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Every week in Australia about 20 children present at hospitals after swallowing a button battery. Two children have died: in 2013 and 2015. When swallowed, small coin-sized lithium button batteries can get stuck in a child’s throat and cause severe burns or death. The statistic has prompted an alliance between consumer group Choice, The Parenthood and Kidsafe Queensland,…

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Doing one’s bit for the environment has become a reflex for many consumers, who are attentive to the environmental impact of the products they buy. Environmental statements, symbols or graphics proliferate on products or package labels, which made it necessary to develop environmental labelling standards that take into consideration all the relevant aspects of the life-cycle of a product.

Read More Consumers contribute to new Environmental label standard

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A new international standard on Unit Pricing aims to deliver just this! Ian Jarratt is a member of the Queensland Consumers Association, which lead the campaign that resulted in large Australian supermarkets being required to provide the unit price (price per unit of measure) on shelf labels etc. He is Consumers International’s expert on ISO…

Read More Consumers want clear comparative pricing when choosing between products

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Insulation acts as a barrier to heat loss and heat gain, particularly in roofs and ceilings, walls and floors. In many homes insulation is the most practical and cost effective way to make a house more energy efficient, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter and saving up to 40 per cent in heating and cooling bills as outlined by the Dept. of Industry and Science Your energy savings.

Read More Consumers benefit from revised Home Thermal Insulation standard

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International Anti-Corruption Day 9 Dec 2015 is an opportunity to raise awareness to the damage it causes. Systemic bribery, among other things, lowers economic growth and discourages investment. It goes hand in hand with poverty and social inequality. But, most importantly, it is very difficult to eradicate. CFA representative Alan Asher is a member of…

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