Issues

Issues

Farewell John Wood.

John Wood died peacefully on 19 February 2016 after a long brave struggle with cancer. John was a leading member of FEMAG. He had a long career promoting consumer rights including as head of the Federal Bureau of Consumer Affairs for 10 years. He and others promoted the introduction of Freedom of Information legislation in Australia. He was later appointed as Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman.and then worked with countries in the South Pacific to improve government accountability and reduce corruption. John was made an Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 for his service to consumers.

Read John's Summary

FEMAG Seminar on the advertising of therapeutic good and services, March 17, 2016

The Advertising of Therapeutic Goods and Services (and its Regulation) was held on Thursday 17 March 9:15am - 5:00pm. The seminar was organised and supported by the University of Sydney, Health Law Centre, the Foundation for Effective Markets and Governance in association with the Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University, the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University and Choice (the Australian Consumers Organisation). This seminar outlined the current concerns that consumer (and health professional) organisations have with the advertising of therapeutic goods and services and explore ways in which the system(s) might be improved.

Jean Tirole Wins Nobel Prize in Economics for Work on Regulation

WASHINGTON - The French economist Jean Tirole, a student of imperfect markets, has spent decades dissecting the many industries where competition does not fulfill the textbook promise that prices will be low and quality will be high. Mr. Tirole's work has helped governments to improve cable television service, to restrict credit card fees and to crack down on harmful monopolies.