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Cross-bench Senator Nick Xenophon wants the law to change to protect gift card holders when companies collapse. Gemma Najem/AAP

Xenophon is right to call for law reform on gift cards

It's not good to make law changes as a knee-jerk reaction, but in the case of insolvency and gift cards, it's time.
Despite the dominance of Coles and Woolworths, consumers are still choosing to buy their fresh food at local fruit and vegetable shops and farmers’ markets. Sarah Joy/Flickr

All out of fresh ideas: how supermarket giants send mixed messages about food

Coles and Woolworths' representation of "fresh" and "local" food reflects heightened interest among consumers about these values. But they also contributes to concerns about the supply chain.
Big can be beautiful for Australia’s retail giants. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Supermarket monsters can be agents of change

Some say the only way to smash the Coles/Woolworths duopoly is more regulation and a consumer backlash, but this assumes all power is used for evil.
The Nationals – of whom Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is deputy leader – have been agitated at the strong power of Coles and Woolworths to beat down prices of suppliers. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Government to beef up ACCC to assist farmers

Farmers will get some extra help in the battle against the supermarket chains in the government's long-awaited White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness released on Saturday.
Lidl has “no current plans” to expand to Australia but that hasn’t stopped speculation. Flickr/Daniel Foster

Move over Aldi, Lidl may be next for Australian market

The possible entrance of another German discount retailer - Lidl - is bad news for the supermarket giants and good news for shoppers.

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