Right now, there are no clear laws across states and territories to stop price gouging in a crisis – and this needs to change.
Recently we’ve seen examples of items like hand sanitiser, toilet paper and cleaning products at huge markups that put these items out of the reach of everyday people.
During a crisis, our health and safety is critical. But when businesses and individual sellers excessively increase the price of essential items, this puts everyone at risk.
A crisis is not a time for profiteers to take advantage of the community.
These are some of the worst examples we've seen since the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus: