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...
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...