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Palace Cinemas fined for online pricing policies

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 19 July: Moviegoers are likely to benefit from clearer online ticketing pricing. Palace Cinemas Pty. Ltd. (Palace Cinemas) has paid a penalty of $10,800 after being issued with an infringement notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, as a result of ACCC concerns with Palace Cinemas’ online pricing practices.

The ACCC issued an infringement notice because it had reasonable grounds to believe that Palace Cinemas had breached the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by failing to prominently disclose the total single price, including the compulsory booking fee, for cinema tickets purchased using its online booking process.

The ACCC was concerned that Palace Cinemas made a part-price representation without prominently specifying a single total cinema ticket price throughout the booking process.

“Online traders risk breaching the Australian Consumer Law if they make price representations that exclude mandatory booking fees when advertising ticket prices online,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“This sort of conduct has the potential to affect the purchasing decisions of consumers who focus on the advertised price, without being aware of the final price which includes additional fees that have to be paid as part of the transaction, such as booking fees. It may also reduce the extent to which consumers shop around because searching and comparing prices between websites is made more difficult,” Mr. Sims said.

This outcome follows broader ACCC engagement with the online cinema ticketing industry, aimed at improving pricing practices to ensure that the advertised prices of cinema tickets do not exclude mandatory applicable booking fees.

“The ACCC is pleased that its focus on clearer pricing by cinemas selling movie tickets online has resulted in some improvements. Consumers now have access to more straightforward pricing information which enables them to make more informed decisions about buying movie tickets online,” Mr. Sims said.

The payment of a penalty following the issue of an infringement notice is not an admission of a contravention of the ACL. The ACCC can issue an infringement notice if it has reasonable grounds to believe a person has contravened certain consumer protection laws.

Further information about the ACL single pricing provisions and component pricing can be found at Advertising and selling guide – http://www.accc.gov.au/publications/advertising-selling/advertising-and-selling-guide/pricing/component-pricing

- SAT News Service.

Adani mine approval challenged in court

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 9 November 2015: The Adani owned Chermichael Coal megamine approval by the Queensland government has been challenged by the Australian Conservation Foundation. The earlier approval which was struck done by a court was later reapproved last month by the Queensland Environment Minister Greg Hunt. The challenge is a judicial review of the Minister’s approval.

The Carmichael coal mine would be an absolute disaster for the Great Barrier Reef, our climate and the local environment if it proceeds,” said Shani Tager, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Reef Campaigner in a media release.

“They want a 28,000-hectare coal mine which will be responsible for 120 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year and require millions of tonnes of seafloor in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to be dredged.

“If Minister Hunt and the Turnbull Government were serious about protecting the environment, they would have rejected this mine the first and the second time it came across their desks.

“It’s clear that they cannot be relied on to make decisions in the best interests of the community and the environment, so this legal challenge by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACL) is crucial,” said Ms. Tager.

Meanwhile, the Mackay Conservation Group has welcomed the ACF legal action against the mine approval, in a media release.

Mackay Conservation Group acting coordinator, Peter McCallum, said “we welcome the intervention of Australia’s pre-eminent environmental organization in this legal process.”

Queensland treasury officials have called the mine “unbankable” and 14 international banks have said they won’t fund the project, which still needs $16billion to proceed.

- SAT News Service.