Here is an example of the lack of consumer protection against false advertising.
The Qantas Cash card is "a multi-currency reloadable, prepaid payment facility" which advertises "Use everywhere MasterCard® is accepted electronically”. [http://www.qantascash.com/ and its Product Disclosure Statement]
Avis (ironically Qantas’ own rental car “partner”) "does not accept a prepaid or reloadable 'stored value' card, a travel money card or an EFTPOS card.” [https://www.avis.com.au/car-rental/content/render-faq.ac]
It only needs one exception (and this is quite a major one in the travel business) to render the claim of “everywhere” false.
After two months’ “investigation”, ASIC “have determined that there is insufficient evidence to warrant further action in relation to this matter”. [ASIC Ref. 13239/14]
What more evidence can they want?
But I am unable to find any other regulatory body prepared even to consider the issue, since I am not claiming personal loss.
Peter Fitzsimons (27 June) mentions the inadequacy of our advertising laws. He’d be a great guy to start a crusade!
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.