Catching up on reports in the AFR and The Oz on what Old Sol Lew, the billionaire retailer and his chief executive Richard Murray have been up to!
With a piece in the AFR, ‘PM and JobKeeper saved Australia: Lew’
They have announced the support of “Premier Investments” Sol’s Fast Fashion Empire behind the Sc.mmo Guvmnt being re-elected alleging that this guvmnt saved Australia … and that Premier Investments despite the Covid Pandemic is on target for a great Christmas …
We had a wander around a major shopping centre in Sydney, and discovered that all his outlets were scattered throughout! Pyjama shop, Peter Alexander, Smiggle with its fast plastic toys, Just Jeans, Jay Jays, Portmans, Dotti and Jacqui E! Clothing pushed out in sweat shops overseas and made to fall apart, and marketed to many on low wages …
In “The War on Waste” Craig Reucassel revealed that:
-waste is growing close to twice the rate of our population
–FASHION is one of the fastest growing waste problems in Australia
-Australians are spending more than $5 Billion on fast fashion a year!!
-more than half a million tons of textile and leather ends up in landfill
–6,000 kilos of fashion; discarded clothes are piled up; it takes ten minutes to throw out this pile in Australia
IT may be a good idea to shop other than at Peter Alexander, Smiggle, Just Jeans, Jay Jays, Portmans, Dotti and Jacqui E … instead hang out for the sales of other Australian brands …
Sol and Richie spoke to media following an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce lunch in Melbourne back in early December where Josh Frydenberg announced changes to digital wallets and the ‘Buy now Pay later’ sector which is growing with so many … no doubt … on low wages …
The chairman of ‘Premier Investments’ threw his weight behind the Federal Coalition contrary to most business houses appearing to be publicly political neutral.
It is reported that Lew employs 9000 people in 900 stores… are they Australian or largely Visa workers?
Back in May 2021 Lew vowed to repay $15.6M of almost $87M … $ Eighty Seven Million … in payments following public pressure from Labor’s attacks over JobKeeper.
Premier’s new CEO Richard Murray who was previously the Chief Executive of JB Hi-Fi and publicly supported the Coalition. Murray revealed that he had things in common with Lew … that family is important … they love retail, and Carlton … ‘ … and we support the Liberal Party. I think the federal government’s done an amazing job getting us through the Pandemic.’
And in ‘The Australian’ report ‘Premier Investments Chief Richard Murray’s political call’
He urged voters to return the Coalition in 2022!
DESPITE this Sc.mmo government having spent $2.8B of our money favouring Coalition seats – three (3) times more TAXPAYER money than on Labor-held seats.
And running a near $100 billion deficit and gross government debt on its way to $1 trillion.
AND SO MUCH MORE!
HOW many Australians lost their businesses … lost their jobs … with so much Liberal largesse for BIG Business?
In 2019 the miracle for Sc.mmo was the $4.1M from a single donor, the Wakils (property tycoon), one of the largest amounts in political history, dwarfing that of Malcolm Turnbull’s $1.75M in 2016!
This was second only to the $83.3M donated by Mineralogy Pty Ltd to Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party
What now from Solomon Lew? One would have thought a more worthy cause would be CANCER RESEARCH … Support for our public hospitals dealing with the Pandemic … public schools … public transport … and doing the Public Good … rather than supporting the Liberal Coalition through ‘Fashion Waste’ sold to a whole Cohort of Australians getting by on a pittance …
EXPECT the print media and the television media to be saturated with slogans and b.s. media blitz for the Libs