Woolies boss declines offer



THE head of the Woolworths organisation, Roger Corbett, has declined an offer to work for a day at a small Clarence Valley mixed business for which his company is opposing the granting of a liquor licence.

The member for Clarence, Steve Cansdell, who made the offer on behalf of the owners of the Pit Stop store at Palmer's Island, said: "I was hoping he'd jump at this opportunity to return to his roots."

Mr Corbett had been asked to spend an afternoon working at the small family store near Yamba to give him a better understanding of the realities of running a small business.

The challenge had been issued by Mr Cansdell with the support of Pit Stop owners Graham and Kris Downing, after Mr Corbett refused to back down on his company's continuing series of legal objections to the Downings obtaining a liquor licence.

Mr Cansdell said he was disappointed Mr Corbett wouldn't join him for an a few hours in the store.

"In his letter, Mr Corbett tells me he comes from a small business family and he thinks he understands some aspects of the life of running a small family business," Mr Cansdell said.

"I would have hoped he'd jump at this golden opportunity to return to his roots.

"A lot has changed since Mr Corbett worked on the shop floor ? in those days Coles and Woolworths didn't control 80 per cent of Australian food and liquor sales.

"There is a very serious side to this.

"Woolies are bullies and the Downings and other small business families are paying the price.

"The Downings don't want charity; they just want a fair go.

"The best way for us to support them and what they represent is to spend more of our shopping dollars with local fami ly businesses."



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