News National Top Stories: Thursday, 18 February 2016

Top Stories: Thursday, 18 February 2016

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aerial-property-edmEXCLUSIVE: Households gouged by the great council rates rip-off

A special investigation shows greedy councils are pushing rates higher at breathtaking speed. See if yours is in the 10 worst Read more


android-edmThe simple SMS that could destroy your Android smartphone

Opening this text message could allow hackers to wipe your phone or rack up thousands of dollars in usage Read more


unethical-phones-edmGoogle, Amazon and Canon among brands labelled ‘tech sweatshops’

Tech giants including makers of mega-selling smartphones are exploiting workers for huge profits. See the brands in the shame file Read more


abc-catalyst3ABC slammed for ‘scaremongering’ with claims Wi-Fi causes cancer

Experts slam the national broadcaster for airing a ‘biased’ program ‘without scientific merit’ about the supposed dangers of phones Read more


paul-mccartney-edm’How VIP do I have to be?’ Beatles legend not cool enough for afterparty

Being one of the greatest rock stars of all time doesn’t get you past the doorman. Watch Paul McCartney’s shocked reaction Read more


fairfax-papers-edmFairfax axes editor, speculation weekday newspapers soon to follow

More sackings and another restructure at Fairfax Media is the latest sign that the end of printed newspapers is drawing closer Read more


burger-edmThese are the 10 unhealthiest burgers at the big fast food chains

McDonald’s, KFC, Red Rooster, Hungry Jack’s – a health body has calculated just how long it would take to work off these whoppers Read more


toll-road-edmKa-Ching! Govt advised to convert all of the nation’s roads to tollways

Turnbull’s team is now considering the radical transport proposal, which would drive us off the roads. In fact, that’s precisely the point Read more


tim-cahill4Tim Cahill is the man who can save the A-League from total disaster

He’s the best Socceroo we’ve ever had. If the A-League is serious about becoming the nation’s premier local sport, it must recruit him Read more


petition-edm‘Don’t call it slacktivism’: how a simple click can change the world

Online activism gets a bad rap – it’s a lazy way of feeling righteous, say critics. But some big recent success could prove that wrong Read more


renter-edmAre you ‘rent poor’? Take a look at these new numbers to find out

A surprising number of Australians are paying way above the recommended amount of rent. And it’s not just those on Struggle Street Read more



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