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Is the Medicare co-payment a tax?

Federal treasurer Hockey gets grilled on Q&A about the Medicare co-payment, health funding, education and election promises.

20 May 2014 | The coalition government is facing increasing pressure after it last week delivered what is widely considered to be the toughest Budget in recent memory.

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Gas vs electricity: time for a rethink?

Gas has long been cheaper than electricity, but that may be about to change. So is it time to switch?

20 May 2014 | With gas prices rising faster than electricity, it may be time to rethink our energy decisions.

YouTube to buy twitch?

YouTube to buy Twitch for $1 billion?

The Google-owned video-sharing giant is reportedly in talks with Twitch to buy it out.

20 May 2014 |

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Harvey Norman franchises in hot water over misleading misrepresentations

Latest action by the ACCC brings total penalties paid by Harvey Norman franchises to $234,000.

20 May 2014 | The ACCC takes a further four Harvey Norman franchises to task over misleading or deceptive representations made in store by staff about the Australian Consumer Law.

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Wind-back of FoFA will cost consumers

The government wants to wind back consumer protections for financial advice. What will it mean for you?

19 May 2014 | You might not know it, but your consumer protections are about to be watered down. CHOICE has produced an infographic to help people understand impact of proposed changes to financial advice protections.

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Allergy rates on the rise

Experts call for more public awareness.

19 May 2014 | The rate of Australian children who suffer from food allergies and intolerances is rising, as experts call for more public awareness.

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Budget backlash spreads

Protesters and state premiers call for a rethink on cuts.

19 May 2014 | State premiers and protesters lash out at Federal Budget cuts and convene special meeting.

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Telcos crunch consumers

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone come under ACCC scrutiny for signalling their intention to raise contract fees.

19 May 2014 | The ACCC is concerned about comments from the telco giants amid booming profits and increased consumer costs.

Apple iPhone 6 is on its way to Australia

iPhone 6 to be bigger and sharper

The iPhone 6 will not only be bigger but also higher resolution, with a 4.7-inch version in August and a 5.5-inch model in September, according to reports.

16 May 2014 | The new iPhone 6 will be known as the iPhone Air and will come in higher resolution in two sizes, with a choice of 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, according to widespread reports.

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Budget reply: we will block you

A fired-up Bill Shorten has said Labor will block many of the tough measures of the first Hockey/Abbott Budget.

16 May 2014 | Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s Budget-in-reply speech indicates Labor will block many of the measures flagged in the 14/15 Budget.

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