By Dee McLachlan
On Friday the ABC reported, “Nurofen maker fined $1.7m for misleading customers on ‘specific pain’ relief range.” To quote:
“…the maker of Nurofen, Reckitt Benckiser, has been fined $1.7 million for breaching consumer laws.”
The company advertised a range of products, each with specific pain relief outcomes — for the same medication.
Justice Edelman said the penalty would have been greater, but it considered that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had not argued that the company’s conduct was intentional or reckless.
This is what This is Money reported in February:
“The company, whose products also include Scholl, Dettol, Harpic and Vanish, reported …profits to £2.2billion after sales rose to nearly £8.9billion…. The bumper figures sent shares up 405p to 6371p and will come as a relief …in the wake of claims that Reckitt has misled customers buying its Nurofen painkillers.”
This $1.7 million fine is slap on the wrist for a company that size. Why bother? We do desire more honest packaging, but I believe this action could be a smoke screen.
What this action and penalty does do — is create the ILLUSION that the courts and the government are looking after our interests. Yet, governments around the world seem to be unable to adequately tax these huge companies.
Be warned. This action by the ACCC and the courts in fining Reckitt Benckiser may very well be designed to make consumers feel “safe” and “looked after”, while in reality — behind closed doors — the big multinationals make progress in secret trade agreements that will continue to advantage them long into the future.
We have written before about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the secrecy surrounding the deal.
I wrote in, “How Dare The People Question The TPP – Secrecy and Fast Tracking Is For Their Benefit”, and I said (as an example):
- One CARROT is jobs, jobs and more jobs, and
- One BIG STICK is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).
But in the video below, David Icke looks at the BIGGER picture — suggesting the that the many trade agreements across the globe is in reality one agreement to advantage the few.
David Icke is touring Australia soon. The dates of his tour are:
Perth – Perth Racecource – 9th July 2016
Sydney – Sydney Town Hall – 16th July
Brisbane – Logan Metro Sports Centre – 23rd July
Melbourne – MCEC Plenary – 30th July
Auckland – Logan Campell Centre, ASB Showgrounds – 6th August
Photo of cartoon adapted from Chad Pachtinger