I am just a normal guy. I travel, go to restaurants and book hotels. Australia seems to be the only country in the world with this massive disturbing trend. The banks started it with interest rate changes not moving in step with the RBA, and now Caltex, Jetstar hotels and others are adding these left right and centre. If we don't stop it, the charges will just increase.
Ban credit card surcharges – this ridiculous gouging of customers has to end
Credit card surcharges are gouging customers hundreds of millions of dollars every year. They're being added to flights (Jetstar $8.50 per flight), paying bills (Telstra 2%+ GST), cab fares (10% of fare). They're out of control – and it's time they're banned. There have been too many excuses on this, for too many years. But right now we have a chance to show Joe Hockey that we want to end this rip off. On Sunday 7th December, any excuse for a government not to ban them evaporated when the David Murray Report went public, with over 5000 submissions requesting that these fees be banned! It is extraordinary that despite 80% of all submissions being received demanded that credit card surcharges be banned, that the final report lacks any clear recommendation on banning these, but rather proposes some weak caps be considered. Caps can be increased over time so I see this as entirely useless. Its clear these people don’t live in the real world we all live in! So come on Scott Morrison, show some leadership - hear the voices of the people, and ban these obscene credit card surcharges! WOTIF.COM was able to remove them recently from their services so why not demand others do the same? This significant number of submissions received to the David Murrary Report is as a direct result of a Petition I started against Jetstar's outragious Credit Card Surcharges change.org/jetstar that has secured over 108,000 signatures. So you see, your support is already working and we are very close to getting the outcome we all deserve. NO MORE CREDIT CARD SURCHARGES If we can show him that consumers are sick of these sneaky, deceitful fees being added to everything we purchase, we can make sure he follows through to end credit card surcharges. Capping them is not the answer as caps can be increased over time. Australia is one of the only countries left that allows this absurd gouging to continue. Most countries have banned them already. Let's tell him excuses and political handballing to weak, toothless regulators isn't good enough. We want these rip-off fees outlawed. Sign my petition to help me get rid of credit card surcharges. I'm going to personally deliver it to Canberra, and make sure the voices of consumers aren't ignored any longer.
Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health: Stop discriminating against Private Hospital Insurance Cancer Patients
On 8th October I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia. I am 51. I have private health insurance with HCF and was immediately admitted into a Private Hospital in the Gold Coast to receive urgent treatment for this specific disease, which is where I have written this petition. A key vital drug for the treatment of this specific disease is called ATRA (all-trans retinoic acid). In the public health system this drug is free. In fact, in the western world it is offered largely free. In China, it costs $20 per month. But because I have Private Health Insurance and am being treated in a Private Hospital, the Australlan Government will not cover the cost of this drug which will cost sufferers of this disease $4,500 every month of treatment! It’s bad enough being diagnosed with Cancer, but then the Government decides to grab a bat and hit suffers financially at a time when they a burdened with a range of deep emotional and financial stresses. I am a taxpayer like patients treated in the public system. I pay State taxes too. I pay my Medicare Levy like other taxpayers in the public system. The Government wants us to hold Private Health Insurance but then discriminates against those that do by not offering the same free access to drugs that are free in the public system? THAT IS PLAINLY WRONG AND DISCRIMINATES AGAINST PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERED PATIENTS. The number of people who suffer from my specific Cancer in Australia is small, and the ATRA drug is designed for specific mandatory treatment of people with this particular disease. I am a fighter. I always have been. I have been supporting raising money for Cancer Research for years through my cycling team the VisionCrusaders.com, and in fact had been in the middle of major national fund raising for Cancer Research when diagnosed. It’s ironic that given my history raising money for Cancer Research, my fitness and general health, that Cancer should strike me like this. It’s a hideous disease that sadly will strike one in three of us in Australia in our lifetime and one in two in Queensland! So will you help me get this changed? Please sign my petition. Please also send an email demanding the Minister include ATRA support for Private Health Insurance patients to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jetstar: drop your deceitful, rip-off $8.50 credit card surcharge for booking online
They're shameful, gouge customers, and it's time they stop. Jetstar’s “booking and service” fee that adds $8.50 one way, $17 return, is one of the most excessive out there – slipped in at the last moment just as you are about to pay online. What's shocking – it's actually 2670% above what it costs Jetstar to process your card. They’re simply taking advantage of people now and encouraging other companies like hotels, petrol stations, restaurants and who knows, soon your electricity company to do the same! We should be able to trust companies to do what's fair, not just what's going to line their pockets with the most profit every time – but instead Jetstar have fought to keep credit card surcharges because this quiet rip-off nets them some profit and their owners QANTAS. Australians pay a ridiculous $800million in card surcharges every year. That's the estimate from Mastercard, who've backed consumers' calls for retailers like Jetstar to be banned from charging these fees. So far they've got away with it, but you can help change that. A huge consumer backlash right now could finally end this rip-off and the ACCC agrees its not right – the Federal Government are considering banning the surcharges, and Qantas/Jetstar are more concerned about their brand reputation than ever. In my view, the published price should be the price you pay. No little 'add ons' at the last minute. No excessive fees or surcharges or “booking fees" as they like to call them – it's time they all listen and with your help I know we can end this gouging by retailers in Australia. Please sign my petition now to force Jetstar to end their unfair credit card surcharges – and encourage the Government to ban them altogether. You can also leave a message for Jetstar via Facebook too: https://www.facebook.com/JetstarAustralia?filter=2 And Twitter: https://twitter.com/JetstarAirways