Advertising / Consumer Protection

Component pricing laws having an impact

The new clarify of pricing requirements for business commenced on 25 May (see section 53C of the Trade Practices Act).  These requirements deal with how business may use ‘component pricing’ (specifying the price for each part of a good or service separately) when advertising their products and their impact is clear; today’s ‘Cars Guide’ in … Continue reading

Product liability

Budget allocation for National Product Safety Framework

Predictably, following the budget release, Assistant Treasurer Chris Bowen MP issued a long series of press released; the first was  ‘Next Step Toward a National Product Safety Framework‘. In this release, he notes that the budget allocates $24.8 million over five years to the ACCC to implement and administer the new national consumer product safety … Continue reading

Consumer Protection / Reports and Inquiries / Unfair Terms

Unfair Terms Consultation

Chris Bowen MP is at it again releasing yet another consultation paper – this time on Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts.  It is titled: The Australian Consumer Law: Consultation on draft provisions on unfair contract terms.  The consultation paper contains a Draft Bill – the ‘Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill 2009: Unfair and … Continue reading

Consumer Protection / Product liability / Reports and Inquiries

Progress toward Australian Consumer Law

It’s all happening in consumer law this week. Today Chris Bowen announced that the Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs, which met today in Hobart, has made important progress toward implementing an Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by the end of 2010.  In particular, the Council ‘endorsed the text for an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to underpin the … Continue reading

Consumer Protection / Reports and Inquiries

Consumer advocacy and research issues paper released

Chris Bowen MP today released another issues paper : Consumer Voices: Sustaining Advocacy and Research in Australia’s New Consumer Policy Framework. This 30 page report outlines the Government’s approach to consumer policy and support for consumer advocacy and consumer policy research.  Submissions in relation to the paper are welcome, particularly on the following issues: Consumer … Continue reading

Advertising / Consumer Protection

Clearer and fairer price advertising on the way

The new clarity in pricing requirements for business commence on 25 May.  These requirements deal with how business may use ‘component pricing’ (specifying the price for each part of a good or service separately) when advertising their products The new requirements are contained in section 53C of the Trade Practices Act and require that where … Continue reading

Misleading Conduct

Today Tonight guilty of misleading conduct

Any person who cringes at the very mention of our commercial ‘current affairs’ programs, will enjoy reading yesterday’s High Court’s decision relating to a ‘Today Tonight’ broadcast. The High Court, in a 4-1 majority (Justice Heydon dissenting), held that Channel Seven broadcasters had, through its stories on Today Tonight, engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct … Continue reading