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  • OECD E-commerce guidelines – a step forward for consumers in the digital age

    Robin Simpson, Consumers International’s Senior Policy Advisor discusses the recently revised OECD E-commerce guidelines and their implications for consumers. The OECD published its revised E-commerce guidelines at the end of March. They form a useful outline for any regulator that is developing work in this area and a good starting point for consumer groups that want to evaluate [...]

  • Consumer groups welcome a stronger ASIC

    Consumer groups CHOICE and Consumer Action Law Centre welcome today’s announcement of new funding and powers to protect consumers of financial services. In 2014-15 ASIC’s budget was reduced by $120 million over four years, in addition to an efficiency dividend of $47 million over the same period.[i] “Today’s funding announcement is good news for Australians. [...]

  • Comparing prices to get easier with new standard in development

    In a price-conscious world, being able to compare prices quickly and effectively is a growing consumer demand. A new standard in development on unit pricing will help. Consumers are increasingly using price as a factor when making purchase decisions1. But with an explosion in product choices – a survey of an Australian supermarket, for example, showed it [...]

  • Medical Board of Australia releases new guidelines on cosmetic and surgical procedures

    The Medical Board of Australia has released guidelines, informing practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures The guidelines follow a series of mishaps where individuals have been harmed by cosmetic and surgical procedures. These guidelines intend to keep patients safe whilst not restricting practitioners from doing their job effectively.   The rallying support from [...]

  • Consumers’ Federation of Australia Consumer Agenda – Federal Election 2016

    The Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA) is the peak body for Australian consumer organisations. The 40 organisational members and associated members represent the commitment to assist and provide services to Australian consumers. Members of CFA believe that Australian consumers are entitled to: ›         fair, effective and sustainable markets ›         affordable and equitable access to essential [...]

  • Children and consumer product safety: Current regime and scope for reform

    The article below was written for the special 2016 Children Rights Edition of the HRLC Monthly Bulletin, Rights Agenda, developed in collaboration with the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, King & Wood Mallesons and the Human Rights Law Centre. DISCLAIMER: Please note that material in this Bulletin (Material) is intended to contain matters which may be of interest. [...]

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