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conditions sent out with the cards before they began using them;

The Attorneys said card holders should be fully informed

about the method of calculating service charges, and warned that those

charges could be varied without the consent of the holder.

The Standing Committee will now consider draft legislation

to limit the. liability of holders of credit cards for their

unauthorised u s e . . .

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The credit card question had been raised as a matter of .

urgency by the Minister for Justice.in Queensland, Mr. W.E. Knoxv

. All Attorneys said they were concerned about the number of

credit cards which had suddenly proliferated in the last week.

The Attorneys noted that the credit cards issued by the banks

not only provided a facility for the payment for goods and

services, but authorised the use of term credit facilities at

high interest rates. . . .

Those present at the meeting were: '

Mr. K.M. McCaw, Q.C., Attorney-General of New South Wales

· Mr. V.F. Wilcox Q.C., Attorney-General of Victoria

Mr. W.E. Know, Attorney-General of Queensland

Mr. L.J. King, Q.C., Attorney-General of South Australia

. Mr. N . .McNeill, Minister for Justice of Western Australia

Mr. W.A. Neilson, Attorney-General of Tasmania, and

Senator Lionel Murphy Q.C., Attorney-General of Australia.

Canberra. .

11 October, 1974 . .

CRIMINOLOGY GRANT TO STUDY VIOLENCE . ·

The Criminology Research Council has authorised

a $19,500 grant for a study on violence.

The award has been made to Dr. Tony Vinson,

Director of N.S.W. Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

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and Dr. W. Hemphill of the Health Commission of N.S.W.

' ' The Chairman of the Council, Mr. F.J. Mahony

said that the project would deal with the pyschological,

social, biological origins and control of agression

and violent behaviour. ·

It wopld use all techniques available and would

test violent and non-violent groups.

The grant is the largest of six totalling

$63,400 approved by the Council this week.

The Council has also approved a grant of .

$12·,983 to Dr. P.R. Wilson, Reader in Sociology, Queensland

University, for completion of a study of delinquency in .

urban environment in Brisbane. It provided $10,390 last year

for the first stage of the study. . . . . . .

Other grants are: .

. $12,500 to Mr. E.C. Blatter, president of

the Sydney Civil Rehabilitation Committee. This

project will deal with operation, problems and

effectiveness of civil rehabilitation committees

in N.S.W., including half-way houses and

voluntary after-care service.

. $11,800 to Mr. J.G. Mackay, Acting Principal

Probation and Parole Officer, Tasmania.

This grant will cover evaluation of the

’work order’ scheme in Tasmania, where

work on community projects has been

substituted for imprisonment. .

. $6,020 to Mr. M.L. Mackellar, magistrate in

Papua New Guinea for the study of riots

in the Port Moresby area. Mr. Mackellar

has previously carried out research which .

has led to a reduction in the number of

riots in the Ena region. .

. . $600 to Mr. V.L. Bartlett, lecturer at .

Mt. Gravatt Teachers' College, Queensland,

for geographical analysis of delinquents.

The Criminology Research Council, which has

Federal and State representation, began operation late in

1972. Half of the funds are provided by the Australian

Government and the remainder come from the States on a

population basis. . . ' '

. The Council has now funded 15 research projects.

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13 November 1974 . "

CONSUMERS PUT BUDGET CASE TO GOVERNMENT CALL FOR

COMMISSION FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS

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, Six representatives from consumer organizations from

around Australia met the Federal Cabinet for pre-Budget .

consultations today. .

They urged the Government to take every action -

including restraint of costs - to combat inflation. Inflation,

they told Cabinet, struck at every consumer, but it hit hardest

at the underprivileged, who were often least protected from

misleading and deceptive selling and from shoddy goods.

To get better value for the dollar all the consumer

organizations called for the early establishment of an independent

Commission for Consumer Affairs to provide vigorous, national,

consumer action. .

The Commission would: .

. . Advise the Australian Government on consumer

problems (seeking views from the Australian Federation

of Consumer Organizations and other bodies);

. Arrange for consumer views to be forcefully presented