Joint consumer group submission (led by Consumer Action Law Centre) commenting on the fitness of Telstra to be granted a licence to retail electricity and gas. The submission does not oppose the grant of the licence but notes that the culture in the telecommunications industry is not conducive to good customer outcomes and that this could carry over into the utility space. This is a result of inadequate telco regulation that has resulted in ongoing systemic issues, including mis-selling. Telstra needs to make clear commitments that will not see these poor practices in this new market and that will see people who are vulnerable or in hardship, treated fairly.
Submission to: Treasury Financial counsellors strongly oppose the Government’s proposals to wind back Australia’s responsible lending laws. The draft legislation is fundamentally flawed and not capable of adequate amendment to address our concerns.