Industry Updates


MPA interim report is in

Magazine Publishers Australia have recently shared the interim report for the Magazine Code of Conduct Pilot with the ACCC. The report was put together by Boston Analytics.

For background, Pilot A, with the optimized supply and merchandising support, started June 8th, while Pilot B stores, with only the optimized supply, commenced August 10th. This report provides an interim assessment using 4 months of data for Pilot A (8th of Jun 2015 to 7th of Sep 2015) and 2 months of data for Pilot B (10th of Aug to 9th of Sep 2015).


Newsagency Dispute Resolution Code

The ANF was actively involved in requesting the 'Newsagency Dispute Resolution Code' to become available through the Office of the Small Business Commissioner for ANF members to utilise when mediation is required for issues their business may be facing.

The ANF is focused on achieving results for its members as a collective group and will continue to actively speak with government on concerns that can be raised and highlighted as industry wide issues.


ANF Meeting with News Corp and Small Business Commissioner

ANF CEO Alf Maccioni, SA Director Mark Tinnion and ANF SA GM Colin Shipton met with Mark Whitby, Ish Davies and Gavin Filsell from News Corp and the Small Business Commissioner John Chapman on Wednesday 30 March, to discuss pressing industry specific issues.

The meeting highlighted to all participants that there are a number of issues that distribution-only newsagents predominantly in the metropolitan area are dealing with that affects their bottomline, including late papers and a decrease in retail commissions.


ANZ Local Link closures

The ANF SA has been working hard behind the scenes, speaking with The Office of the Small Business Commissioner and the Small Business Ministers office, to achieve a positive outcome for members who are affected by the proposed closure of ANZ Local Link Agencies. However, we have received the communication below from ANZ regarding this, to say that this decision had been made some time ago and the information below outlines the reasons for their decision:

Further to your call highlighting concerns regarding the recent announcement to close the ANZ Local Link Agencies in Tumby Bay, Birdwood, Woodside, Cummins, Cleve and Moonta, I have followed up your queries and concerns and note the following:


A big win for small business as Government supports 'effects test'

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister, alongside the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, announced the government's intention to adopt the full Harper Review recommendation to reform the current Misuse of Market Power law (Section 46), including the introduction of an 'effects test' and removing the need to prove 'taking advantage'.

The Government responded to most of the other recommendations from the Harper Review of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) last year but delayed making a decision on the controversial Section 46. The government has been lobbied hard by some of Australia's biggest businesses and the Business Council of Australia (BCA) who have claimed the Harper recommendation on Section 46 will 'chill' competition and may harm innovation. The ANF along with 20 odd other small and large business associations don't agree with this and have worked together in alliance on this issue and also lobbied hard in support of reform.


Labor announces new policy on access to justice for small business

Labor has recently announced a new policy on access to justice for small businesses. Under a federal Labor government, small operators would be able to take legal action against bigger rivals without the fear of automatically having to pay costs if they lose.

The Shadow Small Business Minister Michelle Rowland, whom the ANF met with in Canberra in February, says the plan is a better way to stop anti-competitive behaviour than an 'effects test' in competition law, which the government said last week they will support.


West Australian Newspapers

The ANF met with Adam Everett and Ann Tobias at WAN again last week while ANF CEO Alf Maccioni was in Perth, and commenced discussions on the new WAN Remuneration Agreement.

As Distributors are aware, the current remuneration agreement expires on 30th June 2016.


The Sunday Times WA Distributor Compensation

After two weeks of discussions and negotiations with The Sunday Times, The Sunday Times has agreed to offer the following remuneration to Distributors for the events of 27/28 February involving late papers from Perth Print and the subsequent fallout and consequences for WA Distributors, retailers and home delivery customers. The basis of the payment is a one off payment in recognition and support of the collaboration provided by delivery agents in distributing The Sunday Times given significant challenges. The payment is for all Distributors who collaborated and were able to fulfil their delivery obligations.

The Sunday Times understands the difficulties experienced by Distributors on 27/28 February and thanks Distributors for their efforts. The Sunday Times has also pledged to work closely with the ANF on future publications that include unique and/or challenging components to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved for everyone concerned including the Distributor, Retailer and of course the advertiser.

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