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Retail giant Myer is experiencing a customer backlash to comments by the company’s chief about the national disability insurance scheme.
Yesterday, Myer’s chief executive, Bernie Brookes, told a Sydney conference that the levy proposed to fund the scheme was not good for customers and not good for the discretionary income world.
Mr Brookes said the extra half a percentage point increase in the Medicare levy would take money from households that might otherwise be spent in Myer’s stores.
The comments have prompted hundreds of angry retorts on social media.
One post on Myer’s own Facebook page defends the scheme, saying it will benefit 400,000 Australians and asks whether Myer thought through the impact on customer relations.
Myer has responded with a statement thanking people for their posts and expressing its support for well-constructed support for people with disabilities.
However, it goes on to say government levies for whatever purpose can cause negative consumer sentiment which damages sales, profit and jobs.
“Ideally we would like any government initiative to be funded within the revenue stream it has, rather than through a new or additional tax take,” the company concluded.
The response, posted on the retailer’s Facebook page, has itself generated further angry responses on social media.