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How to get solar if you’re renting

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Installing solar panels on your roof may seem like a pipedream if you rent your home or live in an apartment. But there are som ...

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How Melburnians are coping under stage 4 lockdown

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All Australians are having to adapt to the changes introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but life is especially tough a ...

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Peabody Energy's Wambo Underground Mine is scaling back production. (ABC Upper Hunter: Eliza Goetze)

Mass job losses at Hunter Valley mine as industry reacts to plummeting thermal coal price

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Peabody Energy announces plans to halve the workforce at the Wambo Underground Mine, in NSW, as it moves to drastically scale b ...

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Some jobs lost forever as coronavirus pandemic accelerates structural change

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Employment experts say many different types of jobs are being lost forever during this pandemic as companies accelerate restruc ...

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Marianne Hunn has struggled to keep up with payments for her solar system. (ABC News: Carl Saville)

Solar power customers complain of high-pressure sales tactics for buy now, pay later deals

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There are calls for greater regulation of buy now, pay later finance in the solar sector, following accusations from customers ...

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OTR runs convenience stores and petrol stations across Adelaide. (ABC News: Michael Clements)

Convenience store chain OTR to pay $65,000 over ‘deliberate exploitation’ of worker

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An Adelaide magistrate slams convenience store chain OTR, finding a culture of unpaid work after an employee was systematically ...

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A surge in new apartments is contributing to a glut of rentals on the market. (ABC News: Michael Black)

Tenants struggling to get coronavirus rent relief, research reveals

News article by the ABC
With weeks until the expiry of a nationwide ban on rental evictions, new research reveals just how difficult it has been for te ...

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Before COVID-19, about 420,000 people travelled in and out of Sydney's CBD to work each day. (ABC News: Taryn Southcombe)

Coronavirus has forced Australians to work from home, but what are the impacts on CBDs?

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Coronavirus has turbocharged the long migration of white-collar Australian workers into the home. If enough of them stay there, ...

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Staff claim the University of Queensland has "impossible" marking rates which force them to work unpaid hours. (ABC News: Stacey Nicolson)

University underpayment so rampant tutors ‘instructed to do a poor job’ to avoid unpaid hours, former staff say

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Tutors at some of Australia’s sandstone universities are being told to do a "poor job" and "skim read" ...

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Cigno has hit back at ASIC's attempts to stop some of its lending practices. (ABC News)

MyPayNow will make you pay later, consumer groups warn payday lenders flood the pandemic economy

News article by the ABC
People feeling financial strain from the coronavirus recession may be tempted by the lure of payday loans, with potentially dis ...

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Employers are currently expected to pay a 12 per cent super contribution by July 2025. (ABC News: Alistair Kroie)

Contributions to your super are set to get a boost next year — but coronavirus could send the plan off the rails

News article by the ABC
For nearly 30 years, Australian governments have working to get the percentage of your wage that employers must contribute to y ...

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200 jobs lost as G-Star Raw becomes a coronavirus fashion victim

News article by the ABC
After collapsing in May, denim chain G-Star Raw fails to attract a buyer and will close, which administrators say "reflect ...

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David Yassa says he's spent $5,000 to make his pharmacy COVID-safe. (ABC News: Mridula Amin)

A hefty price tag for small businesses complying with NSW Health COVID-19 restrictions

News article by the ABC
Being COVID-19 safe comes with a hefty price tag for small businesses, which are forced to spend thousands of dollars to keep o ...

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While Afterpay and Zip have slightly different business models, the two companies alone now have 5.4 million customers in Australia. (ABC News: Chris Gillette)

Australians ditch credit cards as millennials turn to ‘buy now, pay later’ players like Afterpay, Zip

News article by the ABC
A global pandemic and the nation’s first recession in 29 years haven’t stopped the boom in ‘buy now, pay late ...

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Identity theft soars during COVID-19 as scammers target government payments, superannuation

News article by the ABC
As the nation raced to move work, socialising and personal admin tasks online, scammers were waiting. Now, 24,000 Australians h ...

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One new case of coronavirus was reported in South Australia on Sunday. (ABC News: Hugh Sando)

South Australia records new coronavirus case as state readies for return of international students

News article by the ABC
South Australia recorded one new case of coronavirus in a returned traveller, as the state prepares to run a pilot program brin ...

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ASIC "expects lenders to make all reasonable efforts" to keep borrowers in their homes. (ABC News: James Carmody)

Coronavirus bank loan repayment deferral guidance issued by regulator ASIC

News article by the ABC
With time running out on the initial six-month COVID-19 home loan repayment deferrals, the regulator is telling banks how affec ...

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Paul Montgomery (right) appeared briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on one count of fraud. (ABC News: Jessica van Vonderen)

One of Queensland’s biggest punters stole $10 million from friends’ company to feed gambling habit, police allege

News article by the ABC
Paul John Montgomery has appeared in a Brisbane court charged with siphoning the money from civil engineering firm RDS in what ...

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High Court rules against union bid for more paid sick leave for shift workers

News article by the ABC
The union representing shift workers at Hobart’s Cadbury chocolate factory says a decision that they are only entitled to ...

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Choice found that only two of the big four banks' COVID assistance packages scraped over 50 per cent on its test. (ABC News: Michael Barnett)

Banks’ coronavirus loan assistance falls short, argues Choice

News article by the ABC
Australian banks are deferring well over $250 billion of loans, but interest is still accruing and credit card rates remain hig ...

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Don’t face financial hardship alone

Seek help sooner rather than later. The National Debt Helpline is urging people in financial distress to seek independent and free advice as soon as possible. ...

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Act Now

Seek help sooner rather than later. The National Debt Helpline is urging people in financial distress to seek independent and free advice as soon as possible. ...

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NDH 2020 Stats

Since its launch in 2011, the National Debt Helpline has received more than 1.23 million calls from people seeking free and independent financial counselling ...

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Small business support line 1800 413 828

Small Business Bushfire Support Line also taking COVID-19 calls on 1800 413 828. The Small Business Bushfire Support Line is now also advising small businesses affected by COVID-19 ...

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