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Attorney-General charges company under consumer protection laws

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The Attorney-General, Senator Lionel Murphy, Q.C.,

said today that he had personally initiated the first prosecutions under the consumer protection provisions

of the Trade Practices Act.

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Senator Murphy said that 15 summonses alleging

offences uncler. section 53 of the Trade Practices Act were issued out of the Australian Industrial Court today. The

■summonses are returnable at 10.30 am next Tuesday.

. The charges arise out of advertisements for microwave

ovens by Sharp Corporation of Australia Pty Ltd of Burrows

Road, St Peters, New South Wales.

.......The Attorney-General * s informations supporting the

charges allege that Sharp Corporation, in a national

advertising campaign for microwave ovens, falsely claimed

that the ovens were tested and approved by the Standards

Association of Australia. The informations also allege

that Sharp, by unauthorised use of the mark of the Standards

Association of Australia,, falsely represented that the

microwave ovens had the approval of that association and

complied with an Australian standard. " : .

Canberra December 6, 1974