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Is a Woolworths bank also on the way?

Supermarket giant Woolies follows hot on Coles’ heels in banking push.

30 Jul 2014 | Woolworths has applied for trademarks that indicate the supermarket could be making a further push into financial services.

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Australia’s road spending ‘hideously inefficient’

A government-commissioned report says road agencies are gambling away taxpayer dollars.

30 Jul 2014 | A report commissioned by Infrastructure Australia lambasts monopoly road agencies for hideously inefficient road spending.

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Medicines Australia Code of Conduct not good enough

The drug companies' peak body has failed to meet consumer expectations of transparency, according to leading consumer health advocates.

29 Jul 2014 | The 18th edition of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct falls short on transparency of transactions between doctors and pharmaceutical companies, says consumer advocate, Dr Ken Harvey.

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Opal card users get anonymous option - with a catch

Privacy concerns about Sydney's Opal card are finally being addressed, but issues remain.

29 Jul 2014 | Transport for NSW has announced Sydneysiders will finally be able to purchase anonymous Opal public transport cards, but only for a limited time and at selected locations.

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Anti-piracy discussion paper leaked

Paper pays lip-service to questions of access to content and fair pricing, but where's the policy?

29 Jul 2014 | A discussion paper on a number of anti-internet-piracy policies has been leaked to the media, but questions of access and price remain unanswered.

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Fixed-term interest rates fall, but beware

A fixed-term rate might be appealing right now, but borrowers are being urged to look beyond short term.

28 Jul 2014 | While fixed interest home loams are at record lows, financial counsellors are urging potential borrowers to consider potential longer-term costs.

Finger keying PIN into EFTPOS machine

Goodbye signature, hello PIN

PINs will replace signatures this Friday as your only means of securing credit card payments at point of sale.

28 Jul 2014 | Australian consumers will no longer be able to sign for credit card payments from 1 August and must only use a PIN.

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Paracetamol no better than placebo for back pain

Taking the painkiller paracetamol doesn't speed up recovery from lower back pain compared with placebo, finds study.

24 Jul 2014 | Paracetamol is no better than placebo at speeding recovery from acute episodes of lower back pain, according to a large Australian study.

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Carbon tax repeal savings must be passed on: ACCC

Energy retailers could face $1.1m fines for each contravention.

23 Jul 2014 | The ACCC says it will come down hard on electricity and gas retailers who fail to pass on savings resulting from the repeal of the carbon tax.

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Industry super funds trump retail in best-of list

SuperRatings has named the best super funds for 2013-14 in a list dominated by Industry super funds.

23 Jul 2014 | Corporate superannuation fund Telstra Super tops SuperRating’s list of the best-performing balanced investment options for 2013-14.

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