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The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has made available the following infringement notices (both dated 3 March 2014) issued under the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 No. 51 (Cth) against financial services company Wealth Within for misleading online advertisements:

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Telco Fined for Unlawful Telemarketing

16 Apr 2014
Written by World Watch

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that the Federal Court of Australia has handed down its decision in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Startel Communication Co Pty Ltd [2014] FCA 352 (8 April 2014), fining Startel Communication (Startel) a total of A$320,000 for "misleading consumers about their rights under [Schedule 2 (The Australian Consumer Law) (the ACL) to the Competition and Consumer Act (2010) 1974 No. 51 (Cth)] when cold calling consumers to sell mobile phone plans".

Published in Consumer Protection

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has issued the following enforcement-related media releases:

Published in Financial Integrity

The Environment Protection Authority of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW EPA) has advised that it has issued Signium Piggery a penalty notice fining it for failing to comply with a clean-up direction given in late 2013.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that the Federal Court of Australia (FCA) has handed down its decisions in relation to ACCC allegations that court enforceable antitrust undertakings from grocery and fuel retail groups Coles Group (further information) and Woolworths (further information) (both dated 6 December 2013) were breached by their offers of certain fuel retail discounts.

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Guidance - Country of Origin Labelling

16 Apr 2014
Written by World Watch

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released A guide for business - Country of origin claims and the Australian Consumer Law (April 2014). The guide provides information to assist businesses in complying with Schedule 2 (The Australian Consumer Law) (the ACL) to the Competition and Consumer Act (2010) 1974 No. 51 (Cth) when making country of origin claims, including when businesses can make "made in", "product of" or "grown in" Australia claims, and how they can rely on the safe harbour provisions of the ACL.

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Telco Fined for Failing to Connect Emergency Calls

16 Apr 2014
Written by World Watch

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has made available the judgment ACMA v TPG Internet Pty Ltd [2014] FCA 382 (16 April 2014) in which, according to the ACMA, the Federal Court of Australia has fined telecommunications service provider TPG Internet (TPG) A$400,000 for breaching the Telecommunications (Emergency Call Service) Determination 2009.

Published in Consumer Protection

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has made available Undertaking by Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd (Coles) (3 April 2014), which it accepted on 7 April 2014. According to the ACCC, the undertaking follows an ACCC investigation into a Coles promotional video which dairy farmer organisations had complained about "during a time of intense public debate about the impact of [Coles's A$1 milk product] on Australian dairy farmers who supplied the product".

Published in Consumer Protection

Tannery Fined for Exposing Workers to Harmful Gas

09 Apr 2014
Written by World Watch

WorkSafe New Zealand (WorkSafe NZ) has announced that Tasman Tanning (TT) has been fined NZ$73,000 and ordered to pay reparations totalling NZ$90,000, following an incident in which four of its workers were left unconscious after being exposed to hydrogen sulphide gas at TT's tannery in November 2012 as the result of the mixing of two chemicals.

Fines for Restaurant Roach Infestation

09 Apr 2014
Written by World Watch

Australia-based local restaurant proprietor Southbank Three Pty Ltd and its director Fadi Sarkis have each been fined A$45,000 after their Melbourne restaurant and bar Olla Messa was found to be infested with cockroaches.

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