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It’s Bushfire season – Be “air smart” and “lung smart”

It’s Bushfire season – Be “air smart” and “lung smart”

This time last year, Australians were bracing themselves for the onslaught of unprecedented bushfire events, with air pollution up to 11 times the base ‘hazardous’ level.1 This resulted in smoke-related health costs estimated at $1.95 billion according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Australian bushfires 2019–20: Exploring the short-term health impacts released this week.2 As an “air smart” public education campaign is considered by the NSW Parliament, maintaining respiratory health is becoming a priority for many Australians, with many considering what immediate steps can be taken now.1,3 The proposed “air smart’ public education campaign, similar to the established “sun smart” campaign, would...

Business

Australia’s biggest telco fined over indigenous contracts

Australia’s biggest telco fined over indigenous contracts

Australia’s largest telco faces a A$50m (£27.5m ; $37m) fine over its sale of mobile contracts to vulnerable indigenous customers. The fines relate to 108 indigenous customers who paid for contracts they could neither understand nor afford. Australia’s consumer watchdog accused Telstra of “unconscionable conduct” for the sales. Telstra apologised and agreed to waive debts, refund money paid and reduce the risk of similar conduct in the future. “This case exposes extremely serious conduct which exploited social, language, literacy and cultural vulnerabilities of these Indigenous consumers,” the chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Rod Sims said in...

Technology

Slack stock spikes on reports of Salesforce deal

Slack stock spikes on reports of Salesforce deal

Slack shares shot up as much as 28% Wednesday, despite being halted twice for volatility, following a report that Salesforce has been in talks to acquire the workplace messaging app. Salesforce shares were down more than 4% on the news. The talks were first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Any deal would likely value Slack at more than its market capitalization of $17 billion earlier Wednesday, according to the Journal. The report also notes that there is no guarantee the talks will lead to a deal. As of Wednesday afternoon, Slack’s stock price reached more than $36 and its...