The Mercury newspaper carries a story about plans for a new homemaker centre on the outskirts of Launceston. While the story covers the plans for the centre and the growth of big box retailing in general in Tasmania, it does not go far enough in reporting on the impact of this style of retailing on cities the size of Launceston. There is plenty of research in the UK and the US about the impact on independent retailers, those they employ and surrounding communities which the story could have pointed to.

It’s been over six years since there was a parliamentary enquiry in Australia into related matters and given the distance traveled since then it’s time for another. However given the last of results from the last enquiry one wonders about the value of such an enquiry.

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