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Rob Nicholls

Rob Nicholls

Dr Rob Nicholls is a lecturer in business law at the UNSW Business School.

He was previously a research fellow at Swinburne University of Technology where he worked on spectrum policy matters and a research fellow at the Centre for International Finance and Regulation where he researched the intersection of competition law with financial services regulations. His research applies system and network analysis techniques, commonly used in networked industries, to examine error amplification. Rob is the Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator in a regime established to deal with wholesale disputes arising over both legacy services and migration to the NBN. He has had a thirty-year career concentrating on regulations and governance, particularly in networked industries. He has worked for Webb Henderson, the ACCC and Gilbert + Tobin.

If scandals don't make us switch banks, financial technology might

Feb 07, 2017 04:06 am UTC| Fintech

An efficient market relies on rational customers being willing to change suppliers when theres good reason to do so. But what happens when customers stay put regardless? This issue is particularly acute in the banking...

Simpler account switching would help keep our banks honest

Oct 04, 2016 09:22 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

When the chiefs of Australias largest banks appear before the Standing Committee on Economics this week its likely theyll be asked about the current level of competition in retail banking. One of the objectives of...

Your risk, my reward: is the sharing economy becoming less selfish?

Mar 04, 2016 00:08 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

In the early days of the sharing economy, players like Uber and Airbnb provided a platform for their services, but no such protection on the risks that came with them. They shifted the risk instead to the buyers side or...

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Economy

McDonald's Korea issues an apology after the discovery of expired buns and tortillas

McDonalds Korea issued an apology to its customers after it was discovered that one of its fast-food outlets in Seoul has been serving expired hamburger buns and tortillas. The restaurant admitted the mistake and expressed...

Target luring workers with free college tuition and books benefit offer

Target, the eighth-largest retailer in the U.S., announced new benefit programs for its workers this week. The company revealed that it will be offering 100% free college tuition to its team members, and books are included...

CVS Health hike wages as its earnings climb

CVS Health will increase its workers wages after seeing growth in its profits. The health care retail company will be raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour starting in July next year. Fox Business reported that while...

SK Innovation to separate its battery and refining business units to become two separate entities

SK Innovation is set to split up its battery and petroleum refining business divisions. It was revealed on Wednesday, Aug. 4, that the South Korean company will be dividing the units and separate them to become two new...

Politics

Joe Biden calls for NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign following sexual harassment probe

US President Joe Biden largely stayed away from speaking about the probe into the sexual harassment allegations that were made against Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. However, following the report that came from...

Nancy Pelosi calls on NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after sexual harassment allegations

The recent investigation that confirmed the allegations of sexual harassment made against Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has led to many figures calling for his resignation. This also includes House Speaker...

Capitol riots: AT&T, Mastercard are reportedly still donating to GOP group involved in insurrection

The insurrection at the Capitol that occurred last January 6 led to many big-name corporations speaking out and condemning those who were involved, even ceasing to give political donations. However, a new report reveals...

North Korea: Kim Jong-un reportedly orders execution of military officer over criticism against order

The communist nation of North Korea is known to adhere to a strict order without question or criticism from its own officials. Recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of a military official who...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

‘Beyond Good & Evil 2’ might no longer launch on PS4 and Xbox One

Despite the scarcity of updates about the Beyond Good Evil 2 development, it remains one of the most awaited titles from Ubisoft. However, the publisher may have changed its plans for the upcoming action-adventure and it...

PSVR 2 could launch with ‘hybrid’ AAA games

Sony confirmed earlier this year that it has started the development of the next-generation of PlayStation virtual reality hardware that many call PSVR 2. Aside from upgrading technical specifications of the headset of...

‘Halo Infinite’ is likely getting a second technical preview

The first flight test for Halo Infinite concluded recently, but fans might get another chance at experiencing the game before it releases later this year. Developers have confirmed that at least one more flight is being...

‘New World’ release date is delayed to late September

Amazon Games upcoming MMORPG was well-received during its closed beta that ran for weeks. However, what came after that success was not something fans could have anticipated. For the fourth time, New World has been...

‘Battlefield 2042’ technical playtest kicks off on August 12

The series of technical playtest for Battlefield 2042 will reportedly commence next week, but fans might still have a chance to join. EA has also revealed the minimum and recommended PC system requirements, and, as...
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