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    Thought this would be good advice to people starting out in a business for the first time.

    From QLD Office of Fair Trading website:

    Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading
    The Honourable Peter Lawlor

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Gold Coast retailers receive $145,000 fine

    Two Gold Coast window blind and shutter retailers and their director have been fined $145,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court.

    Rainbella Pty Ltd and Tropical Homewares Pty Ltd, trading as Sunshine Living, along with Director Carly Jane McGowan, were convicted on a combined 98 charges of false representation and six counts of failing to supply information.

    Rainbella and director Carly Jane McGowan were each charged under Section 40 (f) of the Fair Trading Act 1989 that between 18 June 2009 and 18 August 2010, they falsely claimed an affiliation with the Housing Industry Association (HIA) on 44 occasions despite HIA membership having lapsed on 30 April 2009.

    The defendants were further charged separately under Section 90 (4) (a) of the Fair Trading Act with failing to supply information to OFT inspectors on 20 March 2010 and 24 April 2010.

    Tropical Homewares and Carly Jane McGowan also were each charged with falsely claiming an affiliation with the HIA on five occasions on 21 December 2009.

    They were also each charged separately with failing to supply information to Fair Trading inspectors on 24 April 2010.

    Fair Trading Minister Peter Lawlor said the convictions and heavy fines showed companies and their directors would be prosecuted if they did the wrong thing.

    “I hope this sends a clear warning to other businesses. Everyone in business needs to operate within the law and abide by all the regulatory requirements,’’ Mr Lawlor said.

    Mr Lawlor said all businesses should familiarise themselves with the new national consumer protection and fair trading law that came into effect on 1 January 2011.

    “The Australian Consumer Law is a major change for Queensland business and consumers. The new law applies to all sectors of the economy and to all Australian consumers and businesses,’’ he said.

    “In early 2011, Fair Trading experts will be conducting seminars for businesses and consumers throughout Queensland.

    “These include two seminars on the Gold Coast on 22 and 28 February 2011.’’

    Both seminars are at the Quality Hotel, Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters at 5.30pm on Tuesday 22 February and 5.30pm on Monday 28 February.

    See http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for further information about the new Australian Consumer Law or book your place on one of the seminars.

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