Telstra has previously made its 15,000 payphones free to use at Christmas and New Year. (ABC Western Queensland: Blythe Moore)
Local, national and calls to mobiles will now be free from Telstra payphones
News article by the ABC
Telstra says local and national calls, and calls to mobile phones will no longer incur a charge from its network of payphones across the country. 
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The rational and the emotional parts of the brain do battle when we shop, says Dr Brendan Markey-Towler.  (ABC News: Kristian Silva)
Overspending is often a battle of reason over emotion. Here’s how to be more frugal
News article by the ABC
Our brains love the 'sugar high' of impulse buying. So how do we save ourselves from overspending and regretting our purchases?
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Caterer Jerome Dalton has lost 20 events and more than $50,000 this week due to the extended lockdown. (ABC News: Jessica Rendall)
Small businesses criticise Queensland government’s COVID-19 support grant
News article by the ABC
The Queensland government's announcement of a one-off support payment of $5,000 gets a cool reception from some businessowners who say it's "insulting" and not enough to make a difference to their bottom lines.
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The housing market has been running hot, with homes generally selling in record time. (ABC News: Eliza Laschon)
Investors helped by housing tax breaks pile into property market as prices rise
News article by the ABC
Data from CoreLogic is expected to show another leap in national house prices, this time largely driven by the return of investors helped by housing tax breaks such as negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount.
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Businesses forced to close due to the Sydney lockdown will be eligible for weekly payments. (ABC News: James Carmody)
Everything you need to know about NSW’s COVID lockdown financial support — including disaster payments and JobSaver
News article by the ABC
Government payments for people affected by Greater Sydney's COVID lockdown are increasing — this is what you need to know.
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Hairdressers are among those targetted by the new grants. (ABC News: Danielle Bonica)
COVID-19 business support initiatives unveiled by Victorian, Commonwealth governments
News article by the ABC
Small business, the hospitality sector, and CBD businesses can access financial support and rental assistance under a $400 million suite of initiatives to help them recover from the impact of COVID-19.
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The lockdown for Greater Sydney will now stretch until at least August 28. (ABC News: John Gunn)
Locked-down businesses distressed as COVID-19 JobSaver payment scheme cops scathing reviews
News article by the ABC
It's designed to provide NSW employers with much-needed cash to stay afloat, but some businesses complain they're finding the application process for the COVID-19 JobSaver payment clunky and confusing.
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Don’t suffer alone – there is free financial counselling available
When Kristan’s power got disconnected because she couldn’t pay the bill, she realised she needed to seek assistance. She also realised she was in a dark place as she struggled to cope with the burdens of financial hardship. It took a toll on her mental health.
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Insurance tips: what to do when returning to a flood or storm damaged property
The National Debt Helpline (NDH) is urging people in Victoria experiencing financial stress due to the lockdown to seek free and independent advice.
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We know how important it is to keep up to date with the latest information and that’s exactly what we do on our social media feeds.
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Telstra has previously made its 15,000 payphones free to use at Christmas and New Year. (ABC Western Queensland: Blythe Moore)

Local, national and calls to mobiles will now be free from Telstra payphones

News article by the ABC
Telstra says local and national calls, and calls to mobile phones will no longer incur a charge from its network of payphones a ...

Read More
When Sam and Wayne's solar panel system stopped working, they struggled to find help. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)

Solar panel installations are growing, but consumers have little recourse if things go wrong

News article by the ABC
Australia is being swept up in a renewable energy revolution, and rooftop solar is a major part of that shift. But some cons ...

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The rational and the emotional parts of the brain do battle when we shop, says Dr Brendan Markey-Towler.  (ABC News: Kristian Silva)

Overspending is often a battle of reason over emotion. Here’s how to be more frugal

News article by the ABC
Our brains love the ‘sugar high’ of impulse buying. So how do we save ourselves from overspending and regretting ...

Read More
Caterer Jerome Dalton has lost 20 events and more than $50,000 this week due to the extended lockdown. (ABC News: Jessica Rendall)

Small businesses criticise Queensland government’s COVID-19 support grant

News article by the ABC
The Queensland government’s announcement of a one-off support payment of $5,000 gets a cool reception from some business ...

Read More
The housing market has been running hot, with homes generally selling in record time. (ABC News: Eliza Laschon)

Investors helped by housing tax breaks pile into property market as prices rise

News article by the ABC
Data from CoreLogic is expected to show another leap in national house prices, this time largely driven by the return of inve ...

Read More
A resident from Wamboin in NSW said he could see the mobile phone towers in Canberra but he had "very poor and patchy service". (ABC News: Jesse Thompson)

Telstra, Optus under review as committee probes rural, regional connectivity crisis

News article by the ABC
Rural and regional Australians are set to tell a federal review committee that they feel like second-class citizens because th ...

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