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Esther Han

Esther Han is the consumer affairs reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald. She was previously the food and wine news writer for Fairfax Media.

Fireball over Sydney was a piece of space junk

Space junk

Esther Han Statistically, one person will be hit by a piece of space junk and killed in the next 50 years, scientists say. But there is no need to worry, because even that statistic is alarmist.

Peter Holmes a Court and Alissa Everett put off wedding after guest dies in train crash

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Jacob Saulwick, Esther Han A friend of Peter Holmes a Court's fiancee has provided new details about the moment a freight train slammed into the back of a tram carrying the couple and wedding guests in Zimbabwe, killing a...

Choice rates on children's bank accounts

A child counting his money.

Esther Han There are many surprise lessons to learn in personal finance and, if children's bank account offerings are anything to go by, the banks are making sure customers learn them young.

'Deception': Seafood industry wants country of origin labels

Esther Han A plate of crispy-skinned barramundi arrives as you enjoy the ocean view at a Sydney restaurant. The vast majority of the dining public would assume the fish was caught in Australia, but the seafood...

Australian tourist shot in the face during US street fight

Amy Matthews and her aunt Rhonda in hospital in New Orleans.

Esther Han It was meant to be a fun gap year in the US for 21-year-old Amy Matthews, but her dream turned into a nightmare when she was shot in the face during a New Orleans firefight.

ACCC sues discount coupon website Spreets for misleading and deceptive conduct

Spreets

Esther Han The consumer watchdog is suing group-buying website Spreets for misleading and deceiving customers over discount deals, voucher rules, and consumer rights.

Shoppers hunger for 'local' foods at supermarkets

Jessica Xu and Bruce Francis at Everleigh Farmers Market at Carriageworks in Everleigh, Sydney.
28th June 2014
Photo: Janie Barrett

Esther Han Shoppers have never been more enthused about eating local foods, flocking to farmers' markets, tending community gardens, and engaging in food swaps.

Bar, restaurant and cafe owners outraged over PIN-only law

PIN only: signing will be phased out.

Esther Han For decades, Australians have ended a big evening out with a flourish of the pen. But on August 1, signatures will be abolished from credit cards, infuriating restaurateurs who say costs will soar...

Health star ratings slapped on popular children's snacks

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Esther Han Choice has slapped nutrition ratings on 265 popular children's snacks using the government's health star ratings calculator, which was available on a government website before it was controversially...

Plastic surgery crackdown as health insurers target false claims

Portrait of woman with lines on her face. Cosmetic surgery / Getty images

Esther Han The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has warned that genuine plastic surgery claims of privately-insured patients could be rejected, as health insurers tighten their payout systems.

All Jamie's Garden plush toys recalled by Woolworths – can choke and stab

Jamie Oliver.

Esther Han and Beau Donelly Woolworths has recalled every plush toy sold in its Jamie's Garden range, saying "poorly" attached hands and feet could result in a child being choked.

Coles found guilty of passing off bread made overseas as 'freshly baked'

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Esther Han Coles has been found guilty by the Federal Court of misleading shoppers with claims its breads and other bakery goods were "freshly baked" when that was not the case.

Dating scams leave victims broke and broken-hearted

Esther Han and Inga Ting Dating and romance-related fraud netted $25.2 million last year.

Free-range egg to get legal definition

Ministers agree on national plan: Draft national standard for free range eggs will include a strict definition and minimum labelling rules.

Esther Han You are choosing between two cartons of free-range eggs with pictures of happy hens and rolling hills. One is double the price.

Woolies cancels buyers meeting with AusVeg farmers

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Esther Han Woolworths has cancelled a ''critically important'' meeting between Australian farmers and 40 international buyers, the growers' peak body claims, in retaliation for their public protest against...

Jamie Oliver responds to protest against Woolies levy

Jamie Oliver is aware of the campaign by Australian farmers.

Esther Han Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is aware of the storm of protest surrounding Woolworth's moves to charge farmers for its latest fresh food campaign.

Aussie vegie growers beg Jamie Oliver to stop Woolies fee

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Esther Han Vegetable farmers are pleading with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to intervene in their stoush with Woolworths, which began when the supermarket firm demanded they pay an extra fee to fund a new...

Unilever, Revlon trade sprays in deodorant fight

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Esther Han Unilever and Revlon are sweating it out in the Federal Court over the efficacy claims of the newest clinical antiperspirant product to go on sale.

Canberra reaps $360m from inactive bank accounts

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Esther Han and Inga Ting The federal government has bagged an unprecedented $360 million from household bank accounts since a controversial change to unclaimed money laws, Australian Securities and Investments Commission...

When government takes your money, literally

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Esther Han The government takes away Kim Taylor's money from her bank account because she hadn't touched it in more than three years