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Plan to pull pesticide reforms

Dozens of pesticides approved for use in agriculture have never been properly assessed in Australia.

10 Apr 2014 | The federal government wants to remove reforms that would require assessment of agricultural chemicals and pesticides.

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Marinating BBQ meat with beer may reduce cancer risk

Study finds beer might help to mop up dangerous molecules.

10 Apr 2014 | Barbecuing meat produces potentially unhealthy free radicals but a study has found that dark beer may reduce these carcinogenic molecules.

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Facebook draining your iPhone battery?

Overzealous Facebook app the main culprit in killing battery life, says former 'Apple Genius'.

9 Apr 2014 | A former “Apple Genius” has pointed the finger at the social networking giant’s overzealous app for sucking the life out of your iPhone.

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Energy Australia fined for door knocking

ACCC action to clamp down on illegal practices results in million dollar fine.

9 Apr 2014 | Energy Australia has been fined for illegal door knocking tactics, the latest in a run of ACCC actions.

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NHMRC review finds no evidence for homeopathy

The Australian government scientific review determines homeopathy can't - and doesn't - work.

9 Apr 2014 | The NH&MRC conducted an exhaustive review of homeopathy research, finding no evidence it's an effective treatment and no plausible scientific explanation for how it works.

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Australia’s super fees slammed

The Treasury submission to the Financial System Inquiry says Australian superannuation funds have some of the highest operating costs in the OECD.

9 Apr 2014 | Australian super funds are too expensive says the Treasury, with only Spain, Hungary, Mexico and the Czech Republic having higher costs.

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Banking needs to work better for consumers

CHOICE calls on inquiry to put power back in the hands of banking customers.

9 Apr 2014 | CHOICE submission calls for several key reforms to make banking work better for Australian consumers.

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Health insurance complaints down, but issues remain

The gap between how much a consumer pays in hospital fees and how much their health fund covers is still causing headaches.

9 Apr 2014 | Health insurance industry complaints are down, The State of the Health Funds report finds, but some issues such as out-of-pocket costs, remain.

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NSW to limit taxi surcharges

The call to impose a five per cent cap follows a similar move in Victoria.

8 Apr 2014 | The NSW government is pushing for a five per cent limit on taxi surcharges following a similar move in Victoria.

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ACCC acts on misleading Coles cartoon

Coles to issue a correction after ACCC takes action on a misleading video and cartoon.

8 Apr 2014 | The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from supermarket giant Coles after an investigation into the “Our Coles Brand Milk Story” cartoon and video found it to be misleading.

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