The Canberra Times had reported on a couple that had sold their much loved home, gone on the pension, and moved into a rented government home.
The couple, Mr Ray Anderson and his wife, Jean, were amongst a number of people who did the same.
Earlier in 1988, Mr and Mrs Anderson attributed this abrupt change in their lifestyle to the treatment they received from Westfield Limited, the manager of Westfield Shoppingtown, Belconnen, where for nine years, the couple ran a business, Hairport Unisex Salon.
At the time, tenants were facing massive rent increases and demands to carry out extensive improvements to their premises.
One tenant, Mr Jim Humpherston, of Regency Curtains, was told his rent would increase from $30,000 to $70,000 a year.
Westfield responded that the moves were designed to bring the rentals in line with market value and to remove the centre's "tired look".
Mr and Mrs Anderson sold their business for $25,000, $100,000 below its true value.
Mr Mario Grzic, of the Toy Supermarket, closed his business and sought legal action.
Another retailer, who did not want to be named, said tenants were being held to ransom because of Westfield's demands.
"There's such an incredible despair and they're too frightened to speak," he said.