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Supporting social enterprises

July 19, 2018 — Alice Richard

Is it worth paying extra for products that have a social impact?

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5 Plastics you can ditch today

June 20, 2018 — Alison Potter

With a struggling recycling market in Australia, these are five common, single-use plastic items you can ditch today.

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Australia's weak product safety laws

June 18, 2018 — Grace Smith

Businesses are not legally required to ensure the products they sell are safe.

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Save on electricity with Transformer

June 13, 2018 — Alison Potter

Customers of CHOICE's unique energy switching service are finding hundreds of dollars of ongoing savings.

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Save on electricity with Transformer

June 13, 2018 — Alison Potter

Customers of CHOICE's unique energy switching service are finding hundreds of dollars of ongoing savings.

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Are you owed a refund or compensation?

May 4, 2018 — Tony Ibrahim

If you've bought a dodgy product or been misled, check here to see if you're entitled to a court-ordered compensation or refund.

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Consumer organisations

April 11, 2018 — Alice Richard

Fighting for consumers behind the scenes.

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How long should your household appliances last?

April 5, 2018 — Ashley Iredale

We look at the lifespan of washers, fridges, TVs, phones and more, and when you should repair vs replace.

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Is your Indigenous souvenir the real deal?

March 28, 2018 — Rachael Hocking

When it comes to the Aboriginal souvenir trade, copies, imports and confusion abound. But there are ways to tell if an item is authentic.

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Are packaged groceries cheaper?

March 26, 2018 — Rachel Clemons

Compare the price before you check out.

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Indigenous art wholesaler selling knock-offs: ACCC

March 22, 2018 — Tony Ibrahim

Federal Court action launched by competition watchdog.

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Australians shopping online face $5 parcel tax

March 22, 2018 — Tony Ibrahim

Will be in addition to upcoming GST tax on goods below $1000.

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Woolworths in Federal Court over eco picnic plates

March 2, 2018 — Tony Ibrahim

The ACCC has launched legal action over the supermarket's 'biodegradable' bowls, plates and cutlery.

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ZipPay: What is it and can you trust it?

March 1, 2018 — Tony Ibrahim

The adage goes: if it sounds too good to be true...

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Energy bill comparison sites

Feb. 27, 2018 — Andy Kollmorgen

Do websites like iSelect, Compare the Market and Canstar really help you find a better deal on power?

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