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Small businesses voice concerns

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Ross Peake

Canberra small business operators were confronted at Parliament House last night (tue) by a show of bipartisanship from federal MPs.

A large group of parliamentarians put aside their differences to offer a new avenue for micro and small businesses to air their complaints.

The occasion was the launch of the Parliamentary Friends for Small Business group, attended by Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor and his Opposition counterpart, Bruce Billson.

The group was convened by Labor’s Gai Brodtmann, the Member for Canberra, and Scott Buchholz, the Coalition Member for Wright in Queensland.

Ms Brodtmann said, as a former micro business operator, she understood the challenges facing the sector, particularly in Canberra.

‘‘Our group will getting together with micro and small businesses to hear about their stories of success and innovation and also the potential challenges they face, and to discuss in a bipartisan way what we can do about addressing that,’’ she said.

‘‘This is another way to ensure that small and micro businesses have the ear of Members of Parliament and Senators.

‘‘For Canberra’s micro and small businesses, the priority is access to government procurement.

‘‘My objective is ensuring the tendering and procurement processes are as open to as many businesses as possible.

‘‘Small business plays a crucial and central role in the Australian economy.

‘‘There are over two million small businesses in Australia and they employ almost five million Australians, and small business contributes more than 20 per cent of Australia’s GDP.’’

Mr Buchholz said he was keen to help small business find new and innovative ways to grow.

‘‘The positive growth and development of small business has a flow on effect for local communities and this is vital for the Australian economy,’’ he said.

Representatives from the ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Council of Small Business Australia were attending the event.

 

3 comments

  • This is an excellent initiative and a great example of political bipartisanship, but it must have tangible, positive and ongoing outcomes.
    In the same spirit, the national interest would be far better served by robust bipartisanship than by the current party political negativity and point scoring.

    Commenter
    Trish
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    October 31, 2012, 9:31AM
    • I agree Trish but do you actuallty think anything will come out of it! We'll see.....

      Commenter
      Deutsch
      Date and time
      October 31, 2012, 12:19PM
  • This is a nice initiative, but lets concentrate on fixing the well-known problems such as excessive regulation. We need results not more discussion. Since I've been in business the strong trend is increased regulation, complexity and compliance costs. Is anyone actually doing anything to even slow this trend? Not that I know of.

    My other big gripe is payroll tax. Its incredibly complex especially the rules about grouping businesses and interstate employees are counted in the threshold. I see in today's paper its just wiped out another business.

    Commenter
    Craig
    Location
    Duffy
    Date and time
    October 31, 2012, 10:19AM
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