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Energy rebate: Not much, but it’s a start

Published 16 May 2024

Every household in Australia will get a $300 energy rebate over the next financial year. Some people need it much more than others.

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Privacy preserving cameras? New research could help protect sensitive information

Published 10 May 2024

A privacy preserving camera might sound like a contradiction, but newly developed technology could make it a reality.

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Triple Zero: Optus outage prompts changes to emergency service line

Published 10 May 2024

A report into last year’s Optus outage has recommended a suite of changes to ensure that Triple Zero can still be reached during a network disruption.

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Long COVID: Light at the end of the tunnel for people with prolonged symptoms

Published 6 May 2024

A study of people with so-called ‘long COVID’ has found that immune system responses had largely returned to normal 2 years after infection.

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Rental affordability out of reach for many Australians

Published 1 May 2024

For a single person on the Age Pension, there are just 89 affordable rental properties across the country, making rental affordability a pipe dream.

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Is tax reform a solution to the housing crisis?

Published 1 May 2024

Negative gearing and capital gains tax reform has been proposed by some Members of the Senate. Will it help solve the housing crisis?

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New research into bushfire smoke looks at the risk to heart and lungs

Published 1 May 2024

Research from the University of Newcastle found that even small amounts of bushfire smoke can have large effects on our health.

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New measures are helping Australians avoid scams

Published 16 April 2024

The Government, regulators, community groups and the private sector are all working to help people avoid scams, but vigilance is still essential.

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A dark roof can drive up your energy bills

Published 4 April 2024

A house with a dark roof absorbs heat, which may cost $700 more per year to keep cool according to recent research.

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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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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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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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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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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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Extreme weather and rising insurance premiums will make many Australian homes uninsurable

Published 22 January 2024

Rising insurance premiums and extreme weather leave many Australians in high-risk areas unable to afford insurance, and a new report says that these numbers are going to continue to go up.

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Staying safe amid summer wave of COVID cases

Published 19 January 2024

COVID-safe behaviours remain essential, as new wave of COVID cases reminds us. Here are some things to keep in mind this summer.

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Price gouging investigations are adding up

Published 17 January 2024

Allegations of supermarket price gouging have already led to two investigations and a third might be on the way, but what is the difference between them and what are they likely to accomplish?

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Council rate changes to add further pressure on NSW households

Published 15 November 2023

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has announced changes to the ‘rate peg’ system, which is used to determine the amount of income that NSW councils can make from council rates. This has implications for ratepayers in NSW, who are likely to receive a larger-than-usual hike in rates from next year. [more]

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Insurance company greed working for the people? That’s new!

Published 3 November 2023

Australia is facing a housing crisis and one of the key issues is a lack of supply. To meet the needs of our growing population, we need more homes and we need them urgently. A major concern is where these buildings are going to come from - and whether shonky developers will make money by flooding the market with low-quality builds. [more]

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Regional bus ‘tap & go’ trial underway, seniors to pay full fare

Published 27 October 2023

Transport for NSW is trialling a ‘tap and go’ payment system on Dubbo and Bathurst Buslines. Good news for some, but these new systems are not set up for concession card holders. Paper tickets are still available for now, but CPSA has concerns. [more]

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