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2014 Budget countdown: 4 days to go

The floated increase in the fuel excise tax will hit low income households the hardest, experts say.

9 May 2014 | The fuel excise tax may be increased in Tuesday’s federal budget, adding an extra $2 to the average fuel tank, if leaks prove accurate.

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Dangers of moveable soccer goals

Moveable soccer goals have killed seven people in Australia. Find out how to make sure they're safely secured.

9 May 2014 | The A-League season may be over, but the children’s soccer season is just beginning, so make sure you check potentially hazardous goalposts.

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Origin Energy misled consumers: ACCC

The ACCC alleges deceptive and misleading conduct against Origin Energy for representations of discounts on a market contract that was still more expensive than the standard retail contract.

8 May 2014 | Origin Energy is alleged to have misled customers with the discounts offered on one of its market contracts.

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Flight Centre fined $11 million

Fined millions for attempting to fix international airfares, Flight Centre's "lowest airfare guarantee" rings hollow.

8 May 2014 | Flight Centre tried to eliminate differences in the international airfares offered to consumers by attempting to collude with Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Emirates.

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ISP ONEseniors collapse strands seniors

Thousands of vulnerable elderly left without internet and emergency landline phone services after ISP ONEseniors goes into administration.

8 May 2014 | Thousands of elderly people have been left without internet and landline phone services by the collapse of ISP ONEseniors. The company, which specialised in discounted internet and phone services for the over-55s, went into administration leaving its elderly customers effectively cut off.

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2014 Budget Countdown: 5 days to go

A debt tax now seems a sure thing, but it may only hit those earning at least $150,000 a year.

8 May 2014 | A new debt tax seems like a done deal, but the likely annual salary threshold has moved from $80,000 to at least $150,000.

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Sleep apnoea could be treated with a 3D mouthguard

Sufferers of sleep apnoea have long had to put up with bulky, noisy and uncomfortable devices to help them sleep at night, but things are looking up.

8 May 2014 | The CSIRO has co-created a new type of mouthguard, made by a 3D printer, that could revolutionise treatment for sleep apnoea sufferers and snorers.

Joint formula pills in the shape of a shark

Shark cartilage toxicity warning

A common dietary supplement has been found to contain substances that harm the nervous system.

8 May 2014 | Tests on shark cartilage consumer products have revealed mercury and BMAA, neurotoxins linked with motor neurone disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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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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