Remedies under the Australian Consumer Law and the Common Law: Evolution and Revolution

Grant number: DP140100767 | Funding period: 2014 - 2018

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Abstract

The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and its precursor, the Trade Practices Act, have revolutionised the Australian consumer protection landscape. However, consumers are not receiving the protection envisaged under the Act because of fundamental uncertainties undermining the statutory remedies. The problem lies in the lack of any rigorous theoretical account of the ongoing interactions between the remedial provisions of the ACL and the remedies that have traditionally been applied by judges in similar circumstances. This account will develop that framework to unlock the full potential of the remedial provisions of the ACL and provide a fresh means of understanding the evolving relationship betw..

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