2014 budget countdown: 6 days to go

Government decisions going back to the Howard years have been blamed for the current 'crisis' situation.

7 May 2014 | Budget crisis – how did we get here? From the petrol excise to pink batts and grants to the RBA, a number of government decisions have led to the current economic situation.

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Prenatal fish oil no boost to baby's brain

An Australian study found prenatal omega-3 DHA supplements may not produce baby Einsteins after all.

7 May 2014 | A long-term Australian study has found DHA supplements provide no benefit to cognitive development of children born to women given the supplements when pregnant.

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Australia at risk of cyber attack

CSIRO says the digitisation of Australia will escalate cyber crime.

6 May 2014 | Bank robbers and house burglars may be outdone by cyber crime in Australia’s digital future.

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2014 Budget countdown: 7 days to go

The proposed 'debt tax' is coming under increasing scrutiny from within the Liberal party.

6 May 2014 | The proposed introduction of a "debt tax" has drawn sharp criticism from Peter Costello and John Hewson.

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Apple v Samsung: Apple wins $US120m

Samsung also wins $US160,000 against Apple in countersuit over smartphone technology patents.

5 May 2014 | Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $US120 million in settlement of a lawsuit over smartphone patents, while Apple has to pay Samsung nearly $US160,000.

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2014 Budget countdown

Consumers could be in for some hard hits following the Abbott government's first Budget.

5 May 2014 | CHOICE looks at the main stories relating to the upcoming 2014 budget, to be delivered on 13 May 2014

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ACCC takes Coles to court following CHOICE supermarket investigation

Coles engaged in unconscionable conduct in dealings with small suppliers, the ACCC will allege in the Federal Court of Australia.

5 May 2014 | The supermarket's so-called "rebates" will be investigated by the Federal Court after the ACCC announced it would take action against Coles for unconscionable conduct.


Commission of Audit report pain

Auditors have health, family support, childcare, unemployment and aged care entitlements in their crosshairs.

2 May 2014 | Commission of Audit report takes aim at entitlements and looks set to shape a new vision of the federal government’s responsibilities.

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Baby monitor webcam hacked

The hacking of a webcam being used as a video baby monitor has raised security concerns about the devices.

1 May 2014 | A couple in the US has been woken up by the sound of a man who hacked an internet-connected webcam being used to monitor their sleeping baby. CHOICE looks at how to keep your connections secure.


ATO flags changes to tax returns

Could this be the end of the road for tax returns?

1 May 2014 | Some taxpayers stand to save time and money if reports that the ATO will complete certain returns on our behalf are confirmed.

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