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Push For Right To Repair

A draft report from the Productivity Commission has proposed forcing manufacturers to enable consumers to access repairs for products such as smartphones, whitegoods and motor vehicles.

The report proposed giving repairers better access to spare parts to cut waste and make it cheaper to fix products.

The report lists measures to address concerns that it is increasingly difficult and expensive for consumers to repair items, including an overhaul of copyright laws.

The commission also proposed giving repairers and consumers access to data blocked by digital locks and not included in product manuals.

The commission’s final report on the issue of repairs is due in October.

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