Now that the election is truly over, retailers continue their rally for the new federal government to move quickly to shut down the major chainsâ€™ â€œexcessiveâ€ fuel shopper docket discounts.
Four retail groups, which represent two million business and five million employees, have joined forces calling an end to the anti-competitive behaviour of the supermarket giants.
Council of Small Business Australia has called on for a shopping centre code of conduct to be introduced to protect small businesses from bullying and unfairness.
To advise the government on the future of the sector, the council will work closely with the Council Australian Governments where it will be able to raise collective concerns on behalf of the retail industry.
Australia's small businesses are cutting their traditional end of financial year spend, with fresh research showing those that normally splash out at tax time are reducing their expenditure by an average of 15 per cent.
Independent senator for South Australia Nick Xenephon has told Retailbiz those being hurt most in the GST advertising campaign are small businesses.