SMALL business is being destroyed across Australia by giant corporations, Katter's Australian Party Ipswich candidate Will Keys says.
Mr Keys' comments come in the wake of news this week that family-owned Ipswich business Big White is calling it quits.
"How sad it is when a business that has survived for 93 years and must have faced all kinds of economic pressures, now closes because of the environment of monopoly corporatism," Mr Keys said. "The fightback must start somewhere and I suggest that Ipswich is a great place for it to start.
"It is a central plank of Katter's Australian Party to address the duopoly between Wesfarmers and Woolworths.
"They control 85% of the Australian retail dollar. People should understand that monopolies pose a very real threat to their standards of living.
"Is a society free if it has limited choice? Are you free if there is no competition by which prices can be compared and rejected? Are you free if choice is limited to purchasing from two giant duopoly corporations only? I suggest not.
"Supermarkets once sold groceries only. Overnight they expanded into bakeries, butcheries, fruit sellers and a variety of other previously dedicated specialist small business markets. The attack on small business has been relentless and overpowering. The duopoly has taken monopoly power in amongst others - fuel, alcohol, hardware and office supplies. Even Red Rooster is a Wesfarmers company.
"Woolworths is now the biggest single owner of one-arm bandits in Australia. The tentacles of this duopoly is squeezing the breath out of all competition.
"We are facing a clear and present danger because these corporations cannot be voted out of power. Corporate power once established does what it is was intended to do: it dominates."
He said Katter's Australian Party wasn't against corporations, but was against corporations being allowed unlimited growth so that they achieve monopoly power.
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