Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    New consumer committee members announced

    28/11/2011 12:00 AM
    • Prominent West Australians appointed to Consumer Advisory Committee
    • Committee to advise Government on consumer policies and issues
    Seven prominent West Australians have been appointed to the new Consumer Advisory Committee to provide vital input into the development of State Government policy and express their views on consumer issues.

    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said the committee would also offer their opinions on the activities and policies of consumer protection as well as research and education projects relating to consumers.

    “The range of expertise from the new members of the committee is extensive and the Government will welcome their insight into consumer policy as well as their guidance on current and emerging issues and trends,” Mr O’Brien said.

    “The introduction of the Australian Consumer Law this year and other major reforms introduced by the State Government have dramatically changed the consumer landscape in Western Australia, so it’s important that consumer advocates in our community continue to have their voices heard.

    “It’s imperative the views of consumers in WA are well represented in the process of formulating Government policy and the new committee will have an important role to play in ensuring consumers’ rights are protected.”

    The members of the new committee are:

    Mrs Judy McGowan, law lecturer at Curtin University specialising in trade practises (chairperson)
    Ms Sandra Brown, CEO of the Citizens Advice Bureau
    Ms Genette Keating, president of the Consumers’ Association of WA
    Ms Bronwyn Kitching, manager of the Private Tenancy Support Service, Red Cross
    Ms Margaret Nadebaum, former principal of Methodist Ladies College and former CEO of the Department of Education and Training
    Mr Suresh Rajan, consultant and former CEO of the Ethnic Communities Council
    Mr Patrick Wyburn, president of the WA Retirement Complexes Residents Association.
    Fact File

    • The Consumer Advisory Committee will meet four to five times a year.  An eighth member will soon be appointed
    Minister's office - 9213 6400