Consumer Protection / Unfair Terms

New articles on Australian Consumer Law

Following the release of the second bill to implement an Australian Consumer Law, the QUT Law and Justice Journal has released its latest issue dedicated to consumer law reforms.  Articles include: Luke Nottage, Consumer law reform in Australia: Contemporary and Comparative Constructive Criticism Stephen Corones, Consumer Guarantees in Australia: Putting an End to the Blame … Continue reading

Consumer Protection / Reports and Inquiries / Unconscionable Conduct / Unfair Terms

Senate Inquiry into Australian Consumer Law Part 2

On 18 March 2010 the Senate referred the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill (No. 2) 2010 for inquiry and report. This bill is the second stage in the introduction of a single national consumer law and includes  misleading or unconscionable conduct, unfair contracts and practices, consumer guarantees, unsolicited selling, information standards and product … Continue reading

Consumer Protection / Unfair Terms

Australian Consumer Law – and farewell TPA

The Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill 2009 passed through Parliament on Wednesday 17 March and is awaiting Royal Assent.  On the same day the phase 2 of the Australian Consumer Law amendments (Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) (No 2) Bill 2009) was introduced into the House of Representatives. Nestled in the monster … Continue reading

Consumer Protection / Unfair Terms

Roll out of national unfair terms laws to be postponed

The Government is proposing an amendment to the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill 2009 that would delay the introduction of the proposed national unfair terms laws by at least 6 months. See alert from Mallesons Stephen Jaques for more details See also Alert and Summary from Allens Arthur Robinson See also the Government’s … Continue reading

Consumer Protection / Reports and Inquiries / Unfair Terms

Senate report on Consumer Law Bill

Last week the Senate released its lengthy report on the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill 2009 (quite a contrast to its flimsy little report on criminal cartel laws … but that is a separate issue) Chapter 10 contains the Committee’s views and recommendations on key issues: Uncertainty – Committee considered concerns that the … Continue reading