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For the second quarter in a row, record numbers of people are very concerned about the cost of home insurance, according to new data from CHOICE. The nationally representative survey, conducted in June 2022, found that 64% of Australians were very concerned or quite concerned about the cost of home insurance. This is a media release from CHOICE.…

Read More Almost two in three Australians concerned about cost of home insurance

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The recommended pram and stroller safety essentials are the AS/NZS 2088 label on the item, a sturdy frame, a five-point harness and a tether strap, according to the Australian Parenting website. Standards Australia recently published the revised AS 2088:2022 Prams and strollers – Safety requirements which provides manufacturers, authorities, and others with minimum safety requirements for prams and…

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With rising energy prices, home battery storage offers savings to consumers and an alternate to fossil fuels, read more here. Standards Australia has released a draft standard for public comment which will ensure consumers are provided with the information to meaningfully compare different battery manufacturers claims (and technologies). It defines standard testing protocols revealing the performance…

Read More Battery storage for households – Public comment invited on draft standard

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Consumer group CHOICE has released new data from a nationally representative survey of consumers that shows more than 1 in 9 Australians (12%) have purchased crypto such as Bitcoin or Ethereum in the past 12 months. This is a media release from CHOICE. It was originally published on 31st May, 2022. Read a longer CHOICE article on cryptocurrency.…

Read More “Volatile, complex and high-risk”: CHOICE calls for stronger crypto consumer protections

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A CHOICE survey reveals that consumers notice carbon claims and they sometimes influence purchase decisions. But how reliable are they? Need to know New data shows consumers are increasingly taking note of businesses’ carbon credentials But uncertainty remains for some people around whether to trust carbon neutral claims Significant numbers of consumers are factoring carbon…

Read More Consumer awareness growing around carbon credentials

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Australian travellers are growing increasingly frustrated with Qantas as restrictions ease across the country and travel begins again.  This is a media release from CHOICE. It was originally published on 12th April, 2022.  CHOICE spokesperson, Dean Price, said that Qantas was placing unreasonable barriers in the way of travellers trying to redeem their credits or get a refund.…

Read More Qantas’s flight credits policy is “unfair and unworkable”: CHOICE

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Consumer groups welcomed the consultation on improving the effectiveness of the consumer guarantee and supplier indemnification provisions under the Australian Consumer Law. Ideally, under the Australian Consumer Law, products and services come with a guarantee that they are of acceptable quality, safe with no faults and fit-for-purpose. And when these are not met, consumers are…

Read More Consumer Guarantees – reimaging redress for consumers

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CHOICE has joined consumer groups from 9 countries, including Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA), calling for urgent action on buy now, pay later (BNPL) credit providers as new data shows many Australians are struggling with this form of debt.  This is a media release from CHOICE. It was originally published on 17th March, 2022.  The global statement…

Read More Global alliance calls for regulation of harmful buy now, pay later industry

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The development of new upfront rules that force dominant digital platforms to treat their users fairly is the important next step in reforming Australia’s consumer protection laws, ACCC Chair Rod Sims said today. This is a media release from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). It was originally published on 15th March, 2022.  Delivering the 2022 Ruby…

Read More New digital platform rules crucial next step in consumer law reform

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Following CHOICE’s 2020 investigation into Tinder’s discriminatory pricing practices in Australia, new research by Consumers International and the Mozilla Foundation has found that Tinder Plus users in several other countries are being unknowingly charged more based on their personal information.  This is a media release from CHOICE. It was originally published on 9th February, 2022. The research found that Tinder…

Read More New research finds Tinder Plus price discrimination is a worldwide issue: CHOICE releases open “love letter” asking Tinder Australia to stop unethical data use

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Consumer advocacy group CHOICE is marking Data Protection Day with results from a new survey, which has found Australians must typically consent to an average of 116 privacy policies at any one time, amounting to a hefty 467,000 words.  This is a media release from CHOICE. It was originally published on 28th January, 2022 “It’s completely unacceptable that…

Read More Average Australian must consent to 467,000 words worth of privacy policies: CHOICE calls for Privacy Act reform to make businesses responsible for using data safely and fairly

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Consumer Policy Research Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Turner as the organisation’s incoming Chief Executive Officer. This is a news item from Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC). It was originally published on 27th January, 2022. “Erin brings with her a wealth of experience, including her prolific consumer campaign and policy activities as Director of Communication…

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