PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION BACKS IN LABOR’S CALLS FOR INCREASED PENALTIES FOR ANTI-CONSUMER CONDUCT - Media Release

TIM HAMMOND MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR RESOURCES

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR PERTH

 

DR ANDREW LEIGH MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

MEMBER FOR FENNER

 

 PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION BACKS IN LABOR’S CALLS FOR INCREASED PENALTIES FOR ANTI-CONSUMER CONDUCT

The Productivity Commission has today added its voice in support of Labor’s plan to increase penalties for businesses engaging in anti-consumer conduct under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

 The Commission’s report, Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration, found that

“Maximum financial penalties available under the ACL are small relative to the benefits that a business can accrue by breaching the ACL.” (Finding 4.5).

 “There are a growing number of voices supporting Labor’s policy of a significant increase in maximum penalties under the ACL,” Mr Hammond said.

 “There have been too many examples of companies getting a slap-on-the-wrist fine following a breach that profited them significantly, at the expense of consumers.

 “The most high profile recent example is Nurofen, which made around $45 million by making misleading representations about some of their products. They were only fined $6 million.” he said.

 “We need to increase the maximum penalty for a breach of the ACL from $1.1 million to $10 million, to bring it in line with penalties for anti-competitive conduct,” Dr Leigh said.

 “We cannot continue with a system where the penalties of anti-consumer conduct are disregarded as just another cost of doing business.”

 The Productivity Commission’s report is available here: http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/consumer-law/report

 WEDNESDAY, 12 APRIL 2017

 MEDIA CONTACT:            LAURENCE COLEMAN (HAMMOND) 0409 797 311

                                                TAIMUS WERNER-GIBBINGS (LEIGH) 0437 320 393


Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

Stay in touch

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter

Search



8/1 Torrens Street, Braddon ACT 2612 | 02 6247 4396 | Andrew.Leigh.MP@aph.gov.au