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Embattled MasterChef judge George Calombaris has just been hit with ANOTHER major blow

<p>Embattled celebrity chef George Calombaris has just been hit with another devastating blow after a lucrative deal went down the drain following a week of controversy.</p> <p>WA Tourism has confirmed it has dropped the celebrity chef as face of its food and wine campaign.</p> <p>Calombaris was involved in a six-month advertising campaign promoting gourmet travel in Western Australia, however, the advertisements that were scheduled to run through to September has been pulled from all TV and digital executions.</p> <p>Paul Papalia, who is the state Tourism Minister, confirmed the WA-based company would not be continuing their partnership with Calombaris.</p> <p>“People should pay their employees and what they are owed and what they deserve and that’s really disappointing,” Mr Papalia said.</p> <p>“What George Calombaris has done is terrible.”</p> <p>Mr Papalia said he did not know if the Government would be able to get back any funds from the <em>MasterChef</em> judge.</p> <p><span>The Melbourne restaurant owner and TV judge was ordered last week to pay a</span><span> $200,000 “contrition payment” after a Fair Work Australia investigation found his massive business empire had underpaid 515 staff members by $7.8 million over a six-</span><span>year period.</span></p> <p>Critics and trade unions have slammed the fine as “inadequate” and consequently called on Network 10 to dump the chef from their hit reality television program, <em>MasterChef</em>.</p> <p>While Calombaris insists the underpayments were a mistake and that almost all of his staff had been paid back, the pressure is continuing to mount.</p>

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Honesty is the best policy? Research reveals when people are most likely to return a lost wallet

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to classic economic theory, if you find a wallet on the street and find money in the wallet, your self interest in keeping the cash is likely to override the more honest behaviour of returning the wallet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, new research in 40 countries has found that people are more honest than they think, at least when it comes to returning money to strangers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A study of 17,000 “lost” wallets in 355 cities revealed that people are more likely to return a wallet if it had money in it than when it was empty.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study also found that if there was more money in the wallet, the more likely people were to return the wallet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study was published in the journal </span><a href="https://science.sciencemag.org/lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aau8712"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Science</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">said that a team of people handed in wallets that they claimed to find on the street in front of major institutions, such as banks or post offices.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The wallets contained no money, or the equivalent of US$13.45 in local currency, a grocery list and three identical business cards in the local language which made it possible to return the wallet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 38 out of 40 countries, people were more likely to return the money if it has money in it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"This is something we didn't expect," said behavioural economist Alain Cohn of the University of Michigan to the </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-06-21/people-are-more-likely-to-return-a-wallet-if-it-has-money-in-it/11227766"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABC.</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Cohn said that there were two factors to explain the findings.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"One is altruism — where you care about the other person even though they are a stranger."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The second finding is that people didn’t like to view themselves as dishonest.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"They said the more money in the wallet, the more they would feel like a thief if they didn't return it," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The larger the amount of money, the more worried you are about your self-image — the more difficult it is to convince yourself that you're still a good person."</span></p>

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“George the thief!”: MasterChef judge slammed for branding Curtis Stone a thief after $8 million wage theft saga

<p>George Calombaris has faced a hefty $200,000 penalty for underpaying 515 restaurant staff members between 2011 and 2017 by nearly $8 million.</p> <p>And during Sunday night’s episode of <em>MasterChef Australia</em> viewers slammed the celebrity chef for labelling Curtis Stone a “mustard thief”.</p> <p>Curtis joined George and Gary Mehigan to take part in a Mystery Box challenge and during the cook off, he snuck into the “banned” pantry for some sauce.</p> <p>The challenge required the chefs to only be able to use a limited amount of ingredients which were chosen by the contestants and one item from the garden.</p> <p>Not entirely happy with his rainbow trout dish, Curtis had a plan: “I wish I had a little bit of mustard. Do you think I can sneak into the pantry?”</p> <p>He then put his cunning scheme into action by telling the contestants: “Distract Matt [Preston], I’m going to go get some mustard.”</p> <p>But it didn’t take long for Matt to realise what was happening, as he immediately flashed a yellow card and forced the 43-year-old to sit out for three minutes.</p> <p>George, who was oblivious to what had just happened, asked Curtis: “What happened to you?” and upon hearing, yelled out: “Noooo.”</p> <p>While it may have been a humorous moment, viewers took to Twitter to point out the irony of George labelling someone a thief.</p> <p>“The awkwardness of when George accuses another chef of being a thief,” one user wrote.</p> <p>“Irony abounds as Curtis Stone self-identifies as a ‘mustard thief’ to George who replies ‘hold my beer’,” said another.</p> <p>“I’d rather be a mustard thief than a wage thief,” wrote a disgruntled viewer.</p> <p>“No one cares what George the Thief has to say,” said another.</p> <p>The 40-year-old has been hit with a $200,000 fine for underpaying 515 members of his staff by close to $8 million.</p> <p>Issuing a statement to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>The Herald Sun</em></a>, he apologised and said he is “deeply sorry for what has happened”.</p> <p>“There are two important things for Australians to know. The first is when we discovered there were incorrect payments to members of their team, we self reported to the Fair Work Ombudsman and co-operated with their investigation,” George stated.</p> <p>“The second is that our team members, past and present, have been back-paid in full, and the vast majority repaid before October 2017 in consultation with Fair Work.</p> <p>“There is no excuse for this, and we have the systems in place now.”</p> <p>Orlaith Belfrage, a former waitress at George’s Hellenic Republic in Melbourne, demanded for the celebrity chef to be fired from <em>MasterChef</em>.</p> <p>“George should pay a serious price for this massive theft of workers’ wages,” she told the <em>ABC</em>.</p> <p>“He should be taken off <em>MasterChef</em>. How many more excuses does George get?”</p> <p>But Channel Ten is rallying behind the star, as they have shown their full support.</p> <p>“George and Made Establishment have reached an agreement with the Fair Work Ombudsman in relation to this matter. George has the support of Network 10. We will not be making any further comment,” said a spokesperson.</p>

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Why Kmart’s beloved $49 chair has been taken off shelves

<p>It sent shoppers into a frenzy at the start of the year after a number of lifestyle blogs featured the coveted item.</p> <p>But according to a Kmart store manager, the $49 Timber Occasional Chair has since been taken off the shelves in New Zealand due to a “potential quality issue” and would no longer be sold in-store or online.</p> <p>The item is also not available to buy in Australia, with the web page message reading, “This product is no longer available, but rest assured, there are plenty more items to love.”</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://10daily.com.au/lifestyle/homes/a190718otacn/kmart-has-pulled-the-widely-popular-chair-from-sale-20190719" target="_blank"><em>10daily</em></a>, a spokesperson from Kmart confirmed the news saying it had been withdrawn “due to a potential safety issue” but didn’t go into detail as to what the problem could be.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsZBw9PFf2c/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsZBw9PFf2c/" target="_blank">I know I said I only wanted the bamboo plant stand (which I picked up yesterday 🙌) buuuuttttt then @kmartaus went and released this beauty for just $49 🙊😍 I managed to get one at my local which Ill share soon. . . #thediydecorator #kmartaus #kmartstyle #kmartnewfinds #kmartbargains #kmartmums #kmartmumsaustralia #kmarthome #homedecor #homewares #homedecorating #interior #interiordecor #homedecorator #interiorinfluencer #homeinfluencer #perthinfluencer #lifestyleinfluencer #australianinfluencer #interiordecorator #interiorandhome #interiorlover #kmartaddict #kmartaddictsunite #kmartaustralia #kmartdecor #kmartliving #kmartlove</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thediydecorator/" target="_blank"> Zoe Gilpin Interior Decorator</a> (@thediydecorator) on Jan 8, 2019 at 2:54pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“At Kmart we are committed to the quality and safety of all of our products and can confirm the timber occasional chair has been withdrawn due to a potential quality issue,” they said.</p> <p>“We ask customers with any concerns, to please contact the Kmart customer service team on 1800 124 125.”</p> <p>The chair quickly gained traction after multiple bloggers featured it on their social media pages. Made of acacia wood and a faux rattan back and base, the chair came as a flat pack with the parts locked together by screws and Allen keys.</p> <p>The spokesperson for the company told <em>10daily</em>, “Additional stock of the much loved timber occasional chair will arrive in stores as part of our August Living campaign in the coming weeks.”</p>

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BIG W reveals first stores to close: The critical mistake they made

<p>BIG W has finally confirmed the closure of three stores in NSW. The stores are Chullora, Auburn and Fairfield, which will close in January 2020 after an agreement was reached with landlords.</p> <p>The stores will continue to trade for the next six months but will close their doors at the beginning of the new year.</p> <p>BIG W Managing Director David Walker shared his sentiments in a statement to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7259187/Big-W-confirm-closure-stores.html?ico=pushly-notifcation-small" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail Australia</em>.</a>  </p> <p>“These are not decisions we take lightly and we regret the impact the closures will have on affected team members,” he said.</p> <p>“We would like to acknowledge the support of the communities of Chullora, Auburn and Fairfield and the hard work and commitment of our store team members.”</p> <p>He continued by saying:</p> <p>“Supporting our team remains our priority and we are committed to doing the right thing by them.”</p> <p>“Over the next six months, we will support our team and explore redeployment opportunities with team members who choose to continue their career at BIG W or with other Woolworths Group brands in the months ahead.”</p> <p>BIG W has unfortunately struggled to be profitable in recent years, but closing the chain isn’t looking to be an option.</p> <p>The retailer posted a $110 million loss for the financial year to June 2018 and a $151 million loss for the previous year.</p> <p>The closure of 30 stores is about 16 per cent of the retailer’s store network.</p> <p>Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said in a statement earlier this year that the company would try to avoid employee layoffs by offering staff “alternative employment options” within the Woolworths Group.</p> <p>“This decision will lead to a more robust and sustainable store and DC network that better reflects the rapidly changing retail environment,” Mr Banducci said.</p> <p>“It will accelerate our turnaround plan through a more profitable store network, simplifying current business processes, improving stock flow and lowering inventory.”</p>

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Adelaide man's insane $110 million Powerball bonanza – wins 20 times!

<p>Two out of the three winners of Thursday’s $110 million huge Powerball draw are still yet to be identified.</p> <p>The winning jackpot numbers have been announced as 6, 13, 1, 11, 23, 27, 16.</p> <p>One young Adelaide man scooped up the division one prize but scored division two 19 times – skyrocketing his total prize money to an eye-watering $37,602,912.26.</p> <p>“Wow,” he told The Lott.</p> <p>“Thank you so much. That is incredible. I can’t believe that. I am shaking so much. This is going to change so many lives.”</p> <p>A Victorian resident and a player from NSW are still yet to step forward for their share of the winnings.</p> <p>“Imagine going to bed a multi-millionaire and not knowing it? That is the reality for two Australian lottery players,” The Lott spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said.</p> <p>“The division one winning entry from Victoria is unregistered, which means we don’t have any way of contacting the winner to break the life-changing news and have to wait for them to come forward to claim their prize,” Spencer added.</p> <p>“While the New South Wales entry was purchased online, unfortunately we don’t have their complete contact details, so we are unable to make a mind-blowing phone call to them this evening.”</p> <p>The massive jackpot on Thursday saw Australians all over rushing to get their hands on an entry ticket, with Matt Hart from The Lott telling <a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/wealth/powerball-lotto-110-million-jackpot-lottery-fever-hot-spots-to-buy-tickets/news-story/e9592d0eb03c14a3d7b3f3954cbc64d1">news.com.au</a> the number of players surged after the jackpot skyrocketed to $80 million.</p> <p>“When Powerball hits high jackpots like this it’s not only regular players who are keen to grab an entry,” The Lott’s Matt Hart said.</p> <p>“Last week, the peak of sales on the day of the draw was at 6.44 pm when more than 4700 entries were sold in 60 seconds.</p> <p>“That was about 45 minutes before the draw closed, so a lot of people were leaving it to the last minute.”</p> <p>The first winner to claim their prize said a round-the-world first class holiday was long overdue for his family.</p> <p>“I’ll also pay off my family’s mortgages and donate heaps to charity,” he said.</p> <p>The jackpot was the biggest prize ever offered in Australian lottery history, with one in three adults estimated to have purchased a ticket for the draw.</p>

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MasterChef judge in hot water: George Calombaris' underpaid staff scandal blows out to $8 million

<p>Celebrity chef George Calombaris has been issued a hefty fine after admitting to underpaying $7.83 million in wages to 515 current and former employees of his restaurant business.</p> <p>The <em>MasterChef Australia</em> judge has been told to make a $200,000 “contrition payment” alongside a number of public statements to help emphasise the Fair Work Act, according to an enforceable undertaking announced on Thursday morning.</p> <p>The scandal has turned out to be bigger than anyone could have imagined, as back in April 2017, Calombaris’ company Made Establishment said that 162 workers had been underpaid $2.6 million because of “historically poor processes”.</p> <p>But after a thorough four-year investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman, multiple breaches, including failure to pay minimum wage, penalty rates, casual loadings, overtime rates, split-shift allowances and annual leave loadings were uncovered.</p> <p>The company also had no record of the number of hours staff were asked to work on annualised salaries, some of which were denied accrued overtime and penalty rates.</p> <p>The entire scandal has now put the hospitality industry under a microscope, with many high profile chefs and restaurateurs currently under investigation.</p> <p><em>The Age</em> and <em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em> confirmed that the Fair Work Ombudsmen is looking into restaurants owned by Neil Perry, Guillaume Brahimi, Teage Ezard and Heston Blumenthal.</p> <p>Staff members who worked under George originally lodged complaints to the Fair Work Ombudsman in 2015, but at the time Calombaris and his business partner George Sykiotis assured them that the matter had been dealt with.</p> <p>It was only when former chief executive of Swisse vitamins, Radek Sali, took a share in the business in 2016 that discrepancies began to unravel.</p> <p>Made Establishment then made the decision to self-report to the Fair Work Ombudsmen in 2017, before publicly admitting to their mistake.</p> <p>At the time, Mr Sali said he was “prepared for a few potholes in the books” when he first chose to invest but didn’t realise that hundreds of staff members had been affected. </p> <p>Calombaris said he was devastated.</p>

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"Pure chaos" at Coles: Shoppers cause a frenzy over latest craze

<p>Coles customers have come out in full force as they descended on shopfronts around the nation on Wednesday morning.</p> <p>Wednesday marked the first day of the Coles Little Shop 2 promotion after a very successful debut last year.</p> <p>A worker at Coles Wynard in Sydney's CBD shared with <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/coles/coles-little-shop-2-promotion-flying-off-the-shelves-on-opening-morning-c-312051?fbclid=IwAR0pcT1bstglOTjzWaPxLQZ7JnfUc1H2aI3exhz9Fx-1JSNuwSXZKO2kkEQ" target="_blank">7News.com.au</a> about the “pure chaos” that started as soon as they opened their doors.</p> <p>"We went through 10 cages (640 boxes) in less than half an hour," they shared, adding that workers had been overwhelmed at the response.</p> <p>Customers justified the chaos through a simple message.</p> <p>"They sold out too fast last year."</p> <p>Others said that they weren’t into the hype but were getting them for others.</p> <p>"I didn't do it last year, but people at work went nuts for them so I promised I'd get some for them," customer Tanya told 7News.com.au.</p> <p>At the time of speaking, she had three cases, miniature shopping trolleys and a mini shopping basket in her arms.</p> <p>Coles acknowledged the ruckus and said that the bosses didn’t expect the toys to sell so fast.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7828684/coles-little-shop.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ebd0dd3415ff48998aa774eb7180b66b" /></p> <p>“We have lots of collector cases available and our team members are working hard to keep stock on the shelves,” the spokesman said.</p> <p>“Some of our new items, including Coles trucks and registers, are selling more quickly than anticipated and we have extra stock on the way from our warehouses to stores.”</p> <p>However, some were quick to call out the hypocrisy of the launch.</p> <p>“The hypocrisy of Coles is outrageous,” Paul Hellier, who made a documentary about plastic waste, said to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7255037/Coles-chaos-Little-Shop-collectibles.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em></a>.</p> <p>“It started off Plastic Free July by boasting it had diverted 1.7 billion single-use plastic bags from landfill over the past 12 months, with its data claiming seven in 10 of its consumers now remember to bring a reusable bag when they shop.”</p> <p>Hellier added, "This madness will only stop if we send Coles and the associated brands a message that will hurt them most – at the cash register. That's why we are calling for a boycott to all the items involved in the promotion.”</p> <p>Coles said in a statement that the Little Shop collectables aren’t discarded quickly by customers.</p> <p>“Rather than throwing them out, our customer research shows that of the customers who collected minis last year, 94 per cent have either kept them or given them to family or friends who were collecting,” a spokesperson from Coles said to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7255037/Coles-chaos-Little-Shop-collectibles.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em></a>.</p>

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Were you affected? Sophisticated scam targets NAB customers

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Customers who bank with NAB, one of Australia’s big four banks, have been impacted by a sophisticated phishing scam.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bank has been targeted by online scammers who are hoping to get confidential details from users.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Email security company MailGuard discovered the scam, according to </span><a href="https://finance.nine.com.au/small-business/nab-scam-fake-bpay-transaction-attempts-to-steal-personal-information/b1f47fe3-2b15-4aa8-8ee3-cec6078545ac"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nine Finance</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> It has been sent from several compromised accounts pretending to be NAB.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Customers receive an email that looks like an official correspondence from NAB, explaining that their last BPAY was put on hold. It invites victims to click on a provided link to check their transaction history.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once victims click the link, they are taken to a page that looks like the official NAB login page, but is a sophisticated copy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Unsuspecting recipients who click on the link to check their BPAY Payment status are led to a convincing-looking copy of the NAB login page. This is actually a phishing page,” explained MailGuard.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once information has been entered, it is then harvested by the criminals before redirecting them to the actual NAB website.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Cybercriminals have taken great pains to replicate official landing pages from NAB – including incorporating the bank’s branding and logo using high-quality graphical elements. All this is done in an attempt to trick the users into thinking the scam is legitimate,” explained MailGaurd.</span></p>

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It's HUGE! Roger Federer's wife's "upgraded" engagement ring stole the limelight at Wimbledon

<p>Mirka Federer was there supporting her husband Roger Federer as he played against Novak Djokovic in an intense five-hour game in the men’s finals on Sunday.</p> <p>Although Roger didn’t end up going home with another grand slam title under his belt, many fans were distracted by Mirka’s impressive engagement ring, which has reportedly been upgraded from her original ring.</p> <p>The stunning piece of jewellery is believed to be a one-of-a-kind design from a Brazilian jeweller H. Stern, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/bazaar-bride/mirka-federer-engagement-ring-16875" target="_blank"><em>Harper’s Bazaa</em><em>r</em></a>.</p> <p>The emerald-cut diamond ring is encircled by a snake-like band which is covered in several smaller diamonds in a white-gold or platinum setting.</p> <p>The current style is definitely an upgrade on Mirka's original ring, which was a smaller emerald-cut diamond.</p> <p>The mother-of-four attracted attention by taking her children along to see their dad play in the men’s finals.</p> <p>The couple’s nine-year-old twin daughters, Myla and Charlene are the oldest, while their four-year-old twin sons Leo and Lenny were also there to watch dad and cheer him on.</p> <p>The intense match between Roger and Novak Djokovic went on for a staggering five hours, and BBC commentator Andrew Castle switched the conversation to Mirka’s ring, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/9505912/mirka-federer-ring-andrew-castle-wimbledon-tennis/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>.</p> <p>He said: "Doesn’t look like costume jewellery, does it, on the finger?”</p> <p>Tennis fans were quick to blast him as Castle had made remarks previously as to how much the men’s finalists earn.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the ring as well as the lovely Federer children in the crowd cheering on their dad, Roger.</p>

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The 3 important factors for happiness

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><a href="https://worldhappiness.report/ed/2019/#read"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2019</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">World Happiness Report (WHR)</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is out and the results are in: There are three important factors that help you find happiness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These factors are relationships, money and health.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Michael Mosley has learned to obtain these the hard way. He shared his thoughts with the </span><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/money-does-make-you-happy-but-only-to-a-point-20190624-p520q5.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sydney Morning Herald</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Lots of factors make you happy,” Mosley told the 1300 audience members at the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Happiness and Its Causes</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> conference. "But the three most important things... are relationships, money and health.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the WHR, money matters for happiness, but only to a specific point.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“How much do you think you need to be relatively happy? The minimum? Turns out to be $50,000. The maximum, the point at which you get satiated where actually having more money won’t make you more happy? That turns out to be $90,000... beyond that point you don’t get a lot happier,” Mosley explained. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Another measure of happiness is when you feel you’ve 'made it'. That turns out to be much higher... about $140,000... to have bragging rights.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As he made his way through his life, Mosley discovered that money alone didn’t make him happy. He quickly met his wife at medical school and realised she filled a void in his life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She filled an enormous emotional void in my life,” he said. Needing close and emotionally fulfilling relationships was something he didn’t realise he needed until he met her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That was something I didn’t know until I met Clare.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The WHR has quantified the impact that relationships have on people that asked a simple question of 1.4 million people in 150 different countries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you were in trouble, do you have relatives or friends that can help you, whether you need them or not?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is the greatest single predictor of whether or not someone reports they are happy or not,” Mosley said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He finished the talk by giving his guide to a healthy life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My guide to a happy life? Prioritise your relationships, eat a Mediterranean-style diet, fast sometimes – it’s surprisingly enjoyable, keep a waist less than half your height... try and do something that gets your heart rate up three times a week, meditate most mornings... and be grateful for people that make you happy.”</span></p>

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Shoppers boycott Coles' latest Little Shop collectibles: "It beggars belief"

<p>A group of mums are calling for a boycott of Coles’ Little Shop collectables as the promotion coincides with Plastic Free July.</p> <p>Many Little Shop collectables fans were excited when the supermarket giant confirmed the news that yes, their second Little Shop range would be coming on July 17.</p> <p>There is a range of 30 mini items available, and will be sold with a collector’s case, mini trolleys, basket and aprons. There are also new additions to the Little Shop which include a toy cash register and a Coles replica truck.</p> <p>However, Coles has been slammed since the announcement for giving out “plastic junk” and a petition on change.org has been started to ban the toys. The petition has attracted almost 500 signatures.</p> <p>“Are you gobsmacked that Coles has brought out a new range of ‘Little Shop’ toys during Plastic Free July?” the petition says.</p> <p>“Wow ... Coles ... just wow ... you have just proved you really do not care for our children’s future by bringing these so called ‘collectables’ back.</p> <p>“This is when most people are doing their best to bring their own bags, choosing less packaging on their foods and saying no to straws. Here you are handing out plastic junk that will end in landfill or in our oceans.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7828598/coles-little-shop.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0a11dd778ef94f14b92be55138c24e08" /></p> <p>The petition has said that the Little Shop collectables are a “slap in the face” for all people who care about the planet.</p> <p>“It’s time to think of our children and what their future will look like with all this unnecessary plastic,” it reads.</p> <p>The petition comes after a woman found one of the plastic toys on a beach in Bali in November last year. Another man found one of the collectables washed up on Buddina Beach in Queensland in August 2018.</p> <p>Coles told <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/absolute-joke-man-outraged-coles-little-shop-plastic-washed-beach-062450908.html" target="_blank">Yahoo News Australia</a> at the time that the collectables used plastic that’s fully recyclable, including its packaging.</p> <p>“The Little Shop campaign only runs for a limited time and customers are able to recycle the wrappers at their nearest store through our in-store REDCycle program,” a spokesperson said.</p> <p>“For Coles Online deliveries, mini collectable packaging can be returned to the driver, and recycled through our REDCycle program.”</p> <p>Coles also responded to a woman’s Facebook post on its page, where the woman asked the supermarket giant to not launch the Little Shop promotion.</p> <p>“The Little Shop mini collectables are designed for customers to keep and not dispose of and customers can choose whether they would like to collect or not,” Coles replied.</p> <p>“Last year we saw customers collecting and swapping with their friends, family and colleagues, and they really valued the minis as collectables to be kept in the future.”</p>

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Natalie Barr's surprising grocery bill hack

<p><em>Sunrise</em> newsreader Natalie Barr has shared the reason why she only pays in cash as Australia recovers from an EFTPOS outage.</p> <p>The 51-year-old said on the breakfast TV show Friday morning that she did not notice the Telstra outage that impacted ATMs and EFTPOS machines across the country on Thursday afternoon.</p> <p>The network problem, which disrupted electronic payments and reportedly cost businesses $100 million, was resolved at 7 pm on Thursday.</p> <p>“Who are these people who still carry cash?” the show’s host Samantha Armytage remarked.</p> <p>“I do,” Barr replied. “I take cash out every week and I try and spend it as a bit of a saving thing. I’ve been doing it for about a year. I use cash to buy my bread and my apples and I did not notice [the outage].</p> <p>“You should see the look I get when I say, ‘Can I pay with cash?’”</p> <p>The Thursday outage shut down ATMs and EFTPOS machines, resulting in retailers being unable to process card payments.</p> <p>Telstra has attributed the national outage to “an unusually large volume of traffic” in NSW.</p> <p>“We are continuing to investigate the exact cause of the issues but early investigations suggest it was caused by an unusually large volume of traffic across network links in NSW,” a spokesperson told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/telstra-sorry-for-outage-which-retailers-say-will-cost-them-100m-20190712-p526jy.html" target="_blank"><em>Sydney Morning Herald</em></a> and<span> </span><em>The Age</em>.</p> <p>Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retailer's Association, said the outage may have cost the market up to $100 million and lead businesses to turn to other forms of payment such as Afterpay or Zip Pay, which were unaffected by the network issues.</p> <p>“Right now retail is having a difficult time – it’s end of financial year sales, we’ve just had these tax cuts from the government,” Lamb said.</p> <p>“Given both the time of day and the businesses affected, the Telstra outage certainly caused a large degree of inconvenience for both shoppers and retailers yesterday. Thursday being a popular day for late-night shopping would have also seen many consumers cancel shopping plans last night.</p> <p>“Tax returns are coming in, people are out trying to spend their money. It’s the last thing retail needs.”</p>

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The things you should NEVER buy from Kmart

<p>With Kmart quickly becoming a staple in many households around Australia, consumer advocacy group <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.choice.com.au/shopping/everyday-shopping/supermarkets/articles/kmart-best-buys-things-to-avoid" target="_blank">Choice</a> has come out with a list of what you should and shouldn’t buy from the discount department store.</p> <p>The team at Choice has confirmed that while some products deliver a premium product for a low price, there are others you’re better off avoiding.</p> <p><strong>Things you SHOULDN’T buy from Kmart:</strong></p> <p><strong>The $189 trampoline</strong></p> <p>Although the trampoline is cheap, it comes fraught with dangers as the advocacy group identified four major safety failures. The trampoline also had a low score of 20 per cent after being rigorously tested.</p> <p><strong>The $55 heater</strong></p> <p>The Anko heater didn’t rate well in testing done by Choice, as it took “more than 57 minutes to raise the temperature in our test room by 5ºC”.</p> <p>The overall score for the heater was a low 48 per cent.</p> <p>The director of reviews and testing brutally reviewed the heater and said it’s “pretty much a warm doorstop”.</p> <p><strong>The $58 large hard suitcase</strong></p> <p>Kmart’s 70cm hard case large luggage completely failed the drop test done by Choice, which meant that the bag sustained significant damage.</p> <p>The luggage testers put the luggage through its paces, by dousing them in water, dropping them from a select height and trying everything they can to break the luggage.</p> <p>Unfortunately, they didn’t have to try very hard with the Kmart Hard Case large luggage.</p> <p>The luggage itself also had other issues, as there is no TSA lock and the “extendable handle is OK to use, you just need to make sure the handle is straight,” according to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.choice.com.au/products/travel/on-holidays/luggage/kmart-active-co-70cm-hard-case" target="_blank">review on Choice</a>. </p> <p><strong>Things you SHOULD buy from Kmart:</strong></p> <p><strong>The $89 coffee machine</strong></p> <p>In testing done by Choice, they confirmed that the Anko coffee machine will give you the best bang for your buck. It outperformed a $949 coffee machine on flavour and consistently pumped out hot coffees.</p> <p><strong>The $149 kids’ playpen</strong></p> <p>Choice were pleased to announce that the Kmart playpen is one of the few playpens that passed key safety requirements. Although there are no Australian requirements for playpens, the group tested them to international standards.</p> <p>The playpen also comes with a latched gate, so you don’t need to lift your grandchildren over the fence.</p> <p><strong>The $49 carry-on suitcase </strong></p> <p><span>The Active &amp; Co 45.5cm soft carry-on suitcase scored 100 per cent in the Choice ‘lift and drop’ test and scored 86 per cent overall. However, the consumer advocacy group have warned that not all luggage available from Kmart is as solid or sturdy as the one they tested, as there are a few poor performers (see ‘The $58 large hard suitcase’ above). </span></p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see all the items you SHOULD and SHOULDN'T buy from Kmart. </p>

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Aussie mum's shock as she opens Telstra phone bill for $465,000

<p>A Western Australian woman was left reeling after receiving a monthly phone bill of almost half a million dollars from Telstra.</p> <p>Mother-of-three Karen usually has to set aside $400 a month for her family’s phone and internet plan – but her bill in April said that she owed Telstra an astronomical $465,595.23.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/phone-bill-massive-charge-from-telstra-shocks-family-a-current-affair/e43847e3-951a-464a-bb27-d0e4ad8118d3" target="_blank">A Current Affair</a></em>, Karen said she did not think her family could have managed to use that much data to incur such a high bill.</p> <p>“Has it been hacked? How has it actually managed to do that much data download without bursting into flames?” she questioned.</p> <p>According to tech expert Trevor Long, the family would need to spend nearly 4.5 million hours on Facebook or stream 30,000 movies in a month to push the bill to that level.</p> <p>“I think if there was actually that much traffic going through your home network… I don’t think the average home router or home network could cope with it,” Long told <em>A Current Affair</em>.</p> <p>Karen said she struggled with having the bill corrected for a month. After failing to make any headway with the customer call centre, she went to her local Telstra shop in Bunbury.</p> <p>Sales representative Robbie said it was “absolutely a mistake” due to a system misalignment.</p> <p>However, in the bill for the following month, Karen found that the mistake had not been corrected. The outstanding balance still rolled over and added into her next bill, resulting in a total of $466,000.</p> <p>“Their billing process failed, their technology failed, their customer service definitely failed, and their management have failed,” she said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">We’ve seen some big telco bills, but nothing quite like Karen’s. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9ACA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9ACA</a> | FULL STORY: <a href="https://t.co/AOLCxHjBnn">https://t.co/AOLCxHjBnn</a> <a href="https://t.co/NDq5ZmKdXf">pic.twitter.com/NDq5ZmKdXf</a></p> — A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) <a href="https://twitter.com/ACurrentAffair9/status/1148521014806007809?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 9, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Following the show’s report, Telstra’s group executive for consumer and small business, Michael Ackland, apologised “unreservedly” and confirmed that Karen’s massive bill was incorrect.</p> <p>“There were two issues – there was a system glitch error that created the original problem, and then human error to not pick it up as quick as we possibly could,” he said.</p> <p>“[Karen] should ignore that bill, because it takes a little bit of time for the billing systems to process the removal, and we have confirmed with her in writing that all those charges are removed and she should ignore them.”</p>

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Why money can’t “buy” housework

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new study by Lancaster University has revealed that the way in which couples manage their money tells a story of “two marriages”, according to </span><a href="https://phys.org/news/2019-06-money-housework.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Phys</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The research shows that the management of household finances and control of financial decisions are linked to the time spent by women and men doing household chores and routine housework.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study analysed data from more than 6,000 heterosexual couples aged 20 to 59. This is the first study to examine how the organisation of household finances intervenes between couples getting their money and housework done at home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Housework provides a window into the 'checks and balances' of power and gender in couple relationships," said Dr. Hu, author of the study.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Men get away with not doing housework through both channels," explains Dr. Hu. "It puts women in a very compromising position as they are left to do the lion's share of housework."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Our research provides further evidence to show that despite women's participation in education and the labour market, this still has not yet translated into gender equality in housework at home," said Dr. Hu.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"If men still monopolise the management of household finances and financial decisions, then things are unlikely to change," said Dr. Hu. "It's therefore important for everyone to be able to access their own earnings.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Educating and employing more women and settling the gender pay gap with gender equality flowing neatly into place at home as a result is certainly not the story this analysis is revealing."</span></p>

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Cult classic is back! The $10 ALDI product causing a frenzy

<p>ALDI is bringing back a cult classic – and if you haven’t gotten your hands on it already, you may want to grab it before it sells out again.</p> <p>The German supermarket is bringing back to the shelves its incredibly aesthetically pleasing $9.99 salt and pepper grinders.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7828364/aldi.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f4bf1995c8e9466e81333aa6fd04a3a6" /></p> <p>The best thing about these handy kitchen gadgets is they are battery powered (with batteries included) and have a unique bottle shaped design, meaning your counters and dining tables won’t have salt or pepper dust and chunks everywhere.</p> <p>What makes the grinders even better is the “crushing” mechanism used to sprinkle the salt and pepper evenly and lightly is automatically activated once the gadget is flipped upside down – meaning it's easier than what we may be used to.</p> <p>The grinders come in a range of colours including black, white, light blue, navy, teal and plum, and may be the perfect addition to your kitchen.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7828363/aldi-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a2434762ff2847228bcce1d8cd08d92c" /></p> <p>The $9.99 salt and pepper combo are a dupe for the Menu $139 non-electric set.</p> <p>The handy kitchen gadgets sold out instantly when they were initially released last year, leaving many ALDI fans disappointed.</p> <p>This set is part of the ALDI Special Buys range set to be released on July 10 alongside the chic luxurious homewares sale that includes luxurious French linen <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/so-chic-aldis-luxurious-homewares-sale-includes-french-linen-for-under-100" target="_blank">from just $89.</a></p>

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So chic! ALDI's luxurious homewares sale includes French linen – for under $100

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>ALDI’s Special Buys sales have developed a cult following over the years.</p> <p>However, the supermarket giant’s latest release might just win over a whole new market with their brand new luxurious Scandi-inspired homewares range that has some pretty sweet deals to transform your bathroom, bedroom and loungeroom.</p> <p>The range offers a number of chic luxurious French linen bedding and sheets, including a vintage blue queen sheet set priced at only $89.99. The range comes in five colours, including soft soda pink and dark sea blue as well.</p> <p>The French linen is breathable and perfect for both winter and summer. The French linen quilt cover seats are soft enough to have you sleeping like a baby, with the queen size also priced at $89.99.</p> <p>For another $59.99, a knitted throw could be the perfect accessory to add the perfect touch to your bedroom.</p> <p>ALDI has also released a wooden bedside table that can double for a suitable loungeroom addition as well for $39.99.</p> <p>A statement chair is sometimes very necessary for the home and The Elwood Chair at the supermarket in either grey or beige could be just what you needed in your home for $119.</p> <p>Further, the range also features a number of cushions available for $19.99 each.</p> <p>These Special Buys items will be on sale from July 10.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the full range.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div></div>

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Are you aware of these new changes that can impact you financially?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the financial year for 2019 has drawn to a close, there are a whole range of changes that you need to know about that have started impacting you since July 1.</span></p> <p><strong>Small business write-off has lifted</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The instant asset write-off has jumped from $25,000 to $30,000 for small businesses which aims to give a much-needed boost to the books.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As we get towards the end of the financial year, now is a good time to do some last-minute planning,” H&amp;R tax expert Mark Chapman told </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/tax/ato-tax-return-claim-all-the-changes-coming-july-1-what-you-need-to-know/news-story/c65e8ac48427544a0c0ab2aa73c8b3f0"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a really good time for a cash flow perspective to take advantage of that,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a real win for small businesses because if you’re buying tax-deductible office equipment, computers, laptops, tools, or even motor vehicles and utes, you write off the cost completely against your tax.”</span></p> <p><strong>Inactive superannuation accounts have closed</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If your life insurance is wrapped in your old super account, you might want to pay attention. Super accounts that have been inactive for 16 months have their default life cover switched off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you have multiple superannuation accounts, the one that is most active will have life insurance attached to it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With more than 50 percent of Australians being unaware of the changes, it’s not looking good for those who are unaware.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This legislation has been introduced for very good reasons,” Association of Superannuation Funds for Australia (ASFA) chief executive Martin Fahy said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“However, the time frame for implementation has meant it has been challenging for superannuation funds to engage their members to ensure they understand the consequences of the changes in just a few short months.”</span></p> <p><strong>Other superannuation changes</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Superannuation is getting an overhaul in the new financial year, with a variety of changes which include:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Low balance accounts with less than $6,000 will have fees capped at 3 per cent to avoid accounts being gouged by fees</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">All super fund exit fees will be banned</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Those who have retired or are aged between 65 and 74 can make voluntary superannuation contributions if their super balance is under $300,000 </span></li> </ul> <p><strong>Luxury car owners tax</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cars valued at $100,000 and $150,00 will be charged a duty of $14 per $200 of market value in Victoria.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For cars that are worth more than $150,000, a duty of $18 per $200 of market value will be charged.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Low emission cars and farming vehicles are exempt from these charges. </span></p> <p><strong>Increase to minimum wage</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The minimum wage will increase by 3 per cent to $740.80 per week or $19.49 an hour for the first full pay period starting on or after July 1.</span></p>

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When you could receive your $1,080

<p>Millions of Australians could receive $1,080 in their bank accounts as early as next week, as Scott Morrison’s tax cut package is on track to pass through parliament.</p> <p>If the legislation passes this week, low- and middle-income earners who have lodged their tax returns for the 2018-19 financial year can expect to receive up to $1,080 in a matter of days, said Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.</p> <p>“The benefits will flow quickly,” Frydenberg told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/federal-parliament-is-back-live-updates-from-the-first-sitting-day-of-the-new-term/live-coverage/20790c609c730504165a0498dae2d2c8" target="_blank"><em>Sky News</em></a>.</p> <p>The $158 billion tax cut package passed through the House of Representatives on Tuesday night, and is now awaiting approval in the Senate. The Coalition needs the support of four out of six crossbenchers to succeed. While Centre Alliance senators Stirling Griff and Rex Patricks have suggested that they will back the bill, Jacqui Lambie has yet to declare her position.</p> <p>One Nation’s Pauline Hanson said in June that she would not support the tax plan “<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/government-has-yet-to-approach-pauline-hanson-about-supporting-its-signature-tax-cuts/news-story/19f20f625800332ad9169755285b83c4" target="_blank">in full</a>”.</p> <p>Should the Senate vote in favour of the bill without amendments, Labor leader Anthony Albanese will hold a shadow cabinet meeting on Thursday to re-assess his party’s position on stages two and three of the package.</p> <p>While the Opposition supports stage one – which would give 4.5 million Australians earning $48,000 to $90,000 per year a $1,080 cut – it argues that the third stage should not be passed as the state of the global economy does not guarantee that the government will be able to afford the plan.</p> <p>Stage three of the proposed package would see a flat tax rate of 30 per cent for Australians earning between $45,000 and $200,000 starting mid-2024.</p> <p>“What we are going to do is to fight for making this package better for the economy and also fairer,” Albanese said on Tuesday morning.</p> <p>Find out how much you can receive in tax relief under the plans <a href="https://www.budget.gov.au/2019-20/content/estimator/incometax.htm">here</a>.</p>

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