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Review No. 17: It's time to do something radical
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Opinion

Review No. 17: It's time to do something radical

“Who would buy a franchise?” It was a bold question but one Senator Deborah O’Neill felt compelled to ask.

  • by Adele Ferguson

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'That is wrong': 7-Eleven boss denies paying franchisees to not give evidence
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'That is wrong': 7-Eleven boss denies paying franchisees to not give evidence

7-Eleven chief executive Angus McKay strongly denies claims that the troubled company settled with witnesses so they would not give evidence at the franchising inquiry.

  • by Cara Waters
'The whole industry stinks': Big tobacco's squeeze on small business
Tobacco

'The whole industry stinks': Big tobacco's squeeze on small business

Franchising inquiry reveals claims of bullying and manipulation by big tobacco.

  • by Cara Waters
'Five white people not getting audited': Alleged racial targeting at Domino's
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Opinion

'Five white people not getting audited': Alleged racial targeting at Domino's

Shift trimming, the illegal sale of Visas and racial targeting were just a few of the explosive allegations made against pizza giant Domino’s at a parliamentary inquiry into the franchise sector.

  • by Adele Ferguson
‘It sounds like a bribe to me’: 7-Eleven accused of buying witnesses
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‘It sounds like a bribe to me’: 7-Eleven accused of buying witnesses

Parliamentary inquiry hears witnesses have been 'bought out' so as not to give evidence.

  • by Cara Waters
Domino's CEO can't rule out worker exploitation at pizza chain
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Domino's CEO can't rule out worker exploitation at pizza chain

Don Meij tells inquiry he can't vouch for what happens at franchised stores as probe hears allegations of racism, underpayment and churning of franchisees.

  • by Patrick Hatch & Cara Waters
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7-Eleven accused of paying people not to give evidence at parliamentary inquiry
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7-Eleven accused of paying people not to give evidence at parliamentary inquiry

The franchising inquiry will hear evidence today convenience chain 7-Eleven paid people not to appear before the inquiry.

  • by Cara Waters
Pizza wars: paying heavy price for a slice
Opinion
Opinion

Pizza wars: paying heavy price for a slice

When franchisors squeeze franchisees too hard, the consequences can be profound.

  • by Adele Ferguson
'Inherently unfair': the human misery of franchising
Opinion
Opinion

'Inherently unfair': the human misery of franchising

Franchising by its very nature is inherently unfair, says the former founder and managing director of Brumby’s franchising chain.

  • by Adele Ferguson
Independent body needed to oversee franchising system, say lawyers
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Independent body needed to oversee franchising system, say lawyers

An independent regulatory body is needed to oversee the franchising system, lawyers will tell a parliamentary inquiry on Friday.

  • by Anna Patty
Jamaica Blues: Pregnant and shut out of her business
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Jamaica Blues: Pregnant and shut out of her business

Estella Yang and her husband have been shut out of their Jamaica Blue franchise because she was too tired to work for free anymore.

  • by Cara Waters