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Queensland considering new tobacco licensing laws

The Queensland Government is exploring the merits of introducing a licensing scheme for the sale of tobacco products throughout the state following the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry. A copy of the Committee’s report can be downloaded here. Handed down in April 2016, a key recommendation of the Inquiry was …

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Unfair contract terms under scrutiny: ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has a number of in-depth investigations underway across a range of industries following the introduction of new business-to-business (B2B) unfair-contract-terms laws in November 2016. Delivering the keynote address at a UNSW forum on recent developments in competition and consumer law, ACCC Deputy Chair Michael …

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ARA proposes 1.2 per cent minimum wage increase

Australian Retailers Association Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says retailers are continuing to face a difficult operating environment and a 1.2 per cent minimum-wage increase is the best way to preserve employment within the retail sector. “Given economic uncertainties, historically low inflation along with rising costs for retailers, this 1.2 per …

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Euromonitor forecasts rise in healthy snacks

The snacking market is being revolutionised by a consumer backlash against sugar, salt and artificial ingredients, according to market-research company Euromonitor International. Euromonitor data suggests healthy-snacks sales will rise by three per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over 2016-2021 compared with conventional snacks, whose sales will increase by just …

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First stage of Beaudesert convenience centre finished

The $10 million service-and-convenience shopping centre in Beaudesert, Queensland, is anchored by Caltex StarMart. The 4,502sqm precinct fronts Beaudesert-Nerang Road and is the first roadside convenience centre as you enter Beaudesert – a key inter-regional corridor for those commuting to Beenleigh, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Three tenancies remain at …

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