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Paul Keating rips into "greedy" Baby Boomers

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has decimated the greed of Baby Boomers, saying that his own generation would never ut up with the low wages, HECS debts and calls to raid their own super accounts for money in the current COVID-19 economy.</p> <p>He has warned that low income younger workers have been asked to raid their own super accounts to the tune of $40 billion, which is around the same amount that the Morrison Government has spent to date on massive stimulus measures such as JobKeeper.</p> <p>He made the statements in a briefing today organised by Industry Super that the legislated pay rise has already been factored into wage negotiations and must not be scrapped.</p> <p>“You cannot have a decent income in retirement without self provision. Otherwise, you would have people on the pension which is now what $23,000 or $540 a week?,’’ he said.</p> <p>“Take my generation, the Baby Boomers. They want everything yesterday and they want it doubled now. If there was no super they wouldn’t be wanting $23,000 they would be wanting $50,000 now.</p> <p>“You look at these young people, I mean a lot of them are on low wages, they carry the HECS charge around their neck before they start, they have trouble accommodating themselves</p> <p>“We are saying, ‘Oh, by the way you can look after the rest of us aged people.’ It’s just fanciful nonsense.”</p> <p>Mr Keating said that if workers failed to save enough super, more will be forced to survive off the aged pension.</p> <p>“Well. The thing is there’s no economic case for it not to go ahead. None. There’s a prejudicial case from some of these baby-faced Liberals,’’ he said.</p> <p>“These first term senators, a particular modest form of political life.”</p> <p>“Look, the thing is this. Anyone born in the 1970s, and I’ve got children born in the 1970s, will live now until 105 or 110,’’ he said.</p> <p>“In other words if they save for 40 years from say 25 to 65, they will be relying on the savings for a further 40 years. This cannot happen with a pool of funds of 9.5 per cent it’s not large enough to do that.</p> <p>“The argument for 12 is a very basic argument for adequacy. If we’ve got people living longer, what case is there possibly to not have 12 per cent?”</p> <p>Mr Keating said he took the Prime Minister at his word that he was "no plans" to scrap the super increase, but warned the Liberal Party has never supported super.</p> <p>“The Liberal Party has never liked mandatory superannuation. They’ve had to be dragged screaming,’’ he said.</p> <p>Former Labor frontbencher and ACTU secretary Greg Combet said the business of allowing workers to raid their super accounts of nearly $40 billion has been a disaster.</p> <p>“It’s been a free for all,’’ he said.</p> <p>“That money has gone into the banks. That to me is all wrong,” he said.</p> <p>“I just think it’s critical that on December 31 the early access scheme is terminated.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Millions earned in coronavirus fines

<p>Across Australia, each state and territory has enforced their own public health orders to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, by handing out fines and penalties to encourage Aussies to comply. </p> <p>While Australia's two biggest states have not disclosed the total amount of revenue they have received from these fines, the ABC reports that an estimate of $5.2 million has been raked in since pandemic laws came into effect in March this year.</p> <p>States like Tasmania are keeping the financial penalty relatively low at $756, however in Victoria, which is facing the nation's worst outbreak, a fine could cost up to $1,652.</p> <p><strong>Queensland</strong></p> <p>In Queensland, the maximum fine for breaching the state’s public health order is $4,003.</p> <p>QLD police have issued 2,168 infringement notices worth $2,998,872 from March 27 to July 27.</p> <p>Due to Queensland's Public Health Act, state and local government officers can hand out infringement notices. </p> <p>A Queensland Government spokesperson says funds from fines go towards the state's consolidated revenue.</p> <p>"Tough penalties apply to those who do the wrong thing by deliberately breaching the rules and putting the lives of others at risk," the spokesperson told the ABC.</p> <p>"Queenslanders have done a great job in uniting against COVID-19 … by complying with health rules, we can keep ourselves, our families and all Queenslanders safe."</p> <p><strong>Western Australia</strong></p> <p>In WA, people infringing the rules will cop a $1,000 fine.</p> <p>A WA Government spokesperson said the total fines issued had not exceeded $140,000.</p> <p>"In the rare cases where police have issued infringements, the breaches have been pretty obvious and careless of other people's health, safety and lives," the spokesperson said.</p> <p>"The McGowan Government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars responding to the pandemic and is investing billions of dollars on projects to drive economic and social recovery across the state."</p> <p><strong>South Australia</strong></p> <p>South Australia's first infringement was handed out on March 29, and a total of 448 notices totalling $503,750 have now been issued.</p> <p>A spokesperson has said any revenue received from fines was placed into "consolidated accounts in accordance with section 17 of the Expiation of Offences Act 1996".</p> <p>A consolidated account is a set of accounts that combines a number of separate smaller accounts.</p> <p><strong>Tasmania</strong></p> <p>Tasmania Police has issued a total of nine infringements to individuals, at $756 each which totals $6,804.</p> <p><strong>ACT</strong></p> <p>In the ACT, police issued the territory's first fine for a breach of coronavirus restrictions from July 17.</p> <p>Any revenue collected from infringements and fines in the ACT is "redirected into support for our local business community and health system to support Canberra through the COVID-19 pandemic", a spokesperson said.</p> <p><strong>Northern Territory</strong></p> <p>Northern Territory police has so far issued 146 infringements for coronavirus-related breaches at $1,106 each which totals out to $161,476.</p> <p>Authorities in NT had conducted more than 30,000 compliance checks as of July 30.</p> <p><strong>Victoria</strong></p> <p>Victoria Police have the power to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses which don't follow the directives of the Chief Health Officer.</p> <p>Fines of $200 are also issued to individuals who refuse to wear a mask.</p> <p>A spokesperson has said that all the revenue from infringements is being used to pay for the state’s key services and infrastructure.  All revenue from infringements was used to pay for the state's key services and infrastructure.</p> <p>Victoria does not and will not release the money made from penalties, fines, and infringements, and instead will be aggregated and published into the Victorian budget later this year.</p> <p><strong>New South Wales</strong></p> <p>It is not clear as to where the money made from penalties is going, or how much exactly the state has raked in.</p>

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Man discovers $2 million winning lotto ticket in his car

<p>A man who forgot about his lotto entry ended up scoring a $2 million division one prize after finding it on the passenger seat of his car.</p> <p>The man from Western Sydney was one of 10 division one entries who won across the country in Saturday’s Lotto $20 Million Superdraw.</p> <p>He said the lucky strike was “pure craziness” as he sat in his car on Monday being completely unaware of the multi-million dollar piece of paper on the seat next to him.</p> <p>“I only checked the ticket this morning. I jumped into my car and saw the ticket there, and I’d completely forgotten about it,” he told The Lott.</p> <p>“When I scanned it over and saw I had won I just couldn’t believe it! It’s honestly amazing.”</p> <p>The man played lotto once a month but never believed he would actually be a winner.</p> <p>As millions are expected to drop into his account soon, he said he hopes to use a portion of it to renovate his home and he wants to save the rest for his retirement.</p> <p>“We really want to do some renovations on our home. So this will certainly allow us to do that. And my wife and I are both semi-retired so we will put this towards our retirement fund and will be able to just really enjoy ourselves. It will be incredible.”</p> <p>The man purchased his winning ticket at Robertson Newsagency in the NSW Southern Highlands.</p> <p>“This is wonderful. There’s plenty of excitement around. In the current climate with all the uncertainty, fancy being able to hand a $2 million winning ticket to someone,” owner Hope Waters said.</p> <p>“All our customers are incredibly excited to hear the news, and they are all hoping it will be them next time. Congratulations to our winner. We hope they really enjoy it and can put their winnings to good use.”</p> <p>Of the 10 winners, four were from New South Wales, three from Victoria, and one each from Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.</p>

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JobKeeper extended to Christmas but eligibility has tightened

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The JobKeeper wage subsidy is going to be extended until Christmas at a reduced rate of over $1000-a-fortnight.</p> <p>There will be a tighter eligibility test for companies trying to get the wage subsidy.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/coronavirus-australia-jobkeeper-to-be-extended-until-christmas-eligibility-tightened/news-story/2d8836820665488a1daebb74e4dea28f" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>News.com.au</em></a><em> </em>has confirmed that JobKeeper will reduce the current wage subsidy from $1,500 a fortnight but extend the support to coronavirus affected businesses until the end of the year.</p> <p>The new measures will be outlined on Thursday, but casuals will no longer be able to secure a flat-rate payment regardless of whether they are full-time or part-time in the new JobKeeper phase.</p> <p>Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has confirmed that the new turnover test will apply when the current scheme will end on September 27th to ensure that companies that have bounced back from COVID-19 are removed from the program.</p> <p>“As we have highlighted there will be another phase of income support. It will stick to the principles that have guided us well. It will be targeted, it will be proportionate, it will be scalable, and it will be using existing systems,‘’ he told <a rel="noopener" href="http://news.com.au/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>“The JobKeeper payment is an economic lifeline to millions of Australians and hundreds of thousands of businesses.</p> <p>“Barring the spread of the virus in significant numbers beyond Victoria, we expect to see the other state and territory economies continue their recovery towards a COVIDSafe economy.”</p> <p>The new monthly testing options for JobKeeper could include companies to submit monthly updates on business turnover to the Australian Taxation Office to prove that cash flow is down.</p> <p>Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirmed the shift to a new turnover test as sensible.</p> <p>“When the JobKeeper program was first announced, and businesses had to demonstrate a drop in turnover of 30 per cent or 50 per cent depending on their level of turnover, once they were in they were in for the entire six month period,” he told Sky News on Sunday morning.</p> <p>“As we get to the end of that six months, towards the end of September, it is going to be important to reassess which businesses still should be receiving this support.</p> <p>“In the first six months, irrespective of what happened to your turnover after you initially qualified, you were in — but as we go into this next period, there is a need to reassess whether that support, you still need it for specific businesses."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Kmart shoppers warned not to leave popular item “unattended” after fire ensues

<p><span>Kmart shoppers have issued a grave warning to other customers after a frightening incident with a toaster purchased from the store. </span><br /><br /><span>Sharing on a Kmart Hacks &amp; Decor Facebook page, customer Dakoda shared a video of her toaster on fire after it allegedly malfunctioned.</span><br /><br /><span>The shopper claimed the kitchen appliance failed to pop up toast once it was cooked, which caused the whole toaster to burn and catch alight.</span><br /><br /><span>“Just another warning about Kmart toasters,” Dakoda wrote in a page. </span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836853/kmar-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d89bbaed40174b0db8db9d99b4ca58e2" /><br /><br /><span>“This one wouldn’t pop the toast back up. I was out the front, then I hear the fire alarm go off.</span><br /><br /><span>“I walk in and find my toaster in flames on my kitchen bench, unplugged it. Ran outside and started recording.</span><br /><br /><span>“This could have burnt my house down or injured someone.”\</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836854/kmar.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e6c44735cfcc4e6eb9fc25bea82446ec" /><br /><br /><span>She is not the only avid Kmart fan that has claimed to have had a similar terrifying incident with her toaster.</span><br /><br /><span>“Not a hack, a warning,” wrote shopper Jodie on the Kmart Hacks &amp; Décor page.</span><br /><br /><span>“My trusty Kmart toaster malfunctioned. Luckily my kids came and got me. Don’t leave them unattended.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836852/kmar-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2e3f3ed3fd184fc3bdcfb1e3695fc2c9" /><br /><br /><span>Jodie shared an image of her burnt toast in the toaster, as well as a photograph of heavy smoke in the ceiling of her home.</span><br /><br /><span>Added Jodie: “I was definitely lucky.”</span></p>

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The Bunnings item shoppers just can't get enough of

<p><span>Bunnings have jumped on the latest trend that has taken Australia by storm.</span><br /><br /><span>Air fryers have become all the rage as it cooks food in healthier ways, and offers endless options whether it be a breakfast meal, midday snack or a hearty dinner for the whole family to enjoy.</span><br /><br /><span>While the kitchen appliance can rack up a pretty hefty price tag with some retailers flogging them for as much as $600 – supermarkets are stepping up to the plate to offer affordable alternatives.</span><br /><br /><span>ALDI offered the gadget as part of one of their Special Buys promotions, but it sold out in just minutes.</span><br /><br /><span>Coles also recently launched one that was $20 cheaper as part of its new Best Buys category.</span><br /><br /><span>Now Bunnings has decided to get in on the air fryer action too, selling the kitchen appliance for the first time ever – with one for just $99, a whole $50 cheaper than Aldi.</span><br /><br /><span>Prices range from $99 for a four litre fryer to $329 for a “turbo charge” appliance</span><br /><br /><span>The cheapest of the lot is the Heller 1350W Air Fryer.</span><br /><span>It features a 30 minute timer and variable temperature controls between 80 degrees and 200 degrees.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; float: left;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836828/bunnings-airfryer-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/36b9c4e770894eee9b1882bb7aa326ad" /><br /><span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span>There is also the Healthy Choice Digital Electric Air Fryer ($118) which has a non-stick aluminium pot, eight cooking programs and a “keep warm” function.</span><span>If you want to kick it up to an even larger option, there is also a 13-litre gadget for $167 which features six presets for meat, poultry, fish, bake, chips and pizza, and comes with a baking cage, rack, tongs and chicken rotisserie with a 60-minute timer.</span><br /><br /><span>The Philips Air Fryer Twin TurboStar (800g) is the most expensive and will cost you $329.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836827/bunnings-airfryer-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cda9c85389924a81bece3af2e9a7ef12" /><br /><br /><span>It’s got an analog control setting that comes with a “large cooking capacity” to serve up to four portions of your food to the family.</span><br /><br /><span>However, shoppers can only get the products via the Bunnings website, and not in-store.</span><br /><br /><span>When Coles released its $129 air fryer oven in June, some people were left disappointed they couldn’t get their hands on the appliance.</span><br /><br /><span>However, a Coles spokesperson says they are “working hard to increase supplies of the most popular items as part of our upcoming fortnightly events”.</span><br /><br /><span>“We have been blown away with the popularity of our new Coles Best Buys range. Our limited edition all-in-one oven and air fryer was particularly popular and sold out in just one day,” the spokesperson told <em>news.com.au.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“Customers are telling us they’re really enjoying the great value offered across more than a hundred new products since launching the Coles Best Buys range in May.”</span><br /><br /><span>A new range of Coles Best Buys products will land in participating stores this Friday.</span><br /><br /><span>“The range will feature all your bathroom essentials at great value from soap dishes and ceramic tumblers at just $2.99 each, hand towels for $3.99, bath towels for $8.99, luxe bathrobes for $16.99 each, as well as an LED beauty mirror for just $19.99,” the spokesperson said.</span></p>

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ATO announces big changes to tax refunds and deductions

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The end of the financial year is here and the Australian Tax Office has announced a variety of changes that impact your tax return.</p> <p>The ATO has realised that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the lives of many and have pulled together <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Lodging-your-tax-return/In-detail/Tax-essentials/?=redirected_taxessentials" target="_blank">new resources</a> to help Aussies navigate their tax returns.</p> <p>“We know many of our clients and their agents will have questions about how different types of income and expenses may affect their obligations this year. We’re helping to make sure people know how to get it right,” assistant commissioner Karen Foat said.</p> <p>“We have published information on our website to help you get it right when lodging this year, including the Tax Time Essentials page which is a one-stop-shop for the things that are a little different this year and how they impact your return.</p> <p>“If you’ve read through the information on our website and still have a question, search our online forum ATO Community. This forum is available 24 hours a day and we have a great community of expert members who respond to questions.”</p> <p>The ATO has also outlined the most common ways COVID-19 will impact the tax returns of workers.</p> <p><strong>Working from home</strong></p> <p>A temporary shortcut method has been applied to working from home expenses between March 1 and June 30, 2020, which allows people to claim a rate of 80 cents per hour for all of their running expenses.</p> <p>This saves people calculating costs for specific running expenses like taxpayers usually would under normal circumstances.</p> <p>This new method covers all deductible expenses and can be used by multiple people working from home in the same house.</p> <p>“If you use the shortcut method, all you need to do is keep a record of the hours you worked from home as evidence of your claim. But it is all-inclusive, meaning you can’t claim for any other working-from-home expenses,” Ms Foat said.</p> <p>You are still able to use the other existing methods to calculate working expenses if you prefer.</p> <p><strong>Protective clothing</strong></p> <p>Another deduction which is set to see an increase is protective items, such as gloves, face masks or hand sanitiser needed for work.</p> <p>These items can only be claimed if the taxpayer paid for the item and were not reimbursed.</p> <p>Industries that were more likely to claim these expenses include retail, hospitality and healthcare.</p> <p><strong>What you can't claim</strong></p> <p>Ms Float said that employees couldn't claim the cost of travelling to and from work and that the COVID-19 pandemic would not affect that rule.</p> <p>“For example, if you are working from home because of COVID-19 but need to go to your regular office one day per week, your home to work travel is still private travel and cannot be claimed,” Ms Foat said.</p> <p>Ms Float also said that you should try to reduce claims that aren't relevant.</p> <p>“If you aren’t travelling for work, you can’t claim travel expenses. If you aren’t wearing your work uniform, you can’t claim laundry expenses,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s still important to meet the three golden rules: You must have spent the money and not have been reimbursed, it must relate directly to earning your income, and you must have a record to prove it.</p> <p>“What you can claim really depends on your circumstances. While we are trying to make it easier for people to claim what they are entitled to, we are also asking people to take a bit of extra care if their circumstances have changed this year.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Everything you need to know about the new laws starting from July 1

<p><span>The new financial year is upon us, and as the mid-year milestone creeps closer, many big changes are also being introduced.</span></p> <p><span>Here’s what’s happening on July 1, 2020.</span></p> <p><strong>Sport kick offs</strong></p> <p><span>From July 1, all community sports teams will be able to resume in NSW as the state continues to wind back coronavirus restrictions.</span></p> <p><span>The rule change means all full-contact sport can start back up and food stalls and sport facilities will also reopen.</span></p> <p><span>Children’s sports will also get underway again.</span></p> <p><strong>Tougher laws on phone use</strong></p> <p><span>Drivers in WA who are caught using their phone behind the wheel will face a maximum on-the-spot fine of $1000 and four demerit points from July 1.</span></p> <p><span>The tough measures will apply to motorists found to be texting, using social media, watching videos, emailing or using the internet while driving.</span></p> <p><strong>Childcare shake up</strong></p> <p><span>Parents will no longer be entitled to free childcare, with the government scrapping the emergency free childcare package introduced at the height of the coronavirus outbreak from July 13.</span></p> <p><span>From July 20, the JobKeeper wage subsidy will no longer be available to the industry.</span></p> <p><span>Instead the $1500-a-fortnight payments, which were paid to around 120,000 childcare employees, will be replaced with a $708 million transition package – which might represent less cash than JobKeeper.</span></p> <p><strong>Working from home expenses</strong></p> <p><span>Earlier in the year, in order to make it easier for those who are working from home due to the pandemic, the ATO allowed people to claim a rate of 80 cents per hour for all their running expenses. But if you’re still working from home, from July 1, the claiming of expenses will revert back to the previous methods.</span></p> <p><strong>Workers’ comp</strong></p> <p><span>The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed by the Queensland parliament last October, but a few new rules will commence from July 1.</span></p> <p><span>From that date, self-insured employers will be required to report injuries and any payments made to workers to their insurer.</span></p> <p><span>Workers’ compensation coverage will also be applicable to unpaid interns.</span></p> <p><strong>Flexibility for older Australians</strong></p> <p><span>From July 1, those aged 65 and 66 will be allowed to make voluntary concessional and non-concessional super contributions without meeting the work test.</span></p> <p><span>Also, the non-concessional contributions rule will be lifted to 67 and those up to age 75 will be able to make spouse contributions.</span></p> <p><span>This allows older Aussies to make contributions to their superannuation, even if they are already retired, and give older Australians greater flexibility to save for retirement.</span></p> <p><strong>Early Super</strong></p> <p><span>From July 1, the temporary COVID-19 early release of superannuation will not be available to temporary residents.</span></p> <p><span>Eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents can apply for up to $10,000 from July 1, 2020 until September 24, 2020.</span></p> <p><strong>Welfare recipients get discount on fines</strong></p> <p><span>The NSW government will be cutting fines in half for those who are receiving benefit payments from the government.</span></p> <p><span>The discount applies to anyone on Centrelink, including Aussies on JobKeeper or Jobseeker.</span></p> <p><span>The changes will come into effect on July 1.</span></p>

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Why you need to double-check bills during COVID pandemic

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Residents are being urged to check their bills after a man found his gas bill had increased dramatically despite no one living at the property.</p> <p>Barrie Gatus found the gas bill for his apartment in NSW had increased from $200 to more than $2,000.</p> <p>“I have a unit which is being renovated,” Gatus told <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/sydney-residents-urged-to-cross-check-household-bills-after-rosebery-locals-gas-bill-shock-c-1123238" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>7NEWS</em></a>.</p> <p>“It’s an investment unit. Nobody has lived there for over one year.</p> <p>“Now, out of the blue, I got a bill for over $2000.”</p> <p>The meter is located inside the building, which means it is likely that the number may have been estimated.</p> <p>South Sydney MP Ron Hoenig has said he's getting calls from residents complaining that energy providers are using estimates instead of actual readings from the meter.</p> <p>“What I’m told is that because of the pandemic people aren’t reading meters anymore,” Hoenig said.</p> <p>“I can’t see how the pandemic’s an excuse.</p> <p>“After all, water meters and electricity meters are sitting in front of people’s houses.”</p> <p>He has since urged for residents to double-check their bills.</p> <p>“Your usage is being estimated.. please check carefully,” Hoenig said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Shopper slams ALDI over coin payment ‘policy’

<p>A shopper has claimed ALDI refused to let her pay for her groceries in coins.</p> <p>The woman said she was shopping in a South Wentworthville store in Sydney’s west on June 3 when her payment of $9.25 in gold and silver coins was rejected.</p> <p>“I was abruptly and rudely scolded when paying $9.25 bill,” the woman wrote on a post in the ALDI Mums Facebook group.</p> <p>“The cashier told me that in future to pay in cash [notes] as ALDI policy can only accept $5 worth of coins. Mind you I had $7 worth of gold coins.”</p> <p>The woman went on to lodge three formal complaints on the German supermarket’s website. A spokesperson later contacted her, saying that the rejection was based on the Currency Act 1965.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/retirement-income/3-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-spare-change-1">law</a> prohibits the use of silver coins over $5 and gold coins over 10 times their face value, which equates to $10 worth of $1 coins and $20 worth of $2 coins. This means the woman’s payment – consisting of $7 worth of gold coins and $2.25 worth of silver coins – was legal and should have been accepted.</p> <p>An ALDI spokesperson told <em><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/aldi-shoppers-coin-payment-warning-sparks-fierce-debate-045519575.html">Yahoo News Australia</a> </em>that the supermarket had apologised to the customer.</p> <p>“Limiting the payment amount of coins is not an ALDI policy,” the spokesperson said.</p>

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How to win free health insurance for a year

<p>Feeling the pinch of those household bills? Think you’re paying too much for your health insurance? You’re in the right place. Saving Australians money is<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://healthinsurancecomparison.com.au/" target="_blank">healthinsurancecomparison.com.au</a>’s speciality.</p> <p>Last year, they saved customers an average of $380.79* on their cover and this year they’re going one step further paying one lucky person’s health insurance for a whole year.</p> <p>To be in the running, all you have to do is compare policies and switch your cover with Health Insurance Comparison before 31 August 2020. It’s free to enter.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://healthinsurancecomparison.com.au/win-your-premium-paid/?utm_source=directgroup&amp;utm_medium=affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=over60-advertorial-win-your-premium" target="_blank"><strong>ENTER HERE</strong></a></p> <p>Just by comparing, you could still get some extra financial breathing room. It’s not unusual for people to find they’re paying for extras they no longer need or they can find an equivalent policy at a cheaper price.</p> <p>The experts at Health Insurance Comparison can help you filter through policies to find the appropriate cover for your needs. They’ll also handle the policy transfer process from start to finish, saving you the time and hassle that comes with switching funds yourself.</p> <p>And by saving today, you’re getting ahead of the health insurance market. Funds are expected to increase premiums in October, so by getting in savings today you could avoid being hit in the pocket by a price hike.</p> <p>Your health needs change every year, as do Australia’s health funds. It pays to compare policies regularly, to ensure you’re always covered for what you need and you’re not paying for what you don’t.</p> <p>It’s simple to get started. Enter now and in just a few minutes you could have cut your household expenses and be in with a chance to win your premium paid for a whole year, courtesy of the team at Health Insurance Comparison.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://healthinsurancecomparison.com.au/win-your-premium-paid/?utm_source=directgroup&amp;utm_medium=affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=over60-advertorial-win-your-premium" target="_blank"><strong>ENTER HERE</strong></a></p> <p><em>*This article is opinion only and should not be taken as medical or financial advice. Check with a financial professional before making any decisions.</em></p> <p><em>*Based off 20,400 customers during 2019.</em></p> <p><em>This is a sponsored article built in conjunction with <a rel="noopener" href="https://healthinsurancecomparison.com.au/" target="_blank">Health Insurance Comparison.</a></em></p>

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“Best hack ever”: New Aldi shopping trolley hack is huge hit

<p>A mum’s genius Aldi shopping trolley hack is a hit and has earned high praise on social media.</p> <p>She shared the hack to a Facebook group and explained that if you ever find yourself without a token, this is what you should do.</p> <p>“This is an old hack of mine, if you ever find yourself without a gold coin or a token, look no further then a suitable key on your key ring, you’re welcome,” she wrote in a Facebook group.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836533/aldi-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a16ba52c58904eebb3047fa5d1f19222" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p><span>The image shows a standard trolley from Aldi with the head of a silver key inserted into the coin slot to release the chain locking it to the trolley in front.</span></p> <p>The post attracted over 2.4k likes and 500+ comments.</p> <p>“This is priceless,” praised one Facebook user.</p> <p>“Knowing my luck, the key would get stuck and I’d just look like a bit idiot haha,” joked one.</p> <p>“Best life hack ever!” another thrilled commenter posted.</p> <p>Other were quick to share their alternatives to coins and keys.</p> <p>“You can get a trolley key off eBay. You don’t have to leave it in the trolley while you shop either,” said one.</p> <p>“A 5c piece opens the Big W trolleys,” explained another.</p> <p>However, Aldi has issued a warning against the idea as it might damage trolleys.</p> <p>“We recommend that our shoppers continue using gold coins or an ALDI trolley to unlock their trolleys. Other objects may become stuck or damaged,” she said.</p> <p>“Our trolley tokens can be purchased for 99c at the register. Even better, they double as key rings so you can be sure to never forget it.”</p> <p>Some shoppers were relieved that Aldi had come out against it as they were uncertain about using the key hack for themselves.</p> <p>“Thanks for sharing I had no idea you could do this but I too would be scared it would get stuck in there,” one Aldi fan commented.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/aldi-shopping-trolley-hack-house-key-instead-of-coin-234901206.html" target="_blank">Yahoo! Lifestyle</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Coronavirus survivor hit with $1.1 million hospital bill

<p>A COVID-19 patient who was dubbed “the miracle child” after spending weeks in an induced coma has received a US$1.1 million (AU$1.61 million / NZ$1.71 million / SG$1.53 million) bill for his hospital treatment.</p> <p>Michael Flor, 70, spent 62 days in an intensive care unit at Swedish Medical Centre in the city of Issaquah in Washington, United States, where he came so close to death from the coronavirus.</p> <p>But Flor said it was still “heart-stopping” to receive the hospital bill for $1,122,501.04.</p> <p>“I had to look at it a number of times… to see if I was seeing it right,” Flor told <em><a href="https://time.com/5853392/million-dollars-covid-19-treatment-seattle/">TIME</a></em>.</p> <p>The 181-page bill included almost 3,000 itemised charges, <em><a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/inspiring-story-of-seattle-mans-coronavirus-survival-comes-with-a-1-1-million-dollar-hospital-bill/">The Seattle Times</a> </em>reported. Flor was charged $9,736 for every day he spent in an isolation chamber and an additional $2,835 for each day he was put on a mechanical ventilator. A two-day period when his heart, kidneys and lungs were failing cost close to $100,000.</p> <p>Flor said he will likely foot little of his bill because he is insured by Medicare and Medicare Advantage through Kaiser Permanente. According to the <em>Times</em>, he may not have to pay anything due to the special policies applied to hospitals and insurance companies for COVID-19.</p> <p>However, Flor said he still felt guilt while going through the numbers.</p> <p>“I feel guilty about surviving,” he told the <em>Times</em>.</p> <p>“There’s a sense of ‘why me?’ Why did I deserve all this? Looking at the incredible cost of it all definitely adds to that survivor’s guilt.”</p> <p>Flor is now recovering in his West Seattle home.   </p>

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“His apology can’t make up for what I’ve lost”

<p>A grieving mother has hit out at Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s apology over the Government’s controversial robodebt scheme, which saw hundreds of thousands of people issued with incorrect debt notices.</p> <p>Speaking to the parliament on Thursday, Morrison said he regretted “any hardship that has been caused to people” who were hit with unlawful computer-generated debts.</p> <p>“I would apologise for any hurt or harm in the way that the government has dealt with that issue,” he said.</p> <p>Late last month, the Government agreed to pay back $721 million to 373,000 people chased for debts through the failed scheme over a four-year period. The refunds would be <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/29/robodebt-government-to-repay-470000-unlawful-centrelink-debts-worth-721m">delivered from July</a>, said services minister Stuart Robert.</p> <p>Kath Madgwick said the apology was not enough, and believed the robodebt contributed to her son Jarrad’s decision to take his own life.</p> <p>“His apology can’t make up for what I’ve lost,” she told the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-11/pm-apologises-for-hurt-and-harm-caused-robodebt-scheme/12345166">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>“But for others, hopefully it could.”</p> <p>Madgwick said the Government should also apologise to its staff.</p> <p>“I can only imagine the mental anguish that their staff go through, taking these calls, trying to sort out debts that we don't even know exist.”</p> <p>Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter said he could not issue an apology because of the ongoing litigations over the program.</p> <p>“I’m not going to use that word because … as Attorney-General I can’t use the sort of language in the context of the litigation,” Porter told <em>Insiders </em>on Sunday.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/17/robodebt-class-action-shorten-unveils-david-and-goliath-legal-battle-into-centrelink-scheme">class action</a> against the Government, brought by Gordon Legal, seeks repayments with interest and damages on behalf of claimants.</p> <p>Gordon Legal founder Peter Gordon said the Government should apologise so that people affected by the scheme can “move forward” with their lives.</p> <p>“If [the Government] is prepared to offer a genuine and a proper apology to everyone whose lives have been so severely affected by the flawed and unlawful robodebt scheme, we will undertake not to use that apology, or the fact of that apology, in the litigation,” Gordon told <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-01/robodebt-class-action-lawyers-urge-government-to-apologise/12302108">7.30</a></em>.</p> <p>“This apology is really important … to move forward, to allow people to get on with their lives and to begin to try and trust the government again.”</p> <p>Robert said debt collection, which had been paused amid the coronavirus crisis, will resume on the other side for 939,000 Australians with debts adding up to $5 billion.</p> <p>“The government has paused all debt collection across all programs as we work our way through the COVID-19 crisis,” he said.</p> <p>“But the government will have to restart that debt collection and will do it sensibly and do it engaging all people, do it in a very transparent manner.”</p>

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Figures reveal postcodes hit hardest by COVID-19 economic fallout

<p>New figures to be released by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg reveal the postcodes most at risk amid the COVID-19 economic fallout.</p> <p>The data, seen by News Corp, has listed the <a href="https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/jobkeeper-postcodes-claiming-most-223952219.html">postcodes claiming the most JobKeeper payments</a>.</p> <p>The Sydney (2000) CBD is the region that has claimed the financial assistance the most in the country, with 10,290 businesses receiving the $1,500 fortnightly wage subsidy for each eligible employee.</p> <p>It was followed by the Melbourne (3000) CBD region – which has 6,693 businesses claiming the subsidy – and Liverpool (2170) regions with nearly 4,000.</p> <p>Melbourne’s south west suburbs, Hoppers’ Crossing and Werribee also have more than 3,000 businesses on JobKeeper.</p> <p>In Queensland, Cairns (4870), the Brisbane CBD (4000) and Gold Coast (4217) have the highest number of businesses on JobKeeper.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836461/treasury.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/90936ecf46904ec683685a5af486a076" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Source: Treasury / Yahoo Finance Australia</em></p> <p>The figures come as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) advised Australia to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-10/coronavirus-oecd-calls-for-extension-to-jobkeeper-gdp/12340832">extend JobKeeper payments to support households and businesses</a>.</p> <p>In its latest economic outlook report, the OECD said Australia’s economy could contract by 6.3 per cent this year if there is a second wave of coronavirus infections.</p> <p>“Should widespread contagion resume, with a return of lockdowns, confidence would suffer and cash flow would be strained,” the report said.</p> <p>“Even in the absence of a second outbreak, [gross domestic product] could fall by 5 per cent in 2020.”</p> <p>After the Federal Government announced that payments to workers in childcare sector would end this month, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said other sectors could also be removed from JobKeeper <a href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/06/11/oecd-australia-jobkeeper-support/">when the finding of a review is announced on July 23</a>.</p> <p>Around 3.5 million Australians have received support from the $70 billion scheme.</p>

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Jeff Bezos slams “sickening” response to Black Lives Matter post

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Jeff Bezos has told a racist customer he’s happy to lose his business.</p> <p>The founder of online giant Amazon has shared the “sickening” email he received from a customer after his company showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement.</p> <p>Bezos took to Instagram to post a screenshot of the email which used the N-word multiple times and warned that Amazon’s anti-racist stance “will ruin your company”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBJrhdzHKNt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBJrhdzHKNt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">There have been a number of sickening but not surprising responses in my inbox since my last post. This sort of hate shouldn’t be allowed to hide in the shadows. It’s important to make it visible. This is just one example of the problem. And, Dave, you’re the kind of customer I’m happy to lose.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/jeffbezos/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jeff Bezos</a> (@jeffbezos) on Jun 7, 2020 at 3:50pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I cancelled my order and I know for a fact that I won’t be the only one,” wrote the customer named Dave.</p> <p>“Maintain your stance and we will watch your profits decline and laugh about it.”</p> <p>Bezos revealed that there had been a “number of sickening but not surprising responses” in his inbox since his last post, which also shared an email from a customer denouncing the company.</p> <p>“This sort of hate shouldn’t be allowed to hide in the shadows,” he wrote in the recent post.</p> <p>“It’s important to make it visible. This is just one example of the problem.</p> <p>“And, Dave, you’re the kind of customer I’m happy to lose.”</p> <p>In another post, Bezos shared his response to a customer named Macy who told him all lives mattered.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBEcwTgneUY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBEcwTgneUY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I got this email from a customer and wanted to share my response.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/jeffbezos/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jeff Bezos</a> (@jeffbezos) on Jun 5, 2020 at 3:05pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It is quite disturbing to get on the Amazon website and see Black Lives Matter,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I am for everyone voicing their opinions and standing up for what you believe in, but for your company to blast this on your website is very offensive to me and I’m sure you’ll be hearing from others.”</p> <p>The billionaire responded by saying “black lives matter” doesn’t mean other lives didn’t matter.</p> <p>“Black lives matter speaks to racism and the disproportionate risk that black people face in our law enforcement and justice system,” he told her.</p> <p>“I have a 20-year-old son, and I simply don’t worry that he might be choked to death while being detained one day. It’s not something I worry about. Black parents can’t say the same.”</p> <p>Bezos said his stance wouldn’t change.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"> <div class="right-box-container"> <div class="watched-bookmark-container"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Coles winter Best Buys to hit plenty more stores

<p>Only a couple of weeks ago, Coles surprised shoppers with <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/look-out-aldi-coles-just-launched-a-deal-to-rival-aldi-s-special-buys">the launch of its “Best Buys” sale</a>, with special deals on discounted general merchandise every fortnight to rival Aldi’s Special Buys.</p> <p>And later this week, the supermarket giant is set to roll out its first batch of winter Best Buys to 30 additional stores.</p> <p>This Friday, a total of 30 winter homeware products is set to hit select stores across the country.</p> <p>Some of the items on offer include a $79 weighted blanket, a $19.99 faux fur throw and a $54.99 wool blend queen size doona.</p> <p>“Quilts, quilt covers, pillows, throws, we’ve got kids’ glow in the dark quilt covers which will really excite them to go to bed,” Coles spokesperson Martine Alpins told <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/coles-best-buys-range-back-friday-which-supermarket-stores-will-have-discounts/46d238b1-d013-456c-b154-e25c2aa817fb">9News</a></em>.</p> <p>“We’ve chosen stores that have a lot of space so that the shopping experience is still really pleasant and you've got lots of room to find these items.”</p> <p>According to Jonathan Torr, Coles general manager for health &amp; home, the supermarket’s first round of Best Buys – which included a $19.99 Dutch oven and a $24.99 luxe pet bed – sold out within a few days.</p> <p>“Our first event has proven very popular with customers, who have told us the cookware and homewares we were offering were fantastic quality and great value for money, and they’re really enjoying the suspense of what might arrive at our next fortnightly event,” he told <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/interiors/coles-expands-best-buys-deals-including-79-weighted-blanket/news-story/02657b46c20261659f1337aaef612945">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>This week’s Best Buys deals are coming to the following 58 stores:</p> <p><strong>New South Wales</strong></p> <ul> <li>Coffs Harbour</li> <li>Forster</li> <li>Kellyville</li> <li>Merrylands</li> <li>Epping</li> <li>Belmont</li> <li>Armidale</li> </ul> <p><strong>Queensland</strong></p> <ul> <li>Townsville Annandale</li> <li>Ayr</li> <li>Northern Beaches</li> <li>Gympie</li> <li>Maroochydore</li> <li>Mermaid Waters</li> <li>Nerang</li> <li>Kippa Ring</li> <li>Springfield Orion</li> <li>Sunnybank Hills</li> <li>Albany Creek</li> <li>Greenslopes</li> <li>Fairfield</li> <li>Strathpine</li> </ul> <p><strong>Victoria</strong></p> <ul> <li>Fountain Gate</li> <li>Taylors Hill</li> <li>Northcote</li> <li>University Hill</li> <li>Berwick</li> <li>Traralgon</li> <li>Waurn Ponds</li> <li>Shepparton</li> <li>Cranbourne Park</li> <li>Sunbury</li> <li>South Morang</li> <li>Craigieburn</li> <li>Roxburgh Park</li> <li>Brimbank</li> <li>Oakleigh</li> <li>Dandenong</li> <li>Shepparton South</li> <li>Lavington (NSW)</li> </ul> <p><strong>South Australia</strong></p> <ul> <li>Elizabeth</li> <li>Port Adelaide</li> <li>Greenacres</li> </ul> <p><strong>Western Australia</strong></p> <ul> <li>Australind</li> <li>Warnbro</li> <li>Haynes</li> <li>Wanneroo</li> <li>Mirrabooka</li> <li>Bunbury</li> <li>Lakelands</li> <li>Whitford</li> <li>Kalamunda</li> <li>Gosnells</li> <li>Maddington</li> <li>Forest Lakes</li> <li>Beechboro</li> <li>Bassendean</li> <li>Innaloo</li> <li>Dianella</li> </ul>

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“We were horrified”: CommBank discovers hidden channel of domestic abuse

<p>Commonwealth Bank has said it will suspend customers who have been using its online banking services to harass and intimidate other users.</p> <p>On Thursday morning, the bank said it had identified more than 8,000 customers who received low-value deposits, often less than $1, with potentially offensive or abusive messages in the digital transaction descriptions in just three months.</p> <p>Catherine Fitzpatrick, General Manager of Community and Customer Vulnerability said the three-month analysis of transaction descriptions came after a disturbing case.</p> <p>“After noticing disturbing messages in the account of a customer experiencing domestic and family violence, we conducted analysis to better understand the problem,” Fitzpatrick told <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/commonwealth-bank-australia-technology-abuse-found-in-transaction-descriptions/c826d375-eb30-4d2b-b90c-9c4793af3fb9">9News</a></em>.</p> <p>“We were horrified by both the scale and the nature of what we found.”</p> <p>Fitzpatrick said the nature of the messages ranged from “fairly innocuous ‘jokes’” to “serious threats and clear references to domestic and family violence”.</p> <p>The bank’s new acceptable use policy now states that any customer found to be using NetBank or the CommBank app to stalk, harass or threaten may have their transactions refused, access to digital banking services suspended or discontinued, or account closed.</p> <p>Fitzpatrick said the bank worked with experts, community partners and law enforcement to ensure its policy will not have unintended consequences.</p> <p>“These changes will ensure that all customers can continue to enjoy the benefits of digital banking in a safe and secure way and represents our first step to address the issue of technology-facilitated abuse,” Fitzpatrick said.</p> <p><em>If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, contact the 24-hour support line 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for more information on support and services that can help your situation.</em></p>

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The tiny detail in Woolworths' new paper bags that has angered shoppers

<p><span>Shoppers have slammed Woolworths over their new paper bags being made in China.</span></p> <p><span>The supermarket giant announced the release of the bags, which are made from 70 per cent recycled paper, on June 3 after a trial earlier this year was “very well received” by customers. </span></p> <p><span>But now, some shoppers have taken to Facebook to share their disappointment after noticing the “Made in China” label on the bottom of the bags.</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to </span><em>7News</em><span>, a spokesperson for Woolworths said that they are now exploring options to have the bags made locally.</span></p> <p><span>The announcement came shortly after shoppers voiced their frustration over the bags.</span></p> <p><span>“Just found out that the new paper bags that were announced this week, come from China,” said one shopper on social media.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwoolworths%2Fposts%2F4022736007798500&amp;width=500" width="500" height="587" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span>“It would have been nice to have them made in Australia. How can we support Australians if large corporations don’t give us the option? Very disappointed.”</span></p> <p><span>Added another: “Shame on you Woolworths. Promoting the use of the paper bags that are made in China. Surely they should have been manufactured here in Australia.”</span></p> <p><span>“So they’re not made in Australia … When they are then perhaps people might buy them,” said a third.</span><br /><span>Others sided with Woolworths on the decision.</span></p> <p><span>“So you’ll be asking people to throw out and stop using their iPhones when exactly?” asked one.</span></p> <p><span>Said another: “Yeah we should produce them in Australia for 5x the cost and then whinge about how the paper bag costs so much more than the plastic.”</span></p> <p><span>A Woolworths spokesperson said they were brainstorming ideas on how to make the bags locally.</span></p> <p><span>“We’ve been exploring options to source paper bags locally,” the spokesperson said.</span></p> <p><span>“We’ll continue working closely with Australian manufacturers to see if we can find a viable solution as soon as possible.”</span></p>

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