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' A Circular Quay restaurant owner bitterly complained, "After what Howard did to my business this week there’s no way I’ll be voting for him again." '

Probably someone who voted FOR Howard for the last 3 elections because he got a tax cut in the budget immediately before the election. Ahhh, how fickle the loyalty of the masses.

Good will come from what occurred in Sydney, even if it will all be down the track a little...and by that time those small business owners will have forgotten last week as they reap the benifits from the deals and visitors to their establishments.

You can't please all the people, all the time....no matter what.

Half of me sympathises with the business owners at having a bad week.

The other half is gloating because it gives these city slicker business operators just a glimpse of what it is like on the land. However one week of no business cannot compare with an entire year of work being topped off by total crop failure.

When I went into the CBD on Friday it wasn't exactly deserted, but there was hardly anyone there compared with usual. It actually made for a pleasant shopping trip! But I felt very sorry for shop owners. There was absolutely nothing stopping people from going shopping, but they'd stayed away because they were practically threatened by the government and police. So the shops lost money for no reason.

If you live and operate in a major city like Sydney, you need to take the good with the bad. Given all the extra business brought in by events like the Olympics, Mardi Gras, World Youth Day next year etc I dont think its too much to ask for businesses to deal with one bad weekend. Its not like they werent prewarned. And Im sure on a larger scale, our economy will benefit from the weekend.

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