What will manufacturing in Australia look like in 2025? (ABC News: Adam Wyatt)
Can 500,000 ‘new-collar’ jobs turn manufacturing around in Australia?
News article by the ABC
Australia's manufacturing industry has the potential to create thousands of jobs in the "digital-meets-manufacturing world", according to Andrew Liveris, who has been an adviser to the Trump and Obama administrations.
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Warnings crime gangs are targeting coronavirus early access superannuation scheme
News article by the ABC
The corporate watchdog is warning the Federal Government’s early access to superannuation scheme is a ripe target for fraud and abuse.
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Ace Nguyen works part-time for WooliesX, which uses an AI-driven labour-matching service called Hatch. (ABC News: Andy Park)
Coronavirus recession, not robots, set to take jobs from future workforce
News article by the ABC
Amid climbing unemployment, new research shows Australia is lagging behind the world with workplace technology and the future is likely to see more people working in "very low-wage, low-grade, low-tech jobs".
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How to reduce the amount of energy your hot water system burns through
News article by the ABC
It's estimated 21 per cent of the energy used in the average Australian home is chewed up by heating water. But it doesn't have to be that way.
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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 high, leading consumer groups and customers to accuse them of profiteering off those they say they are assisting.
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An empty Flinders Street station shows the effect of the stage 4 lockdown restrictions. (ABC: Darryl Torpy)
Victorian coronavirus outbreak drives renewed slump in business confidence
News article by the ABC
Business confidence turns sharply negative again, around the country, amid Victoria's second wave of coronavirus infections.
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Australians have cancelled holidays worth an estimated $10 billion, leaving travel agents decimated
News article by the ABC
Australians have an estimated $10 billion tied up in unused holiday credits and refunds that are proving an ongoing headache for travel agents to sort out — yet they're not getting paid to do so.
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The Victorian coronavirus lockdowns have prompted the Federal Government to revise JobKeeper eligibility. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)
Government will ease JobKeeper criteria, adding $15 billion to the coronavirus recovery scheme
News article by the ABC
Hundreds of thousands more Victorians will be eligible for the JobKeeper wage subsidy, under changes worth an extra $15 billion.
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Sam’s mum was killed while working from home. He hopes his workers compensation win will help others facing family violence
News article by the ABC
Kate was killed by her partner at home where she worked. Her sons' fight for workers compensation took years, and could have implications for the millions of Australians now forced to work from home.
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The ACCC warn consumers not to give out personal or banking details to cold callers. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin)
Coronavirus scams — what they look like and how to avoid them
News article by the ABC
Many people have been trying to dishonestly profit from the pandemic. We look at the most common coronavirus scams and how you can avoid them.
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ASX and unemployment to rise as S&P 500 almost climbs to record high

News article by the ABC
Australian shares are likely to open higher as investors continue to hope for a swift economic recovery from the pandemic, driv ...

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Central Land Council policy manager Dr Josie Douglas says Aboriginal people "are still waiting" for adequate remote housing funding. (ABC News: Dylan Anderson)

NT Government more than $200 million short on remote Indigenous housing promise

News article by the ABC
The NT Government has spent just one third of what it promised in 2016 on a flagship remote Indigenous housing program, and org ...

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What will manufacturing in Australia look like in 2025? (ABC News: Adam Wyatt)

Can 500,000 ‘new-collar’ jobs turn manufacturing around in Australia?

News article by the ABC
Australia’s manufacturing industry has the potential to create thousands of jobs in the "digital-meets-manufacturing ...

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Property developers plough ahead with new projects despite coronavirus housing fears

News article by the ABC
Even while Australia’s second biggest city endures a second, and much stricter coronavirus lockdown, property developers ...

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Warnings crime gangs are targeting coronavirus early access superannuation scheme

News article by the ABC
The corporate watchdog is warning the Federal Government’s early access to superannuation scheme is a ripe target for fraud a ...

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An effort is underway to establish Australia's first Islamic bank by 2021. (ABC Radio Sydney: Matt Bamford)

Is Islamic banking Australia’s ‘ethical alternative’ to the big four?

News article by the ABC
It is spruiked as an ethical alternative, but Islamic banking has remained on the margins in Australia. A group of Muslim-Austr ...

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The Commonwealth Bank has revealed the coronavirus hit to its profit for last financial year. (ABC News: Margaret Burin)

Commonwealth Bank reveals rising full-year profit but coronavirus cracks starting to show

News article by the ABC
The Commonwealth Bank reports a 12 per cent increase in its full-year net profit to $9.6 billion, boosted by the sale of some b ...

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Ace Nguyen works part-time for WooliesX, which uses an AI-driven labour-matching service called Hatch. (ABC News: Andy Park)

Coronavirus recession, not robots, set to take jobs from future workforce

News article by the ABC
Amid climbing unemployment, new research shows Australia is lagging behind the world with workplace technology and the future i ...

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How to reduce the amount of energy your hot water system burns through

News article by the ABC
It’s estimated 21 per cent of the energy used in the average Australian home is chewed up by heating water. But it doesn& ...

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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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The WA Government has pushed ahead with Metronet, a big rail infrastructure project. (ABC News: Richard Glover)

Is infrastructure an economic saviour or a white elephant? What COVID-19 can teach us about delivering big projects

News article by the ABC
Governments are banking on infrastructure projects to help the Australian economy recover from the coronavirus recession, but n ...

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The Nationals are worried the changes could limit mental health support in regional Australia. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin)

Nationals demand changes to controversial university fee hikes

News article by the ABC
The National Party calls for changes to the Federal Government’s planned overhaul of the university system, warning a &qu ...

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An empty Flinders Street station shows the effect of the stage 4 lockdown restrictions. (ABC: Darryl Torpy)

Victorian coronavirus outbreak drives renewed slump in business confidence

News article by the ABC
Business confidence turns sharply negative again, around the country, amid Victoria’s second wave of coronavirus infectio ...

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Unions want working holidaymaker visa axed, say pandemic shows farmers’ over-reliance on backpackers

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Unions claim the backpacker program is rife with exploitation, calling for more Australians to work on farms as well as an expa ...

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Many white collar-workers have found they can do their job from home, which could be anywhere with decent internet. (Supplied: Unsplash)

Coronavirus work from home might become work done overseas

News article by the ABC
Through necessity, the coronavirus pandemic has shown many jobs can be done outside the office. While that opens up possibiliti ...

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Melbourne’s second coronavirus shutdown sees businesses closing for good

News article by the ABC
With Melbourne back in lockdown, many business that struggled through the stage 3 shutdown say they won’t survive the new ...

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One worker says the pay often did not cover the costs of transport, tools and equipment. (Supplied: NBN Co, file photo)

Telco contractor BSA Ltd accused of sham contracting in class action lawsuit

News article by the ABC
BSA Ltd, a company whose technicians carry out work on behalf of Foxtel, Optus and NBN Co, is accused of sham contracting in a ...

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Teachers have been struggling to meet the needs of students and parents since the start of the pandemic. (ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

Victorian teachers lodge more WorkCover claims for impacts of coronavirus pandemic than any other profession

News article by the ABC
The stress of remote learning, pressure from parents and the risk of contracting coronavirus lead to teachers in Victoria submi ...

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Roger and Sola Touma started making masks after the pandemic hit their business. (ABC News: Jack Fisher)

Research warns of ‘really grim’ future for many small businesses in Sydney’s CBD because of coronavirus

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Roger and Sola Touma managed to reinvent their tailoring business when the coronavirus pandemic struck, but new research warns ...

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Australians have cancelled holidays worth an estimated $10 billion, leaving travel agents decimated

News article by the ABC
Australians have an estimated $10 billion tied up in unused holiday credits and refunds that are proving an ongoing headache fo ...

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AFP arrest trio for trying to defraud coronavirus superannuation early access scheme

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Three Queensland women are charged with allegedly trying to defraud the Commonwealth Government’s early access to superan ...

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The Victorian coronavirus lockdowns have prompted the Federal Government to revise JobKeeper eligibility. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

Government will ease JobKeeper criteria, adding $15 billion to the coronavirus recovery scheme

News article by the ABC
Hundreds of thousands more Victorians will be eligible for the JobKeeper wage subsidy, under changes worth an extra $15 billion ...

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Kangaroo Island was devastated by fire during the last season. (ABC News: Trent Murphy)

Bushfires, COVID-19 take heavy toll on Australian tourism, and things are likely to get worse

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Australia’s tourism industry is reeling with the impacts of the summer’s bushfires COVID-19 restrictions, with warn ...

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Stage 4 coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne could cost the economy $9 billion, Scott Morrison says

News article by the ABC
The newest measures in Victoria’s harsh coronavirus restrictions could rip close to $10 billion out of the nation’s ...

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Sam’s mum was killed while working from home. He hopes his workers compensation win will help others facing family violence

News article by the ABC
Kate was killed by her partner at home where she worked. Her sons’ fight for workers compensation took years, and could h ...

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People have been caught either bypassing restrictions or falsifying border declarations. (ABC News: Chris Gillette)

Latest coronavirus Queensland border closure takes businesses, locals by surprise

News article by the ABC
This weekend’s sudden Queensland border closure due to the second wave of coronavirus in Australia’s southern state ...

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Virgin Australia is scaling back its fleet of aircraft. (ABC News: John Gunn)

Virgin Australia to slash 3,000 jobs for slimmed post-coronavirus airline, Tiger brand dumped

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Virgin Australia reveals plans to make about a third of its workforce redundant, with approximately 3,000 jobs expected to go u ...

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As businesses in other parts of the country continue to reopen, many Victorian businesses are facing a second shutdown. (ABC News: John Gunn)

Closing and reopening during coronavirus shutdown rollercoaster takes toll on businesses

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Shutting down a business isn’t as easy or as cheap as simply turning the lights off, and neither is reopening. Nearly a q ...

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The University of Melbourne annual report lists $4.43 billion in reserves while 72.9 per cent of staff are in insecure work. (ABC News: Patrick Stone)

University of Melbourne to repay millions to staff after decade-long underpayment practices

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Casual academics who were only paid for the first three minutes of marking an assignment are being compensated for all the hour ...

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Mr Keating says super should not used for financial support during the coronavirus pandemic. (News Video)

Paul Keating says superannuation withdrawals dwarf coronavirus support schemes like JobKeeper

News article by the ABC
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating says the early withdrawal of superannuation dwarfs the support the Federal Government has in ...

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RBA keeps interest rates at 0.25pc as Victoria struggles to contain coronavirus outbreak

News article by the ABC
Australia’s official interest rate has been kept at an historic low of 0.25 per cent despite the Reserve Bank’s con ...

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West Australians are being urged to book local tours and experiences to help the tourism sector. (ABC Goldfields-Esperance: Jarrod Lucas)

Survey finds WA tourism business activity down by up to 73 per cent amid coronavirus pandemic

News article by the ABC
Tourism business activity is down by nearly three-quarters in parts of WA, with a survey finding a push for more intrastate tra ...

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Catherine Velisha says there will be no problems supplying supermarkets with fresh vegetables as Melbourne enters tougher restrictions. (ABC Ballarat: Emma Nobel)

Shoppers urged to be patient as Victorian coronavirus restrictions impact food supply

News article by the ABC
Victorians are being urged not to buy more meat and vegetables than they need, as the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state f ...

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Many construction sites will be closed amid tough new stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne. (ABC News: Darryl Torpy)

Melbourne lockdown could cause coronavirus recession to last all year, economists warn

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The new stage 4 Melbourne lockdown will heap further economic pain on Australia, making the nation’s past two recessions ...

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A real estate industry spokesperson says it will be "sad" to see landlords forced to sell because they can't afford mortgage payments. (ABC News)

Hobart rent prices drop amid coronavirus border closures, job losses

News article by the ABC
Hobart records the largest drop in rents in the country as tenants and landlords deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — ...

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Key points from Daniel Andrews and Scott Morrison’s latest coronavirus announcements

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On the back of 429 new infections and another 13 deaths in Victoria, significant announcements are made about further financial ...

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Construction work will be reduced in Victoria, with limits on the number of people who can be on a site at any one time. (ABC: Darryl Torpy)

Do I need to go to work? The Victorian businesses and industries that will close under Melbourne’s stage four coronavirus restrictions

News article by the ABC
About a quarter of a million Victorians will be stood down from their jobs or told to stay home from work, as entire industries ...

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Home prices ease in July but there are warnings of bigger falls ahead

News article by the ABC
Australian home prices fall 0.6 per cent over the past month, with the biggest declines in Melbourne as the impact of the secon ...

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Australian states raise millions from coronavirus fines

News article by the ABC
Fines for breaching public health directives have totalled millions of dollars since the coronavirus pandemic began in early Ma ...

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When it comes to dealing with her finances, Kim says trial and error plays a big part. (ABC News: Justin Huntsdale)

Money problems are made worse if you live with bipolar disorder. Here’s how to get on top of things

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Labor is calling for iCare's senior management and board to be sacked. (Four Corners)

Workers compensation scheme in NSW faces financial crisis, Treasury briefing confirms

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NSW Treasury holds significant concerns that the country’s largest workers compensation scheme is heading for a financial ...

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CommBank is among three insurance providers facing class actions from customers. (ABC News: Margaret Burin)

AMP, CommBank and BT face class actions for ‘excessive insurance premiums’ in wake of Royal Commission

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Some of the country’s most popular insurers — AMP, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac Group’s BT — are accused o ...

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The Treasurer linked the better-than-expected figures to budget-repair initiatives. (ABC News: Mike Donnelley)

NT Treasurer Nicole Manison criticised for coronavirus budget claim

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The NT Treasurer’s claim that a better-than-expected deficit for last financial year is linked to the Government’s ...

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Staff from the laundry company fear they might catch the virus if they return to work. (ABC Gold Coast, Damien Larkins)

Spotless takes staff to Fair Work Commission for refusing to come to work after coronavirus outbreak

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A Melbourne cleaning company takes staff to the Fair Work Commission after they refuse to come to work following an outbreak of ...

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Hamed Allahyari runs Sunshine Café and Salama Tea in Melbourne's west, which employs refugees and asylum seekers, but workers have been stood down because of COVID lockdowns. (Supplied)

Coronavirus recession puts thousands of refugees and asylum seekers at risk of job loss, homelessness

News article by the ABC
A new report commissioned by the Refugee Council of Australia estimates that almost 19,000 refugees and asylum seekers on tempo ...

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Consumer groups welcome a crackdown on debt vultures by National Australia Bank (NAB)

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Life and disability insurance in super funds is automatic for those over 25, so people need to actively cancel it if they do not want to pay. (ABC News: Phil Scarano)

Superannuation’s default disability insurance highlights trustee failings

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Most Australians aged 25 and over are paying for disability insurance they may not know they have and that, in many cases, will ...

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Victorian jobs hit from renewed coronavirus lockdown highlights second wave economic risks

News article by the ABC
The renewed lockdown in Victoria drives a fall in employment, as analysts warn the coronavirus recovery across Australia appear ...

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Job applications near 300 per white-collar vacancy, with recruiters saying it’s never been this tough

News article by the ABC
With the official unemployment rate at 7.4 per cent and expected to climb above 9 by the end of the year, recruiters say they a ...

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Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association CEO John Winter says it beggars belief that the number of businesses folding is lower than at the same time last year. (ABC News: John Gunn)

Coronavirus stimulus measures like JobKeeper are keeping zombie businesses alive, warn insolvency practitioners

News article by the ABC
At least 1,000 businesses are engaging in insolvent trading with virtual immunity from legal action, according to the peak body ...

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Several coronavirus clusters have cropped up since National Cabinet last met. (ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

National Cabinet to meet after coronavirus spending leads to record high debt and deficit

News article by the ABC
The continuing coronavirus outbreak in Victoria will be a key feature of discussion today when state and territory leaders meet ...

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Jessie Pegoraro is missing her partner Anthony, who has been stuck in Western Australia since March. (ABC News: Curtis Rodda)

FIFO families dealing with perpetual uncertainty of separation due to coronavirus border closures

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WA’s tough border policy has been credited with keeping virus numbers low in the state, but for FIFO workers separated fr ...

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Australian shares swing after Federal Government reveals coronavirus budget hit

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Australian shares move between positive and negative territory after the budget update, which revealed an $86 billon deficit. ...

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The updated data shows the state's GDP could fall by 5.25 per cent by the end of the year. (ABC News: Daniel Fermer)

Coronavirus impact on Victoria’s economy to be outlined in midyear financial update

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New modelling from the Department of Treasury and Finance predicts Victoria’s economy will not be hit as hard by the coro ...

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The ACCC warn consumers not to give out personal or banking details to cold callers. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin)

Coronavirus scams — what they look like and how to avoid them

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