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Now that Xmas is approaching rapidly, and our new premier has seen fit to graciously grant us a ‘whole week’ of Xmas shopping access, we have been given the gift of time and perspective to reflect and review our consumer habits and our role in changing the world around us by our choices.

Much had been said publicly by both sides of the fence about rights and choices surrounding all the vax issues, but here’s another one – the recent imposition of vax rules for shoppers and retail staff, and the response of individual businesses to them, have instilled in us an awareness of which employers treat their staff with respect and compassion, and which don’t. 

It’s up to us as conscious consumers to speak up in the only language that they understand, that of money, and to let them know that we won’t support that.

The recent landmark decision over BHP’s vax mandate was a win as the need for consultation with all staff is now laid down as a Fair Work practice guideline. We are so fortunate to be living in an area in which inclusiveness has always been a guiding principle, please don’t let the big business bullies destroy it. 

In our region we have so many independent alternative choices, and so much fresh local produce available. Small retailers have struggled to keep afloat during lockdowns and imposed staff shortages. Let’s show them they are valued and give them a helping hand by shopping ethically! 

Awareness and generosity are the true gifts this Xmas season – happy shopping everyone, I hope Santa brings us a return to relative normality and an end to divisiveness soon.

A Vallentine, Federal


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  1. I know your talking about excess but when you started talking about Covid mandates that lost me. Problem was how the unvaxxed and so called freedom fighters or sovereign citizens set out to abuse staff( often selecting young employees) when they were asked to put on masks, show they had checked in and for a short period vaccinated. Now that’s excess, being unkind and selfish to other community members. Now look at the situation we’re in, many families and friends not enjoying this time of year as they are the victim of self responsibility promoted by this Tory government.

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