Consumer

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The death of a three year old toddler in Sydney has prompted a reminder to parents about the dangers of curtain and blind cords. The child died after choking on a blind cord and Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll urges all parents and people who have children visit to be vigilant to this silent killer in the home. “Loose or looped curtain and blind cords are very dangerous as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jul 2011
The Department of Commerce has identified that a number of Kimberley employers are failing to pay their staff appropriate rates for location allowance and in some circumstances failing to pay the allowance at all. Labour Relations Broome Regional Inspector and Education Officer, Ms Margaret Lockyer, said that although the vast majority of employers were trying to pay their employees correctly,...
Labour Relations
Media release
25 Jul 2011
A former Perth car dealer and his company, now in liquidation, have both been fined a total of $10,000 for misleading buyers and failing to pay the proceeds of cars sold on consignment. Patrick Maurice Michael Murphy, of Innaloo, was a director of Barblos Nominees Pty Ltd, trading as Pat Murphy Motors in Oxford Street Leederville, until it closed down. Mr Murphy and his company faced one charge...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jul 2011
A Kelmscott transport company has been fined a total of $8000 for failing to record the work time, breaks and non-work time of commercial vehicle drivers. T.S. & D.E. Cowcher Farms Pty Ltd – trading as Derek Murray & Co – pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to implement a system to accurately record the activities of drivers, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last month...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Jul 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 20 July 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 148.9 cents per litre (cpl) -- an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 137.3 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2011
Baby dummies and chains with decorations called "Bling" have been banned nationally because they could pose a serious safety risk. The product safety warning from Consumer Protection comes after Federal and other State agencies have taken action to remove these dummies from sale. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the pacifiers pose a major choking hazard to babies. "The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jul 2011
A site supervisor on a Perth tilt-up construction site has been fined $6000 over an incident in which four panels fell into a lift shaft. Ronald William Roy was found guilty in absentia of failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety of other persons through an act or omission, and was fined $6000 in the Perth Magistrates Court last month. In December 2008, Mr Roy was...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Jul 2011
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 43-year-old crane operator/rigger at a construction site in Karratha this morning. The man was believed to have been crushed by a large concrete soakwell lid that fell while being lifted by a crane. Inspectors travelled to the site immediately, and will interview witnesses and investigate the circumstances. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Jul 2011
A glossy travel brochure being posted to WA homes and containing fake lottery scratchie tickets has been named a scam by Consumer Protection. Consumers are warned not to respond to the latest travel scam, this time from the VMac Holiday Group from Malaysia, as it is an advance fee fraud. The brochure offers complimentary lottery prizes to celebrate a new investment opportunity in Australia. One...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Jul 2011
A Perth furniture company and its director have been fined $5,000 for making false or misleading claims about the price of products and advertising them as WA-made when they had been manufactured in China. Perth Furniture Group (PFG) offered a dining package at an “introductory price” of $4,194 for 48 hours – supposedly 40% off the Recommended Retail Price (RRP). In fact the products were never...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2011

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