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CHRISTMAS GRINCHES: Three greedy nags who’ve made billions from flogging imports in Australia still want to punish online shoppers for not buying through them

solgerrybernie Some of Australia’s biggest retailers are going to launch a brand-damaging attack on online shoppers, demanding the federal government impose GST even on purchases made overseas.

NO NEW TAXES ON ONLINE SHOPPERS PLEDGES GOVERNMENT
While the federal government minister responsible Bill Shorten has ruled out putting a new tax on online shoppers, they’ll have to vigilant because a well-funded coalition of retailers include the nation’s richest and politically powerful billionaires will be funding what they say is a “major newspaper and television advertising programme.” Every plutocrat and his spiv is on to attempting to replicate the successful corporate resistance to the initial draft of the mining tax. Bill and the consumers versus the billionaires will be an interesting battle.

Online retail sales represent around 3% of the sale of good in Australia according to Access Economics, undermining arguments from retail billionaires that they’ll be missing out. Of that, only 20% of it is spent on overseas websites.

Industry insiders say the retail giants not only want the GST imposed on all online purchases, they want the massive delays to delivery and extra paperwork imposing it would bring. In other words, they want to discourage all online shopping, especially from overseas where shoppers can often find better value and a bigger range than local retailers offer.

It’s been especially amusing when their tax argument is framed on the basis that it will protect local jobs. One of the members of the coalition of the willing that will attack the federal government over allowing online shopping includes Target, whose parent company has introduced scanners replacing the culturally significant check-out chick.

DON’T HURT THE MUMS
Our observation is that the keenest online shoppers are well-organised mums and young women who look very carefully around online for toys and apparel and other things for their family they can’t easily obtain here or can’t get as good a deal from the local Myer. To attack those people because a few retail big-wigs don’t like a little competition would be political lunacy, further increasing the cost-of-living on Australian battlers.

The government has announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the retail industry to look into the validity of the claims of those retail billionaires who say the sky is falling in but will also be cracking down on businesses that might be rorting the $1000 GST-free threshold on imported goods.

When you look around his outlets and see how little Australian made stock he has on offer, it’s far from certain what’s good for Harvey Norman is good for Australia.

THREE GRINCHES
The three most prominent figures from retail demanding new taxes to punish online shoppers include Gerry Harvey, Solomon Lew and Bernie Brookes who have all made their fortune selling predominantly imported goods in Australia.

It’s hard to imagine three less appealing public figures in Australia, Brookes is less well-known but is closely associated with the Australian Tax Office’s pursuit of more than $670 million from his company Myer’s former owners. The ATO has alleged tax avoidance. Brookes is clearly an obnoxious man, contemptuously and disrespectfully referring to dealing with the shareholders of the now public company Myer as like “herding cats”.

LEW THE LOOTER
Solomon Lew is a billionaire whose own record of corporate governance at Coles Myer was the stuff of public infamy and prompted an ASIC investigation into what was called the “Yannon transaction” that produced over 250,000 documents, 214 sitting days of compulsory examinations, 12500 pages of transcripts but no criminal charges mostly ASIC said because there was such delay between the transaction occurring and it being reported to authorities. Essentially, the Yannon transaction involved Coles Myer paying the best part of $20 million to Lew’s private interests for no good reason and with no public disclosure. Many people saw it as a straight-out case of theft on an enormous scale. The Chairman of ASIC clearly referred [pdf] to Lew’s transaction as inappropriate:

Because I think the transaction, as is obvious from the civil recovery, involved a publicly listed company losing a very large sum of money in circumstances that were, to say the least, inappropriate.

Some might think Chopper Read would probably be a more effective public spokesman than Sol Lew for retailers concerned about online shoppers not paying enough tax to the public purse. It should be noted the publisher of VEXNEWS has been in business with Lew in the past and found it as pleasant as an hour of cheese-free cheese-grating. “Lew is a thug and a bandit but that doesn’t make him any less wrong about hurting online shoppers and battlers trying to do right by their families,” Andrew Landeryou told VEXNEWS while recovering from a round of self-abusing Christmas parties on Sunday afternoon.

Harvey is less infamous but is inclined to grandiose over-statements that are rarely subjected to any scrutiny by journalists who like his frank-talking easy-copy apparently knock-about rent-a-quote ways. Ignoring stats to the contrary, he says business has never been worse at his multi-billion dollar retailer Harvey Norman. But when you look around his outlets and see how little Australian made stock he has on offer, it’s far from certain what’s good for Harvey Norman is good for Australia.

In any event, Harvey Norman has a market capitalisation of $670 million, with a nearly $2 billion property portfolio and its underlying business in Australia seems good even if they’ve made some expensive mistakes with investments in the horror-story Ireland. Indeed, the words Gerry Harvey uses to describe his business in Australia in his recent annual report [pdf] include “resilient” and “sustainable”. So much so that humble Gerry and his good lady wife Katie Page were paid $3 million between them last year or approximately $60,000 per week.

Complaining billionaires or value-conscious online-shopping mums?

The federal government has had a horrendous year. But by standing up for the consumer against rich retail tycoons, they’re making an important declaration about whose side they’re really on.

Discussion

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  1. Oh dam, has anyone got a ‘Depends’ I could have? I’ve just shat my strides again.

    Posted by Solly Phew | December 19, 2010, 19:54
  2. By standing up for retail consumers and banking consumers Labor just might get an edge.

    The backward media that is dependent on banking and retail advertising dollars will not be happy but voters will reward anyone who takes on the small rip offs we suffer like exit fees.

    Posted by consumers need a champion | December 19, 2010, 20:11
  3. I am absolutely disgusted with the attitude of these three retailers. They seem to believe that it is their right for customers to buy their goods. If they weren’t so lazy they would have explored the benefits of on-line shopping years ago. I don’t mean a couple of images and no prices. Do it like they do in America. There’s plenty of choice. PRICES ARE PROMINENT and ordering is easy. These people have had it too easy because there is little or no competition. They are not business people. They are bludgers waiting for the money to roll in without any effort on their behalf.

    Posted by Maria Rumens | December 19, 2010, 20:26
  4. 20% of 3% is… hmmmm, bugger all.
    And it’s not libelous to suggest that all three firms would be squeezing their own suppliers for every last cent, is it?

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | December 19, 2010, 21:01
  5. While Shorten has indicated they won’t put the tax on, he would’ve shown far too much spine to actually tell Solly et al to nick off and consider the issue to be dead, buried and cremated.

    Instead, they’ve given the issue the old duck shove to the Productivity Commission so that the whole circus can ramp up again in 12 months time.

    It poses the interesting question: can the current Federal government take any decision, no matter how minor, if it involves causing offence to the latest group of rent seekers who coming beating a loud path to their door?

    Calling an election over the Senate blocking the CPRS? Too hard.
    Deregulating book imports in the face of a few luvvies rabbiting on about the end of Australian culture? Too hard.
    Introducing a RSPT in the face of a few ads from the mining industry? Too hard.
    Telling Solly et al definitively where they can shove their whingeing? Too hard.

    Posted by Bolshie bureaucrat | December 19, 2010, 23:17
  6. I today went to buy double layered DVD’s from Harvey Norman, $69 for a 10 pack.

    I went to e-bay and bought 50 for a cost of $44 delivered to my door.

    These guys are just profiteering scum.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2010, 23:35
  7. I today went to buy double layered DVD’s from Harvey Norman, $69 for a 10 pack.

    I went to e-bay and bought 50 for a cost of $44 delivered to my door.

    These guys are just profiteering turds.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2010, 23:35
  8. 100,000 people should pay more so 1 person (Lew) should become richer.

    Fcuk you Lew.

    Posted by Fcuk you Lew | December 19, 2010, 23:38
  9. The Fcuk brand sort of says it all for Sol’s credibility.

    Posted by Tawdry | December 20, 2010, 0:25
  10. Retailing should be a closed shop according to Lew, with people only being able to buy from a select range of colluding stores.

    But you can bet Lew and mates are paying bugger all in wages and conditions to Chinese sweatshops where his junk is made.

    You are really a piece of work Lew.

    Posted by Fcuking Lew | December 20, 2010, 1:59
  11. There is a simple economic fact at work here. It’s called the cost of doing business. A retailer has always had power over suppliers i.e. the maker of the product or service, they have been the gatekeeper, they have had the customer relationship all tied up. Now the ease of access to the product or service without the traditional retailer required to sell the product exposes retailing for what is has always been, expensive storage showrooms where we the customer could view and purchase goods and services. The showroom & cash register now exist at home, in the office and soon on every person via the mobile phone. Time for retail to finally accept that there has been a fundamental change in their business model and innovate or die. It has always been so it’s called progress.

    Posted by mark ferrari Torquay Australia | December 20, 2010, 8:37
  12. I recall Harvey Norman threatening to drop Compaq (no HP) computers from its retail stores because Compaq was offering direct sales as a means of competing with DEll. Its this sought of ant-competitive sales tactics that Harvey Norman adopt. Who can forget Harvey Norman bate advertising campaigns Where they offer deals that are no longer available to engage customers through the door.

    Posted by Consumer | December 20, 2010, 8:42
  13. More Xenical please.

    Posted by Looter | December 20, 2010, 8:50
  14. These major retailers had a hide making this suggestion. for years they have screwed Australian consumers down with inflated prices and now that we are looking elsewhere they cry poor mouth. I just bought a flat screen through harvey Norman because it gave the best price but the cables they sold for over $200 each have arrived from an online retailer for, get this $20 each. Time to change the way you do business gents. We are not just a captive audience of sheep anymore.

    Posted by RodF | December 20, 2010, 9:07
  15. Rather than whinging about shoppers going elsewhere, perhaps Harvey, Lew, et al should spend some time asking the reasons.

    1. We’re sick and tired of being ripped off by greedy distributors and retailers. We shouldn’t pay the entire container shipping cost on just one item, and the AUD:USD isn’t 0.50.

    2. Give us ADVICE and SERVICE. In its absence we have no reason to come to your store. I buy tools from one shop in South Melbourne when I know I can buy them cheaper online, but I get great advice I can trust.

    3. We don’t want last decade’s stock. We want the same goods we see advertised and sold in Asia, USA and Europe THIS year.

    4. Solly, this one is for your mob, STANDARDISE YOUR SIZES! I’m tired of buying the same shirt, same size, at different times and getting totally different sleeve and collar lengths. That one issue forced my clothes buying off shore.

    These greedy, miserable, whinging retailers had a ball at our expense for decades, making them multi-millionaires. Now we have options.

    Posted by Syphologist | December 20, 2010, 9:33
  16. Harvey Norman is also a retail partner of the Australian Made and Australian Grown campaign. Would be interesting to know the % of Aussie made actually on the shelves and floor of HN stores around Australia. If you are looking for Aussie made things you will find 100’s of businesses proudly making Aussie made products at http://www.BuyAustralianMade.com.au

    Posted by Stephen Gately | December 20, 2010, 9:37
  17. Gerry Harvey I so hope your business suffers, you have been ripping off Australian consumers for years with inflated prices.

    Posted by anon | December 20, 2010, 10:48
  18. I don’t remember anyone (least of all the big merchants) showing sympathy for the friendly neighbourhood butcher, greengrocer etc when these rogues drove them out of business.

    Posted by anon | December 20, 2010, 13:36
  19. Gerry Harvey and his crass wife (former secretary and part time Monica Lewinsky)Karie Paige have been ripping off the consumers for years. They take their percentage before any costs are deducted and Gerry never does anything unless there is someone else to blame for any failures.
    He leases the buildings he owns to appointed Franchisees at a sizeable rental, and they have to accept all costs and workplace conflicts, they have to pay all advertising costs and only get to stay at one store for no more than 3 years. They are then moved to a store anywhere in the world at their cost. Too bad if you have a family as Katy Paige is such a ruthless bitch she says you either take the transfer or you are back in the floor as a basic sales person. Every section is franchised out to a separate entity so that Gerry and his mole cant be sued for anything. All care and No Responsibilty thats gerry. As tight as a fishes arse!!nut not as shifty as Lew.

    Posted by andy bult | December 20, 2010, 13:56
  20. What a cheek Myer have !

    They STOLE $687 Million from Australians when they floated this year and then took that money out of Australia instead of it going to the people in taxes as it should have been.

    Now Myer & Co want to make people buy things from them and ONLY them.

    These people are pure filth.

    Posted by Myer Theft | December 20, 2010, 15:22
  21. Also can’t we just round up those pushy people with those deadful TV ads, load them onto railway wagons and send them to a camp.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | December 20, 2010, 15:24
  22. Phew Mr Lew, what’s that smell?

    Overdosed on Xenical again?

    Ohhh Mr Loo……

    Posted by Xenical Lew | December 20, 2010, 15:25
  23. In the end,the bussiness sucking up Labor Government will cave in and will ask those friends of theres just wait,because we first have to sound like we are for the little man,but everyone knows that in the end sucking up to BIG Bussiness is what it is all about.We got to keep BIG Bussiness happy…..

    Posted by Brimbank Party hack | December 20, 2010, 17:17
  24. This is a danger to all small retailers (online or otherwise) in Australia who quite legally use the $1000 duty free import threshold as a matter of course to import stock and remain competitive with the big boys of retail. For businesses whose owners simply make a living and don’t feel the need to accumulate millions of dollars ..or debt, this is a massive threat to our existence.
    For the likes of Gerry Harvey & Solomen Lew, the cost of goods imported to Australia by container load is around 10% or less of the cost of the same goods when imported in smaller quantities by Australia’s small retailers. The GST their companies are required to pay on these items is therefore 10% of what a smaller retailer would be required to pay if their import totted up to more than $1000 AUD or if the Duty Free Threshold was reduced or scrapped.
    These old dinosaurs are scaremongering about a foreign threat when really they’re trying to stifle competition from small Australian businesses. Australian’s who enjoy the freedom to spend their dollars just where they please and care for small Australian business need to stand up to these old men of retail and boycott Harvey Norman, Joyce Mayne, Domayne, Just Jeans, Jaquie E, Smiggle, Peter Alexander, Portmans, dotti, Jay Jays etc. Australian’s investing in those companies should start looking at moving their money to more dynamic businesses models that don’t engage in anti-competitive behaviour or rely on government intervention to wipe out the small fish in their pond and the Australian people to foot the bill for it. Donkeys.

    Posted by Small Biz Owner | December 20, 2010, 17:44
  25. How about all of us online shoppers, all 20% of 3%!, boycott these guys stores for a year! I am up for it. Should be easy – they all sell crap with little variety. (Not to mention trying to find anyone to serve you at Myer once you have located the one pay station on the floor!) Do they not understand that even with the 10% GST added on overseas online shopping is still offers superior pricing and a great service for those who are working so hard that they don’t have time to visit these guys megaplexes. These 3 need to get the programme and realsise that this is the way of the future and will be a growth industry. Perhaps they should embrace the idea instead of trying to stop it. Last time I checked you couldn’t even purchase from Myer of Harvery Norman online in Australia. These guys are going the way of the dodo, and I would suspect this has something to do with the fact that they are all wealthy geriatrics with low level IT skills themsevles, so are unable to grasp the phenomenon.

    Posted by MONIKA | December 20, 2010, 18:46
  26. Oh! And don’t get me started on the self serve checkout stations. So over 10 of these stations vs 2 actual check out people. If I am processing my own groceries I think I should recieve a discount on the total bill of at least 5%.

    Posted by MONIKA | December 20, 2010, 18:57
  27. When our governments [Feds and satates] bless the Big Two plus the major fuel companies controlling 93% (in 2009, and growing] of retail spend, we just about get all we deserve, unless we are willing to ‘do something’.
    [http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2009/s2676081.htm.]
    Another important effort, Andy!

    Posted by Gerard Flood | December 20, 2010, 19:13
  28. Post the photos of the nude St Kilda players please? I like to look at a bit of wood at work.

    Posted by Chris.LePyne | December 20, 2010, 19:24
  29. Where are the photos of Nick Riewoldt, Nick Dal Santo and Zac Dawson?

    Posted by Ollie | December 20, 2010, 20:04
  30. It took a long time for newspapers to finally realise things had changed and online was king.

    Looks like it’s going to take a while before our local gouging billionaire scumbags wake up to the same reality.

    We’ve been absolutely gouged by this cartel of thieves for years. And have they supported local manufacturing or jobs ? No. Wherever possible they source from overseas and cut every job possible by automation.

    The trimming down of some of these greedy scumbags will be a good thing for the whole country.

    Beware Labor lest they misjudge the anger of the community and cave in on this one.

    They’re telling us to use the web aren’t they ?

    Posted by Janet | December 20, 2010, 22:28
  31. Buy sum hair Lew you bald turd.

    Posted by Fcuk you Lew | December 20, 2010, 22:51
  32. Andrew, You and Sol go back a long way don’t you? Please explain!

    Posted by Intelligence Quotient | December 21, 2010, 0:19
  33. Last month I bought a camera from Amazon for AUD $266 that Gerry sells for $549. It cost $42 (and took 30 hours) to be couriered from a friend’s home in Texas. You can shove your complaint up your backside you oleaginous creep.

    Posted by Walter Plinge | December 21, 2010, 16:23
  34. Just watch a desperate Gillard Government cave into these ‘barrow boys’ demands – re online shopping. There is no REAL competition in Australia. Just ‘Corporate Socialism’ with the associated ‘backdoor deals’ with our so called elected Governments. Wikileaks has high lighted this on an International scale.

    Posted by BJM | December 21, 2010, 21:31
  35. Dick Smith gave the Aussie billionaires and bank CEO millionaires a huge kick on TV news tonight. They contribute nothing, says Dick, towards the less well off especially at Xmastime. Dick is a contributor, and not a ripoff-artist like Gerry and Sol. But they are small fish in comparison to the white collar crims Dick was referring to.

    Posted by Whacking the Zillionaires | December 21, 2010, 23:48
  36. Now that Ted is in Parliament and all is well in the State of Victoria, perhaps we can manoeuvre Dick Smith into The Lodge.

    Great bloke.

    Posted by Syphologist | December 22, 2010, 10:53
  37. Bought 50 blank double layered DVD’s for $43 inc postage, took 24 hrs to come to my door.

    Harvey Norman wanted $69 for 10.

    $6.90 each with Harvey or 80c each delivered to my door off the net.

    Why should I have to pay 1o times more to keep billionaires billionaires ???

    Posted by Lew / Harvey rip-off artists | December 22, 2010, 22:29
  38. time to go online and take the billionaires and supply chain mates off line….

    Posted by online revolution part 1 | December 24, 2010, 8:48
  39. Apart from Socialism and Capitalism there is a third possible socio-economic model called Distributism. The basic premise being that we should have the methods of wealth creation placed in as many hands as possible, local trading or one-on-one dealing wherever possible. This makes sense on both a economic and environmental basis, why buy crap from a distant source, why pay a monolithic entity top dollar to do so. As per the post above, the days of multi store retailers are numbered.

    Posted by To the Point | December 24, 2010, 14:15
  40. These retail billionaires are just copying the miners. With a minority govt they think they can bully to get their way.

    Posted by Bully billionaires | December 24, 2010, 16:31
  41. Thanks, To the Point! Distributism is economic freedom – for individuals, for their family, for their workers, for their community, for the nation. Fight for it or lose it. [and then what will you tell your grandchildren about how you were too lazy etc to defend self-employment?]

    Posted by Gerard Flood | December 24, 2010, 16:53
  42. Messrs Flood (Gerard) and the nom-de-plumed guy called TO THE POINT, would you please explain just what U mean by DISTRIBUTISM. Just how exactly would it work; and is it practical let alone managable with all those individusls involved. And what does it do to the necessary financial structures that are necessary for any workplace to do business.

    Sounds like a new-fangled game of “Chiefs and Indians’ with all the Indians” (read ‘workers’) becoming that olde worker moniker of “panican bosses” – resulting in “all Chiefs and no Indians” Or is it the latest Labor party’s usual hand-picked chosen Public Service beurocrats at work. (Like those who planned, created and implemented all those unworkable plans by “wonderful and caring” LABOR GOVTS. both federal and state, who continue to come up with a range of “new theoreticals” virtually every month or so. Resulting in consequent horrendous loss of Life; let alone wasted billions of dollars OF OUR MONEY effectively thrown into the nearest sewer. And efectively losing “real jobs” in the process.

    Let’s hope that these major ‘stuff-ups” ARE NOT the basis and inspiration of this “helter-skelter” mode of doing business. I,along with others, await your considered reply with keen interest. Go on; let’s see what U come up with.

    Posted by Realist of Prahran. | December 25, 2010, 2:14
  43. jeez im lucky. seing that reallist talk lyke tht. he coms up witg reel qestins as we al no that wrkers are udes uo by boses al the time. or arre the distrbute plan givin us mor wrkers or bises. dunno you got me mudled up now. as mss hansen said, pleese explane

    Posted by Alfie from the dlp | December 25, 2010, 2:24
  44. Shut up REALIST; you are nothhing but an old capitalist piece of scum. How dare you. Slamming out workers like that; you want to take us back to the Industrial Workers days of old England. No, you can go and get stuffed and stick your biases and greed right where they belong; right up your own fundamental

    You are just the sirt of greedy bastard that we all hate. I can just pictur you now; all fat and greasy, and wearing Saville Row suits and Hemden Of Armadale ‘bespoke handsown shirts’.althe while just sitting back like King Canute just counting your money. That should be ours not yours. With your sweat shop mentality and almost onanistic self-absorption, yo dont give a stuff about us. Go; piss off i say. just go, and mow.

    Posted by Loyal unionist - Pt melbourne | December 25, 2010, 2:32
  45. TO THE POINT is correct. But who he need to get things going is Major Adrian Jackson (Rtd) of Albert park. He is a real goer. and if you dont believe me ; just ask him. He is so he says, all for the effective means of distribution in all goods. And we know that he was a capitalist before getting thrown out of the Liberal Party. Now he just wanders around chasing Mick pagoli and his paper so thst he can continue his different thoughts ad nauseum. He needs a proper job and a challenge.

    I say put him together with TO THE POINT and lets see wot they come up with. C’mon Adrian; come down, now and help us all. Treat this as a rallying cry frm your befuddled troops who need leadership, stability and certainty. Help us all, now.

    Posted by Adrians friend | December 25, 2010, 2:49
  46. corporal jackson was a wonderful distributor of leaflets. his letterboxing organisational skills are second to none. one could confidently put him in charge of an international logistics operation. oh yes, he was a great loss to the liberal party, & should be brought back as chair of melbourne ports in the new year

    Posted by evil bastard | December 25, 2010, 10:24
  47. Thanks for the reply, Realist.

    It cannot be avoided that Distributism is a war for hearts and minds-I hope that does not kill the idea!- not a debate about “how”. It is the complete opposite of Big Government, and government control. Over the last 40-odd years, government power has been used to destroy distributed economic independence [read “economic freedom”].

    How about “the Big Two [retail conglomerates] plus the major fuel companies controlling 93% (in 2009, and growing] of retail spend”?

    Unprosecuted thuggish actions [report it to the authories at your financial peril] by corporate agents enforce the law of the jungle, and our children are learning from their relatives to retreat from, and not fight against threats and intimidation, to run and hide, not defend themselves, their families and communities.

    This breeds a community of the cowed, the timid, and of cowards and opportunists, and of the apathetic. Not a great legacy to leave to the next generation of our society’s trustees.

    Not only is large corporate domination uneconomic [output per worker decreases with organisational size], it exists because of moral corruption endemic throughout our communities: When representive organisations [traders associations, unions, sports, ngos, etc are run for the opportunism of their usurping managements], our social capital and reserves of civic virtue are diminished, resulting in [inter alia, disasterously stupid government decisions.

    Not to mention the corruption of our journalist ‘profession’ in the “service” of monopolistic power.

    Sorry for the rave, but the absence of a wide ‘distribution’ of economic power [especially in a society and polity like Australia!]is a symptom of social and moral problems [“I’m alright, Jack”].

    For many who reject these ideas of morality, fairness, ‘the common good’ etc, this is irrelevant; I’ll soldier on. Anyone care to act locally, too? Happy Christmas to all without exception!

    Posted by Gerard Flood | December 25, 2010, 11:04
  48. Hope you didnt eat too much and have a runny outcome yesterday Mr Xenical.

    Posted by Solomon Xenical | December 26, 2010, 6:46
  49. evil bastard (25 Dec 10,10.24) with the Liberals winning Prahran, Caulfield (very well this time), Brighton and nearly winning Albert Park in the state election the boofhead in Melbourne Ports should has no excuse in not winning it for the Liberals in 2012 (is it).

    The trouble is that the Zionist Liberal 5th column in Caulfield will not voter on party lines when a Z-man like Michael Danby is standing and that is why he has always won for the last 12 years.

    Melbourne Ports is the laughing stock of the Liberal Party.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | December 26, 2010, 21:36
  50. There ads on TV are driving me crazy and I notice Clive Peeter is back on TV as well. I wonder if the shoppers who bought goods the afternoon before it went into liquidation got their TV or fridge?

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | December 27, 2010, 12:53
  51. SACK PONTING! VEX SHOULD BE THE FIRST NEWS OUTLET TO CALL FOR “PUNTER” TO BE SACKED. HE CANT SCORE AS A BATSMAN AND HIS TEAM IS USELESS. CALL FOR HIS SACKING VEX, CALL FOR IT !!!!

    Posted by SACK PONTING !!! | December 27, 2010, 21:30
  52. SACK PONTING (27 Dec 10) I hear Ponting may be Green. That is enough for Vexnews to start a campaign for a replacement. Perhaps Ponting little daughter could do a better job.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | December 28, 2010, 9:33
  53. What would George Pell advise Tony Abbott to do about this issue. Time for lunch with George…

    Posted by Taking of Pell 123 | December 28, 2010, 17:16
  54. Tony should meet me in my Pulpit with some choir boys.

    Posted by Cardinal Pell | December 28, 2010, 20:35
  55. Former Israel President Moshe Katav gaoled was for 4 years today for rape (young civilian female staff and female IDF soldiers).

    The Dear Leader visited Australia during the Howard era and met him and spoke at a kosher shindig at the Palais in St Kilda attended by MP’s like Helen Shardey (Liberal) and Michael Danby (Labour).

    I suppose that if you wanted to listen to a rapist then St Kilda would be the place to do it.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | December 30, 2010, 23:30
  56. Rich bastards go get fukc.

    Posted by Zoran Kidney | December 31, 2010, 11:24
  57. How did you know what I wanted for Christmas Colin!

    Posted by Craig L | January 2, 2011, 14:44
  58. There are certain services I purchase on the internet.

    Posted by Wenchy | January 7, 2011, 1:41
  59. I use the Internet all the time too Wenchy. The cost of the Viagra is cheaper by the crate from Kazickstan. BTW have I told you about my sister? And my Wife? She has threatened to cut off Tiny if she catches us!

    Posted by Boofa Leigh | January 7, 2011, 8:06
  60. I wonder if my specialist Dr Pumpauptit consults online? I could save a small fortune Boofa.

    Posted by Wenchy | January 7, 2011, 9:56
  61. These antiques have missed the boat thinking that no body will every favour the Internet over personal service. Their antique views have come back to bite them at last.

    1. No customers service at HN anyway, just school-leavers and pushy X used cars salesman selling Ching Chong goods.

    2. Warranty’s? LOL, most of the time they tell you to send in back to the manufacturer. This saves them having to deal with the problem. This is offcourse after they have sucked you into an extended warranty. DON”T BUY THEM, read new consumer laws for 2011.

    3. No idea of their products. You ask what this product does and the kid (or the Gumby guy) picks up the box and starts reading it. “We can all read mate”, what we want to know is some technical advice. (See above, X used car salesman).

    4. More choice online and more specialist stores. Specialist stores, this is how it used to be before the greedy corporate trucks rolled into town. People who know what they want go online, people who don’t browse in stores. In fact now everyone searches online.

    Online stores don’t have any advantage over HN they just do it better. HN buying power have had small retailers over a barrel for years and now clever retailers can get back in with low overheads. This makes the playing field EVEN, NOT one sided as Gerry cry s. Sure they get a GST advantage, but HN get a buying power advantage, EVEN. It good news if a small online shop is a concern for national corporations.

    This bloke is so out of touch it’s an outrage. If he is not on A Current Affair trying to make an HN ad look like news, he is having one of his many sales. (This week only mind you) He makes me sick.

    He even had the cheek to tap the local Gold Coast Council to chip some funds for his Magic Millions. Just so he and his multi billionaire mates could sip Grange and eat prawn sandwiches at the races.

    I hate HN with a passion. Gerry Harvey has got the kind of face I just would not get tied of kicking…

    Posted by Mike | January 7, 2011, 17:57

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