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MEDIA RELEASE: Time to end the free ride for rent to buy businesses

Media Release Wednesday 24 June 2015 Don’t make the poor pay more – time to end the free ride for rent to buy businesses: Consumer Groups Download pdf here: DontMakeThePoorPayMore Consumer groups say draft legislation to ban rent-to-buy goods providers from Centrepay (Centrelink’s service that allows third parties to receive direct payment from welfare payments) is an essential step to protect [ More ]

Cash Converters Class Action – Settlement Information for Customers

In June 2015 a $23m settlement was reached of two class actions launched by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in 2013 in the Federal Court of Australia on behalf of Cash Converters customers in New South Wales who were alleged to have paid excessive fees and interest on short term loans.  The settlement is subject to court approval and is without admission [ More ]

Deadly Dollars Day

 Do you have a fine?  Do you need a Tax File Number?  Do you need Legal advice?  Do you need help with your bills?  Do you need a new fridge or washing machine? Apply for a no interest loan! COME FOR A FEED AND A YARN WITH: ATO NSW Fair Trading State Debt Recovery O ce Financial Rights Legal Centre Centrelink Legal Aid [ More ]

A quick fix? Credit repair in Australia

Ian Ramsay, Paul Ali and Lucinda O’Brien have recently published an article on the credit repair industry in Australia entitled: ‘A Quick Fix? Credit Repair in Australia’.  The article appears in the current edition of the Australian Business Law Review (volume 43, number 3).  The article is an excellent addition to a growing conversation about consumer protection and financial difficulty [ More ]

Consumer Advocates send Payday Lending Newsletter to all Federal parliamentarians

Consumer advocacy groups have sent an informative and persuasive newsletter to all Federal parliamentarians with the aim of ensuring the upcoming review into payday lending regulations in the second half of 2015 is fair, independent and evidence-based. Read the Newsletter here: PaydayParliamentaryNewsletter As you read this, the attached newsletter is arriving in the mailboxes of every MP and Senator in Canberra. If you ever [ More ]