Sumary of ‘Insensitive’: Dan Murphy’s plan slammed:
- Woolies has issued an apology after a controversial plan involving its liquor supermarket chain Dan Murphy was labelled ‘insensitive’..
- Woolworth consultation process for a new booze barn in Darwin prioritised commercial objectives over good relations with the community and was insensitive towards local Indigenous people, a panel has found..
- Woolworths Group appealed and controversial legislation then allowed a government bureaucrat, the Director of Liquor Licencing, to fast-track approval for the plan in December..
- But Woolworths put its final investment decision on hold while the proposal was assessed by an independent panel, chaired by Danny Gilbert of law firm Gilbert + Tobin..
- In late April, after hearing the panel findings, Woolworths Group announced to the ASX it had abandoned the plan to build a Dan Murphy “at Darwin Airport”.
- In the report, the panel lashed Woolworths’ initial consultation process but applauded it for commissioning the independent review..
- “These stakeholders considered that the consultation process focused on furthering commercial objectives at the expense of establishing and maintaining good relations with the local community..
- “It should have engaged local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultation experts in Darwin who had a deep understanding of the concerns of the population….