CFA lobbies for better consumer rights – often with great success. The 4 key challenges we issued to political parties in 2007 have since all been met.
CFA’s 2010 election challenge called on each of the major parties – the Greens, the Liberal party, the Labor party, and the Nationals, to address twelve key issues The election challenge was developed by consumer advocates across Australia from many organisations. [ilink url=”http://consumersfederation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/ElectionPlatform2010Final_0001.pdf” style=”download”]CFA 2010 Election Platform[/ilink]
Australian consumers are badly under-represented in policy formation and general political debate – and they deserve to be heard. The consequences are:
- Australian consumers continue to be poorly served by key industries. These include utilities, telecommunications, insurance, and air travel.
- Social justice remains out of reach for low-income and other vulnerable consumers, which prevents them from fully participating in the consumer economy.
- Vulnerable consumers need protection against financial exploitation, and assistance to cope with ever increasing cost of living pressures, and complex products and markets.
- Australians’ health is not adequately protected. Needed consumer protection measures include adequate food labelling and the adoption of the precautionary principle in the regulation of chemicals.
In sum, Australian consumers deserve:
2. Effective industry regulation
3. Social justice
4. Safe products
[ilink url=”http://126.96.36.199/~consumer/2011/05/2010-election-consumer-platform/” style=”download”]CFA 2010 Election Challenge [/ilink] pdf 4.2mb.
The four policy challenges promoted in CFA’s 2007 challenge were:
1. The implementation of national unfair contract terms law
2. The appointment of a Federal Minister for Consumer and Competition Policy
3. The creation of a single national framework for the regulation of consumer credit
4. National, uniform regulation of residential tenancy databases
As noted above, all have since been implemented.