Standing in the hollowed-out carcass of a dying mall, Crikey's writer-at-large catches a glimpse of the transience of modern life.
Hordes of young people, often overseas visitors, walk around Chadstone as though it’s the Viennese memory that father of the shopping mall Victor Gruen intended.
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 Retailers Association responded with undisguised alarm to the latest figures.
Penalty-rate cuts come back to bite ... pork-barreling less hilarious than it sounds ... Oh, the F-35 seems to have problems ...