Print21: Senate supports ‘keeping consumers posted’
The Keep Me Posted campaign has won a legislative victory, with the Senate approving a motion calling on the government to ‘bring forward legislation that will give consumers the right to receive communications from companies by post for no extra fee’.
Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart, Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate, tabled the motion on Wednesday June 14, in support of her Labor colleague Tim Hammond MP, Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs. It passed with a majority, with Labor, the Greens, NXT, and independents Jacqui Lambie and Derryn Hinch all voting in favour. “Labor has acted with urgency to successfully pass a motion in both houses of the Federal Parliament drawing attention to the growing practice of utilities, banks and telcos charging pensioners for the dubious privilege of continuing to receive their bills in the mail. Labor’s swift and decisive action on this issue is a big step toward making a real difference in the lives of people who simply cannot afford to pay extra to receive bills they should be receiving for free,” Urquhart said.
Source: Print 21 – 15 June 2017