suffering around us. Adding to the excessive amounts of "red tape", restrictions, and more there have been the problems with the unreliability of the power supply to the state.
Our local shopping centre has two empty premises at present. Another will soon go. I wonder how several others survive. There never seems to be anyone in them. Add to that the fact that the excellent maintenance man quit because they cut his hours back from full time to half time and then to just three hours a day...and still expected him to do the same amount of work. The new contract cleaners - who reportedly cost much less of course - aren't doing the job properly. (I know something about this as one of the people on the old cleaning staff was also a craftswoman and I know her in another context.)
Add to that they are putting in an emergency bypass on one of the main roads which leads directly into the shopping centre. There are almost constant traffic delays.
The owner of the shopping centre is interested in just one thing, the shops being full and the people in them paying their rent. Oh yes, they pay rent - a lot of rent.
Then yesterday there was a story in our state newspaper. If the facts are correct this is even more iniquitous than the problems I know the local shopkeepers are facing. The owner of a small cafe in the park which endures "the Clipsal" - a car race held on the streets and through the park each March - was reportedly told he had to give 28% of his takings and buy his stock from the company which has the catering rights to the event for the duration of it. The cafe owner is already under pressure because of the building of an extension to the O-bahn. It is what has caused this present problem too. This extra would come close to ruining his livelihood. It has a financial impact on all business around the venue. The government claims they need to wear it because of their location and the money it brings into the state.
But should they be paying people to put them out of business, to make a loss? Of course they shouldn't. If the government wants to run the event then they have to do so in a way which has a minimal impact on existing business. The owner of the cafe should be permitted to continue trading as he always does. He shouldn't have to pay anyone else and he should be able to buy from his regular suppliers rather than risk breaching any contract with them too. The catering firm is a very, very big one. Their prices are outrageous because they have a captive audience.
Did anyone think this one through? What price are people prepared to pay.