Gideon Boas


[extract] As the title suggests, this article analyses Part VA of the Trade Practices Act from the perspective of its failure to provide substantial and effective reforms of the product liability laws in Australia. It is stated at the outset that this author has strong pro-consumer views. I believe Part VA reflects a failure to provide Australian consumers with a comprehensive and effective alternative to pre-existing common law and statutory causes of action in the area of loss arising as a result of defective products. I furthermore believe that Part VA betrays the original intention of the Government as indicated by the Explanatory Memoranda to the amending Bills presented to the Federal Senate.