best words to sum up Priddis, who will notch his 200-game milestone in Saturday night’s western derby against Fremantle at Domain Stadium.

Even getting to one AFL game was an achievement for Priddis.

The curly-haired midfielder spent three years banging on the draft door before finally getting a chance on West Coast’s rookie list.

What Priddis lacked in speed and finesse, he made up for with unwavering commitment.

Such is Priddis’ attention to detail, he revealed several years ago of his knack of weighing out 275 grams of pasta – no more or no less – to eat for dinner the night before each game.

It’s this level of dedication that has helped take Priddis to the top, culminating in his 2014 Brownlow Medal success.

When teenagers are drafted to West Coast, Priddis soon becomes their poster boy for success.

“I’m sure every club has their warriors. But he’s ours,” Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.

“He’s a great role model for the club and for the AFL, and any young kids coming through.”

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern was the perfect example of how talent means nothing if it’s not accompanied by a strong work ethic.

The 23-year-old was banished from the team in late 2013 after rocking up to day one of pre-season training overweight.

McGovern worked hard to get back into shape, and he’s now considered as one of the best swingmen in the AFL.

He said Priddis was a constant inspiration for everyone at the club.

“He sets the standard for everyone, which is what you need in a club and you need in a leader,” said McGovern.

“A lot of the young boys look up to him.”

Even Fremantle coach Ross Lyon can’t help but admire Priddis.

“To come off a rookie list – as Denis Pagan says: `It doesn’t build character, it eliminates the weak’,” Lyon said.

“So he’s clearly a strong character.

“He just reflects possibility mindset – that anything is possible if you apply yourself.”

England hammer South Africa in first ODI

Eoin Morgan played down concerns over Ben Stokes’ fitness after England kicked off their Royal London One-Day Series with a convincing 72-run defeat of South Africa at Headingley.

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All-rounder Stokes, making his return to the side after his MVP-winning turn in the Indian Premier League, left the field during the second innings after experiencing pain in his left knee and, though he later returned to the field, he did not add to his two overs.

Captain Morgan, who hit a decisive 107 to underpin his side’s winning effort, revealed that Stokes had been cleared to bowl by medical staff but made the on-field call to keep him on the shelf with the game all-but won.

Stokes underwent an operation on the same knee exactly a year ago and concern is natural given his importance to England’s Champions Trophy push, but Morgan appeared relaxed after the game.

“When he came back on the field he was fit to bowl, but we managed to take a wicket when he came back on and I felt bowling him again, even though he was fit, wasn’t worth the risk,” said Morgan.

“It doesn’t even have swelling, no significant signs of an injury, but we’ll assess that in the next couple of days.”

Minor nerves over the condition of the team’s key all-rounder were outweighed by the satisfaction of piling on 6-339 against the No.1 ODI side in the world – then dismissing them for 267.

Morgan, pipped to the man-of-the-match award by Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 77 and two wickets, was a contented skipper as he reflected on the display.

“It was the best way we could have started, a very good day at the office and a pretty complete performance,” he said.

“It’s very satisfying putting in a performance like that, especially against a really, really strong team and given the start they got and the calibre of batting all the way down the order.”

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers admitted the game got away from his side after he won the toss and put the hosts in.

“We couldn’t get a partnership going and at the end of the day we were outplayed,” he said.

Moore’s heartwarming meeting with child

A lifelong James Bond fan has paid a heartfelt tribute to Sir Roger Moore, telling how the late star pretended to be the real 007 when he met the actor as a child.

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TV writer Marc Haynes, now 41, described him as a “tremendous man” for the attention he paid to a young fan – and then again in another chance meeting years later.

He told how his seven-year-old self was thrilled when the actor asked him to help keep his Bond identity secret to avoid being traced by villains.

Haynes shared the story via Facebook after the news broke on Tuesday that his movie hero had died aged 89.

“As an seven-year-old in about 1983, in the days before First Class Lounges at airports, I was with my granddad in Nice Airport and saw Roger Moore sitting at the departure gate, reading a paper,” he wrote.

“I told my granddad I’d just seen James Bond and asked if we could go over so I could get his autograph.

“As charming as you’d expect, Roger asks my name and duly signs the back of my plane ticket, a fulsome note full of best wishes.

“I’m ecstatic, but as we head back to our seats, I glance down at the signature. It’s hard to decipher it but it definitely doesn’t say ‘James Bond’.

“I tell my grandad he’s signed it wrong, that he’s put someone else’s name … I remember staying by our seats and my granddad saying ‘He says you’ve signed the wrong name, he says your name is James Bond’.

“He leant over, looked from side to side, raised an eyebrow and in a hushed voice said to me, “I have to sign my name as ‘Roger Moore’ because otherwise … Blofeld might find out I was here.

“He asked me not to tell anyone that I’d just seen James Bond, and he thanked me for keeping his secret. I went back to our seats, my nerves absolutely jangling with delight.

“My granddad asked me if he’d signed ‘James Bond’. No, I said. I’d got it wrong. I was working with James Bond now.”

Haynes went on to become a writer and producer and at 30 took part in a scriptwriting project that involved children’s charity UNICEF and one of its key ambassadors, Sir Roger.

“He was completely lovely and while the cameramen were setting up, I told him in passing the story of when I met him,” Haynes said.

“He was happy to hear it, and he had a chuckle and said ‘Well, I don’t remember but I’m glad you got to meet James Bond’.

“And then he did something so brilliant.

“After the filming, he walked past me in the corridor, heading out to his car – but as he got level, he paused, looked both ways, raised an eyebrow and in a hushed voice said, ‘Of course I remember our meeting in Nice. But I didn’t say anything in there, because those cameramen – any one of them could be working for Blofeld’.

“I was as delighted at 30 as I had been at seven. What a man. What a tremendous man.”

Hanson questions halal certification practices

Pauline Hanson has taken senior bureaucrats to task over whether cows are still alive when they’re slaughtered under halal certification.

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“It has been brought to my attention that under halal certification, these cattle are actually still alive when their throats are slit,” the One Nation leader put to agriculture officials during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

A department staffer said all cattle halal slaughtered in Australia are stunned beforehand.

But Senator Hanson insisted she’d been told otherwise.

“I have been advised that is not the case. In one of the slaughterhouses the cow is still alive when it’s throat is slit,” she said.

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The department vowed to investigate any incidents of animal welfare concerns.

But agriculture officer Narelle Clegg then stepped in to clarify the process.

“Senator Hanson, the other point to make is that animals are alive when they’ve been stunned. It’s just that they’re unconscious,” Ms Clegg said.

“So animals will be slaughtered when they’re alive, but they will have been stunned first. So they’re not like you and I at the moment, they’re like you and I when we’ve been knocked out.”

The vast majority of halal slaughter in Australia complies with standard practice, where all animals are stunned beforehand, according to the RSPCA.

“The only difference with halal slaughter is that a reversible stunning method is used, while conventional humane slaughter may use an irreversible stunning method,” a spokesperson told AAP.

However, a small number of abattoirs in Australia, which are authorised by state food authorities, have an exemption to kill cattle and sheep without stunning them first for either halal or kosher slaughter.

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The RSPCA believes there are eight abattoirs across three states with approval for such religious slaughters.

“For cattle, stunning is still required but this occurs immediately after the throat is cut,” the spokesperson said.

“For sheep, stunning is not required except where the animal is distressed or does not rapidly lose consciousness, in which case they must be immediately stunned.”

US budget cut makes it ‘impossible’ for UN

US President Donald Trump’s bid to slash funding for the United Nations would make it “impossible” for it to continue its essential work, a UN spokesman says, adding that the organisation is ready to discuss reform with Washington.

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The Trump proposal cuts about a third from US diplomacy and aid budgets, or nearly $US19 billion ($A25 billion). This includes cutting some $US1 billion from a UN peacekeeping funding and a steep cut to funding for international organisations.

The United States is the biggest UN contributor, paying 22 per cent of the $US5.4 billion core budget and 28.5 per cent of the $US7.9 billion peacekeeping budget. These assessed contributions are agreed by the 193-member UN General Assembly.

“The figures presented would simply make it impossible for the UN to continue all of its essential work advancing peace, development, human rights and humanitarian assistance,” Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Congress sets the federal government budget, and Republicans who control both houses and Democrats have said they do not support such drastic cuts.

Trump has said the US share of the UN budgets was “unfair.” The General Assembly is currently negotiating the peacekeeping budget from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 and will later this year negotiate the next UN regular budget.

Trump wants to cap the US peacekeeping contribution at 25 per cent. The United States is reviewing each of the 16 UN peacekeeping missions as the annual mandates come up for renewal by the Security Council in a bid to cut costs.

During a lunch with UN Security Council ambassadors at the White House last month, Trump described the US contributions to the United Nations as “peanuts compared to the important work” as he pushed the world body to reform.

“The Secretary-General is totally committed to reforming the United Nations,” Dujarric said. “We stand ready to discuss with the United States and any other member state how best we can create a more cost-effective organisation to pursue our shared goals and values.”

Trump’s budget proposal included a 44 per cent cut to funding for international organisations that work against US foreign policy interests.

Explainer: What is halal, and how does certification work?

What is halal food?

Muslims choose to eat halal food because it meets requirements that they believe make it suitable for consumption.

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Halal originates from rules set out in the Qur’an and the Hadith (the Prophet Muhammad’s example), which have been followed throughout generations of Islamic practice.

As a concept, halal does not only pertain to food. Halal means “permissible” and can refer to any aspect of life covered by the teachings of Islam.

Halal is a part of sharia as a system of morals to guide Muslims’ actions and behaviour, but this should not be confused with halal as part of a codified system of sharia law. Halal prescriptions might be considered by observant Muslims to be religious obligations, but Australia is a secular country and halal forms no part of any Australian law.

As with many aspects of Islamic practice, the definition of halal food is a contested issue. For example, there is disagreement within the Muslim community about whether stunning animals before slaughter produces halal meat. Both sides draw on Islamic teachings and traditions to support their positions. Disputes such as this highlight why halal certification is important for Muslim consumers.

How does halal certification work?

There are three different types of halal certification in Australia.

Individual products can be certified, meaning the production process and ingredients in that particular product are halal. So a consumer could buy halal yoghurt, for example, from a store that also sold non-halal yoghurt.

Production facilities can be certified, so that any products produced according to the certification standards can claim to be halal. For example, in an abattoir that is certified to produce halal meat, the meat will be halal no matter what cuts or final shape the meat takes. However, it may not even get labelled as halal when it reaches the market.

Retail premises can also be certified so that all food prepared and sold from that business is halal.

The halal certification process varies depending on who is performing the service. This is where uncertainty creeps in. Muslim consumers are largely unable to find out exactly what process has been followed in the certification process and what standards have been set by the certification provider.

Why is halal certification needed?

Halal certification is needed in Australia for two key reasons.

Firstly, certification helps local Muslims decide which products to buy. Modern food processing and globalised markets make it hard for Muslims in Australia to know how their food was produced and where it has come from. To get around this uncertainty, consumers who want to buy halal food need a system that checks whether products meet the requirements of being halal.

In this sense, halal certification is similar to any type of food certification and audit system. Whether it be halal, kosher, gluten-free or organic, food certification services help consumers to make informed decisions about the food they eat.

The second reason has to do with trade. With the global halal food trade estimated at A$1.75 trillion annually, Muslim markets provide a lucrative opportunity for Australian companies. If companies want to export their products to those markets, they need to have halal certification.

Who certifies halal food?

Certified halal products in Australia can come from two sources: domestic products that are produced locally and certified by local businesses, or imported products that have been certified overseas.

Numerous halal certifiers operate in Australia. The Department of Agriculture maintains a list of Islamic organisations that have an “Approved Arrangement” to certify halal meat for export. There are 21 such organisations operating in Australia as of November 2014.

However, Australian government regulation applies only to providers that certify meat for export. While much of this meat may end up in the domestic market, certification providers that service only the Australian market do not come under any government regulation.

While some halal certification providers are associated with, or part of, larger Australian Islamic organisations, such as the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, others are stand-alone businesses that provide local certification services.

With so much uncertainty about what constitutes halal, how products are certified and who is doing the certification, consumers who wish to buy halal food can find that a difficult task.

For non-Muslim Australian consumers, however, halal food is little different to any other food available. It only matters whether or not food is halal if a person has the religious conviction and desire to eat only halal food. Although improvements could be made, halal certification is one way Muslims are able to do this.

The authors do not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article. They also have no relevant affiliations.

One dead as Cyclone Zena approaches Fiji

Aid groups are preparing to swing back into action as another tropical cyclone is on track to hit Fiji just weeks after Cyclone Winston battered the country, killing 44 people.

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The category three storm, named Cyclone Zena, is moving southeast from Vanuatu to Fiji and is expected to bring more flooding and strong winds to the tiny island nation which has experienced torrential rains over the past two days.

One person has already been reportedly killed in the lead up to the storm according to local media, while another is missing.

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The Guardian reported a nationwide curfew has been established with residents ordered to remain inside from 6pm until the storm has passed.

Oxfam say although the cyclone will not be as damaging as Cyclone Winston, which was category five, it is still dangerous.

“The flood waters and threat posed by Cyclone Zena’s gale force winds are the last thing Fijians recovering from Cyclone Winston need,” Oxfam country director Dolores Devesi said on Wednesday.

So far more than 3500 people have been evacuated in affected regions while schools are closed following upgraded warnings about heavy rain and strong winds which have upped expectations of more severe flooding.

The Fiji Meteorological Service issued a special alert on Wednesday morning saying the cyclone had winds of 95km/h and was intensifying as it approached the western city of Nadi.

The cyclone is expected to sit 170km south-southeast of Nadi on Thursday morning.

Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways have cancelled services to the country.

Republican Cruz and Democrat Sanders score wins in Wisconsin

Cruz’s win was a breakthrough for Republican Party forces battling to block the controversial New York billionaire, and it raised the prospect of a prolonged nominating fight that could last to the July convention.

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Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders also won in Wisconsin, gaining momentum in his fight against front-runner Hillary Clinton and trimming her commanding lead in delegates.

Trump had 737 convention delegates to Cruz’s 481 heading into the vote, leaving him 500 delegates short of the 1,237 needed to win the nomination. Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, the other remaining Republican contender, hope to stop Trump short of a first-ballot victory and trigger a contested convention.

Cruz, a conservative U.S. senator from Texas, was aided in Wisconsin by the backing of Republican Governor Scott Walker, who had dropped his own presidential bid in September. Party establishment figures, worried that Trump will lead Republicans to a broad defeat in November, have banded together to try to stop him.

The Wisconsin primary followed a difficult week for Trump, who was forced to backtrack after saying women who have abortions should face punishment if the procedure is outlawed, and who voiced support for his campaign manager after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for grabbing a reporter.

In the Democratic race, the win for Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, is his sixth in the last seven presidential nominating contests, but he still faces a difficult task to overtake Clinton as the presidential nominating race moves to New York on April 19 and to five other Eastern states on April 26.

 

PM faces ‘internal’ criticism

A coaltion backbencher has criticised the performance of her own government as wishy washy.

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But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull brushed off worries about his falling approval ratings by saying MPs should be more upbeat.

Malcolm Turnbull has had a tough time lately as he tries to convince the public he’s up to the economic leadership he promised before becoming prime minister six months ago.

Now he’s facing critcism from within, as Queensland MP Michelle Landry repeatedly used the media to voice her concerns.

“I just think that we’ve lost our focus a bit so you know I have said that I thought we were a little wishy-washy and i think that we just need to refocus on the jobs at hand. The Coalition Government is very strong with the economy and people want us to do that and I think everything is getting lost a bit with that 24/7 news cycle.”

A Liberal-National MP, Michelle Landry took the Labor-held Queensland seat of Capricornia in the 2013 federal election.

As a first-term government backbencher she’s concerned about heading to the polls this year holding her seat with a margin of less than one per cent.

“I think we’ve had too much of a mixed message out there. There’s lots of discussion about things we could do and you know different issues with taxes and changes to medicare and all that sort of thing. So I think we just need to come out, say what we’re doing.”

Her comments have prompted senior government ministers to publicly defend the government’s record.

Industry Minister Christopher Pyne had to do so while battling rival trucking rallies behind him in Adelaide.

“We are getting on with the job of creating jobs and growth, that’s an easy message for me to sell because it’s true and Michelle Landry should sell that message too.”

Mr Turnbull has tried to brush it off the concerns from his own backbench.

His advice to them and to the Australian public: wait for the budget to be delivered on May 3rd.

“I haven’t spoken to (Michelle) but if I did I would encourage her to be more upbeat that’s for sure. Look we have a robust party, she’s entitled to her view but she’s like everybody else very keen to see what’s in the budget.”

While the Prime Minister may not be concerned about being labelled wishy washy, others are.

Nationals party leader Barnaby Joyce passionately addressing the issue head on in a press concernece.

“Michelle is a good mate of mine. We work well together. But I think we are far from wishy washy. We’re not wishy washy when we make sure that wee keep our borders strong. We’re not wishy washy when we make sure that our defence spending goes up to two percent to protect our nation.”

But resources Minister Josh Frydenberg told the ABC Michelle Landry’s message shouldn’t be dismissed outright.

“Michelle’s an important part of the team and she makes an important point that we’ve had a number of successes as a government and we need to communicate those to the public”

The tightening polls have put a spring the Opposition leaders Bill Shorten’s step as he spent another day campaigning on schools funding.

“These little grade ones, we can guarantee that if Labor is elected, that from next year they will have certainty of funding for their education right through to Year 12.”

“Here’s a numeracy test for Mr Shorten. How are you going to pay for the 51 billion dollars of unfunded promises? Is it higher taxes or more debt or perhaps both?”

Mr Turnbull may not have the benefit of time to get his message back on track.

He’s threatened an early election if the Senate crossbenchers don’t pass the building and construction commission in this month’s special sitting.

As it stands that legislation will not be passed and a July 2 early election is looking all the more likely.

 

 

Banks likely to raise mortgage rates

Homeowners are likely to be hit by another out-of-cycle rate hike as banks pass on higher funding costs.

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The official interest rate remains at a record low but market watchers expect the major banks will hike variable mortgage rates this year regardless of any Reserve Bank of Australia action.

“It’s a very strong possibility that we’ll see more out-of-cycle rate hikes this year as lenders address funding cost pressures,” comparison site Mozo长沙桑拿按摩论坛,长沙夜网, director Kirsty Lamont told AAP.

The major banks lifted variable mortgage rates in November to offset costs linked to new requirements to hold more capital against home lending to absorb possible losses.

Ms Lamont said the capital adequacy requirements continued to flow through the system, causing funding cost pressures, while some lenders were also reporting increases in wholesale funding costs.

Mortgage broker 1300HomeLoan managing director John Kolenda said it is highly likely the banks will hike rates this quarter, before the capital requirement change comes into effect on July 1.

“With the additional cost of funding, they won’t have any choice but to pass that cost on,” he said.

The RBA kept the cash rate on hold at two per cent on Tuesday but has warned the soaring Australian dollar could threaten the non-mining economy’s recovery.

Mr Kolenda said the RBA is likely to lower the cash rate this quarter but the central bank’s actions could be made redundant by the major lenders lifting their rates out of cycle.

Ms Lamont expects a RBA cut at some stage within the next six months, but warns borrowers may not see the benefit of any reduction.

“If the RBA cuts rates before lenders have adjusted rates themselves then it’s likely that lenders might hold back some or all of any cut that the RBA passes through.”

Mr Kolenda said the coming hike in variable mortgage rates could be in the order of 15-30 basis points, after a rise of up to 29 basis points last year, and an increase of up to 49 basis points for investor loans.

Ms Lamont said borrowers should consider fixing part or all of their home loan as the gap between fixed and variable rates has widened over the last few months, to the point where average fixed rates across all terms are now lower than average variable rates.

Connected Aussies outpacing US

Australians are networking their homes at twice the rate of Americans and will be eager adopters of the much-anticipated “internet of things”, Telstra’s technology chief says.

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Telstra chief technical officer Vish Nandlall says US homes had an average of four devices connected to the internet in 2014, a rate well below tech-hungry Aussies.

“When you look what’s happening within Telstra and our domestic network, you’re seeing a lot more connected devices than you see in the US. We’re seeing on average eight connected devices,” Mr Nandlall said on Wednesday.

Those devices aren’t terribly sexy – comprising PCs, smartphones and set-top boxes – but Mr Nandlall says the connection rate is an indicator of things to come.

“There’s now an adoption from a behaviour perspective, that consumers will have more connected devices in their household that they might have had not even two or four years ago,” he said in an address to the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia in Melbourne.

Mr Nandlall said the “internet of things” was still in its early days and it will be some time before consumers are ordering food from the supermarket via their fridge or shopping for ties via the washing machine.

The internet of things is the label given to the network of objects, devices, vehicles and buildings that are expected to one day be connected to the internet to collect and exchange data.

Mr Nandlall said it is going to be hard to create a network enabling everything to talk to everything else and to process the massive amount of data involved.

Security would be challenging and, currently, it was “horrible”, he said, noting he had been able to hack into his father’s internet-connected television in Florida and turn it on and off while his parents were watching it.

“Security in IoT is harder actually quite a lot harder than security in the real world that you and I live in today,” he said.