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Bulk school deliveries for WA
West Australian Newspapers (WAN) and the ANF have
been in discussions about delivery of the NIE Bulk School
Education Deliveries to WA Schools.
Currently NIE deliveries are carried out by an external
provider. The ANF has proposed that the network of home
delivery distributors take over this function.
After reviewing and changing internal systems and processes
to enable use of the existing WA distributor network WAN
is pleased to announce that NIE Bulk Deliveries will now be
managed within the WA distributor network.
NIE Bulk School Deliveries will inject considerable new
dollars into the WA Network.
Unfair contract terms.
In addition to the Harper Review the Government has
announced legislation from 1 July to prohibit business to
business unfair contract terms. The proposed thresholds as
to what contracts are included are a bit low and the ANF is
discussing that issue with the Government.
This is potentially a very important initiative.
The ANF submissions are available for members on the ANF
News Corp and XchangeIT Initiative
After several trials and proofs of concept, News Corp is using
XchangeIT to roll out national promotions in the newsagency
channel. The first of these will happen in June, into certain
geographic areas in Australia.
The goal is to drive consumers into newsagencies to
purchase a special News Corp newspaper offer, which gives
you the opportunity to drive add-on sales.
A newsagent commented that perhaps News Corp and
XchangeIT should be doing the bread-and-butter stuff first,
which is providing electronic invoicing and returns.
Paul Pennington commented on the damage armed hold ups
Having been a newsagent in a previous life I can relate well
to the threat of armed hold ups and the consequences it can
have on staff and owners, not specifically just from the loss
of cash and assets but from the direct impact it has on the
mental health and wellbeing of the staff involved. Many years
ago we were a target of an armed hold up with the counter
staff held at knife point. While we did everything we could to
provide support and counselling, the staff member involved
eventually left the industry and to this day has never returned
to retail counter work.
Ironically I now work in the security industry and proactively
discuss with commercial and residential clients ways to
improve their security and protect their staff, family and
assets. It’s disappointing to see that many people only
consider the need for security after an event.
While you can never completely eliminate the possibility of
being held up, there are certainly many ways a business
or home owner can prepare themselves to become a less
attractive target to criminal activity.
The one thing I would certainly recommend to all business
owners is to talk to their staff, regularly, about the possibility
of these events and to give them clear instructions and
strategies to follow.
Harper Panel Report—
how might it affect
The Harper Report was released last month
and the ANF has considered its impact,
having made numerous submissions to the
The Report is the ‘root and branch review
of competition law’ promised by the
Government at the last election. However it
goes further than initially thought and delves
into National Competition Policy.
A snap shot of issues relevant to
newsagents, and small business generally,
Government commercial operations to
be covered by competition law
Competitive neutrality rules to be
strengthened and better enforcement
Collective bargaining rules to be
Part time members to be appointed
to ACCC—greater community
Competition, consumer and small
business issues to stay with ACCC
ACCC to give better focus on small
Parliamentary Committee to oversight
Codes of conduct to be encouraged
Secondary boycott law to be
strengthened and more enforcement
Anti-competitive elements in industrial
agreements to be unlawful
Parliamentary Committee to oversight
Authorisation processes to be
Act generally to be simplified.
Section 46 (misuse of market power)
an ‘effects’ test to be added but
the conduct to be prohibited must
substantially lessen competition.
Prohibition on predatory pricing to go
A form of national competition policy
to be re-introduced—last time that
happened small business was a loser
Unconscionable conduct—no change
to the law as ACCC now using the law
Private action for damages as a result
of anti-competitive conduct regime
Resale price maintenance is now
unlawful, proposal is to weaken the
prohibition and allow resale price
maintenance in some situations
Third line forcing is now unlawful,
proposal is to weaken the prohibition
Exclusive dealing—law to be either
abolished or weakened substantially
Dispute resolution—little in the report
to assist small business—a major
No prohibition on price discrimination—
said to be covered by the new Section
No law on Divestiture for misuse of
ACCC Deputy positions, including small
business to be abolished
Overall message that law should
focus on damage to competition and
not simply competitors—not a good
message to small business
Retail trading hours to be liberalised
Town planning rules to be liberalised.
The ANF will keep members up to date on
developments and welcomes comments
now. The ANF will be making a submission
to the Government on the Report in the eight
week consultation period.
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