One More Year

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At a party with some friends

Benjamin Hansen – @ben_hansen

One more year has passed. One more to go.

It’s crazy how fast time flies; it only felt like I was starting my first semester of my degree a few months ago, now I’ve completed four semesters with only two more to go.

I can now call myself a final year journo student, crazy huh? And yes I have already updated my Twitter bio 😛

I’m now on my second day of holidays and enjoying being able to sit back, relax and not have to worry about writing another essay, news article, or read another darn text book. It’s all over for a couple of months – I can finally take down my study schedule and classes timetable!

I had a premature holiday moment when several of my friends and myself went for a night trip down to the coastal town of Torquay, it was good fun, but I had to come back to the city and finish off my politics essay the next day. Not cool I know, but I got it finished.

I’m heading to Sydney this week with some friends, and have no idea when we’ll be back, that’s the bliss of having a car and a friend who you can stay with up there.

It won’t be long before I’m off back to my parents for Christmas, and then my next big ‘thing’ – which you’ll hear about in my next post – and then classes will be back on.

Want a clue about my next big thing? Here you go.

By the way, if you’re looking for some decent coffee in Melbourne CBD and surrounds, check out Bean Here Melbourne!

Gay Marriage In Victoria

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Should gay marriage be legalised in Victoria?

Benjamin Hansen – @ben_hansen

Media Release Decoded

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The following is an article I was require to write as a test. I was provided with a media release from Mercer Super Trust and had an hour to produce an article that focussed on the most newsworthy topic. I was restricted to the information that was provided in the media release (no googling Mercer). I have included the media release at the end.

The Key To An Enriched Retirement

Enough super to support your retirement?
Photo: HB Financial Services

Benjamin Hansen – @ben_hansen

Retirees will see themselves outliving their retirement funds unless super trusts educate their members on ways to ensure their savings will be enough to support their retirement.

Mercer Super Trust leader, Heather Dawson said that increasing the Federal Government’s Superannuation Guarantee was one way to tackle the issue of retirees outliving their superfunds. “However, good superannuation providers also need to ensure their members know now how much they need to boost their savings.” she said.

A survey conducted by Mercer, also indicated that one in five Australians did not know where their funds were invested, with the same percentage unsure of the tax benefits of having a superfund.

Indicating lack of knowledge as a reason for unpreparedness, Ms. Dawson said that 27 percent of members with low-level knowledge on superfunds were prepared for retirement, compared to 71 percent of members with high-level knowledge of super.

Ms. Dawson believed that retirement funds should have standard investment options that would ensure the fund lasted the member’s entire post-retirement life, rather than a portion of retirement.

Also stating that superfunds needed to educate their members on the benefits of investing and what lack of investment could mean later in life.

“Super funds need to provide members with forecasts of their income in retirement including the impact of different investment strategies, changes in income and contribution patterns and stock market movements.” Ms. Dawson said.

The Mercer Super Trust leader later said that she understood superfunds could not educate all members, “so there is a responsibility to ensure the range of investment options and products available include automatic or default settings that protect members throughout their lives.”

Mercer media release:
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Junior Walkleys

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Benjamin Hansen – @ben_hansen

After discussing with my journalism tutor, I have decided to submit my article, The Ball Toss Between Belief and Disbelief, for the Media Super Student Journalist of the Year Awards 2012.

The awards are open to all students studying a communications, journalism, or any other media-related university courses. Entries can include a wide range of media, including: print, radio and TV. All must have been assessed by your university before entered.

The awards provides students with industry exposure and the winner is invited to the 57th Walkley Awards (imagine the ARIA awards for journalists) in Canberra.

The entry dates were 08/03 – 18/05, but were recently extended to 25/05.

*fingers crossed*

Ben.