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CHOICE announces the 2014 Shonky winners

CHOICE announces the winners of the awards no company wants to win.

14 Oct 2014 | CHOICE’s annual Shonky Award winners include Arnott’s Tim Tams, the Commonwealth Bank, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, and S-26 Gold Toddler and Junior milks. Find out why they've taken out the awards no-one wants to win.

golden super egg in a nest of straw

Banks in no hurry to take up superannuation reforms

Sluggish rollout of MySuper means high management fees will be slow to fall.

13 Oct 2014 | A mere $13 billion in bank-owned and other retail funds has been transferred to MySuper funds, leaving $77 billion grandfathered in high cost funds.

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Will health stars cross out heart ticks?

A review of the Heart Foundation Tick will determine its future.

10 Oct 2014 | The future of the Heart Foundation's Tick Program is uncertain in the current health environment where the Health Star Rating system could soon be making an impact.

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New campaign against data retention

Stop the Spies campaign fights mandatory metadata retention

10 Oct 2014 | A new campaign called Stop the Spies is rallying against the government's proposed law for a mandatory data retention regime, expected to be introduced into parliament in October.

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ASIC crackdown on life insurance

One third of life insurance advice provided to consumers is poor and could mean that in the event of a claim you won't be covered.

9 Oct 2014 | ASIC investigated the life insurance industry and found that consumers are more likely to get bad advice from advisers who receive high up-front commissions.

backyard pool with fence

Swimming pool drowning deaths for under fives more than halved since 1996

Swimming pools are still the number one cause of drowning deaths among kids under five, but the good news is figures are decreasing.

9 Oct 2014 | Pool fencing regulations and education campaigns on supervision and CPR have helped reduce the number of kids drowning in swimming pools.

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CHOICE Computer goes to the 2014 EB Expo

Games, hardware and cosplay on show at one of Australia's biggest annual games events.

8 Oct 2014 | CHOICE checks out a bunch of new and upcoming games, along with the latest developments in game-related hardware.

girl behind bottles of sports drinks

Health claims on sports drinks would mislead consumers, warns CHOICE

CHOICE opposes FSANZ proposal to allow health claims on sports drinks.

8 Oct 2014 | CHOICE is opposing a new proposal which would allow Gatorade, Powerade and other sugar-filled electrolyte drinks to carry health claims on their labels.

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Cosmetic surgery crackdown

Patients confused about difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery, as health funds crack down.

7 Oct 2014 | The ombudsman has asked health insurers to clear up clauses on their policies about plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Name and shame register for shoddy car repairers

Just one out of 21 recommendations aimed at fixing the problems with dodgy car repairs has been flagged for implementation.

3 Oct 2014 | A significant number of vehicles being fixed through insurance-companies' car repairers are being returned to NSW roads after undergoing shoddy repair jobs.

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