ASGA calls for retail shake-up

Founding member of the Fair Imports Alliance lobby group, the Australian Sporting Goods Association says it is time that drastic action was taken to shake up the retail sector, including the way it is represented.

ASGA is calling for sweeping changes to be introduced to assist the sector to tackle the changing market place, and believes this can only occur by dismantling the centralised power of the retail associations and developing a new retail representative structure.

ASGA has been at the leading edge of debate about the GST Threshold since 2005 and has been calling for the creation of a retail advisory body to provide advice to government, says executive director Brad Kitschke.

“The government must establish a truly representative advisory structure.”

This call for a greater focus on retail policy comes while the sector waits for the government to release the Productivity Commission’s report into the future of the retail sector.

“The government has had the final report since November 4 so the sector is just waiting for its release and for the government to take some action.”

ASGA says it would like to see positive action by the government in three key areas;

• The establishment of a truly representative retail advisory council;

• The re-instatement of the $15m funding cut at the last budget for the Small Business Online Programme designed to help Australian businesses engage in the digital economy; and

• Immediate implementation of efficiency measures in Customs which will allow the low value threshold to be reduced.

”This issue is about the Government’s willingness to implement change,” Kitschke says.



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