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Sarah Whyte is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau, covering immigration, customs and the High Court. Previously, Sarah was the consumer affairs reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Sarah Whyte, Esther Han Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, the new face of a Woolworths advertising campaign, has weighed into a stoush between his employer and its vegetable growers, saying he sympathises with farmers.
Sarah Whyte The Christmas Island detention centre is set to become a ''rapid transfer'' base where asylum seekers are held for just 48 hours before being sent for processing on Nauru or PNG's Manus Island.
Sarah Whyte, Alexia Attwood, Charmaine Wong 'Tis the season to be jolly - especially if you're a retailer. Shopping this festive season was ''all systems go'' as a flurry of buyers - including Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban - joined the throng...
Sarah Whyte, Eli Greenblat Three of the biggest laundry detergent makers in Australia have been accused of forming a price-fixing cartel with the knowledge of supermarket chain Woolworths, the competition regulator has alleged.
Sarah Whyte and Glenda Kwek Retailers are crossing their fingers that the rise in the Australian dollar will push the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates, reducing costs for retailers while increasing consumer spending in time...
Sarah Whyte A damning report on the Australian fashion industry shows we're all likely to be wearing clothing that has been made by slave labour.
Ben Doherty and Sarah Whyte Kmart Australia has promised to reveal the locations of all of the factories that make its clothes, becoming the first major Australian chain to pledge complete transparency of its once secretive...
Sarah Whyte Steggles chickens sold as "free to roam" were being held in cramped sheds and given less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper in space, the Federal Court has found
Ben Doherty, Sarah Whyte, Dhaka Bangladesh's poorest garment workers have pleaded with Australian companies to remain in the country, as retailers consider pulling orders from the beleaguered garment industry in the wake of the...
Sarah Whyte, Ben Doherty Australian consumers are demanding an end to secrecy by clothing retailers who refuse to reveal whether they source garments from Bangladesh.
Sarah Whyte and Laura House The days of cheap overseas travel and attractive online prices are over, leading economists say. With the Australian dollar falling to a 33-month low on Thursday, travel and online retail prices are...
Sarah Whyte Coles has admitted that only a third of its stores in Australia bake bread from scratch, despite claiming their products are ''baked today, sold today''.
Sarah Whyte, Esther Han and Laura House Coles supermarkets are selling bakery goods as ''freshly baked'' even though they were made up to six months earlier in Europe.
Sarah Whyte Gourmet bread that Coles said was ''baked today, sold today'' was made in Ireland, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has alleged in the Federal Court.
Sarah Whyte Gourmet bread that Coles claimed was "baked today, sold today" was actually made in Ireland, the Australian Competition and Consumer Consumer has alleged in the Federal Court.
Sarah Whyte Some of Australia's biggest retailers are facing threats of a consumer boycott after failing to sign an international agreement to improve fire safety and working conditions in Bangladesh, following...
Sarah Whyte Price increases by Australia Post for delivery services will make it impossible for Australian websites to compete online with their foreign counterparts, worried business-owners say.
Sarah Whyte The prices of prepaid Australia Post packages have been raised by up to 30 per cent to take advantage of the online shopping boom.
Sarah Whyte Mothercare customers have lost hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards and deposits.
Sarah Whyte UP TO 800 stores are expected to close this year, as tech-savvy consumers increasingly turn to their mobile phones to shop.