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Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 20 July 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 148.9 cents per litre (cpl) -- an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 137.3 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2011
Baby dummies and chains with decorations called "Bling" have been banned nationally because they could pose a serious safety risk. The product safety warning from Consumer Protection comes after Federal and other State agencies have taken action to remove these dummies from sale. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the pacifiers pose a major choking hazard to babies. "The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jul 2011
A site supervisor on a Perth tilt-up construction site has been fined $6000 over an incident in which four panels fell into a lift shaft. Ronald William Roy was found guilty in absentia of failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety of other persons through an act or omission, and was fined $6000 in the Perth Magistrates Court last month. In December 2008, Mr Roy was...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Jul 2011
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 43-year-old crane operator/rigger at a construction site in Karratha this morning. The man was believed to have been crushed by a large concrete soakwell lid that fell while being lifted by a crane. Inspectors travelled to the site immediately, and will interview witnesses and investigate the circumstances. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Jul 2011
A glossy travel brochure being posted to WA homes and containing fake lottery scratchie tickets has been named a scam by Consumer Protection. Consumers are warned not to respond to the latest travel scam, this time from the VMac Holiday Group from Malaysia, as it is an advance fee fraud. The brochure offers complimentary lottery prizes to celebrate a new investment opportunity in Australia. One...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Jul 2011
A Perth furniture company and its director have been fined $5,000 for making false or misleading claims about the price of products and advertising them as WA-made when they had been manufactured in China. Perth Furniture Group (PFG) offered a dining package at an “introductory price” of $4,194 for 48 hours – supposedly 40% off the Recommended Retail Price (RRP). In fact the products were never...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 13 July 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 148.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 15.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling at or below 133.7 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2011
The State of Western Australia (Department of Corrective Services) has been fined $285,000 over the death of Mr Ward in 2008. The Department of Corrective Services pleaded guilty in May to failing to ensure that persons who were not employees were not exposed to hazards and, by that failure, causing the death of Mr Ward, and was fined in the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court yesterday. The Department...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Jul 2011
Two Perth consumers have become the latest victims of illegal ‘back of van’ salesmen operating in the metropolitan area and the State’s South West. Consumer Protection has received reports that the travelling conmen have been approaching potential customers in Cockburn, Dianella, Morley and Busselton selling low quality audiovisual equipment at inflated prices from the back of their white van...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jul 2011
A backyard dog breeder has settled action in the Supreme Court by undertaking not to sell diseased animals, or any animal which has not been vet-checked and vaccinated, in the first injunction action of its kind in Australia. The legal action against Fay Marie Armstrong, by WA’s Commissioner for Consumer Protection, was the first to be brought under the new Australian Consumer Law (WA), which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2011

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