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Bill Stefaniak decides the market is rubbish

By johnboy - 3 October 2006 23

We all knew that when Westfield took over the Woden Shopping Centre it would be bad news for the tenants.

The rent rises and compulsory shop fit outs are forcing “The Pampered Pavlova” and it’s owner, Kerry Monahan, out of the complex and the always not much of a liberal, Bill Stefaniak, has put out a media release decrying this “market failure” (Note to Bill: the Westfield model is a facist one, not much at all to do with the free market) and warning, I kid you not, of the dire consequences that will follow:

“The forcing out of ‘The Pampered Pavlova’ also has important social and health aspects”

Maybe Bill should have made some noise when Westfield took over the Mall rather than now when it’s far too late?

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23 Responses to
Bill Stefaniak decides the market is rubbish
johnboy 12:19 am 04 Oct 06

Hi john, it’s good to have you back.

I’m saddened you group me with stefaniak’s infantile economic views.

My issue is that for the trans-national mall-chain westfield the idea of economy will always be skewed against a local business.

Hungry Jacks offers certainty across hundreds of locations and can, as such, get concessions on their rent, in addition the per/store cost of designing a refit is vastly lower than what an owner operator will face.

But I hope you noted my derision for stefaniak’s bollocks arguments.

Back in town or just visiting? Mail me if you’re thinking of getting the liberal democrats back together.

Cheers

miz 10:59 pm 03 Oct 06

Oops, a double portion, sorry!

miz 10:57 pm 03 Oct 06

Clone towns are one of the results of the alleged “free” market (that’s where the big guys are free to squeeze/bust the little guys). This consequence has been around for a while (eg see here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3582704.stm). Show your appreciation for your local takeaway’s hamburgers and chippies and the local milk bar coffee house with your actual custom, folks.

miz 10:56 pm 03 Oct 06

Clone towns are one of the results of the alleged “free” market (that’s where the big guys are free to squeeze/bust the little guys). This consequence has been around for a while (eg see here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3582704.stm). Show your appreciation for your local takeaway’s hamburgers and chippies and the local milk bar coffee house with your actual custom, folks.

john_humphreys 10:25 pm 03 Oct 06

There is no problem here. The pavlova place will be replaced by a store that makes more money and can pay it’s bills. It makes more money because it gives people more of what they want. Yay for the market.

There is no monopoly here. There are plenty of other shops and floor space in Canberra.

There is no market failure here. It is not a market failure for a pavlova shop to move or fail. The implication otherwise should be a point for embarassment. Should I laugh or cry?

The common thread here… from big stef-boy to ol’ john-boy is a proud and loud lack of knowledge about economics. All too common, but all too dangerous. And sad.

Kerces 9:44 pm 03 Oct 06

I’m pretty sure the pavlova place was the one which also sold several kinds of salads, fruit salad, yoghurt and various kinds of pies, pasties, quiches and so on (from my very limited experience looking for lunches in Woden). I’d say quite a bit of what they sold counts as healthy food.

Pandy 9:13 pm 03 Oct 06

Too right the Pavlova has gone down hill since they began selling reheated stodge pies. I’d be blowed if I have seen a Pav there for many a year.

Kerry, subway was better than your shop.

(Says he who frequents GamesWorkshop on Saturdays. I only do so for the models. Honest.)

boomacat 7:24 pm 03 Oct 06

Stefaniak thinks Pavlova’s a health food? No wonder he’s so fat.

nyssa76 6:39 pm 03 Oct 06

Pampered Pavlova has been operating for 28yrs. It’s a bloody disgrace.

If you’re reading this Kerry, there’s room at Erindale.

johnboy 3:23 pm 03 Oct 06

A feudal lord had obligations to his peasants Caf.

GuruJ 3:22 pm 03 Oct 06

So pavlovas are healthier than Hungry Jacks, are they? Bit of a toss-up, I would have thought.

caf 2:52 pm 03 Oct 06

fascist or feudal, jb?

seepi 2:45 pm 03 Oct 06

So the liberal policies are to support pavlova shops, and allow cars into Garema place.
do they have any others?

Mr Evil 2:32 pm 03 Oct 06

Maybe Canberra Cabs should form a pact with Mr Lowy?

bonfire 1:34 pm 03 Oct 06

perfect example of a monopoly abusing its power.

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