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11 February 2018 1:40 AM Power companies forced to pay $5 million in compensation to Victorians hit by blackouts

Power companies are being forced to pay compensation to Victorians affected by last month's blackouts, with payments up to $180 depending on how long a household went without electricity. As part of the $5 million package, announced on Sunday, around 50,000 households who lost power on January 28 will receive a one-off payments. About 40,000 more customers 8

8 February 2018 8:40 AM Big four banks won't enforce gag orders in royal commission

The major banks have promised not to enforce confidentiality agreements that were threatening to stop victims or whistleblowers from giving evidence to the royal commission into industry misconduct. Investigative journalist Adele Ferguson reflects on the long journey to the announcement of a royal commission, and whether it will make a difference 10

8 February 2018 12:25 AM Markets Live: ASX follows US into the red

Tesla said on Wednesday it was sticking with Chief Executive Elon Musk's revised production targets for its Model 3 electric sedan, but posted its worst-ever quarterly loss, and warned that spending would increase slightly this year. Shares of the Palo Alto, California-based company were barely changed in extended trading. Money-losing Tesla's long-term 62

7 February 2018 4:01 PM Trains every two minutes: Sydney Metro will get rid of troublesome bottleneck on rail network

In a little over a year, new world-class metro rail services will start in Sydney – the biggest addition to our city's rail network in a century. There are as many opinions on whether Sydney Metro will improve the rail system as there are public transport customers, but the facts show it is a transformative project that Sydney cannot do without. At full capacity 10 1

2 February 2018 12:51 AM Markets Live: ASX turns losses to gains

Apple's revenue forecast for the second quarter was below market expectations, adding to concerns of a plateau in demand for its newer iPhones, including the anniversary edition iPhone X. The company forecast second-quarter revenue between $US60 billion and $US62 billion, while analysts on average were expecting $US65.73 billion, according to Thomson 32

30 January 2018 8:05 AM 'I could feel the knife': victims recount robbery terror

Two men have described their terror and ongoing trauma after a man brandishing a hunting knife robbed them to fuel his drug habit. Joshua Dean Ridgeway, 22, robbed Anaconda retail store in Fyshwick in September last year after threatening a sales assistant with a stolen hunting knife. The next day he pretended to be interested in buying a man's car, before 11

17 January 2018 7:44 PM Alexa gets Aussie accent as Amazon launches smart speakers down under

Amazon's talkative Alexa smart assistant is officially on her way to Australia as the online retail giant opens preorders for its Echo smart speakers, in preparation for an "early February" local launch. Rival to Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, Amazon's smart assistant has been localised for Australia. Along with sounding like an Aussie, Alexa will also recognise 15 1

15 January 2018 1:45 AM Vocus Group announces restructure

Vocus Group has divided the enterprise and wholesale divisions of its Australian business into separate operating segments, in a bid to restore shareholder value. Australia's fourth-largest telco says its structure will now comprise four reportable segments: Enterprise and Government; Wholesale and International; Consumer; and New Zealand, allowing senior 11

8 January 2018 8:26 AM 'Absolutely disgusted': op shop thefts anger residents

Angry discussions were sparked on a community Facebook group after a picture of clothes scattered on the floor in front of the Good Sammy Mandurah drop-off bins was posted by an outraged resident. Karla Ann Armstrong had posted the pictures on Mandurah Q and A on Sunday morning with the caption, "I am absolutely disgusted !!!!!! How can people be this lazy." Good Samaritan 18

3 January 2018 9:33 PM Camera on toilet floor in fast-food restaurant: Man charged

A Melbourne man has been charged with trying to spy on customers in a fast food outlet's toilet cubicle by placing a hidden camera on the floor. The 28-year-old Heathmont man allegedly set up the device to secretly film inside the Wantirna restaurant's lavatory in September. Another man had noticed the camera on the floor and the incident was reported 30