Some farmers may fear the needle attack could stop consumers buying strawberries, but the contamination crisis is unlikely to make a major on impact growers’ woes.
It's not looking good for the Australian retail sector as numbers slip back towards GFC levels of growth.
Consumers are the losers when powerful interests convince governments to protect them from competition. Look no further than Amazon's geoblocking of Australia.
Retailers, apparently oblivious to irony or self-preservation, want wages cut because people aren't spending much in shops.
The Australian media has been buying into the Amazon love-in as it prepares to launch here, and it's not just the usual suspects.
The Australian Retailers Association responded with undisguised alarm to the latest figures.
Employers remain convinced the biggest problem in Australia is not being able to slash workers' wages, despite real wages falls.
Labor is campaigning hard against organisations that want to undermine penalty rates -- but will quietly look the other way if you give it enough money.