It also tells me that Australians hate Kiwis so much that they've pressured their two main supermarkets to stop stocking New Zealand produce. This isn't some voting thing where nationalism is cheap at the ballot box and so people vote for Buy (insert home country name here) mandates. Supermarkets in Oz expect to profit because their customers are just that nationalistic.
C'mon, Bruce, give your head a shake. Autarky is stupid.
Update: vengeance is always tempting. But, it's generally misdirected.
.@KimDotcom If your friend and neighbour sprays you with blood while bashing himself in the head, you don't bash your own head in revenge.First off, the Australian banks are hardly to blame for whatever the Australian supermarkets are up to.
— Eric Crampton (@EricCrampton) February 9, 2014
Second, the Australian supermarkets are doing it because they think that their customers really want it. So taking it out on the New Zealand franchises of Australian supermarkets might make those supermarkets run a broader profit and loss calculation, but it will likely just punish the local franchisees while not addressing the underlying problem: nationalism's popularity in Australia.
Third, autarky hurts everybody, but is most painful for the country imposing it on itself. Doing it to ourselves in revenge makes as much sense as bashing ourselves in the head with a hammer to get back at our neighbour for doing the same thing.
It mightn't be nuts* for the New Zealand government to suggest merging its government-run, stupidly nationalistic, generally pointless, blame-the-Greens-for-it "Buy Kiwi Made" campaign with the Australian private-sector equivalent for a Buy ANZAC logo, perhaps timed for the Gallipoli centennial next year. Even better would be abandoning all of these kinds of autarkic sentiments.
* Note the "might" here. Basically we get pretty quickly into the whole trade-diversion literature. It can be better, from an efficiency perspective, to have nationalistic Aussies put the same "not Australian" discount on all foreign goods and then to maintain the proper mix of imports within the smaller set of imported things than to have NZ within the "Counts as Australia" circle and so to distort trade. I still lean in favour of "diminish nationalism by making more countries count as "us" for nationalistic purposes", and reckon that arguments against having the merged ID would also be arguments in favour of abandoning the Australian-NZ free trade area, but arguments going the other way are tenable.