Industry Updates


Update from G&G - Art Therapy partworks

The popularity of Art Therapy partworks has caught everyone by surprise. Gordon and Gotch is doing its best to keep newsagents informed. See below communication Gotch sent out to newsagents on 2 October:

Dear Newsagent,


Clarification in regard to parcel companies

Newsagents have been informing the ANF that parcel companies are falsely claiming to have relationships with HUBBED partner Couriers Please.

The ANF would like to clarify the only parcel company that holds this relationship is HUBBED. HUBBED and Couriers Please share a common shareholder in Singapore Post.


Lotteries may be restricted to small business in ACT

The Shadow Minister for Small Business Andrew Wall will present a Bill in the Legislative Assembly this month designed to ensure newsagents, dedicated kiosks and other small businesses in the ACT retain the ability to sell and promote lottery products.

"The Bill I am bringing forward came about as it became apparent that there were no restrictions on who could sell lottery products in the ACT. The legislation prevents the lottery provider from introducing the sale of lottery products in petrol stations or full line supermarkets in the ACT," Mr Wall said today.


ANF Queensland Awards & Business Breakfast

Last Friday 105 Queensland newsagents, industry sponsors and suppliers networked together over breakfast then celebrated excellence in our industry before being treated to two equally engaging key note speakers.

Nick Bowditch, The Mentoring.Club delivered a riveting presentation on "How newsagents can use social media and online marketing to compete with big business". And then Michael Schaper, Deputy Chair, ACCC gave everyone present detailed information about the ACCC, the MPA Trials and the Magazine Code of Conduct, leaving no unanswered questions and everyone much better informed.


Change of Minister bitter sweet for Small Business

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed Kelly O'Dwyer MP as the new Small Business Minister and Assistant Treasurer in his new Cabinet. O'Dwyer was previously parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and is a former lawyer and Costello staffer from Victoria who is both talented and influential in the government.

It is a bitter sweet decision as Bruce Billson was a passionate champion for small businesses.


ANF wins significant support in Federal Senate vote for increases to thresholds in Unfair Contract Terms Bill 2015

The ANF has lobbied hard to improve the thresholds for which the Unfair Contract Terms Bill 2015 will apply. This is very important to capture more member contracts in the new legislation. To achieve this change the ANF has submitted in detail to the Senate inquiry into the Bill and we have met with and lobbied the offices of crossbench senators; including Greens small business spokesperson Senator Whish Wilson, Senator Jacqui Lambie, as well as Nick Xenophon's office.

As a result, yesterday Senator Whish Wilson tabled an amendment to the Unfair Contract Terms Bill 2015 in the Senate to increase the thresholds to the compromise position recommended by the ANF of $300k for 1 year contracts and $1 million for multi-year contracts.


Results of Member Survey on Merchant Fees

As we suspected might be the case, a survey conducted by the ANF on Merchant Fees to assist us with lobbying the RBA as part of their review of card payments has revealed that the merchant costs of processing credit cards have increased as a percentage of turnover and there is a trend for increased credit card usage due to the prevalence of pay wave technology. Over 200 members completed this survey which was a great result!

Summary of results:


ANF pushes for compromise position to support Small Business in Governments response to the Harper Competition Review

The ANF has responded to Federal Cabinet's recent announcement that they are unlikely to support an 'effects test' being introduced to Section 46 - Misuse of Market Power, by working with other small business associations to lobby strongly in support of an 'Effects Test'.

Whilst yesterday's change of Prime Minister to Malcom Turnbull may influence the Governments approach to its response to this important review, it is unlikely to change much even under a new Turnbull Cabinet, as Turnbull is a recognised free market supporter. The Federation was of the view that it was important to prepare a compromise position as our members may be worse off otherwise.

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