Treasury Laws Amendment (Australian Consumer Law Review) Bill 2018

Type
Government
Portfolio
Treasury
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Passed Both Houses
Parliament no
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Summary

Implements certain recommendations of the Australian Consumer Law Review Final Report by amending the: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: amend evidentiary requirements to allow private litigants to rely on admitted facts from earlier proceedings; clarify the operation of unsolicited services provisions and unsolicited consumer agreements in a public place; ensure that fees or charges associated with pre-selected options must be included in the single price; strengthen the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) powers to obtain information about product safety; enable third parties to give effect to a community service order; and clarify the scope of the exemption from the consumer guarantees for the transport or storage of goods; Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: extend the unconscionable conduct protections to publicly listed companies; and enable the ACCC and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to investigate possible unfair contract terms; and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to: correct inconsistent terminology for financial products that involve interests in land; and clarify the application of consumer protections to financial products.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 28 Mar 2018
Second reading moved 28 Mar 2018
Second reading debate 27 Jun 2018
Second reading agreed to 27 Jun 2018
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 1 Government agreed to
27 Jun 2018
Third reading agreed to 27 Jun 2018
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 13 Aug 2018
Second reading moved 13 Aug 2018
Second reading debate 20 Sep 2018
Second reading debate 18 Oct 2018
Second reading agreed to 18 Oct 2018
Third reading agreed to 18 Oct 2018
Finally passed both Houses 18 Oct 2018

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Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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