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Woolworths acknowledges underpaying employees by $1.24 million

Woolworths’ turbulent week has plunged it into even deeper trouble. First, its CEO, Brad Banducci, faced potential jail time for refusing to answer questions in a Senate inquiry on supermarket price gouging. Now, the company has admitted in a Melbourne court that it didn’t properly pay long service leave to over 1,200 former employees in […]

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land banking

Metcash: Woolworths and Coles Accused of Land Banking

In the ongoing Senate inquiry into supermarket prices, it has come to light that Australia’s dominant supermarket players, Woolworths and Coles, have been utilising a legal yet under-the-radar tactic known as “land banking” to stifle competition from independent grocers. Essentially, they acquire property or undeveloped land and hold onto it, leveraging their market dominance to

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corporate farming

The Emergence of Corporate Farming Alters the Supermarket Playing Field

Australia’s agricultural landscape has undergone a significant transformation, departing from its traditional image of riding on the sheep’s back. This evolution demands a shift in perspective if we are to engage in meaningful discussions about the stakeholders involved in supermarket inquiries. Politicians often portray multi-generational farming families as outmaneuvered by retail giants like Woolworths and

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GPS tracker

South Australian Supermarket Implements GPS Tracking to Combat Meat Theft

A pioneering initiative is underway at a leading South Australian supermarket chain to safeguard prized cuts of meat from the grasp of thieves. Drakes Supermarkets has embarked on a trial of GPS trackers affixed to packages of premium meats at two of its stores, marking a significant step in theft prevention tactics. Director John-Paul Drake

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Peter Dutton

Opposition Leader Calls for Action Against Coles and Woolworths

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has made strong accusations against Coles and Woolworths, claiming that they are hindering competition by holding onto undeveloped land near their stores. He has pledged to take action to safeguard consumers from potential price hikes. The Coalition is devising a plan to forcefully dismantle the dominance of these supermarket giants if

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meat labels

Revolutionising Meat Labels: Empowering Consumers with Transparency

A significant proposal regarding meat consumption is underway: labelling meat in a manner similar to egg classification. However, this initiative may increase the cost of meat products. The Meat Standards Australia quality index, created by the farming industry, aims to elevate the quality of red meat. This index draws from an extensive pool of data,

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fresh food inefficiencies

Addressing Supermarket Fresh Food Inefficiencies

In the ongoing scrutiny of supermarket practices, a critical issue emerges beyond mere price gouging allegations. Within the intricate web of operations at Woolworths and Coles lies a systemic inefficiency in fresh food handling. This inefficiency not only inflates costs but also contributes significantly to wastage, burdening farmers with reduced prices and consumers with inflated

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Big Stick Law

Opposition Unveils ‘Big Stick’ Law to Rein in Supermarket Giants

The opposition, led by Peter Dutton, is developing a robust legislative proposal to reign in the power of supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths. This initiative, commonly referred to as the “big stick” law, is intended to combat anticompetitive behaviour and prioritise consumers’ interests, particularly as the nation gears up for a federal election. Under the

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Buy Now Pay Later

The Impact of “Buy Now, Pay Later” Options on Everyday Shopping

In the bustling aisles of a typical supermarket, a seemingly ordinary snapshot captured the attention of online shoppers. This innocent image, however, sparked a heated debate when it revealed the promotion of a “buy now, pay later” option for basic groceries. The photograph, taken at a Drakes Supermarkets chain in South Australia, quickly circulated on

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