Welcome to episode #74! People can turn to the internet to quickly get information about claims and consumer rights, particularly regarding their health. But where do you go when reporting a dodgy claim or seeking advice about getting your money back?
Bayani Mills is a recent addition to skeptical activism in Australia; he only got started at the end of 2010!
In 2011 Bayani created Report a Rort, which focuses on consumer action and bringing information to the public on making effective complaints. This includes how to best contact relevant government watchdogs like the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, on pseudo-scientific health claims. He’s also incorporated a brilliant new plug-in for Google Chrome that was created by Simon Perry in the UK and adapted for Australians and other countries – called FishBarrel.
In addition to this, he’s the creator of another new site called Seek The Evidence – a much-needed reource dedicated to promoting rationality and logical reasoning in the public arena through local activism. It has already started gathering materials like models for flyers, posters and handouts for activists and hopes to have a global reach as well as relevance for Australians.
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