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Energy contract price variation set to continue

AEMC rejects a ban on mid-contract increases, but recommends better disclosure.

23 Sep 2014 | Despite the best efforts of consumer advocates, unilateral price variation by energy retailers does not appear to be destined for the dustbin.

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Breakfast cereal health benefits

Eating breakfast cereal regularly can improve your diet and reduce your risk of being overweight or developing diabetes.

22 Sep 2014 | Regular breakfast cereal eaters have diets higher in vitamins and minerals and lower in fat, and are less likely to be overweight or obese compared to breakfast skippers and other breakfast eaters, says study.

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Woolworths facing the ACCC in court over unsafe products

A deep fryer, drain cleaner and safety matches among home brand items deemed unsafe

19 Sep 2014 | The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking Woolworths to the Federal Court alleging that the supermarket chain made false or misleading claims about the safety of some of its home brand products.

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Food rating website launched

A new website from George Institute shows health star ratings for thousands of packaged food products sold in Australian supermarkets.

18 Sep 2014 | The George Institute has launched FoodSwitch STARS, a website showing the health star rating for 55,000 packaged supermarket food products, allowing people to check and compare which foods are healthier.

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Consumers and farmers to benefit from discount produce

A scarred apple or carrot with two legs shouldn't be consigned to the dump.

17 Sep 2014 | Harris Farms' new initiative redresses the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fresh and tasty fruit and veg are discarded each year in Australia due to visual imperfections.

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International Funkaustellung 2014

What's new in the world of consumer appliances?

16 Sep 2014 | We show you what you can expect to see in your local appliance stores in the near - and not so near - future.

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ACCC cracks down on online dating

Online dating sites have a role to play in protecting consumers against romance scams, says ACCC.

16 Sep 2014 | The ACCC is sweeping the internet for online dating sites that have misleading offers and unclear pricing, and for those that lack protections for consumers against scams.

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How high can your internet bill go?

Do you want to foot the bill for a dud policy?

12 Sep 2014 | Anti-piracy laws will leave you out of pocket as the internet gets even more expensive.

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Angry Thermomix owners in a spin

Cult kitchen appliance criticised for secret launch of new model.

11 Sep 2014 | Thermomix customers frustrated by the unexpected release of a new model machine.

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Apple announces iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

Tech giant reveals 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, along with new Apple Watch, and takes on credit cards with a cashless mobile payment system

10 Sep 2014 | Apple has finally revealed its new, larger, iPhone models along with an Apple Watch and a new cashless mobile payments system. The announcements, revealed overnight at a special event in Apple’s home town of Cupertino, end months of speculation.

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