Legal Services News
Written on the 3 June 2020 by SAFCAConsumer Action Law Centre
Seeking input: hardship during Covid-19
Consumer Action Law Centre is launching an online form so people can share their experience of financial hardship due to the Covid-19 emergency. We want to know how severe and widespread the impact has been, so we can ensure government and industry knows too.Can you help by sharing this form with people who might be experiencing financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 emergency?
We need to demonstrate just how vital Government support and hardship relief measures are for people impacted by this crisis.
Please share this form with anyone affected financially by Covid-19
Legal Services Commission Keeping Connected
This fortnightly newsletter, produced by Legal Services Commission of South Australia, this week concentrates on support services, and explanation of the legal implications around Family Violence.
Read the newsletter - https://mailchi.mp/4a37609136b0/keeping-connected-useful-legal-resources-4414076
Consumer Action Law Centre New Energy Tech Consumer Code
News from CALC to members of the Stop The Debt Trap Group (SAFCA is a member)
Re: New Energy Tech Consumer Code (NETCC) matter at the Australian Competition Tribunal. We (CALC) have been granted leave to represent the interests of consumers in the proceeding. I wanted to share an update with you all as signatories to the AFIA BNPL code submission, as this matter refers to the proposed BNPL code and other issues relevant to BNPL.
We continue to take the position that NETCC signatories should not be able to offer unregulated credit and should not be permitted to engage in unsolicited selling. We consider that this will ensure there are a strong public benefits associated with the code. More broadly, we consider that BNPL finance should be regulated under the NCCP Act, in line with other forms of consumer credit.
Attached is the public version of our written opening submissions that have been filed. I don't think these are on the ACT website yet but should be soon. They are quite long, but we are really pleased with the evidence and analysis we have been able to pull together.
The evidence we will rely on includes:
There is also commentary on the weaknesses of AFIA's proposed BNPL industry code from page 66 onwards. Once published on the ACT website, I will also share ASIC's submissions.
A copy of the Submission can be found on the SAFCA website - https://www.safca.org.au/advocacy-matters.html