Australian consumer news weekly round up

Consumer news stories that have been prominent in the media this last week:

  • According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has cautioned Aldi for misleading and deceptive conduct, due to their failure to consistently disclose a 0.5 per cent surcharge for consumers who pay by credit card and for consumers who use contactless payment systems where a credit card or debit card is involved.
  • The Australian reports that the ACCC has deemed Maggie Beer Products likely to mislead consumers. As a result of potentially misleading labelling, consumers have been led to believe that the four Maggie-Beer branded products are manufactured in the Barossa Valley, when they are in fact manufactured in Victoria and Queensland.
  • The ACCC has launched court action against online betting agency, Bet365, who are accused of misleading punters because of their failure to display the explicit conditions involving offers of free bets and deposit bonuses. Sydney Morning Herald provides the full story.
  • The Australian Industry Group has warned consumers that power prices will not fall due to a reduced renewable energy target, says the Sydney Morning Herald.
  • According to the ABC, the ACCC has accused kitchen blender company OmniBlend of anti-competitive conduct for attempting to fix prices with a competitor and for inducing suppliers to engage in resale price maintenance.