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Comment alert

Cheshire

If you have not already done so, you might want to alert your readers to the opportunity to comment to the ACCC on Trade Practices issues relating to companies or industries that are making claims about their carbon offset activities, and how these should be verified and substantiated. The website with submission information and a short discussion paper is at:
http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/807902

The timeframe is tight, by 15 Feb, but submissions can be brief and can be made orally or in writing. Certain key industry players in Tasmania will already be lodging their submissions as I type.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Mike Adams

    February 14, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    With the backing of TAP, Mr Peter Henning compiled complaints against Gunns for false and misleading advertising and forwarded them to ACCC.
    There has been no further information regarding this complaint. From previous correspondence in T.T. it would seem that effectively companies can claim what they like in advertising. The Act, as recommended and located above, speaks of ‘Customers’ and ‘Consumers’ and speaks only of products. General ‘PR’ style blurb with none of the above seems immune.
    I await correction…

  2. don davey

    February 14, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Malcolm ! there’s a lot of apathy going about and many with (all good intentions) just can’t be bothered or will get around to it sometime OR OTHER ! my suggestion is put the letter on T.T. so that those who belong in amongst the previously mentioned can copy it and also send it !
    strength in numbers !
    d.d.

  3. Valleywatcher

    February 13, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    No! No! No! You’ve got it all wrong! It WILL be the world’s greenest mill. Haven’t you seen the ‘artist’s impressions’? It will be PAINTED green.

  4. Malcolm

    February 12, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    The ACCC Guide to Green Marketing and the Trade Practices Act was issued on 8 February 2008:

    http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/810050/fromItemId/3737

    Gunns are quite clearly in breach of the guidelines and therefore the TPA by claiming that the pulp mill is “the world’s greenest mill” and I have submitted a detailed complaint to the ACCC to that effect.

    It will be interesting to see if the ACCC have the guts to follow it through.

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