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give people and businesses money now they can pay back later (if and when they can)

Give people and businesses money now they can pay back later (if and when...

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Image: Shuttlestock The novel coronavirus sees Australia facing major unprecedented health and economic crises. The key to preventing a downward spiral of the economy is to avoid a collapse in incomes of newly laid-off workers...
scalable without limit: how the government plans to get coronavirus support into our hands quickly

Scalable without limit: how the government plans to get coronavirus support into our hands...

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Image: Shuttlestock The government says its second stimulus package – the second in ten days – is temporary and targeted, but that’s not really true. What it is is big, automatic, and infinitely increasable. The first package, released ten...
desperately seeking toilet paper, pasta or hand sanitiser? some relief is just weeks away

Desperately seeking toilet paper, pasta or hand sanitiser? Some relief is just weeks away

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A supermarket in south London, March 15 2020. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA Panic buying, shop shelves emptied of toilet paper, hand sanitiser, pasta and other household supplies, supermarkets policing limits on buying products, Amazon and eBay stopping opportunists from selling...
a toilet paper run is like a bank run. the economic fixes are about the same

A toilet paper run is like a bank run. The economic fixes are about...

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Image: Shuttlecock Panic buying knows no borders. Shoppers in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States have caught toilet paper fever on the back of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Shop shelves are being emptied as quickly as they can be stocked. This panic...
go local: how to keep the power on when disaster hits

Go local: how to keep the power on when disaster hits

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Image: www.shutterstock.com Bushfires, storms and floods regularly leave thousands of Australian homes and businesses without power. Sydney’s wettest weekend in three decades left more than 130,000 households without power on Sunday. South Australian storms two weeks ago blew over...
us and eu laws show australia’s right to repair moment is well overdue

US and EU laws show Australia’s Right to Repair moment is well overdue

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In many cases, it just seems easier and cheaper to replace than repair broken devices. But it needn’t be that way. Shutterstock Australians are buying more and and more gadgets and devices. Our homes and workplaces...

Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more. Here’s how Australian owners could cash...

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The University of Wollongong Illawarra Flame House demonstrates how a typical Aussie fibro home can be transformed into a net-zero-energy sustainable home. Dee Kramer, Author provided Everybody wants an energy-efficient home. After all, an energy-efficient home...
what happens when a product gets recalled?

What Happens When a Product Gets Recalled?

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Product recalls are serious business for any company, organisation or government body. They require a delicate approach to help ensure consumers do not panic or become alarmed about their health or wellbeing. In recent...
your airbnb guest could be a tenant. until the law is cleared up, hosts are in limbo

Your Airbnb guest could be a tenant. Until the law is cleared up, hosts...

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A Victorian court decision that an Airbnb agreement had the status of a lease has profound implications for guests and hosts. Daniel Krason/Shutterstock With summer holidays around the corner, many Victorians may be thinking about...
the dark side of plant-based food – it’s more about money than you may think

The dark side of plant-based food – it’s more about money than you may...

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There’s more behind that vegan burger than it seems. Image: Nina Firsova/Shutterstock.com If you were to believe newspapers and dietary advice leaflets, you’d probably think that doctors and nutritionists are the people guiding us...