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Nick Xenophon speaks out against Coles and Woolworths

South Australian independent senator Nick Xenophon with Martin Brook and fellow panelists Brad Hopper, Robert Hayes and Pam Brook. Photo Jeff Dawson

South Australian independent senator Nick Xenophon with Martin Brook and fellow panelists Brad Hopper, Robert Hayes and Pam Brook. Photo Jeff Dawson

Senator Nick Xenophon didn’t hold back at a recent forum that considered food retailing trends and the impact of the food duopoly of Coles and Woolworths.

‘The lobbyists have won,’ he told an audience of growers, manufacturers, restaurateurs, retailers and distributors at Coorabell Hall last Thursday,

Hosted by Northern Rivers Food, the event also featured a panel including MC Donna Harper, Brad Hopper, Robert Hayes and Pam Brook.

Though it wasn’t all gloom; Xenophon suggested legislation that could enable producers to take court action against the retail giants. He added that even ASIC have little powers against them.


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