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  • October 2019
    04-Oct-2019
    Media Release

    AUGUST ABS RETAIL FIGURES A SIGN OF “SUNNIER TIMES AHEAD”

    The Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman, welcomed August retail trade figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing annual growth of 2.59% as a sign of “sunnier times ahead” for retailers after volatile sales conditions. Remarking on month-on-month figures showing a rise in August of 0.42% afte...

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    01-Oct-2019

    LATEST INTEREST RATE CUT TO KICKSTART RETAIL REVIVAL

    The Executive Director of the Australian Retailers’ Association, Russell Zimmerman, said he was hopeful that the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to cut interest rates by 25 basis points – the third rate cut since the beginning of June – would boost retail sales by easing pressure on household budgets. Speaking about the RBA’s move to a...

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  • September 2019
    30-Sep-2019
    Media Release

    “LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL:” ARA WELCOMES RECOMMENDATIONS TO AXE “LOCKOUT LAWS” BY NSW JOINT PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE REPORT

    The Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman, today welcomed recommendations by a NSW Parliament Inquiry to effectively axe Sydney’s so-called lockout laws – including in Kings Cross – saying the NSW government should enact the recommendations “lock, stock and barrel.” Speaking as the NSW Parliament’s ...

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    13-Sep-2019
    Employment law

    LABOR’S DOUBLE DIPPING MOVE AN “UNREASONABLE ATTACK” ON RETAIL BUSINESSES

    The Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman, has slammed an ALP attempt to disallow a regulation preventing casuals from “double dipping” – claiming paid annual leave after pocketing hourly loadings – saying the move is an “unreasonable attack” on small business. Speaking after Senator Don Farrell mov...

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