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ANF at RBA Payments Consultation Group meeting

Today ANF COO Adam Joy is at the Reserve Bank of Australia, attending a Payments Consultation Group (PAYCOG) meeting. The ANF holds a position on the Payments consultation group on behalf of our members.

As you may have seen Reserve Bank released an Issues Paper, Review of Card Payments Regulation. The paper summarises the various regulatory actions that the RBA has taken in reforming card payment arrangements in Australia, outlines some developments that have occurred more recently, and then discusses a range of policy issues of concern. Among these are the interchange fee and surcharging concerns that were the subject of recommendations by the Financial System Inquiry, but the RBA has been thinking about these issues more broadly over the past few years. The paper sets out a range of possible policy options, and seeks industry and stakeholder feedback on these and on any other approaches that might be taken. Some of the discussions today will surround:


Iron roof needed for Vanuatu school

Newsagent Kate McNally from Nextra Marketown in Newcastle West was especially distressed to hear of the Category 5 cyclone that hit Vanuatu on 16 March. Kate had been a teacher there some years ago and still has friends on the islands.

Hearing that the schools could not reopen for 12 months for the want of corrugated sheeting to provide shelter, Kate's mission is now to raise funds to help get the schools functioning.


Harper Panel Report - how it might effect newsagents

The Harper Report was released last week and the ANF has considered its impact, having made numerous submissions to the Government.

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.


MPA Magazine trial underway

The ANF has been working with the Magazine Publishers of Australia (MPA) to find a better solution to the magazine supply and returns processes affecting the newsagency channel.

There have been many attempts to work on this issue over many years and for the first time all parties have sat down to discuss this problem and agree to look at change. The publishers and distributors are willing to work on this and the MPA have established a pilot program with newsagents to see what solutions will work.


Federal Government release Tax Discussion Paper - 0% tax for small business?

The Treasurer opened the conversation on tax on Monday by releasing the tax discussion paper. It is a broad ranging paper with a whole section on small business, which we applaud.

There are some really interesting ideas on small business raised such as introducing a lower or zero tax rate on small companies to compensate for higher compliance costs and the removal of specific, small business concessions.


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Post Implementation Review on tobacco plain packaging regulation

The ANF has made a detailed submission, sharing member views, to the Post Implementation Review on the tobacco plain packaging measures and how they have affected newsagencies.

The ANF submit that the tobacco plain packaging measure has not been effective in meeting its objectives of reducing the prevalence of smoking in the community and, over the intervening period, costs have increased in newsagencies due to the increased regulatory burden of managing tobacco products.

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