The Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the insurance industry with specific reference to extreme weather and disaster events. Submissions will be accepted until Friday 12 August 2011, with the exception of submissions from Western Australia, which are requested by Friday 22 July 2011, as the Committee will…

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The Select Committee on Australia’s Food Processing Sector is inquiring into the competitiveness and future viability of Australia’s food processing sector. As part of its inquiry, the committee will consider the implications for the sector of Australia’s regulatory environment, competition regime and anti-dumping rules, international anti-free trade measures, and production inputs. The committee is inviting…

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Standards Australia is developing a new standard, DR AS/NZS 5377 – Collection, storage, transport and treatment of e-waste. This standard is intended to guide industry in complying with Product Stewardship legislation expected to pass through federal parliament this year. The legislation is part of the government’s National Waste Policy which aims to minimise dumping of…

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ACCAN national conference 2011 7-8 September 2011 Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney With the rollout of the National Broadband Network underway, many consumers want to know what Australia’s future will be like with universal access to high-speed broadband. What sort of services and applications in the home will telecommunications providers be able to offer their…

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CFA welcomes recent action by the ACCC to respond to misleading advertising in the communications sector. In July the Federal Court  ordered Optus to pay $5.26 million in civil pecuniary penalties for breaches of the Trade Practices Act through the advertising of  various broadband internet plans. In recent months, the ACCC has successfully taken enforcement…

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Allphones penalised $45,000 for contempt of court The Federal Court has penalised Allphones Retail Pty Ltd $45,000 for contempt of orders following action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. For more information see the ACCC website. Optus penalised $5.26 million for misleading broadband advertising The Federal Court has ordered Optus to pay $5.26 million…

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Ross Gittens delivers the 2011 Ruby Hutchison Memorial Address The ACCC, in conjunction with CHOICE, presented the Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture delivered by Mr Ross Gittins AM, Economics Editor, Sydney Morning Herald on 6 June 2011. Traditionally held on the eve of the annual national consumer conference, the Ruby Hutchison address is held in honour…

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ACCC issues guidance on fibre and cable broadband ‘speed’ claims The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission published an Information Paper in July to assist providers of hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband internet services in complying with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. For more information see the ACCC website. Scammers…

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ACCC concerned baby bling still on sale The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is concerned that baby bling is still available for purchase online despite a national ban introduced by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury, on Friday, 15th July. For more information, go to the ACCC website. National product safety ban for…

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