Government recognises retail’s importance – ANRA
Retailers will have a seat at the table with Federal Government on issues as diverse as labelling through to customs duties and online shopping, as part of the newly announced Retail Council, part of the government response to a Productivity Commission report into the retail sector.
Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) CEO Margy Osmond welcomed the move, which was a key suggestion in the association’s submission to the Commission.
This gives retail, a sector which employs more Australians than any other private sector, a much needed voice. It recognises that retail generates $120billion in economic activity in this country and should be heard by public policy makers.
It is essential the low value threshold (LVT) on imported goods is addressed quickly. ANRA is disappointed it will take a further six months to make progress on a problem having a severe impact on retailers in the discretionary spend space. While we welcome the review further delay will mean risking losing more Australian jobs and iconic Australian brand companies. RetailWorld – Read more…