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Federal Senate passes new credit card surcharge laws

Credit cards may no longer be subject to excessive surcharging, following new legislation passed by the Federal Senate to clamp down on the issue. But fears still remain that as opposed to saving Australian consumers, it could have the opposite effect.

The legislation passed by the Senate gives Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) the ability to fine companies who place surcharges of up to 1000% above the real cost of processing credit card payments, according to figures confirmed by the consumer group Choice.

Tom Godfrey from the consumer group Choice, commenting on the legislation being passed, says, “We are delighted that the ACCC has finally been given the power to investigate if a surcharge is fair and .....

15 Apr 2016 by

Ben Tumilty

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Banking

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Senate inquiry calls - for changes to minimum repayments and credit card switching

A six-month inquiry into credit card usage performed by a senate committee has found that credit card users need to have the ability to change their providers more easily than is currently the case, as well as setting minimum monthly repayments.

The Labour and Coalition senators agreed on these two changes, released in the inquiry report, but views differed on other possible changes proffered in the inquiry.

As it stands, the inquiry felt that the banks need to take better care of their customers who were struggling to meet repayments, as well as finding ways to reduce the use of credit cards as long-term credit extension facilities. The senate inquiry did not state what the minimum monthly repayments needed to be, but a bal .....

11 Jan 2016 by

Ben Tumilty

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Banking

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Treasury to investigate credit card rates

Interest rates are falling but credit card rates remain the same. The Federal Treasury have announced an investigation into the widening gap between the rates

5 Jun 2015 by

Ian Carpenter

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Banking

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New ways to pay means ATMs could become obsolete

With so many ways to pay – online banking, card transactions and contactless payment included – ATMs and cash are becoming a thing of the past

22 May 2015 by

Richard Catlin

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Banking

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The credit card surcharge debate hots up

Research has found that some of the biggest companies in Australia are the ones charging the largest credit card surcharges, with small businesses charging much less

10 Apr 2015 by

Richard Catlin

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Banking

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