Consumer Law and Policy in Australian and New Zealand
Justin Malbon and Luke Nottage (eds); Federation Press, 2013; 480pp; $125 (paperback)
Despite the youthfulness of the Australian Consumer Law (which came into full force in 2011, replacing the Trade Practices Act regime), if the recent International Association of Consumer Law Conference held in Sydney is anything to go by, this Law has already generated much discussion among academic and practitioner circles about its merits and operation. Consumer Law and Policy in Australia and New Zealand, edited by Professor Justin Malbon and Associate Professor Luke Nottage is therefore a welcome addition to the literature on this area. Although the book looks at two jurisdictions, the editors make it clear at the beginning that given the close economic ties and efforts to create a single economic market between the two countries, it is necessary that ACL reform be viewed in the context of these developments. Also worthy of consideration is that in recent years, both countries have mutually influenced each other in their domestic laws, and thus, it is only right that their laws should be discussed together.