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An Australian Consumer Law: Fair Markets – Confident Consumers

Date:

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Content ID:

1482

Abstract:

The Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, has released an information and consultation paper entitled An Australian Consumer Law: Fair markets - Confident consumers.

On 2 October 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a new consumer policy framework as proposed by the Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA), including a new national consumer law based on the provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (TPA) including a new provision to regulate unfair contract terms as well as enhanced enforcement powers and redress mechanisms for consumers.

This information and consultation paper, which has been developed by the Standing Committee of Officials of Consumer Affairs (SCOCA), will inform the public about the reform process and about the detail of COAG’s agreed reforms (unfair contract terms, new penalties, enforcement powers and remedies, and redress). The paper also outlines suggestions as to how the TPA could be augmented, if appropriate, by incorporating additional provisions based on best practice from state and territory legislation, for example, door-to-door trading or telemarketing.

Interested parties are invited to submit comments in resonse to the Paper. While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please email responses in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment. A request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Commonwealth) for a submission marked 'confidential' to be made available will be determined in accordance with that Act.

Closing date for submissions: Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Address written submissions to:
SCOCA Australian Consumer Law Consultation
Competition and Consumer Policy Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent
PARKES  ACT  2600

Email: australianconsumerlaw@treasury.gov.au

Facsimile: (02) 6263 3964

Consultation Paper: An Australian Consumer Law: Fair Markets - Confident Consumers

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