Credit card surcharges over the top and must be reined in

Consumers pay more than they should

22 Jul 2011 | Too many retailers are using credit card surcharges as a revenue stream and CHOICE wants the practice stopped.

New alcohol labelling a good start but could go further

13 Jul 2011 | A new voluntary scheme announced by alcohol industry group DrinkWise, to include messages on alcohol product labels, should become mandatory.

New laws better protect credit card holders

Consumers have more control over credit cards

6 Jul 2011 | The National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Home Loans and Credit Cards) Bill was passed by Federal Parliament on 4 July 2011, giving consumers more control over their plastic.

CHOICE welcomes moves on palm oil labelling

Coalition supports Xenophon on palm oil

24 Jun 2011 | CHOICE says consumers look likely to benefit with the Federal coalition joining independent Senator Nick Xenophon in agreeing to support legislation for mandatory labelling of palm oil in all Australian foods.

Energy-efficient-household

Call for national energy efficiency program

Action needed to cut bills

20 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined calls for a national energy efficiency program to reduce household energy bills.

Energy-prices-power-lines

High price to pay for energy demand

Energy price rises miss mark.

14 Jun 2011 | Consumers are paying the cost of expanding energy networks, while opportunities to cut demand and slash bills are missed.

Super complaints launch

CHOICE joins forces with the NSW Department of Fair Trading

9 Jun 2011 | CHOICE has joined forces with the NSW Department of Fair Trading in an 18-month pilot project to help identify ongoing consumer issues that add up to systemic failures.

Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture

Read the 2011 Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture delivered by Ross Gittins, SMH Economics Editor.

7 Jun 2011 | The lecture is an annual event, honouring the woman who co-founded the Australian Consumers’ Association.

Dodgy fuel dealers

Consumers might be getting more than they bargain for at the bowser.

7 Jun 2011 | Despite a range of federal government checkpoints to ensure consumers get what they pay for at the bowser, some fuel retailers are slipping through the net.

Power Balance goes bust

ACCC action puts local distributor out of business

1 Jun 2011 | After being exposed as a fake by CHOICE and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) late last year, Power Balance Australia calls it quits.

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