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Millions of consumers around the world transfer money to their friends and relatives abroad. The World Bank estimates that a total of USD483 billion was sent in 2011.

Many communities in developing countries rely on remittances sent home by migrant workers to meet basic needs. But average charges for this relatively simple transaction are unreasonably high, often 10 or 20%.

Read More New Consumers International report shines the spotlight on global money-transfer markets

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Ingredients in cosmetic products are classed as industrial chemicals, even those described as naturally occurring. To make sure these products are safe for the workers handling them, the environment and for use by consumers, the Australian Government assesses the ingredients used in the manufacture and importation of cosmetics in Australia.

Read More Ensuring the safety of chemicals in cosmetics

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings against Excite Mobile Pty Ltd, alleging false and misleading conduct and unconscionable conduct in providing mobile phone services across Australia. Excite Mobile is also alleged to have used undue coercion in attempts to obtain payment for mobile phone services.

Read More ACCC takes action against Excite Mobile

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Households can look forward to the long promised but often delayed benefits of smart meters following the Victorian Government’s decision to go ahead with the rollout, due to be completed by the end of 2013. The decision, along with the additional safeguards announced by the Hon. Michael O’Brien, Minister for Energy and Resources, means the…

Read More Public education the key to realising the benefits of Victoria’s smart meter rollout

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According to the communications regulators, ACMA, it is unclear whether industry initiatives have resulted in a real reduction in the level of children’s exposure to food and beverage advertising on free-to-air television, and there is continuing community concerns around food and beverage advertising to children.

Read More Junk food ads: Is industry self-regulation making a difference?