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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...
there’s mounting evidence against cashless debit cards, but the government is ploughing on regardless

There’s mounting evidence against cashless debit cards, but the government is ploughing on regardless

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Coming to a community near you. Sabrina Roy with her baby Xena at the Milingimbi general store in the Northern Territory in 2015. Dean Lewins/AAP It would be nice if the “facts” being thrown around...
the dirty secret at the heart of the projected budget surplus: much higher tax bills

The dirty secret at the heart of the projected budget surplus: much higher tax...

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Bill shocks are the flipside of a surplus built on higher tax collections and tighter access to support payments. Shutterstcok The budget is bouncing out of deficit and is set to stay in surplus for...
vital signs: nbn’s new price plans are too little, too late

Vital Signs: NBN’s new price plans are too little, too late

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Lack of speed kills: finally NBN Co is thinking about a genuinely 21st century offering for customers. www.shutterstock.com Last week NBN Co announced pricing changes for the National Broadband Network. It includes a new plan boasting a...
‘an insult’ – politicians sing the praises of the cashless welfare card, but those forced to use it disagree

‘An insult’ – politicians sing the praises of the cashless welfare card, but those...

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The grey cashless debit card cannot be used at any alcohol or gambling outlet, nor used to withdraw cash. www.shutterstock.com “This is a bit controversial, we know that,” deputy prime minister Michael McCormick told the National...
how to spot a fake review: you’re probably worse at it than you realise

How to spot a fake review: you’re probably worse at it than you realise

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Survey results suggest about three-quarters of the population trust online reviews at least a moderate amount. www.shutterstock.com Ever relied on an online review to make a purchasing decision? How do you know it was actually...
dangerous to human health: that’s a housing problem much bigger than a few high-profile apartment blocks

Dangerous to human health: that’s a housing problem much bigger than a few high-profile...

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The apartment complex in Erskineville, Sydney, that is abandoned due to fears the homes are on contaminated ground. Joel Carrett/AAP Australia’s biggest city is abuzz with news of yet another housing development declared unsafe...
four corners’ forced labour exposé shows why you might be wearing slave-made clothes

Four Corners’ forced labour exposé shows why you might be wearing slave-made clothes

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Target, Cotton On, Jeanswest, Dangerfield, IKEA and H&M are among the brands in Australia sourcing cotton from Xinjiang. www.shutterstock.com With China’s western-most province of Xinjiang being turned into a mass internment camp, last...

The Roots of Your Fiscal Woes and How to Address Them

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Finances are hard; economic anxiety is a term that keeps coming up when we talk about this generation and the last. There is a tremendous amount of stress that comes with financial problems and...