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6 Best Bathroom Scales in Australia 2020: From $40

Best bathroom scales in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our expert team chose the best bathroom scales from a wide range of reputable brands, based on high ratings and an average 70% customer approval rate 4.3 or more from Amazon customers. To help you find the best bathroom scale, we based our findings on design, features and cost. We read hundreds of customer and expert reviews on bathroom scales and came up with the six best for your fitness and weight loss goals.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Best overall bathroom scale: Withings Body+ Smart Bathroom Scale

Withings Body+ Smart Bathroom Scale

  • Gives you full body analysis
  • Has a companion app for easier tracking
  • Set-up can be tricky for novices
  • Some customers say the body composition percentages are not easy to understand

Price (RRP): $179.95

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Why we chose it

A bestseller on Amazon with more than 6,000 ratings and an average 4.5 stars, the Withings Body+ bathroom scale is our pick for the best option for most people.

It has 5 out of 5 stars from more than 73% of Amazon customers and is well-liked by experts. This scale does more than weigh your body weight. It also tracks your body composition, giving you an accurate measure of body fat, water percentage, and muscle and bone mass.

The Withings Body+ offers great connectivity via WiFI and Bluetooth, and is great for companion apps. It can store data for up to eight users and it even gives you a weather report for the day.


Best digital bathroom scale: Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale

Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale

  • Sensitive, accurate readings
  • Customers say it’s durable
  • Limited in function
  • Batteries need replacing frequently

Price (RRP): $60

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Australia should brace for a wave of business failures and growing mortgage stress, the RBA warns, as support measures fall away


Australia’s central bank expects the number of small business failures will “rise substantially” as income and loan pressure builds.

With income support measures and more than $200 billion in loan deferrals set to expire, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) says between 10% and 15% of businesses in hard-hit sectors won’t make it as they run out of cash.

“These businesses are in a tenuous position and are particularly vulnerable to a further deterioration in trading conditions or the removal of support measures,” the RBA wrote in its Financial Stability Review published on Friday.

“Survey evidence indicates that about one-quarter of small businesses currently receiving income support would close if the support measures were removed now, before an improvement in trading conditions.”

While the RBA acknowledged there was “a high degree of uncertainty about the magnitude and timing” of those failures, the prognosis doesn’t look good.

For one, the number of business insolvencies has been suppressed since March as the government allowed owners to continue operating despite mounting debts.

While helpful at the time, various groups have warned that all that may do is create a business blowout further down the line, that will have even larger ramifications as owners scramble to settle with their creditors.

So too will $200 billion in loan deferrals need to be dealt with by January. It’s telling that even with that option, the RBA notes that commercial vacancies are rising and especially for retail businesses.

“Retail vacancies rose sharply over the first half of 2020. The biggest increase has been in central business districts (CBDs), where vacancy rates have risen to over 10%,” the RBA wrote.

“Further increases in vacancy rates are likely and department stores have accelerated planned closures.”

All of this will have greater consequences for Australian workers, who face the growing

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Elderly homes in Australia under fire after high COVID-19 deaths | Australia News

Melbourne, Australia – Neville Vaughan was the “life of the party” at the aged care home, where he lived in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

He loved to sing and dance. In February, he even joined the festivities celebrating the 18th birthday of his granddaughter, Rebecca.

But despite being remembered as a very socialble person, Vaughn died alone after contracting the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, at the nursing home.

Suffering from dementia, the 80-year-old had a hard time comprehending why his family had to socially distance from him, including his wife of 61 years, Margaret.

“My grandmother said that they would have to sit on separate sides of the room, but he would try to come up and hug her,” Rebecca told Al Jazeera.

“And he would say: ‘Why can’t I hug you or give you a kiss?’”

Eventually, visits were banned, and the last time Vaughn saw his wife was through FaceTime at the hospital, where he was transferred after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Neville died on August 16, a week before his 81st birthday.

Allegations of mismanagement

Globally, Australia has been praised for largely containing the coronavirus, with an estimated 27,000 cases and 886 deaths as of Thursday.

Yet the elderly account for a staggering 665 of those deaths; people who had picked up the infection in the nursing homes where they were supposed to feel safe. Of those, 635 of the deaths were in the state of Victoria – including Vaughn.

The large number of casualties in Victoria has been attributed to the alleged “mismanagement” of the state’s quarantine system, from which a reported 99 percent of new cases spread.

Neville Vaughn died on August 16, a week before his 81st birthday [Courtesy of Rebecca Vaughan/Al Jazeera]

The deaths, especially among the aged population, has left many

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Netball Australia commits to making Indigenous improvements | Netball

Netball Australia has devised a “declaration of commitment” to improving Indigenous representation and diversity in the sport.

Super Netball came under fire recently for using the competition’s only Indigenous player, Jemma Mi Mi, in promotions for their Indigenous round, only for the Queensland Firebirds to not play her.

There have only been two Indigenous players – Marcia Ella-Duncan and Sharon Finnan-White – in the national team, and none since the 1990s.

The former Diamonds have been vocal about the lack of action by Netball Australia, which prompted the review into the sport’s lack of diversity and the declaration, announced on Tuesday.

While participation rates show 4% of the netball community is Indigenous, this does not translate to elite levels.

The “declaration of commitment” is a pledge from a coalition of 20 of netball’s peak organisations to take significant action to break down the barriers that have prevented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, coaches, umpires and administrators from flourishing in the sport.

Ella-Duncan and Finnan-White, along with Stacey Campton and Ali Tucker-Munro, will play a key leadership role.

The early phases of the “declaration” will focus on understanding further the experiences of players, coaches, umpires and administrators in the system. Tracking and reporting of this will then be a foundation of a national strategy to be announced next April.

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