Qantas Faces ACCC Investigation Amidst Misleading Airfare Accusations

Qantas, Australia's flagship airline, is under scrutiny by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) following allegations of misleading conduct related to its advertised airfares.  The ACCC has investigated a complaint asserting that Qantas breached Australia's consumer protection laws through...

Easing Supply Chain Pressures: Australian SMEs Anticipate Improvements

Australian SMEs are witnessing a gradual alleviation of supply chain pressures, with further amelioration projected in the next twelve months, reveals the NAB Quarterly Business Report for Q2 2023.  This trend is particularly pronounced in the manufacturing and retail sectors,...

Insurance Gaps in Australia: Surging Premiums Amid Extreme Weather Events

SYDNEY - Australians are increasingly facing challenges securing insurance due to surging premiums, with extreme weather events being a significant factor, according to recent research by consumer advocacy group CHOICE. The research, conducted in collaboration with the Climate Council, Financial...

Mislabelled Seafood on the Rise in Australia, Study Shows

Recent research has revealed that almost 12% of seafood products in Australia need to be more accurately labelled, with specific species showing even higher mislabelling rates. The Minderoo Foundation spearheaded the study, collecting and testing the DNA of 672 seafood...

China Drives Demand for Affordable Australian Goat Meat, Exports Surge

China's appetite for cheap Australian goat meat has surged, significantly dropping prices to below $3 per kilogram.  Goat meat exports to China have risen by 27% year-on-year, making it the second-largest export market after the US. South Korea and Taiwan...

Australian Consumers Embrace Cashless Transactions: A Glimpse into a Cashless Society

A profound shift in consumer payment habits indicates that Australia may be moving closer to becoming a cashless society in the coming years.  Recent data from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) reveals a significant decline in cash usage, with...

Business Conditions Show Resilience in Australia, but Consumer Confidence Remains Pessimistic

In June, Australia's business conditions demonstrated ongoing resilience, defying the Reserve Bank's yearlong tightening cycle and warnings of slower economic growth.  According to a survey conducted by National Australia Bank Ltd., business conditions measuring sales, employment, and profitability remained steady...

China’s Recovery Faces Challenges Amidst High Youth Unemployment and Weak Consumer Confidence

China's economic recovery is facing obstacles as the country grapples with lower-than-expected sales and investment figures and record-high youth unemployment.  The rising number of Chinese graduates entering the job market has resulted in limited opportunities, contributing to the high unemployment...

Australian Resources Minister Urges Investment in Critical Minerals Processing Industry 

The Australian Resources Minister, Madeleine King, has called on automakers and other consumers of critical minerals to invest in Australia's materials processing industry, ensuring a secure and ethical supply of crucial resources vital for the global energy transition.  Australia, one...

Dell Australia Convicted for Deceptive Pricing of Monitors, Breaching Consumer Trust

Dell Technologies Inc's Australian unit has been found guilty by the country's Federal Court of misleading customers about prices and discounts on add-on monitors, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Dell Australia had offered bundled monitors at...
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