Workers v consumers: who should we look after more?

By Adam Triggs
Updated July 1 2021 - 5:50pm, first published August 17 2020 - 6:30pm
Trade, competition and technology are said to be good for consumers but bad for workers. This is a false trade-off. Picture: Shutterstock

Australians don't care about consumers - at least, not as much as they care about workers. Surveys regularly show that a majority of us would be happy to pay more for goods and services if it meant more jobs for Australians. Recognising that consumers are workers, and workers are consumers, the view of most Australians can be summarised succinctly: what's the point of cheap products if you don't have a job?