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ASIC shelves financial adviser test

Regulator puts the brakes on its long-planned adviser exam.

8 May 2013 | Some financial advisers have no formal training and are essentially salespeople. Despite the need for it, a national testing regime will have to wait.

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NSW swimming pool registration

All swimming pools in NSW must be registered online in 2013.

2 May 2013 | The NSW government has moved to lower the number of children drowning in swimming pools in the state by introducing a compulsory online register of all swimming pools.

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TGA takes action on diet pills

Regulator says there's no evidence for 'appetite suppression' claims.

16 Apr 2013 | Swisse Ultiboost Appetite Suppressant the latest in a series of bans and other action taken against weight loss supplements.

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Google to shut down Reader

CHOICE says to back up your RSS subscriptions before it's too late.

15 Apr 2013 | Google Reader will be defunct as of 1 July, giving consumers less than three months to back up their RSS subscriptions and find another service.

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Committee pushes for super centre

CHOICE-led committee seeks to secure funding for an independent consumer super centre.

11 Apr 2013 | A committee including CHOICE Chair Jenni Mack is working towards an independent consumer organisation in superannuation.

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World Consumer Rights Day

CHOICE encourages you to know your consumer rights!

15 Mar 2013 | This guide outlines common traps to be wary of, as well as offering tips on smarter shopping.

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Phone scam alert

Beware of callers claiming to represent CHOICE.

13 Mar 2013 | CHOICE has been alerted by consumers about recent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent CHOICE and requesting that they take part in a survey. We are not conducting any telephone surveys at this time.

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Check out The Checkout

This new ABC show will take a satirical look at the world of consumer affairs.

20 Feb 2013 | This new consumer affairs show for ABC TV will feature scenes shot at CHOICE HQ, and some familiar faces.

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Group buying code improved

ADMA has announced that revisions to the Group Buying Code will deal with teething issues in the industry.

15 Feb 2013 | With the introduction of spot checks, more transparent terms and conditions, and a revised complaints handling process, signatories to the industry's code should provide better service for consumers.

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Tech giants to front inquiry

Parliament calls on Apple, Adobe and Microsoft to explain high IT prices.

13 Feb 2013 | Tech giants Apple, Adobe and Microsoft are now being forced to answer for the higher prices they charge Australian consumers.

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