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CFA member CHOICE says the Federal Government has failed to put the best interests of Australian consumers first on nutrition labelling, in its position released ahead of the 9 December meeting of food and health ministers. Almost a year since the report of the independent Food Labelling Review, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Catherine King, today…

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A new national campaign will help consumers put an end to unwelcome, dishonest and intimidating door-to-door salespeople. The centrepiece of the campaign is the free Do Not Knock sticker which, when displayed in a prominent location, sends a clear message to salespeople – they are not welcome at this residence. Get yours at donotknock.org.au

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The Hon Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury, issued a public warning notice on particular types of unsafe child car restraints sold through an online retailer. These car restraints are marketed under various names including ‘Baby Car Seat Pouch’, ‘Portable belt baby car safety seat for 1-5 years old’ and ‘Portable baby car safety…

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CFA member the Consumer Action Law Centre has expressed disappointment with the Government’s initial response to the National Disaster Insurance Review (NDIR) Panel’s report which it labelled as ‘indecisive’. While the Centre welcomed moves towards a system which would see more Australians covered by flood insurance, it raised concerns about the proposed ‘opt out’ model and has lamented the lack of tangible interim measures in the Government’s response.

Read More Stronger response needed to ensure consumers are protected in times of disaster

In its submission to the Consumer Affairs Advisory Council’s inquiry into .. the Automobile Association has provided detailed information about the cost of motor vehicle repairs – and there are worrying trends. Repairs have risen much faster than inflation, while new car prices have risen much more slowly.

Read More Auto repair problems get National Interest: service costs out of control; computers to blame?

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The Consumer Action Law Centre has welcomed the Federal Government’s ban on credit providers making unsolicited credit card limit increase offers to customers, but believes that ambiguity in the regulations governing the ban will see credit providers attempt to evade and undermine it. The Centre has also warned that the Government will need to respond quickly to any such attempt if it wants to maintain the integrity and effectiveness of the ban.

Read More Consumer Action warns government that new credit card regulation may require running repairs