Huge changes to consumer law

Huge changes to consumer law

SHOPPERS may soon have 30 days to simply reject a dodgy product without having to prove it has a major flaw under a dramatic toughening of consumer law. Other key reforms to emerge from an official report released yesterday by Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) include: * outlawing the sale of unsafe goods, as the UK, Canada, EU and others already do; * increasing penalties for breaching consumer law by as much as 10 times; and * clarifying that a series of minor failures with a product can…

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At least 2 dead in Venezuelan protests

At least 2 dead in Venezuelan protests

Hours after the start of competing marches by the opposition as well as supporters of embattled President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s public ministry said it had launched an investigation into the shooting of a 17-year-old man who was struck in the head an hour into the event. The teenager, later identified as Carlos Moreno, died while undergoing surgery, a hospital representative told CNN. Moreno’s sister, Alejandra, said Carlos studied economics at Venezuelan Central University in Caracas. Instead of joining the marches, she said, he was on the way to play soccer….

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Jakarta's Christian governor Ahok concedes defeat to Muslim candidate

Jakarta's Christian governor Ahok concedes defeat to Muslim candidate

Updated April 20, 2017 07:10:52 Photo: Muslim candidate Anies Baswedan (C-R) hugs his running mate Sandiaga Uno in Jakarta. (AP: Tatan Syuflana) In the end the opinion polls couldn’t have been more wrong, giving false hope to his supporters. The so-called “quick count” of Wednesday’s votes showed Jakarta’s Christian Governor Basuki Tjajaka Purnama, better known as Ahok, didn’t come close to winning after a campaign that had thrown everything at him. Video: Beverley O’Connor speaks to Australian National University’s Dr Ross Tapsell (The World) “Don’t be sad, God gave the…

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UK Prime Minister drops election stunner

UK Prime Minister drops election stunner

In an unexpected statement at Downing Street, May said she was seeking a vote on June 8, less than halfway through the government’s five-year term. Opposition parties said they would not block the move, sending Westminster into full-throttle election mode. The European Union brushed off May’s announcement, saying it would not affect the negotiations on Britain’s departure. But May’s decision means that Europe’s three most powerful nations — France, Germany and Britain — will be convulsed by internal election campaigns as the clock ticks on the two-year deadline to complete…

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Hospitalised assault injuries among women and girls

Hospitalised assault injuries among women and girls

This factsheet examines cases of hospitalised assault against women in 2013–14. Rates of assault among women were highest for those aged between 15–19 and 50–54. Over half (59%) of all these women were assaulted by bodily force, and for assaults by bodily force and involving sharp and blunt objects, the majority of injuries were to the head and neck (63%). Where information about the perpetrator was available, a spouse or domestic partner was the most commonly reported perpetrator (in 59% of cases). ISBN 978-1-76054-099-9; Cat. no. INJCAT 184; 5pp.; Internet…

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