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Consumer Protection is warning all Western Australian residents to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls offering refunds or grants. Consumers could be the target of an international advance fee fraud and are being advised not to send cash via wire transfer to people they don’t know. “We have reports from the North to the South of the State of people being conned,” said Acting Commissioner for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2011
A Muchea hay processing plant has been fined $10,000 over an incident in which an employee’s arm was injured when it was caught in a hay baling machine. Hay Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment, and was fined in the Joondalup Magistrates Court yesterday. Hay Australia’s main business is breaking down large bales of hay into smaller bales for...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Jun 2011
The Department of Commerce is warning all Kimberley residents to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls offering refunds or grants. Consumers could be the target of an international advance fee fraud and are being advised not to send cash via wire transfer to people they don’t know. Broome locals have reported receiving telephone calls, where they are told they’re entitled to a Centrelink refund...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2011
A painting company has been fined $15,000 over an incident in which a painter was seriously injured when he fell from scaffolding. Matnic Enterprises Pty Ltd – trading as Matrics Painting – pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. In July 2007, Matnic had been...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Jun 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 15 June 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 134.7 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jun 2011
The Department of Commerce is warning Karratha residents to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls offering refunds or grants. Consumers could be the target of an international advance fee fraud and are being advised not to send cash via wire transfer to people they don’t know. Karratha locals have reported receiving telephone calls, where they are told the government has overcharged on bank fees...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jun 2011
A WorkSafe inspection program of manufacturing workplaces in the Bunbury area has revealed a low level of awareness of the requirements of WA’s workplace safety laws. Six WorkSafe inspectors conducted 57 inspections in the Bunbury area over the two weeks commencing March 21, 2011. Acting WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the inspection program revealed that most employers in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Jun 2011
WorkSafe will not appeal to the High Court over Laing O’Rourke’s successful appeal against their conviction on charges relating to Cyclone George. WorkSafe charges against BGC Contracting Pty Ltd, Spotless P & F Pty Ltd and WorleyParsons will now be withdrawn because of their similarity to those in the Laing O’Rourke case. In August 2010, His Honour Justice Murray set aside an earlier...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Jun 2011
A Kununurra man who paid $8000 cash to have his driveway sealed may be the latest victim of a group of dodgy travelling conmen dubbed the ‘bitumen bandits’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe has warned Kimberley residents to resist approaches from these conmen who are breaking the law. “The ‘bitumen bandits’ normally use high pressure sales pitches and tell residents that...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2011
A Midland car yard manager, and his employer, have both been fined after admitting that over a four year period, the yard manager was signing up customers to buy motor vehicles, without holding a valid yard manager’s licence. Nicholas Richard Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge of acting as an unlicensed yard manager, between 1 September 2006 and 2 December 2010, while employed by Goldy Motors,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2011

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