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Grattan Institute blames state governments for high power bills

Posted by June 25th 2019

More than $20 billion has been wasted on upgrading Australia’s electricity infrastructure, resulting in higher power bills for consumers, according to a new report. The Grattan Institute has pointed the finger squarely at state governments for …


The tooth sensor that tracks what you eat

Posted by December 21st 2018

Scientists have developed a miniaturised sensor that can be fitted to a tooth to monitor your alcohol, sugar and salt intake. The 2mm-by-2mm device, devised by researchers at the Tufts University School of Engineering in the …


Consumers warned about new breed of online scam

Posted by March 28th 2018

Dog-lovers are being warned about a new breed of online scammer, tugging on the heartstrings of Australians who want to buy cute puppies. Scamwatch has reported almost 600 incidents of scams involving puppies in the last …


Telstra misled customers over premium billing charges

Posted by March 26th 2018

Australia’s biggest telco is in hot water with the consumer watchdog over claims that it made false or misleading representations about its premium billing service. The Australian Competition and Consumer commission (ACCC) has commenced proceedings against …


Unhealthy diets impacted by supermarket catalogues

Posted by March 26th 2018

The average Australian diet has become a reflection of what we see in supermarket catalogues, according to a new study. Big supermarket chains, including Coles, Woolworths, ALDI and IGA, have been found to advertise junk food …


Cheeses recalled over listeria fears

Posted by June 14th 2018

A variety of cheeses made in France have been recalled across Australia due to potential listeria contamination. The NSW Food Authority has advised that the recalled Washed Rind cheeses have been sold at supermarkets including IGA …


GloBird Energy NSW Energy Market

NSW energy market to get competition boost

Posted by June 22nd 2019

Energy customers in New South Wales will soon have another electricity and gas provider to consider, with GloBird Energy granted a license to operate in the state. Currently only retailing in Victoria, GloBird Energy has emerged …


Vocus telcos ordered to compensate NBN customers

Posted by March 24th 2018

Telcos in the Vocus Group are the latest to be ordered to compensate thousands of NBN customers over misleading speed claims. Dodo, iPrimus and Commander have all been told by the consumer watchdog to compensate customers …


Costco set for rapid expansion

Posted by March 24th 2018

Wholesale grocery giant Costco could open up to three stores in Western Australia by 2020, according to its chief. The retail chain is yet to break into the WA market and regulatory approval is still pending …