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Oz watchdog barks at Ten

ACCC alleges duo contravened Australia's Trade Practices Act

SYDNEY  A production company and CanWest’s Network Ten are being sued by Australia’s vigilant consumer watchdog for duping people into participating in a reality TV show.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission alleges Ten and Crackerjack Prods. advertised job vacancies, conducted interviews and then used two “successful” job-seekers in a weeklong “Candid Camera”-type sting.

Footage was used in the program “Mind Games — A Real-Life Adventure,” which aired on Ten Aug. 4.

The ACCC alleges Ten and Crackerjack contravened Australia’s Trade Practices Act, which prohibits misleading or deceptive conduct, especially in relation to employment.

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