France strikes: Public sector workers march against Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms

France strikes: Public sector workers march against Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms

Updated March 23, 2018 08:17:03 Video: Thousands protest Macron reforms in Bastille (ABC News) Tens of thousands of nurses, teachers and other public sector workers have joined forces to march against French President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms, causing widespread travel disruption and bringing brief clashes with police in some cities. Key …

Driverless cars are now tested on our roads, so should we be worried?

Driverless cars are now tested on our roads, so should we be worried?

Updated March 23, 2018 06:32:59 Video: Police release video of Uber self-driving car accident (ABC News) Driverless vehicles are already being tested on Australian roads, but in the wake of the first pedestrian death in a collision with a self-driving test vehicle in the US, experts are asking whether the …

Gold Coast council dumps plan to mine Facebook data from Commonwealth Games visitors using free wi-fi

Gold Coast council dumps plan to mine Facebook data from Commonwealth Games visitors using free wi-fi

Posted March 22, 2018 13:01:09 Photo: The free wifi option available on the Gold Coast will no longer require a Facebook login. (ABC News: Elise Kinsella) Related Story: Handing over your Facebook data the price of free wi-fi Related Story: Facebook loses $US35b after massive data breach, tech stocks lead …

ANZ restores banking services after glitch left customers unable to withdraw more than $200

ANZ restores banking services after glitch left customers unable to withdraw more than $200

Updated March 22, 2018 23:59:54 ANZ says a technical glitch that affected its EFTPOS services, phone and internet banking platforms has been fixed. External Link: ANZ Australia tweet: “UPDATE: Good news, our systems are slowly coming back up for most of our customers. If you’re still experiencing issues, please try …

Haigh’s Chocolates opens new factory, hopes to expand around Australia

Haigh’s Chocolates opens new factory, hopes to expand around Australia

Posted March 22, 2018 16:45:01 Photo: Haigh’s plans on opening more stores around Australia and possible exporting overseas. (ABC News: Candice Prosser) At a time when many manufacturers are shutting their doors in South Australia, a local institution is bucking the trend by expanding. Haigh’s Chocolates has invested $15 million …

Storm Financial clients slam $140k fine after 3,000 investors left destitute

Storm Financial clients slam $140k fine after 3,000 investors left destitute

Updated March 22, 2018 19:05:46 Photo: Mr Reynolds lost his house in Townsville after being left with a $1.2 million debt. (ABC News: Rhea Abraham) Emmanuel and Julie Cassimatis, the husband and wife founders of collapsed company Storm Financial — which left more than 3,000 clients destitute — are facing …

Anglo American to take two years to build new road after causing earthquake-sized crack in Moura

Anglo American to take two years to build new road after causing earthquake-sized crack in Moura

Updated March 22, 2018 15:46:00 Video: Road cracks strand central Queensland community (ABC News) Related Story: Miner blasted by road users isolated for months by earthquake-like crack Related Story: Earthquake-like crack frightens Queensland drivers in coal belt A mining company says it will take two years to fix the logistical …

Unemployment edges up to 5.6 per cent despite more jobs created

Unemployment edges up to 5.6 per cent despite more jobs created

Updated March 22, 2018 12:55:32 Photo: Employment has now grown for 17 straight months, but with unemployment and underemployment rising there is no relief in sight for wage growth. (ABC News: Michael Barnett) Related Story: Jobs surge failing to deliver wage rises Related Story: Unemployment rate the least important number …

Online shopping tax of up to $7 per package for overseas purchases under consideration

Online shopping tax of up to $7 per package for overseas purchases under consideration

Updated March 22, 2018 09:36:42 Online shoppers could be slugged up to $7 more per package when buying products from overseas, under a Federal Government proposal. Key points: Packages worth more than $1,000 already attract the levy, but this plan would apply it to all overseas purchases The ABC understands …

The $50 million plan to shore up Victoria’s energy grid with big batteries

The $50 million plan to shore up Victoria’s energy grid with big batteries

Updated March 22, 2018 06:20:18 Photo: An artists’ impression of the Ballarat battery, which will be able to power 20,000 homes for an hour. (Supplied) Related Story: Renewable energy investment ‘bonanza’ is coming to Australia Related Story: SA Liberals tight-lipped on Musk battery storage plan Two large-scale, grid-connected batteries will …