OUR SAY: Car buyers deserve protection
WE hear plenty from politicians about the need to cut red tape that constrains business and for governments to get out of the way of free markets.
Such talk may make fine economic theory and support the corporate interests of those for whom scrutiny is reduced but outcomes for the broader community and the environment can become increasingly difficult to appreciate.
It should be clear to everyone by now that serious problems exist in the complaint response process of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia in relation to the Jeep range it distributes.
Maroochydore's Ashton Wood brought international attention to the issue with his Destroy My Jeep campaign, prompting the Queensland Labor Government to launch an inquiry into the introduction of laws to better protect new car buyers.
The ACCC declares itself to be the "national consumer law champion".
Yet its feather-duster response to date instils no confidence that the interests of consumers are its overarching priority.