Gerry Harvey has a long history of complaining about things, particularly when it comes the protection of brick and mortar retail.
But this might be his most bizarre rant yet.
After reporting a record half-year profit, Harvey spoke to News. He said things. He said a lot of things.
Perhaps top of the ‘probably shouldn’t say that’ list was a suggestion that Australia stop Amazon from coming here “like Donald Trump not letting the Muslims in”.
Later he would refer to Amazon as “parasites”.
Harvey’s issue focuses on Amazon’s pricing, which he believes is part of a long-term plan to “send everyone broke, then put up the price.”
Among Harvey’s more reasonable concerns: the fact that Amazon — and global companies like Amazon — aren’t paying corporate tax in Australia.
“They pay virtually no company tax [globally] and make virtually no profit in relation to their turnover. They’re not good corporate citizens, they send lots of people broke, they contribute virtually nothing to society. They’re not someone that we’d want around the place.”
For more, including Harvey’s views on distribution and rapidly increasing house prices I suggest heading to the original story. It’s… something alright.