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Fraud Week aims to stop scammers

Relationship scams and fraud are under the spotlight during this year’s National Consumer Fraud Week.

16 Jun 2014 | Know who you’re dealing with to avoid being scammed, warns the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce, as the ACCC announces that scam reports have shot up by 10% in 2013.

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Better learning, but Aussie kids get fatter

Numeracy and literacy skills are up among Australian children and infant deaths are down, but obesity remains a big health problem, reports the AIHW.

12 Jun 2014 | Obesity remains an ongoing health problem for Aussie children, and incidents of child abuse and neglect are on the rise, reports the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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EzyFlix first to land on Chromecast

Local video streaming service is on board new Google dongle.

12 Jun 2014 | EzyFLix has outpaced local competitors including Quickflix, Foxtel’s Presto and the ABC’s iView in the race to Chromecast.

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Coles Bank: coming soon?

Is Coles Bank about to shake up the big four’s dominance of the sector?

12 Jun 2014 | Supermarket giant Coles is set to delve even deeper into financial services and products, with rumours suggesting it's set to move into banking services.

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Kids targeted through junk food sports sponsorship

Researchers are concerned that the benefits of sport are being undermined by unhealthy messages from sponsors.

12 Jun 2014 | A study has found Australian children are being exposed to unhealthy messages for up to four hours per week during community sport – particularly outdoor cricket and rugby league.

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Ausveg takes on Woolworths over Jamie's Garden

Woolworths' Jamie Oliver campaign levy slammed by vegetable growers body.

12 Jun 2014 | Ausveg appeals to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to demand that Woolworths refunds producers its Jamie's Garden marketing levy.

Counterfeit Miu Miu wallet

UN to consumers: don't buy counterfeits

Counterfeiting is funding criminals around the world, the UN has warned.

12 Jun 2014 | The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has linked the $250 billion counterfeiting industry to organised crime, labour exploitation and environmental damage.

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Time to axe the ‘Australia tax’

CHOICE makes submission to the Competition Policy Review

11 Jun 2014 | CHOICE's submission to the Competition Policy Review calls of the government to act on price discrimination.

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Textiles union takes fashion brands to court

More than 20 clothing brands are alleged to have breached laws designed to protect Australian outworkers.

10 Jun 2014 | A range of clothing brands manufacturing in Australia are being taken to court by the textiles union for allegedly breaching laws designed to protect workers.

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Thermal barcodes to tag hot property

Invisible barcodes created with nanotechnology could be used to track drugs, explosives and ink.

6 Jun 2014 | Covert barcodes based on the unique thermal properties of nanoparticles will assist in tracking objects and authenticating documents.

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