Some Australians who are left-leaning have criticized the Bakers Delight bakery chain after it was revealed that its co-founder Roger Gillespie supported a conservative group.
According to an article published by the Australian Financial Review, Mr. Gillespie gave thousands of dollars to the Liberal Party and another group known as Advance Australia in 2022, and he stated that he decided to support the conservative group due to its stance on the Voice referendum.
The news caused some to call for a boycott of Bakers Delight.
Despite the support that Mr. Gillespie received from the public on October 14, some people called for a boycott of the company. One of the people who posted on X said that she would not buy from Bakers Delight again.
However, others stated that a boycott would send a strong message to Mr. Gillespie.
One person stated that she would never go back to Bakers Delight after learning that the company’s co-founder supported the campaign of Advance Australia, which was against The Voice.
Other people noted that Mr. Gillespie was one of the many prominent supporters of the No campaign.
The director of the Melbourne Storm, Brett Ralph, gave $50,000 to Advance Australia through his company JMR Consultancy Services.
Sam Kennard, the chief executive officer of the company known as Siesta Holdings, gave the group $115,000. Brian Anderson, a car dealer from Perth, gave $1 million to the group.
According to the AEC’s data released on February 1, Advance Australia received almost $5 million in donations following the federal election. The conservative group claimed that it was the brains behind the No campaign.
Some people argued that the franchisees of the company would be the ones affected by a boycott, not the co-founder. Others said that a boycott would not accomplish anything. Some people also stated that they would continue supporting the company and Mr. Gillespie’s political donations.
One person stated that they would continue supporting Bakers Delight. Another said that they would not stop buying from the company.