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Charities and the Australian Consumer Law - reducing duplication and confusion

July 2016

The Australian Consumer Law (ACL), which commenced in 2011, is the national law for fair trading and consumer protection. Whilst people who generously support the fundraising efforts of charities and not-for-profits may not always view themselves as ‘consumers’, most would have a real interest in how the law promotes fairness and protection in their dealings with those organisations.

This article looks at the submission Prolegis lodged in response to an Issues Paper released by 'Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand' earlier this year. Our submission proposes

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