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'Safe default' energy deal could mean a better deal for you

Sept. 10, 2018 — Alison Potter

A look at one of the government's proposed tools to help energy customers.

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Legal fees: how much should they cost?

Aug. 3, 2018 — Rebecca Douglas

Knowing how much – and how – a lawyer charges can help you avoid a bad experience

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Are pay-on-time energy discounts just brutal late payment fees?

July 26, 2018 — Alison Potter

Pay-on-time discounts in energy deals can result in massive bill increases

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Save on electricity with Transformer

June 13, 2018 — Alison Potter

Customers of CHOICE's unique energy switching service are finding hundreds of dollars of ongoing savings.

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Save on electricity with Transformer

June 13, 2018 — Alison Potter

Customers of CHOICE's unique energy switching service are finding hundreds of dollars of ongoing savings.

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Energy bill comparison sites

Feb. 27, 2018 — Andy Kollmorgen

Do websites like iSelect, Compare the Market and Canstar really help you find a better deal on power?

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Watchdog: electricity market raises "significant concerns"

Oct. 16, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Inflated costs, lacklustre competition and weak infrastructure are hallmarks of the current electricity industry.

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Looming gas shortage avoided as PM signs agreement

Oct. 4, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Gas exporters pledge to make up steep gas shortage.

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Gas shortage three times worse than original estimates

Sept. 29, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Failing to address the gas shortage could see the cost of electricity continue to rise.

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College tricked disadvantaged into $25k courses, Federal court finds

June 30, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

ACCC aims to recover more than $50m in taxpayer funded student loans.

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Electricity bills to jump by up to 20% from 1 July

June 22, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Price hikes for electricity and gas from the three largest providers.

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Gas industry to be monitored by competition watchdog

April 21, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

ACCC monitor regime invoked to address the rising cost of gas.

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Immediate inquiry launched into retail electricity pricing

March 28, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Electricity retailers will comply, albeit begrudgingly

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Renovation costs to rise as tradies charge more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

The average rate is more than $65 an hour

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