Majority of Aussies are tossing clothing in the bin

Australians are churning through clothes at an unprecedented rate, with 75 per cent of us throwing at least one item of clothing in the bin in the past year.
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One in five of us has also tossed clothing after wearing it just once.

It gets worse the younger you are, with a nearly 40 per cent of millennials buying half of the clothing they own in the past 12 months.

With large fashion houses such as H&M and Zara creating new lines every week, the pressure to keep up with trends has never been so great.

Research released on Tuesday by market research company YouGov Omnibus reveals the extent of Australia’s clothing waste.

Millennials (people born after 1981) are twice as likely as baby boomers to toss clothing because it is unfashionable or they are bored of wearing it.

Marketing student Bridget Halpin admitted to shopping online “quite a lot”, buying two to three new items a month, but said she focussed on staple pieces with a longer shelf life.

Unlike some of her friends, the 20-year-old from Hampton in Melbourne’s south-east said she refrained from tossing clothes in the trash.

“I’ll ask my sisters first because they’re similar sizes and then I tend to give it to St Vincent de Paul or the Salvation Army, or sometimes my mum gives them to younger family friends.”

YouGov Omnibus found 30 per cent of Australians threw away more than 10 items in the past year.

Ms Halpin, an intern at a public relations company, said she occasionally felt pressure to look fashionable.

“Definitely when I come into the office and see everyone in cool outfits I think I need to step up my game.

“I do feel a bit of pressure because you see people wearing nice new current season clothes and then you just go and buy it.”

While Australians of all generations were guilty of sending clothes to landfill, baby boomers were more likely to donate unwanted items to charity and keep clothing that is unfashionable.

Of the 2536 people surveyed, 9 per cent of baby boomers bought half of their wardrobe in the last year compared to 38 per cent of millennials.

YouGov’s Head of Omnibus Jake Gammon said the survey suggested the amount of clothing in landfill was likely to rise.

“Looking ahead to the future, there is a worrying trend among millennials; their propensity to dispose of clothing at a faster rate and using less sustainable means than older generations suggests that there is an uphill battle ahead for those keen to tackle this issue head on.”

Millennials were nine times more likely to throw away clothing because they had seen a friend wearing it. Disturbingly, 7 per cent of millennials surveyed also said they burned unwanted clothes to get rid of them.

Ms Halpin said her shopping had become less impulsive with age.

“I think when I was younger, definitely during high school, if there was a party I would have to buy something new. Now I’m more last minute and I’ll go ‘this still looks good, I’ll just wear it’.”

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Happy day for retailers as Amazon fails to live up to the hype

NCH NEWS. Christmas shopping rush at Westfield Kotara. Pic shows shoppers queuing in JB Hi-Fi. 23rd December 2015. NCH. Pic by MAX MASON-HUBERS MMHAustralian retailers have breathed a sigh of relief and enjoyed a healthy bump to their share prices after their worst fears about Amazon outgunning them on price and service failed to eventuate.
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The American e-commerce giant sent its Australian website live with “millions” of products for sales on Tuesday, offering next-day deliveries and discounts of up to 30 per cent on popular toys, kitchen appliances and fashion brands.

But retail analysts said Amazon’s prices were not as aggressive as expected and was unlikely to spoil Christmas for local retailers.

Discretionary retailers’ shares have been under pressure for months amid speculation about how Amazon would affect their earnings,but they received a welcome boost as Amazon revealed its hand.

JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman’s shares were the two best performers on the ASX200, jumping 6.76 per cent and 6.25 per cent respectively, while Supercheap Auto owner Super Retail Group closed up 3.1 per cent, and Myer rose up 1.3 per cent. The broader market fell 0.23 per cent.

Harvey Norman chairman Gerry Harvey said Amazon’s launch was a “non-event”, and welcomed his company’s share price recovering some of the losses it has suffered due to Amazon “hype”.

“It’s just amazing that this sort of thing can gather this sort of momentum and ended up so lame,” Mr Harvey said.

The company’s shares were as high as $5.17 in January, closed at $4 on Monday and gained 25?? on Tuesday.

Amazon was selling some popular electronics items significantly lower than Harvey Norman, and Mr Harvey said he would match those prices.

“We’re below them on a lot of stuff, and we’ve got a whole heap of stuff they don’t even sell,” he said.

“In Singapore and Malaysia, we’re dealing not just with Amazon but Alibaba and the lot and our sales are going up over there, not down.”

Citi retail analyst Bryan Raymond said Amazon’s range was “patchy”, with more than 40,000 toys and games from big brands available, but no televisions for sale yet.

The bulk of items listed were being sold by third-party sellers who had slower delivery times, while Amazon built up its distribution infrastructure.

“Based on the current offer, we expect Amazon will not be disruptive to Australian retailers this Christmas,” Mr Raymond said.

Morgan Stanley analyst Tom Kierath said Amazon’s initial offer to Australians would be less disruptive to local players than expected, with weak product range, and delivery times that lagged incumbent retailers.

JB Hi-Fi, for example, offers same-day delivery for $9.99, compared to Amazon’s next-day delivery for the same price.

Amazon’s prices on consumer electronics were higher than competitors, Mr Kierath said, and it appeared it was instead going after Australia’s supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths by undercutting them about 13 per cent on dry groceries such as dishwashing liquid, hand wash, and nappies.

“Amazon isn’t always uniformly cheaper than the competitors but does go after certain categories, usually consumer electronics,” Mr Kierath said. “Based on our analysis it looks to be groceries.”

Another analyst, who asked not to be named, was also unimpressed Amazon’s prices and delivery options, noting that Woolworths was trialing one-hour home delivery from four stores in Sydney.

Mr Raymond said Amazon would start to pose a real threat to local retailers when it launches its Amazon Prime subscription service, slated for mid-2018, which lowers shipping costs, and in some markets enables free two-hour delivery.

Steven Kulmar, from consultancy RetailOasis, said Amazon typically started with only a few core product categories when it launched into a new market. Launching with more than 20 categories in Australia showed it was confident of success.

“I think they’ve worked out that the Australian market is ready for them and the more they serve up to us the more we’ll accept,” he said.

Another challenger also arrived Tuesday in the form of sportswear retailers Decathlon opening a flagship store in Sydney. The French retailer was already generating about $100,000 in sales a month online, according to IBISWorld.

Retail spending jumped to a five-month high in October, data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday showed, after shoppers forked out on clothing, footwear and accessories (up 2.5 per cent) and eating out (2 per cent).

Total spending rose 0.5 per cent in October, up from 0.1 per cent in September, pushing annual sale growth up from 1.5 per cent to 1.8 per cent.

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Brumbies want brickwall defence to help ignite attacking spark

Sport. Brumbies training at their UC HQ. Peter Ryan, one of the coaching staff, looking a bit gangster…ish.April 20th 2016The Canberra TimesPhotograph by Graham Tidy.
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Pre-season Brumbies training (28th November 2017)(coaching staff) Laurie Fisher, Peter Ryan, Dan Palmer and Dan McKellar.Photo by Karleen Minney.

ACT Brumbies tackling guru Peter Ryan has challenged the players to find their attacking spark without sacrificing the goal of becoming the No. 1 defensive team in Super Rugby next year .

The Brumbies are on a mission to improve their attack next year as they attempt to break a New Zealand curse and stamp themselves as a Super Rugby title contender.

They scored an average of just 21 points per game last season compared to title winners the Canterbury Crusaders’ average of more than 36 points per game.

But Ryan says they cannot disregard defensive numbers if they want to be a genuine threat in the competition.

The Brumbies were the third best defensive team in the competition last last year, conceding just 272 points in 15 games in the regular season.

“We need to decrease the amount of tries scored against us … We need to be under 20 points against us regardless of whether it’s tries or penalties.

“If we can do that, the Brumbies have historically been able to score more than 20 points, so that puts us in a good position.

“In 2015 we were the best defensive team in the history of the competition. In 2016 we sacrificed a lot of time on our defensive structure [to look at attack].

“From my point of view, our standard dropped from where we wanted it but then we stepped back up last year. We want to be at the top level next year and be No. 1 in defence.

“Although we’re changing our attack a bit, I think our defence will be along for the ride.”

Ryan, a Super Rugby and NRL title winner and dual-code hardman, is back in Canberra for Brumbies pre-season training after completing a stint with the Fiji side on its tour of Europe.

The former Brumbies flanker and Brisbane Broncos forward has signed a one-year contract extension to stay in Canberra as part of Dan McKellar’s first-year coaching set up.

However, Ryan will weigh up his options at the end of the season before deciding if he will return to the Brumbies or pursue challenges in rugby union or rugby league.

Ryan is a valuable asset in Australian rugby given the Brumbies were the only team to concede less than 300 points.

The NSW Waratahs, Melbourne Rebels, Queensland Reds and Western Force all conceded more than 400 points in their 15 games last year.

“Every day for me is a joy to turn up … Every day you can see individual improvement,” Ryan said.

“It’s a really good set up this year that will gel well for a good 2018. The European trip was a lot of work, but I was seeing new places every day so I enjoyed it.

“Moving forward I think Fiji can be a really positive influence in international rugby. But I’m glad to be back here and excited about what we’re working towards for next year.”

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Jensen aims high for first Hobart campaign

STORM A COMIN’: Iain Jensen at the Infotrack launch of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in Sydney on Tuesday. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan EspositoOlympic gold medallistIain Jensen said a Sydney to Hobart win on debut “would be up there” in his career highlights as he prepares alongside fellow Lake Macquarie sailors Ben Lamb and Tom Braidwood on InfoTrack.
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Jensen, who wongold at the 2012 London Olympics and silver at the Rio Olympics in the 49er class,received a call from InfoTrack helmsman Lamb asking him to join the crew.

“I’ve always wanted to do the Hobart, it’s an iconic race in Australia,” Jensen said. “To come home with a Hobart win would be up there for sure.[Lamb] sort of asked if I was interested in doing it. He told me who else was on board and which boat it was and it seemed like a really good opportunity.”

The crew of Sydney to Hobart favourites InfoTrack are confident they can not only defend the title butbreak the race record this year.

TechentrepreneurChristian Beck bought 2016 line honours winner Perpetual Loyalthis year and rebranded it after his company.

Perpetual Loyal, skippered by celebrity accountant Anthony Bell, set a new race record of one day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds last year.

“We’d like totry tokeep the record,” saidBeck, also the skipper ofInfoTrack.”If the conditions are right we’d like totry andholdon tothat record. I think if it’s windy we have a chanceof winning.”

Beckis estimated to be worth more than $600 million and was named Ernst and Youngentrepreneurof 2017 last month.

He hasn’t doneoffshoreocean racingbefore and admits it’s a “whole new world”.

“It’s all about the crewbecause I don’t knowwhat I’m doing, soI really need a good crew,”Beckjoked.

InfoTrack boat captain Ty Oxley will compete in his 15th Sydney to Hobart this year and is confident the 100-foot supermaxi can break the race record if the weather conditions suit.

“It took fourhours, 50 minutes off the record last year so anything’s possible,” Oxley said.“It’s definitely capable of winning again and it’s definitely proved itself to be capable in those strong conditions.”

InfoTrack has assembled a star-studded crew withdecades of Sydney to Hobart experience and Olympic medals.Some were meeting Beck for the first time at Tuesday’sInfoTracklaunch.

Beck is also keen to organise a weekly race between supermaxis in the style of the start of theSydney to Hobart, where the yachts race to be first out of the Sydneyheads.

InfoTrack,Comanche, WildOats XI andBlack Jack are the supermaxisin the107-strong fleet.

“It’s going tobequite acompetitive year this year.Comanchewillbea hardboat tobeat,” Jensen said.

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Ministers to kill off changes to marriage bill

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Defence Industry and Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during a motion for a proposed citizenship register, in the House of Representatives in Canberra on Monday 4 December 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex EllinghausenCabinet ministers will ignore Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s lead and kill off amendments to the same-sex marriage bill that would have bolstered religious exemptions and enabled civil celebrants to discriminate against gay couples.
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Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne indicated he would oppose all amendments to senator Dean Smith’s bill, deriding the various changes proposed by his Liberal colleagues as unnecessary and superfluous.

Mr Pyne’s declaration means there are now enough MPs opposed to the amendments to form a blocking majority of 74 votes, including Labor’s 69 MPs, Adam Bandt, Rebekha Sharkie, Andrew Wilkie and Liberal backbencher Warren Entsch.

Fellow Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman took that number to 75, telling Fairfax Media on Tuesday: “I have not seen any amendments that would dissuade me from believing that the bill adopted by the Senate should stand.”

Mr Pyne – a long-standing supporter of same-sex marriage – told the chamber he was satisfied the bill already protected religious freedom.

“I do not support the insertion of unnecessary amendments,” he said. “Acts of Parliament should not contain superfluous clauses – especially superfluous clauses based on the opinion that Australia’s laws don’t adequately protect the religious freedoms that we have cherished since Federation. I firmly believe that they do.”

In a passionate and personal speech reflecting on his own Christian faith, Mr Pyne said the right for same-sex couples to marry had been “denied too long, too cruelly – and too often with such meagre and patently disingenuous defences”.

The denial of civil marriage equality was “a betrayal of the separation of church and state”, “hypocritical” and “plainly wrong”, he said.

Mr Pyne’s opposition to the amendments will give the green light for other MPs to vote against them in what is a conscience vote for all Coalition MPs. Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer, also a member of the moderate Liberal faction, stated last week that she is unpersuaded by the amendments put forward to date. Education Minister Simon Birmingham and Defence Minister Marise Payne, also moderates, rejected the amendments in the Senate last week.

Their stance contradicts that of Mr Turnbull, who will support moves to allow civil celebrants to discriminate against gay couples even though they are doomed to fail. On Tuesday, the PM said it was his ministers’ “absolute right” to disagree with him and vote as they see fit.

“I am not sure what part of free [vote] you do not understand,” he said.

But at a Coalition party room meeting on Tuesday, Mr Turnbull and the man he replaced, Tony Abbott, clashed over Mr Abbott’s proposal to add a so-called “pious amendment” to the bill. The motion, which would not alter the bill, is a declaration that nobody should “suffer any adverse effects” from their beliefs about marriage.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne clashed over Mr Abbott’s proposed ‘pious amendment’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Several MPs in the room told Fairfax Media the exchange was “terse” or “heated”. A frustrated Mr Turnbull eventually told Mr Abbott he would not support the motion. “He basically said to Abbott, ‘I have been married to Lucy for 38 years and I know the importance of marriage’,” one MP recounted.

“It’s the strongest I’ve seen Malcolm. He really put Abbott in his box,” another MP said.

Mr Pyne then intervened and said the pious amendment would stop the bill in its tracks, that debate would have to be restarted and that it would cause a major problem. Mr Zimmerman echoed Mr Pyne’s intervention, while Kevin Andrews backed Mr Abbott.

Alex Greenwich, co-chair of the Equality Campaign, said he was “grateful to all the MPs across the Parliament who are voting down amendments, and in doing so ensuring the will of the people and the government’s promise are fulfilled to achieve marriage equality this week”.

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