A new global tool for tracking junk food marketing looks to get governments moving on obesity. The tool, prepared by Consumers International, the global peak for national consumer organisations includes a manual for monitoring children’s exposure to unhealthy food and drink promotions launches worldwide interactive TV commercials and child-friendly websites targeted alongside traditional mediay Consumers…Read More Global action on junk food marketing and obesity
CFA member CHOICE has launched a Better Food Labelling Campaign. The campaign invites consumers around Australia to ‘Shame the Claim‘, a call to to send to Choice food labels which make dodgy nutrition claims that hide the unhealthy reality. Choice says claims like ‘reduced fat,’ ‘low carb’ and ‘high in fibre’ are often used selectively…Read More Wall of shame for dodgy claims on food labels
Consumers take out payday loans at interest rates of 400%+ to pay basic living costs, but then find they can’t afford essentials like food and rent. Join the campaign by Consumer Action and other CFA members to end the exploitation of vulnerable consumers.Read More Take action to end the Payday Debt Trap
The Federal Parliament has recently enacted new consumer credit legislation that, among other things, bans credit card over-the-limit fees. This is a significant win for consumers, and follows the Fair Fees campaign from CFA members Consumer Action Law Centre and CHOICE. The Fair Fees campaign sought the removal of, and/or reduction in, a range of…Read More Credit card penalty fee win for consumers
To use an American phrase – it seems like a “no brainer”. Consumer groups from around Australia are calling on the Federal Government to cap interest rates at 48%. This cap is currently in place in three jurisdictions: New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT. However credit legislation is now a Federal Government responsibility; whether…Read More 48% is Enough: Keep the Cap!
CFA has backed the call for the communications regulator ACMA to act to stop the unfair discrimination against mobile phone users in relation to 1800, 1300 and 13 numbers. CFA’s short submission to the ACMA Numbering Project supported CFA member ACCAN’s call for ACMA to consider how it can facilitate social inclusion and achieve broad…Read More CFA calls on ACMA to stop phone number discrimination
[box type=”tick”] Campaign win for CFA members ACCAN and FCA ACMA has agreed to implement reforms. More details here. [/box] Everyone needs to call 1800, 1300 or 13 numbers at some point – so why are mobile users discriminated against? We need ‘free’ numbers to talk to the bank in an emergency, order a cab,…Read More Fair calls for all – on the way!
CFA has called on the Federal government to implement the Productivity Commison’s recommendation to funded an independant national consumer organisation.Read More Why we need a funded peak consumer body
New unfair contract terms legislation came into effect fully across Australia on 1 July 2010, following a concerted campaign by CFA and its members. These laws make unfair terms in consumer contacts void. Many industries use standard-form consumer contracts, including telecommunications, finance, motor traders, gyms, travel and utilities. A term will be unfair where it…Read More Unfair contracts