Mate’s rates: the friendships bought by the hour

(SMH) In Japan, an agency called Hagemashi-tai – meaning ”We want to cheer you up” – supplies clients with adult actors to impersonate blood relations, like a trial husband to leave towels on a bathroom floor, to help people practising for coming marriages. And in the United States, a growing industry of ”baby planners” helps mothers-to-be with everything from choosing the perfect moniker for their unborn child to fitting their car with a baby capsule. Now, the trend has hit Sydney. Read more

Renting friends? The country is going to hell in a morally declined hand basket.