New financial year brings big changes for the travel industry

Major reforms come into effect on 1 July – but what do they mean for consumers?

1 Jul 2014 | The Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) will no longer protect consumers when using travel agents.

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Low interest rates and high debt could trigger crisis warns BIS

A cocktail of low interest rates and high debt are creating the conditions for another financial crisis, says the Bank for International Settlements.

30 Jun 2014 | The peak body for central banks, the Bank for International Settlements, has pointed to a "precious window of opportunity" to bring interest rates back to normal.

Financial planner watching stocks fall

Senate report into ASIC and CBA spurs strong response

All banks should be investigated for conflicted financial advice, affected parties say.

30 Jun 2014 | Reaction to the Senate Economics Committee’s report on ASIC’s handling of the Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal has come from many quarters, including victims of poor financial advice.


Health Star Rating food labelling scheme gets the go-ahead

Food and health ministers approve the rollout of the Health Star Rating scheme.

27 Jun 2014 | In a win for consumers the Health Star Rating, which gives at-a-glance information on food nutrition, will launch soon.

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Online dating company breached privacy of 254,000 Australians

Hackers accessed the personal information of a quarter of a million Australians' online dating profiles because Cupid Media failed to properly encrypt it.

26 Jun 2014 | Australian online dating company, Cupid Media, failed to protect the privacy of 254,000 Australians, resulting in their personal information being stolen by hackers.

Facebook logo is refected in a person's eyeball.

Facebook snooping on your browsing

Social media sites wants to follow you on the web.

26 Jun 2014 | Facebook has given itself permission to track users' web browsing beyond the social media site to target ads to them.

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Gum treatment reduces key risk factor for heart disease

An annual scale and clean has been found to reduce a key risk associated with heart disease.

26 Jun 2014 | A new study highlights the importance of preventative dental care, with one scale and clean a year markedly reducing the thickening of the carotid artery, a key risk factor for heart disease.

microscope inspecting bowel cancer screening test kit

Bowel cancer screening rates fall

Test could saves lives, but participation rates have dropped.

26 Jun 2014 | Bowel cancer kills Australians, yet an increasing number of people are failing to complete a simple, potentially life-saving screening test, according to a new report.

Woman blows her nose.

Antibiotics won't help colds and flu

Government reminds Aussies that misuse of antibiotics may add to superbug problem.

26 Jun 2014 | Two-thirds of Australian workers mistakenly believe antibiotics work for colds and flu, a misconception that could contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance in Australia.

Boy eating corn looks worried

GM corn study reignites controversy

Scientists angered by republication of study with serious flaws.

25 Jun 2014 | Scientists have criticised the republication of controversial study linking GM corn with cancer. The study was originally retracted due to methodological failings which remain unaddressed.

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