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ALNA lobbying for newsagents to be allowed to be open

Mark Fletcher
March 22nd, 2020 · 4 Comments

Ben Kearney, CEO of ALNA, has been in touch, outlining his representations recently, including today, on behalf of newsagents, seeking to have retail newsagencies permitted to open during the lockdown.


Category: Newsagent representation

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jason // Mar 22, 2020 at 8:40 PM

    According to news Ltd we are essential anyway, business as usual


  • 2 Graeme Day // Mar 22, 2020 at 8:54 PM

    I would expect that all publishers would support the newsagent in being an essential service especailly those in reginal and outlying areas as they still perform a home delivery and Home Delivery is classed as essential.
    The retail newsagent is also essential for their patrons on a daily basis.
    However like other omni channeled products it will be interesting to see how the “Prinicipals” or Franchisors” support their Agents or Franchisees in they way they support the best way the product is to be sold. I would hope they support the retailer 100% in all advertising and referal where applicable when addressing the public.


  • 3 Steve // Mar 22, 2020 at 9:58 PM

    Yes good strong communication from our industry representatives here. Well done! All credit to Newscorp for the same argument and their sense of urgency with the issue! Newscorp todate have been very proactive in their response to the Coronavirus crisis.


  • 4 Peter Barrand // Mar 24, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    ALNA seems to have missed the point of a lockdown as has much of Australia.

    A lockdown is designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout the general population so as not to threaten the health our elderly.
    Many newsagents are owned by the elderly, with aged staff and generally servicing the aged population.

    Remaining open will be an entry point for this virus to enter into the areas in the population that the Govt. is trying to stop.

    It seems Australians just don’t get what is coming even though they can see what is happening in Italy and Spain.


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