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Australia’s Right to Repair

Posted on: Tue 4 Feb 2020

These days, it’s far easier to replace your electronic device than to repair it. Manufacturers rarely encourage consumers to return their faulty phones, tablets or computers – and consequently there have been enormous accumulations of waste and environmental ramifications.

In the EU, an EcoDesign Directive has been developed for implementation next year, which modifies consumer laws for the right to return their devices to manufacturers for repair. While the Australian consumer affairs minister has promised the introduction of such laws, Australia seems to be lagging behind in the global Right to Repair movement.

Professor of Law at Griffith University in Queensland, Leanne Wiseman, joins Breakfast’s Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis to discuss the Right to Repair movement and where Australia fits in in this plan.

Produced by Leon Bishop

Image sourced: Marco Verch (CC BY 2.0)


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