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Consumers need protection from junk insurance and rubbish warranties

A new report from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) slams ‘junk’ insurance and rubbish warranties, which are usually sold to consumers when they take out a credit card or personal loan or buy a car. These products are meant to protect consumers when ‘shit happens’. But for many consumers this ‘insurance’ either duplicates […]

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Payday loans, consumer leases and other consumer issues

The Consumer Action Law Centre and Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre are presenting a free workshop in Bendigo on 7 April for financial counsellors and community lawyers who assist clients with payday loans, consumer leases and other consumer issues. The workshop will also provide advocates with an opportunity to discuss issues arising in their casework on these […]

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Internet scam costs local man $8,500

In January this year Jack*, a local 65-year-old man, changed his internet plan from one provider to another. A few days later he was contacted by a man who told him that he was from Telstra and could make his internet download faster. The unsolicited caller talked Jack through a series of steps before confirming […]

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Bought a lemon?

Gas and electricity companies hassling you? Renting a stereo system you can’t afford? Bought a lemon? Consumer problems like these can be tricky. And sometimes the best solution is a legal solution. Consumer Affairs Victoria funds Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre to assist clients with difficult consumer complaints.  We assist both individuals and local financial counsellors who are helping […]

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Are your clients swimming with sharks?

Are you a financial counsellor? Do you have a client who’s bought a lemon? Is swimming with sharks? Did you know Loddon Campaspe CLC is funded to assist clients with consumer complaints? We negotiate with traders and service providers for vulnerable or disadvantaged clients. We also assist clients to prepare Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal […]

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Loddon Campaspe CLC challenges VCAT fee hike

The state government recently proposed a four-fold fee increase for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). The proposed increase will mean applications to VCAT’s Civil List rise from $38.80 to $160.40. Loddon Campaspe CLC believes that Victoria needs a cost-effective, quick and simple forum in which consumer matters can be heard. Accordingly, we felt […]

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Free 2013 legal diary for older people

Our little office here in Bendigo has a small but dynamic Seniors Rights Victoria outpost, led by solicitor Tabitha O’Shea. SRV provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. Earlier this year, SRV produced Assets for Care: a guide for lawyers to assist older […]

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Consumer Action: keeping food on the table

Protecting the income and assets of low income CLC clients On 14 August the Consumer Action Law Centre will present a free clinic for local solicitors and law students, CLC volunteers   When? 11am-3pm, 14 August 2012 Where? Boardroom: Advocacy and Rights Centre, 54 Mitchell Street, Bendigo Cost? Free RSVP For further information, please contact Loddon […]

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Keeping food on the table: protecting low income CLC clients

The Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC) will visit Bendigo next week to provide free consumer law training to our legal service volunteers, local solicitors, financial counsellors and other local community workers who are working with clients to keep food on their tables. The Consumer Action Law Centre is a specialist Community Legal Centre (CLC) based in […]

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