Independent minds fall into a supermarket stupor

The Katter-led independents wanting to tame Woolworths and Coles are ignoring existing checks on their power while also proposing a productivity back-pedal.

Bob Katter, Andrew Wilkie and Nick Xenophon want to introduce laws to "smash" Woolworths and Coles’ dominance of grocery retailing. There must be an election in the offing.

Katter this week introduced a bill into federal parliament that would force the two big chains to divest stores over the next six years until their individual market shares were below 20 per cent.

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