How we can stop the next Thermomix

Labor’s Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh has slammed the government’s lax attitude to consumer protection and is calling for a tougher response to unconscionable conduct, unfair contracts, unsafe products, misleading conduct and scams.In a new submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration, Dr Leigh has outlined proposals to toughen Australia’s legal protections in a way that would prevent future “Thermomix” type scandals, as well as raise significant revenue.Earlier this month, News Corp revealed Australia’s consumer watchdog was investigating the food processor company over injuries to owners — some 83 incidents resulting in at least 18 people needing medical treatment — and its attempts to silence them.Separately, at least 10 people injured while using the machines have approached Melbourne-based law firm Slater & Gordon indicating an interest in pursuing group legal action against the company.frank.chung@news.com.au