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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 289..

Answers to questions

Junk mail

(Question No 1)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to junk mail:

(1) what options exist for residents with 'NO JUNK MAIL' signs who still receive hand-delivered advertising material.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

As the Attorney General and having responsibility for Fair Trading, the answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) The following are the options that exist for residents with 'NO JUNK MAIL' signs who still receive hand-delivered advertising material:

a) Residents themselves may contact the business that is having the advertising material delivered and ask them to remove their name and address from their delivery lists.

b) Residents may contact the Office of Fair Trading which will, on a resident's behalf, seek the cooperation of the business which is having advertising material delivered, to have the resident's name and address removed from their delivery lists.

c) Residents may contact various marketing information companies that work for consumers, at no cost to them, to stop the delivery of junk mail.

d) Residents may consider taking civil action against the company delivering the advertising material for trespass to land. For this action to succeed, however, the resident must show that the business delivering the advertising material did not have an implied licence to enter the property.

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