COSBOA acknowledges the decision by the government to delay the implementation of changes to section 46 of the competition regulations pending a review.
COSBOA also acknowledges the decision to implement other recommendations from the Harper Review of Competition regulations.
Peter Strong, click patient CEO of COSBOA, ed stated today “we are very pleased to see the major recommendations from Harper back in the limelight where they belong, It is particularly important that we focus on developing competition in aged care, human services, intellectual property, roads and other key areas.”
It is of course disappointing that several dominant companies have created enough confusion and fear that we have to delay the important changes needed to section 46. The fact is that the biggest companies Australia has ever seen and their union, the SDA, use their influence and resources to control competition policy to the detriment of productivity, retail diversity and innovation.”
COSBOA knows that innovation is difficult when two companies have such influence on producers and manufacturers. The changes in section 46 are needed to make sure we do not have more damaging domination in areas such as, for example, aged care.
Peter Strong added “the Small Business Minister, Kelly O’Dwyer has contacted us and other industry bodies and has stated that she will hold a series of round tables on the issues of section 46 with key groups and then something will be done to get the right changes. Ms O’Dwyer expects an outcome to be achieved by March 2016.”
“Small business people can be assured that we will continue to confront those who spread misinformation and claim facts that don’t exist. We know that the Business Council of Australia and several of its members, particularly WesFarmers, will now attempt to ramp up their lobbying and secret manipulations and behaviours to get their way to the detriment of Australia. We have been assured by the government that all discussions will be open and the decisions will be made with competition, innovation and choice as the outcome.”
“COSBOA and its members have said for decades that competition is unfair and the dominant businesses are killing innovation. We were ignored but finally proven right last year when the ACCC successful prosecuted Coles for unconscionable conduct towards its suppliers. We need to be listened to so that does not ever happen again. Our innovators need space to do their stuff.”
“Finally on the day Bruce Billson the great immediate past Small Business Minister has announced his retirement from politics it is good to see one of his ground breaking initiatives taken forward.”