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How does the ACCC set its priorities?

Mark Fletcher
August 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments

mbeerThe ACCC chairman has been all over the media this week touting a victory over Maggie Beer and what the ACCC says is misleading labelling.

I don’t see how any shopper considering purchasing Maggie Beer products could have been misled. The products are conceived and developed in Maggie Beer’s kitchen in the Barossa Valley. That alone makes the labelling accurate in my view. There is no claim the products are made there.

What a waste of public money.

It surprises me that the ACCC has time and money for this yet no time or money to investigate newsagent claims that they are treated so differently by magazine distributors that it holds back our ability to be competitive against the supermarket duopoly.

Complaints I have heard of being made to the ACCC about this are met with sorry we’re not pursuing the complaint, consider civil action if you think the treatment is unfair from the ACCC. If they researched such complaints thoroughly, they would discover a magazine supply model that gives the supermarket duopoly an extraordinary competitive advantage that could ultimately disadvantage consumers.

Shame on you ACCC.

The image is from the story on the ABC website.


Category: Ethics · magazine distribution · Magazine oversupply · magazines · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Kirkham // Aug 20, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Mark, well spotted. This is where you wonder why the ACCC even bother, guess they must be seen to do something…


  • 2 jenny // Aug 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Seriously does it matter if everything is not from The Barossa, Queensland and Victoria are still part of Australia!
    Her products are purchased because of their quality and Australian made.
    Obviously those working at ACCC have no taste!
    Agree, total waste of public money.


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