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MEDIA RELEASE: ASIC report highlights exorbitant costs of rent-to-buy household goods: Consumer groups

The poorest and most vulnerable Australians are paying grossly inflated prices for household goods via “rent-to-buy” or “consumer lease” deals, as shown by a new report from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) released today. The report found that people receiving Centrelink payments are being charged much higher prices than the prices advertised by consumer lease providers. For two [ More ]

MEDIA RELEASE:Rent-to-buy products must be kicked off Centrepay

Leading consumer groups are calling for the Australian Parliament to support moves by the Senate to protect the integrity of Centrelink’s budgeting tool for essentials Centrepay, by excluding rent-to-buy products. The intention of Centrepay is to help welfare recipients prioritise essentials such as rent and utility bills. Businesses providing “rent-to-buy” or “consumer lease” deals can access the payments of welfare [ More ]

Consumer groups allege Veda breached important privacy laws

Between August and October 2014, the Financial Rights Legal Centre, Consumer Action Law Centre, Financial Counselling Australia and the Australian Privacy Foundation lodged a series of complaints against Veda Advantage (Veda) to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (the Privacy Commissioner). Under new credit reporting laws that came into effect in March 2014, and the Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code [ More ]

Labor to Protect NGOs from Government Gags – Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE Shadow Attorney General     Paul Lynch MP   Media Release-250615 Labor to Protect Non-Government Organ    Shadow Attorney General Paul Lynch has today introduced legislation to the NSW Parliament to protect non-government organisations (NGOs) against government gags. The Labor Opposition has introduced ‘Freedom to Advocate’ legislation that would protect NGOs from government gags. “Non-Government organisations should not be prohibited [ More ]

MEDIA RELEASE: Reforms to life insurance advice are a start, but far from perfect.

  Financial Rights Legal Centre is glad to see some real reforms in the life insurance industry, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. As the Assistant Treasurer’s Media Release states, “ASIC’s Report found unacceptable levels of poor quality advice, and a strong correlation between high upfront commissions and poor customer outcomes.”  In response to ASIC Report [ More ]

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