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The consumer watchdog has succeeded in having unfair terms from the standard contract of a major waste management company – which set up shop in Western Australia last year - binned, in the first enforcement of new laws designed to protect small businesses.
Oil prices settled slightly higher on Wednesday, with Brent touching three-week highs and then retreating after a surprising drop in U.S. refining rates and an unexpected build in fuel stocks signaled slower demand in the world's top oil consumer.
Gold fell for a third straight session on Wednesday on pressure from the U.S. dollar's gains for much of the session and amid speculation that the next chair of the Federal Reserve could be a policy hawk.
Mining giant Rio Tinto and two top former executives have been charged with fraud by US market regulators for allegedly inflating the value of an African coal business that cost the company a $2.9 billion write-down.
Oil prices ended little changed on Tuesday, steadying after earlier gains and losses, as expectations of high US production and exports offset concerns that fighting between Iraqi and Kurdish forces could threaten the country's crude output.
Telstra says competition in the telecommunications sector remains tough and concedes it will probably lose customers to smaller rival TPG Telecom when the market newcomer establishes its own mobile phone network.
Crude prices have risen one per cent as Iraqi forces entered the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, seizing territory from Kurdish fighters and briefly cutting some crude output from OPEC's second-largest producer.
An employee and a contractor of state government-owned energy supplier Horizon Power have each been charged following an investigation by the state's corruption watchdog into allegations of serious misconduct.