Poll: Has the bag ban hurt retail sales?

This week The Australian reported findings from the Treasury’s Business Liaison Program, in which businesses claimed that the plastic bag ban has led shoppers to reduce grocery consumption.

It was reported that shoppers are cutting back on the amount of items per shop based on what will be easier to carry, delaying heavier grocery purchases.

Chief executive of the National Retail Association, Dominique Lamb, said that this claim differs from what the association is hearing on the ground.

She said there was an “overwhelmingly positive response” to banning plastics and this move “resonates with consumers”.

“Retailers are perhaps reporting having smaller basket sizes, but customers are shopping more frequently, or differently.”

Today we’re asking whether you think the ban has had such an impact, or are smaller grocery purchases just the result of consumers shopping more regularly.

Do you think the bag ban has impacted the amount consumers purchase per shopping trip?

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