Guy Davis

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Is Choice solid?

One of the nice things – and this is some­thing I’ve found across the con­sumer af­fairs sec­tor – is in­for­ma­tion isn’t hoarded. We’ve been speak­ing to dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions, but our clos­est re­la­tion­ship is with Choice. It should be clar­i­fied Choice isn’t a co­pro­ducer; it’s more a deep, broad co-op­er­a­tion that we share. It’s part of their mis­sion to im­prove the rights of con­sumers and in­crease con­sumer aware­ness and a show like this is in line with their goals. We come at it from dif­fer­ent an­gles – they work hard test­ing prod­ucts and cat­e­gories, we breeze in and go, ‘‘Hey, this could be funny! Let’s do this!’’ There’s a cul­ture clash there, but it’s a pro­duc­tive one. But there are still ar­eas where peo­ple are po­ten­tially ex­ploited and it’s amaz­ing how many scams pop up ev­ery gen­er­a­tion. Re­gard­less of the tech­nol­ogy, they’re es­sen­tially the same. Door-to-door sales springs to mind, although th­ese days it’s not en­cy­clo­pe­dias be­ing sold, it’s a bet­ter deal on your gas or elec­tric­ity. (Laughs) I’m aware this is very much a case of ‘‘first world prob­lems’’ – we’re very lucky in Aus­tralia to have good con­sumer reg­u­la­tion, a his­tory of leg­is­la­tion, lobby groups and government bod­ies polic­ing those laws and com­pa­nies want­ing to do the right thing. We’re in good shape but there’s al­ways room for im­prove­ment. Is con­sumer af­fairs an area where you can take the mickey a lit­tle? Or is it se­ri­ous busi­ness?

That’s ex­actly the fine line we’re try­ing to walk. We’re prob­a­bly stum­bling a bit. I de­scribe it as satir­i­cal con­sumer af­fairs – we try to con­vey in­for­ma­tion in an en­gag­ing and en­ter­tain­ing way. There’s def­i­nitely an ir­rev­er­ent at­ti­tude to it. I’m com­fort­able mak­ing jokes while stat­ing facts.

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Ju­lian Mor­row

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