Amy Bainbridge,

Amy Bainbridge

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Past articles by Amy:

Aung San Suu Kyi says Rohingya Muslims caught up in 'internal armed conflict'

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi launches a staunch defence of her country's military, denying accusations of genocide against its minority Muslim Rohingya community at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. → Read More

Aung San Suu Kyi puts domestic politics ahead of her global reputation to defend Myanmar's military

Aung San Suu Kyi has slowly lost her status as an international democracy icon, and her trip to The Hague to defend Myanmar on genocide charges appears to have nothing to do with winning friends overseas, writes Amy Bainbridge. → Read More

'This is an urgent problem': Banks move to address 'shoddy' debt collection practices

Over the past year, debt collectors have forced hundreds of Australians into bankruptcy over small debts, but new banking guidelines hope to stop that from happening. → Read More

Problem diesel filters 'widespread' as VW, Subaru owners report similar problems to Toyota drivers

Peter Banks was driving on a freeway when his car suddenly lost acceleration. He was told the car was doing exactly what it was designed to do, but that's a problem. → Read More

Regional households are struggling to pay power bills and it's not just about energy prices

Tens of thousands of households are having their electricity disconnected for not paying their bills, but there's more to the problem than just high energy prices. → Read More

Credit card companies want to 'catch you and keep you'. So, how do you get out of debt?

Australians owe $45 billion on credit cards after opening more than 20 million accounts in a five-year period. It's time to talk about paying that debt off. → Read More

Kyle's Hilux spewed out so much smoke, authorities threatened to fine her for pollution

Problems with diesel particulate filters in top-selling Toyota cars have exposed Australia's 'lagging' vehicle emissions standards, public health and environmental advocates say. → Read More

'They're ruthless': Kim Forrest faced bankruptcy and losing her home over a credit card debt

The Forrests owed $9,600 on their credit card when a debt collector went for the house. Consumer advocates say the case highlights an alarming trend towards forced bankruptcies in Australia. → Read More

Toyota faces class action over claims Hilux, Prado have faulty diesel filters

Up to 250,000 Australian cars could be affected as a major class action is filed against popular manufacturer Toyota, alleging faulty diesel filters are causing problems with exhausts and fuel efficiency. → Read More

School principal fleeced of $1,500 in ATO scam, as authorities struggle with dramatic increase in calls

School principal Michelle Wilson spent a stressful two hours on the phone, convinced she owed $8,000 and could soon be arrested if she didn't pay up. Then she realised the whole thing was an elaborate hoax. → Read More

Corporate watchdog ASIC to use new powers against payday lender Cigno

Months after being given new powers, corporate watchdog ASIC is taking action against Gold Coast payday lender Cigno Loans, which is accused of exploiting vulnerable Australians. → Read More

Telcos required to run better checks on customers' income before offering phone plans

Telcos will now have to confirm your income and credit rating if you're looking to buy a phone on a new plan, but consumer groups say the changes don't go far enough. → Read More

Claim Telstra selling expensive phone plans to people on welfare

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has confirmed it's investigating Telstra over the way it sells phone contracts to vulnerable Indigenous Australians. → Read More

Telstra to face investigation over selling 'unaffordable contracts' to vulnerable Australians

Telstra is accused of stitching up vulnerable Australians to unfair phone and tablet contracts. Now the consumer watchdog has launched an investigation. → Read More

Travel insurers still discriminating against mental illness

An investigation into the travel insurance industry has found that despite a test case four years ago, major companies are still discriminating against people with mental health conditions. → Read More

Travel insurers refusing to cover mental illness 'widespread', investigation finds

Travel insurance companies that impose blanket exclusions for mental health illnesses are promising to change their ways after an investigations finds hundreds of Australians have been discriminated against. → Read More

Why you could be about to lose some of the most important insurance you have

Vulnerable Australians, including those living in remote areas, could be about to lose the insurance attached to their superannuation funds under changes set to take effect from July 1. → Read More

Why you can still be charged double for consumer goods, years after Government pledged crackdown

Desperate for basic goods after splitting from his partner, Ray Pilven signed up for a rent-to-buy contract, only to find himself struggling to pay off double the items’ worth. → Read More

Uber to face major class action from thousands of taxi and private drivers

A major class action against the world's biggest ride-sharing company will be filed in the Victorian Supreme Court today, as more than 6,000 members of the taxi and private driving industry sue Uber for loss of income. → Read More

Why a broken leg during world marathon mission was the best thing to happen to Mina Guli

She tried. She failed. But still she conquered. When her efforts to raise awareness of the world’s water crisis by running 100 marathons in 100 days derailed, Mina Guli was distraught. But it was the beginning of something even bigger. → Read More