Australians still being ripped off on digital goods

Study finds 79 per cent of people unhappy with inflated costs

30 Jul 2014 | One year after the IT Pricing Inquiry dismissed the excuses of major companies, Australians are still paying up to 50 per cent more than overseas markets for technology, music, movies and TV shows.

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Home insurance premiums come down as levees go up

Suncorp calls for more flood mitigation efforts by towns and councils.

30 Jul 2014 | The construction of a new levee to protect the Queensland town of Roma against floods has led Suncorp to announce a reduction in home insurance premiums by an average of 45%.

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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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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.

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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.


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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Diagnostic imaging tests ordered by GPs increase forty-five per cent

Higher cost CT and MRI scans are increasingly replacing the humble X-ray, study finds.

23 Jul 2014 | Sydney University research reveals that medical imaging diagnostic tests, including CT and MRI scans, ordered by GPs increased 45% over 10 years.

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