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During my Senate campaign the issue of on-line sales hurting shop-front retailers was brought to my attention by a number of business owners in our region. When I visited these businesses it was evident to me that the business owners and their staff took immense pride in delivering exceptional customer service.  In my opinion, they were champions in the art of making you, the customer, the centre of the universe when they were undertaking to make a sale.  Why then were consumers in these stores not choosing to buy locally?

In learning more about the issue, I was alarmed at the growing number of consumers choosing to purchase products on-line from overseas retailers.  I was told that anecdotal evidence suggested that consumers mostly made on-line purchases after investigating products for fit/suitability at shop-front stores.  They genuinely believed that they would get a better deal when making an on-line purchase.  Maybe some do.  

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When I read Gina Rinehart’s words early last Friday morning I wanted to react, but that would have been charged with emotion and quite unproductive.

Instead, I have slept on those words and thought that in the light of day that I might add another perspective in response to her commentary.

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