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‘Thoughtless, selfish and opportunistic’: RAT price gouging on the rise as two more Inner West COVID-19 deaths reported

By PATRICK MCKENZIE The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has expressed concerns about the rampant price gouging of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) following an analysis of consumer, retailer and supplier reports. The analysis found that the retail price of RATs was often between $20 and $30 per test, with some priced as high as $100 […]

National cabinet to discuss rapid antigen test subsidies

By TOKS OGUNDARE Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to outline a proposal for rapid antigen tests to be subsidised at the first national cabinet of 2022, to be held later today. The meeting comes as COVID-19 cases across the country surge, with NSW reporting 35,054 new cases and 1491 people hospitalised in the last […]

ACCC Chair warns retailers against rapid antigen test price gouging

By DANIEL LO SURDO The Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Corporation (ACCC) Rod Sims has sent a warning to businesses selling COVID-19 rapid antigen tests at excessive prices, saying that any retailers engaging in "cartel conduct" or misleading consumers could be "named and shamed" or face legal action. Mr Sims said that eBay […]

Sewer side no solution

BY ALEC SMART In a Federal Court battle at the end of June in Sydney, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) lost a significant case against toiletries giant Kimberly-Clark, over ‘flushable’ Kleenex brand wet toilet wipes, which the ACCC claimed were not suitable for sewage systems. The ACCC alleged that Kimberly-Clark breached Australian consumer […]

“F” for Fake and “M” for Money

By JOHN MOYLE A recent Federal Court decision has seen an Aboriginal tourist art supplier hit with a record $2.3 million fine. The case against Birubi Art Pty Ltd was brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission who accused the company of making misleading or false claims that many of its products were hand […]

"F" for Fake and "M" for Money

By JOHN MOYLE A recent Federal Court decision has seen an Aboriginal tourist art supplier hit with a record $2.3 million fine. The case against Birubi Art Pty Ltd was brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission who accused the company of making misleading or false claims that many of its products were hand […]