The Federal Government has announced the expansion of Australia’s fast charging network for battery electric vehicles (EVs) by providing funding for new chargers across metropolitan and regional Australia to drive uptake of electrtic vehicles (EVs) and support consumer choice. 

The Lorna Jane womens activewear manufacturer and retailer has been ordered by the Federal Court to pay $5 million in penalties for making false and misleading representations to consumers, and engaging in conduct liable to mislead the public in connection with the promotion and supply of its LJ Shield Activewear.

Wagering company Betchoice Corporation trading as Unibet has been convicted of posting three illegal gambling advertisements with court-imposed fines totalling $48,000, as a result of an investigation by Liquor & Gaming NSW. 

The ACCC is examining competition and consumer concerns with general online retail marketplaces such as eBay Australia, Amazon Australia, Kogan and Catch.com.au as part of its inquiry into digital platform services in Australia.

New Zealand regulator and competition enforcement agency The Commerce Commission has filed proceedings at the High Court in Christchurch seeking declarations that consumer loan provider Moola engaged in cartel conduct relating to online advertising on Google Ads.

The ACMA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Space Agency.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is looking to improve the way the telco sector supports consumers in vulnerable circumstances, with a proposed Statement of Expectations for the industry released for consultation today.

New Zealand’s competition enforcement agency The Commerce Commission has laid down its expectations of the country’s fuel businesses ahead of a new regulatory regime taking effect in August.

Six subsidiaries of media firm Nine Entertainment have paid penalties totalling $159,840 after the competition regulator the ACCC issued them with 12 infringement notices for allegedly charging subscribers and advertisers excessive payment surcharges.

Facebook Australia has announced the expansion of its Local Alerts product to all eligible state and territory health, police and lead central government Facebook Pages.

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