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PROFIT BEFORE COMPASSION Telecom has been charging the recently bereaved $45 for a simple name change.

QANTAS REWARD POINTS LOST Some cardholders will be disadvantaged by a recent makeover to the Qantas ANZ Visa card reward scheme.


FAT OR FICTION? Fast food chains are starting to get healthy by offering fruit and salads as alternatives to fat-laden burgers and fries. But what you think is the light option might not be.

COSMETIC MYTHS Don't believe all the horror stories about toiletries and cosmetics, especially in scaremongering emails and websites.

COOKS' KNIVES Cooks' knives are the all-rounders of the kitchen. We tested eleven 20cm knives. Find out which models made the cut!

CLOTHES DRYERS Suffering from wet day washing woes? We put 20 clothes dryers through their paces, and found three to recommend.

WATERPROOF JACKETS The weather shouldn't stop you enjoying your favourite outdoor activity. Our guide will help you find the best jacket to stay dry this winter.

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