CHOICE welcomes Payday Lending reforms

20 Sep 2011 | The Consumer Action Law Centre, Financial Counselling Australia and the Consumer Credit Legal Centre NSW have launched a campaign to end the exploitation of vulnerable consumers by High Cost Short Term Lending, better known as Payday Lending.

CHOICE joint submission on Future of Financial Advice legislation

Consumers will benefit if joint submission is accepted

16 Sep 2011 | CHOICE has joined with several consumer organisations in a submission to the first tranche of draft legislation for the Federal Government’s Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) reforms.

Beefing up of food labels a good move

Food standards proposal will close meat labelling loophole

9 Sep 2011 | CHOICE is calling for mandatory country of origin labelling on all unpackaged meat products to help consumers make informed decisions about the meat they’re buying.

Time to take the heat out of energy bills

8 Sep 2011 | With Australians being hit with higher energy bills, CHOICE is calling on the Federal Government to create a national energy savings initiative, designed to ensure it results in real savings for households.

Give consumers power in the way they pay

5 Sep 2011 | CHOICE says a review by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) into changes in the way people can pay for goods and services is an opportunity to put the consumer first.

Reforms to payday lending

The Government has announced significant changes to payday lending regulations

30 Aug 2011 | Last week the government announced significant changes to the regulation of High Cost Short Term Lending, better known as Payday Lending.

RBA adjusts penalty fees

RBA made an eye-opening adjustment to its assessment of banking fees in its most recent bulletin

25 Aug 2011 | After reporting in June 2010 that deposit account penalty fees had dropped from $516 million in 2008 to $476 million in 2009, the reserve bank issued a correction. Fees actually dropped from $701 million to $688 million over that period.

Former CHOICE CEO leads preventative health body

24 Aug 2011 | CHOICE has welcomed the appointment of consumer champion Louise Sylvan to be the permanent CEO of the Australian National Preventative Health Agency (ANPHA)

Intelligent design for your mortgage data

A creative proposal to make mortgage statements more consumer-friendly

23 Aug 2011 | Do bank statements make your eyes glaze over? Two creative types from Brisbane are tackling the complexity of the banking sector with an interesting proposal to “fix” mortgage statements.

Borders and Angus & Robertson declare dividends for gift card holders

Creditors announce the only dividend for gift card holders of the now defunct booksellers

12 Aug 2011 | Borders and Angus & Robertson Gift card holders must complete a gift card claim form by September 1 to receive their dividend.

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