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Better consumer protections for burials and cremations in NSW

Published 28 March 2024

Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW have announced regulatory changes that will provide better protections for consumers and ensure future availability of burial sites.

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Cashless Coles? Supermarket takes hit over Easter trading rumours

Published 28 March 2024

Have you heard that Coles supermarkets will be going cashless over Easter? Here's a summary of what's happening and why.

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It’s National Advance Care Planning week, have you thought about your preferences?

Published 22 March 2024

Advance care planning involves planning for your future health care, which helps ensure that those close to you and health providers know what your preferences are. It's not easy, but it is important. 

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Australia Post to increase postage prices from April 2024

Published 22 March 2024

Australia Post has signalled their intention to increase the cost of stamps from next month. The good news is, not all postage costs will be going up.

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When will you actually see the March 2024 pension increase?

Published 19 March 2024

Pensions and other income security payments are due for an increase on March 20, but when will you actually see the extra money in your bank account?

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CPSA calls on NSW Treasurer to include more ratepayer relief in NSW Budget 2024-25

Published 12 March 2024

The NSW Minister for Local Government says that local councils should be responsible for offering higher discounts on rates for pensioners, but CPSA disagrees. 

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Will nuclear power reduce Australia’s electricity prices?

Published 12 March 2024

A shift to nuclear has been suggested for Australia’s electricity grid, but would if bring down electricity prices?

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New research will explore mental health among older Australians

Published 8 March 2024

A new project will add to a growing body of research that improves our understanding of mental health in vulnerable communities.

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Income taxes cut, but no mention of GST

Published 4 March 2024

The Australian Government has passed its stage 3 tax cuts, saying that ‘every taxpayer’ will be better off. Have they forgotten that GST is a tax?

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Research shows leafy greens can improve oral health

Published 4 March 2024

A recent study has found that eating leafy greens may be better for people’s oral health than using mouthwash. Leafy greens, from kale to lettuce, bok choy to rocket, have a long list of health benefits. Findings from a new study could add improved oral health to that list. [more]

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Section 11 keeps the Reserve Bank’s economic wizardry in check

Published 27 February 2024

A recent review of the Reserve Bank has recommended removing the Australian Government’s veto power over the RBA. But what is Section 11 and why should we keep it?

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What’s the deal with negative gearing?

Published 22 February 2024

Negative gearing is in the news as tax reform gets a closer look. Here's a summary of what it's all about.

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Dark clouds predicted for Bureau of Meteorology

Published 22 February 2024

Growing controversies at the Bureau of Meteorology surrounding an unfair dismissal case have cast doubt on the organisation’s management.

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Calling 000: What do you need to know in an emergency?

Published 20 February 2024

In an emergency situation, it can be difficult to keep a clear head. Here are some things to remember when calling 000.

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Competition watchdog wants tighter anti-competition rules

Published 16 February 2024

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been lobbying the Australian Government for more powers to block mergers and acquisitions that may breach anti-competition rules. Some detractors say that this is a step too far, and there’s no problem to solve. [more]

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Will naming and shaming help to rein in price gouging?

Published 13 February 2024

A recent inquiry into price gouging has recommended that businesses be named and shamed if they unfairly raise prices.

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Pension increase in March 2024: what to expect

Published 7 February 2024

The figures are in for the March 2024 pension increase, and the news isn't great. Unless something very unusual happens, the pension will go up by 1.8%. This article will explain how much extra that should put in your pocket.

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Loyalty programs: what you’re saving in dollars, you may be paying in data

Published 5 February 2024

Loyalty programs may be a tempting way to reduce grocery bills but think twice before signing over your data.

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Pension to go up by at least 1.8% in March 2024

Published 31 January 2024

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released CPI figures for the last quarter and it looks like the pension will go up by at least 1.8% in March - though it might be more.

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Work for the Dole doesn’t work for anyone

Published 29 January 2024

A well-known community services organisation has announced that it will no longer participate in the Work for the Dole scheme. Hopefully, other organisations will follow suit.

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