Category: Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

Belle Gibson Penalised For Misleading Health Claims

Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz has welcomed the orders handed down against Belle Gibson in the Federal Court of Australia today. The court ordered that Ms Gibson pay penalties totalling $410,000 for five contraventions of section 21 of the Australian Consumer Law (Vic). Consumer Affairs Victoria took legal action to protect Australians from groundless […]

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Sweeping Reforms To Tackle Pokies Harm

Strict withdrawal limits at gaming venues and added restrictions on pokies numbers in regions most affected by gambling will be imposed as part of new measures announced by the Andrews Labor Government. EFTPOS cash withdrawals at gaming venues in Victoria will soon be limited to $500 within a 24-hour period and the practice of cashing […]

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Gambling Ad Ban Near Schools, Roads And Public Transport

The Andrews Labor Government will ban betting advertising on roads, public transport, and within 150 metres of all Victorian schools. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today announced new laws that will shield vulnerable Victorians, particularly school aged children, from the promotion of gambling. The Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 will apply to […]

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Liquor And Gaming Inspector Jobs For Regional Victoria

Ararat and Sale will be home to two new regional liquor and gaming inspector hubs, following a funding boost by the Andrews Labor Government to hire permanent inspectors in regional Victoria. The government provided $11.3 million over four years to the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) in the 2017/18 State Budget to […]

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Showbags Safe And Ready For The Show

More than 350 showbags have passed rigorous safety inspections and are ready for the Royal Melbourne Show. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz visited the showgrounds today to give 30 disadvantaged kids a free showbag ahead of the opening of the annual event on 23 September. Consumer Affairs Victoria have examined more than 3400 items […]

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More Than 200 Illegal Monkey Bikes To Be Destroyed

A Brunswick-based company caught selling banned monkey bikes will pay a hefty $10,000 fine and be forced to destroy the bikes at its own expense. Consumer Affairs Victoria took action in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court against Big Aussie Deals after investigations revealed that the company had supplied banned miniature motorbikes. The Andrews Labor Government is […]

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New Consumer Policy And Research Hub Launched

The Andrews Labor Government has established a new research centre dedicated to improving access, fairness and protections for Victorian consumers. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz joined newly-appointed CEO Lauren Solomon in Parliament today to launch the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC). The CPRC will investigate areas such as changes in the housing market, dispute […]

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A Fairer Pricing System For Gaming Machines In Victoria

Venues that earn the most from pokies will be forced to pay more tax under changes announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz said the new gaming machine pricing system would increase taxes for pubs, clubs and hotels with high-earning gaming machines. The increased revenue these changes […]

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Safety Warning For Leaking Hot Water Bottles

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz is urging Victorians to watch out for a batch of faulty hot water bottles capable of causing serious burns and injury. A consumer complaint has unearthed thousands of faulty water bottles from Wens Bros Trading Pty Ltd – which trades from a Hallam retail outlet […]

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‘It’s Okay To Walk Away’ To Empower Koori Consumers

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Koori consumers to walk away from high pressure sales pitches as part of a national consumer rights campaign. The It’s Okay to Walk Away campaign aims to help Koori consumers in urban and regional and rural areas of Victoria identify high pressure sales tactics and to inform them of […]

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