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BREAKING NEWS: Twitter Erupts As Harvey Norman Blasted Over JobKeeper & Salaries

Harvey Norman is trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons, after it moved to block consumers and MPs following comments over the pocketing of millions of dollars of JobKeeper payments and demands by its staff for pay rises.

Twitter over the past few days has exploded with thousands of consumers, many of them former customers expressing their anger at the retailer, which failed to pay back over $22 million in Australian JobKeeper payments and $12m it got out of the New Zealand Government despite reporting record profits during the COVID-19 lockdowns. The #boycottharveynorman tag is trending in Australia.

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Targeted are directors who are paid millions of dollars every year to run the business as well as billionaire owner Gerry Harvey and his wife CEO Katie Page.

The furniture, electrical and whitegoods retailer reported that first-half sales climbed 25 per cent and contributed to a net profit after tax of $462.03m for the last six months of 2020 – up 116 per cent on the same time period in the previous year.

Harvey Norman said it would pay dividends totalling $249m, of which Harvey himself is set to receive $78m due to his 31.4 per cent shareholding in the company.

Harvey Norman have not said why it is blocking customer comments, with many claiming they are going to shop at JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys instead.

Jake Nelson contributed to this story.

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