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Australia Won’t Be ‘Stampeded’ by Retailers Over Online Sales

The Australian government won’t be “stampeded’ by retailers over the threat to businesses from goods sold by offshore websites, Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten said.

‘‘We respect the fact that large retailers have ongoing concerns,’’ Shorten told Bloomberg News today in an e-mail. ‘‘But we will not be stampeded into making rash decisions because of a vocal minority, especially when the majority of the sector and consumer groups support our sensible, measured approach.’’