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World Consumer Rights Day sees protests against hazardous loans

March 15 is a special day in the calendar for consumer advocates—World Consumer Rights Day. This year’s theme was ‘Our money, our rights: campaigning for real choice in financial services’, and events on this theme were held around the globe. In Melbourne, advocates gathered outside the office of one payday lender to protest against the [...]

Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre

Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre supports regulation of payday lenders. We see the consequences of financial stress when people come to us to apply for NILS loans. Often they are paying exorbitant interest rates to payday lenders which compromises their ability to pay for basics such as food and rent. – Deborah Allen, Community Resilience Worker, [...]

Campaign supporters

Click here to see all supporters. Reform of payday lending is supported by a wide range of national, state and local consumer and welfare organisations. These include ACOSS, Anglicare, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Choice, Consumer Action, Consumer Credit Legal Centre NSW, Financial Counselling Australia, Homelessness Australia, Salvation Army Moneycare, the St Vincent Paul Society [...]

Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network

The Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network Ltd would like to sign on to the Ending Payday Lending Debt Trap Campaign. Payday lending is a big issue for Indigenous consumers. ICAN sees many clients every year that have been attracted by the easy access of funds, to find themselves later in a situation of serious financial hardship. [...]

Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service Inc

Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service Inc. endorses the open letter supporting the government’s proposals for action. These issues, in particular those surrounding payday lenders, are particularly significant for Villamanta’s clients who have a disability, often an intellectual disability. Our clients are particularly vulnerable to being taken advantage of and/or not having matters clearly and fully [...]

Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc

The Youth and Family Service Financial Counsellor in Logan sees many clients who are distressed by payday loans.  Many have revolved through escalating payday loans for years.  They are usually completely unaware of the exorbitant interest rates they are paying.  They often regard payday lenders as their friends, and don’t want to let them down.  [...]

Carlton Fitzroy Financial Counselling Service

Carlton Fitzroy Financial Counselling Service supports the action against Pay Day lenders.  We see the fall out of these types of loans and how destructive they are to the vulnerable and disadvantaged community we serve.  They reinforce and entrench poverty with those people who are unfortunate enough to become involved in Pay Day lending.  We [...]

UnitingCare Community

UnitingCare Community (UCC) endorses the open letter to Minister Bill Shorten MP in support of the amendments to the National Consumer Protection Act 2009. UCC supported the introduction of an interest rate cap in Queensland in 2008.  Having witnessed the benefits an interest rate cap delivered to Queensland consumers we wish to see this protection [...]

Redfern Legal Centre

We acknowledge that the payday lending market is characterised by certain features that make small amount loans more expensive, including the high risk of default and the high administrative costs of short-term loans. However, there should be a limit on the amount of fees and costs that can be charged under small amount credit contracts, [...]

Justice & International Mission – Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia

The Justice and International Mission Unit has been concerned for a long time about the activities of some payday lenders targeting vulnerable members of the community. We support the need for greater regulation of the lenders and greater protection for those who need to borrow. – Mark Zirnsak,  Director,  Justice & International Mission - Synod of [...]

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