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CFA member CHOICE is calling for mandatory country of origin labelling on unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken products to help consumers make informed decisions about the meat they’re buying. Currently, only unpackaged pork and seafood are required to carry labels identifying their country of origin, but CHOICE believes this should be extended to beef, chicken…

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A landmark event in the Standards community is World Standards Day, with this year’s theme of Creating Confidence Globally. It is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards, and to raise the importance of standardisation…

Read More World Standards Day – 14 October 2011

A large number of community and welfare organisations have today signed an open letter to the Minister for Financial Services, Bill Shorten, in support of draft legislation released by the government to Signatories include CFA members Choice, Consumer Credit Legal Centre, Care Financial Counselling, ACT, Consumer Action Law Centre, the Financial and Consumer Rights Council…

Read More Consumer and welfare groups support Govt’s payday lending reforms – open letter to Minister Shorten

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ASIC has launched  Health Month Month to encourage consumers to take early action when they spot the signs of mortgage stress. ASIC’s MoneySmart website includes practical information for consumers facing various levels of mortgage stress, short video guides, tools such as a budget planner and mortgage calculator and guides to obtaining help from free financial…

Read More Mortgage health month to help consumers avoid stress

A sunscreen without nano particles was recently forced to tone down its advertising claim that it was safer than alternative products which do contain nano particles. In electronic media advertising the company stated that “Unlike most sunscreens Invisible Zinc is a physical barrier between you and the sun.” Online the ads went further, saying that…

Read More Sunscreens: with or without nano particles

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As part of a “Future Directions’ speech the incoming Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, outlined the ACCC’s approach to electricity prices as part of a discussion about how the various tools available to the ACCC will be coordinated. He noted that the Australian Energy Regulator [AER] is looking closely at…

Read More Electricity: ACCC to look at network prices and poor selling practices

ASIC has released a consultation paper and draft regulatory guide containing best practice guidance for the advertising of financial products and financial advice. The work seeks to promote confident and informed investors and financial consumers, noting the important role that advertising can play in helping investors to make important financial decisions. The Chairman of ASIC,…

Read More ASIC releases new advertising guidelines for financial products and advice

Persons with disabilities make up an estimated 10 per cent of the world’s population, eighty per cent of which reside in developing countries. Furthermore, a quarter of the global population is directly affected by disability, as care-givers or family members. [source: UN International day of Persons with Disabilities 2011 Introduction. See www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1561] To support this…

Read More Standards Australia Technical Committee ME-064 Access for People with a Disability

Eleanor Sumner has been the CFA representative on Standards Australia Technical Committee ME-064 Access for People with a Disability for approximately 10 years. Her work as a consumer advocate extends beyond her work with the Consumers Federation of Australia. Eleanor has had a life long commitment to women’s issues. After serving in the Women’s Royal…

Read More Introducing CFA Standards Project representative Eleanor Sumner

Standards Australia has two committees working in this area which include CFA representatives. With recent controversy on claims made by a sunscreen without nano particles, the work of the committees is as important as ever. CS-042 Sunscreen Agents is currently revising AS/NZ 2604:1998 Sunscreen products: evaluation & classification with the aim to bring it more…

Read More Sunscreen and nano tech – safety and consumers’ right to know?