COSBOA congratulates Bruce Billson and the Abbot government on today’s announcement to extend legal protections from unfair contract terms to a million small business operators.
Peter Strong, drugstore CEO of COSBOA, said today “when COSBOA was formed in 1977 one of the key issues on our policy platform was fair contracts. This policy need has been ignored for all these years until Bruce Billson stepped up and pursued fairness and now we have it. It is a moment to savour.”
COSBOA recognises the work of Bruce Billson and his achievements, especially when facing the combined opposition of the likes of big landlords, Coles and Woolworths, the largest franchisers and their highly resourced industry lobby; as well as text book driven economic rationalists.
Mr Strong added “the list of outcomes achieved by Billson is already staggering; a competition policy review, a code of conduct for supermarkets, a federal small business ombudsman in train, a franchise code, a focus on red tape removal and now the contracts issue addressed.”
Mr Strong also added “this is obviously part of a strategy that Mr Billson has to use the small business community to get the economy in better shape, we know he will have fought some unpleasant battles to get to this stage and we acknowledge his tenacity and his ability to hang in there when confronted by compromised and heavily funded opponents. We also acknowledge that we will never get everything we want in any of these achievements but we have processes and legislation in place, or on the way, that we can lobby to change as needed.”
“If any big business organisation or CEO challenges this legislation as being unnecessary we will tell them that only those who misuse power and knowledge should object to the legislation. If any big business profits’ are negatively affected by what Billson has achieved than that company needs to take a long hard look at their culture and their values. Next? The Competition Policy review.”