Queensland's first social impact bond aims to help children in out-of-home care.
New South Wales has doubled its temp workers under the Coalition — and couldn't justify value for the extra $600m cost. Also, Margaret Crawford has
We recently moved our readers to a new system. You may need to reset your password here to login.
Not a member ? Join here for free.
Forgot your password?
Home News Total recall: States offer regulation of burning washing machines to Canberra, ACCC
Text size :
PEOPLEVictor Dominello, Julie Abramson, Simon Cohen, Rod Stowe
COMPANIESSamsung, Julie Abramson
DEPARTMENTSProductivity Commission, ACCC, ASIC, Fair Trading NSW, hoverboards, Consumer Affairs Victoria
TAGS regulation, consumer law, hoverboards, NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
Powers to recall faulty products could be given to Canberra in Australia’s biggest fair trading shake-up.
The prospect of any federal takeover of state government powers is usually a trigger for political disputes and bureaucratic pushback, especially when regulation, enforcement and revenue are thrown into the mix.
Unless it’s Samsung’s infamous self-combusting washing machines, that almost every jurisdiction would prefer not to have to deal with.
The Productivity Commission late last week released its draft report, Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration, which calls for states and territories to relinquish “powers to issue interim bans and compulsory recalls in relation to unsafe products” and hand them to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
It could be a watershed in how product recalls are nationally coordinated and administered and the kind of centralisation consumer advocates have been calling for for years to get rid of the regulatory equivalent of rail gauges.
Receive unlimited access, get all the latest public sector news and features, plus The Juice, our daily news update sent direct to your inbox.
The Mandarin is where Australia's public sector leaders discuss their work and the issues faced within modern bureaucracy. Join today to discover the latest in public administration thinking and news from our dedicated reporters, current and former agency heads and senior executives.
Read Related Content