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The not so good oil

ACCC issues infringement notices for falsely labelled extra virgin olive oil

21 May 2012 | A South Australian company has been fined after Australian Competition and Consumer Commission tests indicated that its products labelled ‘extra virgin olive oil’ were not the premium products the claim suggested.

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ACCC bares teeth as international fashion retailers raise prices for Australians

The ACCC has launched an investigation following allegations of anti-competitive behaviour

21 May 2012 | Accusations that local fashion retailers have breached competition laws by pressuring international retailers to raise their prices for Australian customers will be investigated by Australia’s competition regulator.

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Qantas surcharge rip-off

CHOICE estimates Qantas collects at least $204 million in payment surcharges yearly.

18 May 2012 | We're concerned that the Qantas payment surcharge is being used to disguise the real cost of an airline ticket.

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Optus announces appeal

Football codes and Telstra win appeal in TV recording court battle, Optus to appeal decision.

10 May 2012 | Optus announces its plan to appeal the Federal Court’s decision on the legality of its TV Now service.

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Country of origin win for meat eaters

Food regulator to close country of origin labeling loophole for unpackaged meat.

4 May 2012 | Food Standards Australia New Zealand has announced that it will require declaration of the country of origin of unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken meat.

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Time to deliver fairness on gift cards

Retailers need to play fair.

4 May 2012 | We support the move to clamp down on anti-consumer practices relating to expiry and conditions-of-use in the $1.5 billion gift card industry.

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Mad cow in California

A disease has been detected in a US dairy cow.

3 May 2012 | US authorities have detected BSE - mad cow disease - in a dairy cow in California. CHOICE says local cattle feeding regulations must be maintained in order to prevent a similar occurance in Australia.

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National energy-saving scheme could reduce bills

The Australian Government investigates the merits of a national Energy Savings Initiative.

2 May 2012 | A national scheme could require energy companies to help households implement energy saving measures.

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Price discrimination inquiry

Parliamentary inquiry to demand answers for price discrimination.

30 Apr 2012 | Federal Labor politicians are seeking answers as to why Australians pay more than shoppers overseas for products that are exactly the same.

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Egg Corp scrambles to set new standard

Free range egg standards are back in the spotlight.

24 Apr 2012 | Free range egg standards are back in the spotlight with the Australian Egg Corporation announcing it would increase maximum hen stocking densities to to 20,000 birds per hectare by the end of April.

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