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Honest brokers. Why mortgage broker commissions aren't the problem

  • Written by Mark Humphery-Jenner, Associate Professor of Finance, UNSW
Honest brokers. Why mortgage broker commissions aren't the problemMost mortgage brokers provide good service.Shutterstock

The Hayne Royal Commission began and ended with strident criticism of the mortgage broking industry.

It recommended brokers be required to act in the “best interests” of intending borrowers, and that intending borrowers, rather than the successful lender, pay the broker’s fee....

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how does a vasectomy work and can it be reversed?

  • Written by James Dunn, Associate Lecturer in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Western Sydney University
how does a vasectomy work and can it be reversed?Men who don't want any more kids will often choose to have a vasectomy.From shutterstock.com

Some men may shudder at the thought of “the snip”. But vasectomies are a safe and effective form of contraception for men who have completed their family, or don’t wish to have children.

Medicare data shows more than 25,000 Australian men ha...

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As Australia's soft power in the Pacific fades, China's voice gets louder

  • Written by Helen Vatsikopoulos, Lecturer in Journalism, University of Technology Sydney
As Australia's soft power in the Pacific fades, China's voice gets louderChina is broadcasting to more than 1 billion people in several different languages, while Australia sits on its soft power reviews.Screenshot/YouTube

This week, Department of Communications and Arts secretary Mike Mrdak told a Senate hearing our Pacific neighbours will soon experience “the full suite of programs available on Australian...

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Super-recognisers accurately pick out a face in a crowd – but can this skill be taught?

  • Written by Alice Towler, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, UNSW
Super-recognisers accurately pick out a face in a crowd – but can this skill be taught?One of these people is on a wanted list for theft. A super-recogniser may pick them at a glance. from www.shutterstock.com

Yenny is 26 years old, lives in Melbourne, and has a very specific talent.

One day, she was driving her car when she recognised a man who had been several years below her at high school and whom she hadn’t seen for more...

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