How to deter salespeople

Senator Marise Payne has reminded householders about their rights when door-to-door salespeople come knocking on their door.

This follows a win by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in the High Court.

Consumers can avoid door-to-door salespeople by displaying a Do Not Knock sticker on their doors.

Door-to-door salespeople could be liable for a penalty of up to $50,000 if they knock on a door which clearly displays one of these stickers.

The stickers can be ordered from the ACCC website —

Consumers have a cooling-off period of 10 business days which enables them to cancel an unsolicited consumer agreement. Door-to-door salespeople are not allowed to come on business to houses on Sundays or public holidays, before 9am or after 6pm on weekdays, and before 9am or after 5pm on Saturdays.

Lifting the lid on fast food

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McDonald's Australia is lifting the lid on the Golden Arches, through a new initiative.

Our Food, Your Questions is an online platform which will enable customers to have an honest conversation with McDonald's and to ask "burning questions" about the menu.

McDonald's North St Marys licensee Frank Meduri said: "We know that lots of people have lots of questions about our food.

"For most people, the only interaction they have had with us has most likely been on the other side of the counter in the restaurant.

"So it's exciting to give Australians the chance to personally explore McDonald's on an entirely new level."

Every food question asked through the Our Food, Your Questions website will be analysed, researched and answered.

McDonald's will use a combination of written answers, images, infographics and videos in its replies.

To participate and for details, log onto

$7.78m for UWS

UWS will receive $7.78 million in federal funding for 17 innovative research projects. The funding for this research was awarded under the Australian Research Council's outcomes for Future Fellowships (2013) and Major Grants (2014).

More than $522 million in research funding was announced across five Australian Research Council Funding schemes for a total of 1177 projects.

Lindsay MP Fiona Scott hailed the announcement as "great news for greater western Sydney".

"This $7.78 million will enable some of Australia's best researchers to make exciting and critical discoveries that will have benefits for all Australians, while at the same time promoting our region to the world," Ms Scott said.

This story THE NEWS IN BRIEF first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.