In a comment on ‘No Turkish coffee’, two posts down, Ablokeimet alerted me to potentially confusing wording. When I wrote,
I made the unwarranted assumption that there was just the one lobbyist representing shopkeepers in
It transpires that Scott Driscoll’s outfit, QRTSA – The Retailers Association, the one that endorsed Michael Smith’s call to ban the hijab from shops, is the rebadged Queensland Retail Traders & Shopkeepers Association. The QRTSA went national, opening offices in
Nor are the The Retailers Association and the Australian Retailers Association the only ones claiming to represent Australian retailers on a national basis. According to smartcompany.com.au, the list includes:
- ARA – Australian Retailers Association.
- ANRA – Australian National Retailers Association.
- NRA – National Retailers [sic – should be Retail]Association.
- NARGA – National Association of Retail Grocers of
- NIRA – National Independent Retailers Association.
- MGA – Master Grocers Australia.
- FCA – Franchise Council of
Anyway, the Australian Retailers Association put out a press release on 16 January distancing themselves from Driscoll. Richard Evans, Executive Director of the ARA, is quoted as saying,
… Mr Driscoll's comments are extreme and harking back to a day when xenophobia was rife and serves to create a culture of angst, anger and mistrust…No one who takes the rich culture of modern
My apologies to the ARA and anyone who thought they were the ones who had taken this racist stand.