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The Independent Weekly
November 27 - December 3, 2009
South Australian newsagents
are revolting against distribu-
tion changes being enforced
by Advertiser Newspapers, which
they say could mean the end of
many of the local businesses.
Newsagents across the state are
battling against a new contract
many see as unfair. It includes a
"migration" scheme which will
transfer all newsagent clients to
the management of Advertiser
With just three weeks to go
until the new contracts must be
signed, newsagents have told The
Independent Weekly they feel they
are being bullied into signing
contracts that will reduce business
A survey conducted by
the Australian Newsagents
Federation (ANF) showed almost
all respondents believed the new
contract -- which does not include
provisions for a CPI increase or
fuel levies -- was unfair.
With many newsagents already
conducting home deliveries at a
loss, business owners say this is
the final straw.
More than half of the respond-
ents to the ANF survey say they
will refuse to sign the contract,
with another 30 per cent saying
they will accept it under duress.
"I am only signing it because I
can t afford to lose my business or
my home," one said.
Another agreed: "I can t see any
way around it. It s not a choice. It
is schoolyard bullying."
With the newspaper company
offering a one-year contract for
metropolitan newsagents and two
years for country agents, Somerton
Park Newsagency owner Martin
Beyer is one of many who believe
the resulting uncertainty has
wiped value off his business.
"We are really in limbo for the
next 12 months," he said.
"We are not able to invest in our
business because it might not be
there in a year s time."
Other newsagents have said
they will struggle to sell their
rounds, with one saying he would
be hard-pressed to give it away.
Many newsagents have also
rallied support within their
communities against the migra-
tion process, which will see all
Advertiser and Sunday Mail
subscribers deal exclusively with
Advertiser Newspapers and have
no personal or financial connec-
tion with their local newsagent.
Subscribers will have to pay
weeks in advance for their
Andrew Barham, of the Ocean
View Newsagency in Victor
Harbor, said he was certain The
Advertiser would lose customers,
as many elderly clients would
refuse to deal with a big business.
"There are a lot of people who
will cancel the paper. There is no
doubt about that," he said.
"Some of our clients have been
dealing with this newsagent for
30 years and they will not want to
deal with The Advertiser direct.
"They are not on the internet,
they are not on computers and
they don t want to deal with a
call centre to start and stop their
A petition circulated by the
newsagency has already attracted
about 500 signatures against the
"We deal with 1300 clients on a
monthly basis. Lots of them come
in every week and have a chat," Mr
The loss of foot traffic is also a
concern for Ardrossan newsagent
David Kluske, with Advertiser
Newspapers refusing to supply
newspapers for even the retail
outlet if he does not sign the
"Migration will mean 100 fewer
vehicles coming into the main
street every week," he said.
"They come in weekly to pay
their accounts, they come in to do
their stop/starts and if I don t get
newspapers, that s 100 less people
in my shop already."
A survey sent by Mr Kluske to
his 160 subscribers has seen 130
returned -- all in support of his
protest against migration and the
The matter will also be raised in
the next Yorke Peninsula District
Council meeting by deputy mayor
Brenda Bowman, and other retail
outlets have agreed not to stock
The Advertiser should Mr Kluske
cancel his connection with the
Neil Dyer, from the Orroroo
Newsagency, has experienced a
similar level of support from the
town and says he will be better off
financially if he stops delivering
"I am losing $20 a day delivering
... If I never sell any of their
product again, I would be in the
vicinity of $8000 better off," he
Several other newsagents
spoken to by The Independent
Weekly said they believed many
clients would cancel their sub-
scriptions rather than deal with
Advertiser Newspapers direct and
many had already received upset
calls from clients over the changes.
"The Advertiser operates on
threats and intimidation," says
Aldgate Newsagency owner Geoff
"I have stood up to them before
and I will do it again."
Advertiser Newspapers circula-
tion director Adam Everett did not
return The Independent Weekly s
calls by deadline.
Last Thursday the conditions were
perfect for a bushfire, but no one sat in
the Mt Lofty fire tower to watch over
people and property.
The hot strong winds, high tempera-
tures and low humidity prompted the
Bureau of Meteorology to classify the
fire danger rating in some parts of the
state as "catastrophic", the highest
In the Mt Lofty ranges the bushfire
danger rating was predicted as "very
high". By the end of the day that rating
had been upgraded to "severe".
Colin Hutchinson lives in Ashton in
the Adelaide Hills and was listening to
his radio last Thursday. As reports came
in about bushfires burning across the
state he was worried and rang the fire
tower to ask for information. He was
shocked to find it unstaffed.
"The fire tower was purpose-built to
get a good view of the hills so they can
get to a fire quicker. I wonder what people
would think if there had been a fire and
nobody had spotted it?" he asked.
"The fire tower is staffed on very high
fire danger rating days or above during
the fire danger season, which starts on
December 1 for the Adelaide Hills and
Mt Lofty region," said CFS regional
commander Chris Martin.
Mr Martin said it would be an
inefficient use of resources to have
people in the fire tower more often.
"The brigade members have to be
rostered and there are limited numbers
available to undertake that manning,"
Opposition emergency services
spokesperson Mark Goldsworthy said it
makes no sense to leave the tower empty
on days with high likelihood of fire just
because they were out of the official
bushfire danger season.
"I think that shows a bit of a deficiency
in the system because if it s a very high
fire risk day whether it s in or out of the
season is irrelevant," he said.
Most people working in the CFS are
volunteers. The organisation employs
the equivalent of 109 full-time staff and
has about 15,000 volunteers. The entire
brigade responsible for occupying the
tower comprises volunteers.
They can t be there all the time, but
with more appropriate resourcing
perhaps some could be there on days like
Hold the front page,
it's war : newsagents
Victor Harbor newsagent Andrew Barham: "People will cancel The Advertiser."
Photo: Kate Elmes
in fire threat
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