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‘Disconnected very soon’: Optus hit with $6.4m fine for misleading NBN claims

Optus will pay $6.4 million in penalties for misleading customers after the Federal Court found the telco had told more than 130,000 users that their existing broadband services were at immediate risk of disconnection when this was not the case. In June, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took …

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Sydney and Melbourne house values surge on lower interest rates

It was the largest monthly increase in Sydney house values since 1988. Overall dwelling values in Sydney rose by 2.7 per cent which was also the biggest lift since 1988. Melbourne was not far behind with house values there jumping by 2.4 per cent, taking the median value to $774,023. …

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Bushfires cut off South Coast communities as 90km/h wind gusts forecast

The Currowan fire has almost doubled in size after being whipped up by westerly winds, and is moving quickly in an easterly direction towards the coast. The Rural Fire Service (RFS) said early on Monday morning that spot fires had crossed over the Princes Highway, resulting in the road being …

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‘Our war against nature must stop’: UN launches Madrid climate conference

Loading Delegates from almost 200 countries will try to put the finishing touches on the rules governing the 2015 Paris climate accord at the December 2 to 13 meeting, including how to create functioning international emissions trading systems and compensate poor countries for losses they suffer from rising sea levels …

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‘It’s like any girl is up for grabs’: Instagram a magnet for predators

“We’re talking about modelling pages, dancing pages, gymnastics pages for girls. It’s like any girl is up for grabs, really,” she said. Ms Tankard Reist said it was worse on Instagram than other social networks because it was an image-based medium that is “very, very popular with young girls”, making …

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Beaches closed, power outages clearing, after storms roll through

Power has been restored to almost all of the thousands of homes and businesses left without power after thunderstorms pummelled parts of the region to cap off a steamy Sunday. The Bureau of Meteorology issued severe thunderstorm warnings for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Kingaroy, Caboolture, Coolangatta, Scenic Rim, Logan, Wide Bay …

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Forever Younger: Victorian finally breaks duck at NSW Open

The next two times he went back to the 18th tee for a play-off against Travis Smyth, his drives never looked like missing the fairway. He stuffed his approach on the second play-off hole to six feet and rolled in the birdie putt to snap 13 winless years as a …

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‘The Bitch is Back’: Elton’s extravagant farewell kicks off in Perth

Surprisingly, listening to the Rocketman’s touching opening address and the first couple of tunes, you came to realise that HBF Park was the perfect venue for his last spectacular. The venue created a sense of intimacy, without the usual skimping of sound quality. You could see that everyone from the …

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‘Time is a great healer’: Sponsors tipped to circle Warner

“Time is a great healer.” Warner has become more comfortable appearing before the media without the threat of questions about Cape Town, although he can expect a lucrative pay day should he eventually agree to a “tell all”. His manager James Erskine had told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald …

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