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Newsagents: what have you done about the EFTPOS issue?

April 26th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Newsagents who have not taken action to protest the move by the banks and Coles and Woolworths to rip small and independent businesses off on EFTPOS fees need only read the report in The Australian this morning.

If you remain silent on this issue you are supporting the rich banks and helping them get richer.

I have written to four four Senators and two members of the House of Representatives.

Please, get engaged and share with us your feedback.


Category: EFTPOS fees

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Y&G // Apr 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    We did get another reply from our local member. It amounted to a sledging of the opposing side, but very little else.
    However, interestingly, we received a call from our bank last week, to tee up a meeting regarding a new EFTPOS deal. I’d flippantly remarked on how timeley this was in light of their perceived planned collusion with the big two in relation to slugging us little people. Will be interesting to find out more….


  • 2 Brett // Apr 26, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    I have written to members of Paliament and have noted the LNP concern as they issued a press release.

    I have written to and appeared in local papers, the Courier Mail and also a live to air ABC radio interview.

    I have penned an ACCC submission which is currently before a QC for vetting.

    I continue to agitate, I will not let this one pass without a fight, please support in any way you can,


  • 3 Brendan // Apr 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    I fanally received a reply from the local state member and from one of two local council members. I thanked both who had stated that it is a federal matter but that they will look at the matter.
    If only the federal member would bother to respond…I know where my vote is not going next election.


  • 4 Jost Stollmann // May 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    We here at Tyro agree with Mark that it is critical to maintain momentum in our fight against this unjustifiable and untimely “EFTPOS tax”. The more people join and contact politicians, journalists, associations, the better the chance to have an impact. If you are looking for background, media releases and media coverage, you can find plenty on


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