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Mobility scooters

02 Sep 2010 | Accidents, causing head injuries, fractures and fatality can occur on mobility scooters.  More »

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2009 Bloopers

17 Dec 2009 | Some of the best (or worst, depending on your viewpoint) highlights from our 2009 CHOICE videos.  More »

Washing machine recall

15 Dec 2009 | See the list of washing machines that are being recalled.  More »

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Maclaren stroller recall in USA

10 Nov 2009 | The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers, due to the stroller’s hinge mechanism posing a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is being unfolded.  More »

Costco opens in Australia

17 Jul 2009 | Thousands of shoppers were up early to throng the store, about three times the size of a large supermarket, to check out the hype of low prices and unusual product offerings such as grandfather clocks, diamond rings and king crab legs from Russia.  More »

Queensland bans energy inefficient air conditioners

03 Jul 2009 | The Queensland government has introduced a ban on the sale and installation of air-conditioning units that fail to achieve an energy efficiency ratio of 2.9 or higher – equivalent to a four-star energy rating – beginning September this year.  More »

Beware digital gold diggers

06 Nov 2009 | Unscrupulous types are selling over-priced set-top-boxes door-to-door with empty promises of Government reimbursement.   More »

Woolworths enters the mobile phone market

04 Aug 2009 | Woolworths has entered the mobile phone market, offering a new pre-paid service in conjunction with Optus.  More »

Children's snack bars unhealthy

31 Jul 2009 | Children’s snack bars can be as fattening as some chocolate bars, according to new research by Australian parents and a leading nutritionist, who are calling for better food labelling on the snacks.  More »

Phony SMS identity theft scam

23 Nov 2009 | Identity thieves are posing as bank officers to get your personal and financial details via SMS.  More »

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Government announces new register of financial advisers

24 Oct 2014 | A register alone isn’t going to clean up the advice industry. What we need is strong consumer protections in legislation.   More »

TPP What are we trading away

What are they trading away?

24 Oct 2014 | Should big business be able to appeal Australian government decisions at an international kangaroo court? CHOICE doesn’t think so. We’re asking the government to release the text of the TPP, and protect the democratic process.   More »

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New site to make buying ethical clothing easier

24 Oct 2014 | Want to buy ethical clothes? It just got easier with a new site called Good On You.   More »

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Ticketek and Ticketmaster improve price disclosure around fees

23 Oct 2014 | In a long-overdue win for consumers Ticketek and Ticketmaster have finally improved their pricing disclosure of unavoidable fees.  More »

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CHOICE Consumer Pulse report reveals slight easing in cost of living pressures

23 Oct 2014 | Nearly nine out of ten Australian householders say their bills have gone up over the past 12 months, but CHOICE's latest national Consumer Pulse Report nonetheless indicates a general easing of cost-of-living concerns.   More »

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Car brands show contempt for consumers

21 Oct 2014 | The automotive industry ends negotiations to give independent mechanics access to data and tools to repair new cars.  More »

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Telstra promises to improve compliance with ACL

22 Oct 2014 | Telstra promises to behave after potentially misleading consumers about their rights when they complained about faulty mobiles.  More »

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CHOICE travel insurance buying guide

23 Oct 2014 | Not all travel insurance policies are created equal, but CHOICE can help you find the right policy.  More »

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Axe the Australia Tax on second-hand cars

20 Oct 2014 | Australians are currently restricted from importing safe, second-hand cars from overseas. The government is considering removing these restrictions, which could lead to cheaper cars for Australians.  More »

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Apple unveils new iPads and Macs

17 Oct 2014 | Apple has added fingerprint ID security to its iPad range, along with updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop computers and the new OS X Yosemite operating system.  More »

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