Thursday, 5 December 2013
COSBOA voices concerns over announcement of Prime Minister’s business advisory council
Small business voice will be drowned, again
The Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) today raises concerns that members of the newly appointed Prime Minister’s business advisory council will not adequately or fairly represent the needs of Small Business.
While COSBOA congratulates John Hart from the Restaurant and Catering Association on his appointment to the council, there is serious concern that the voice of Small Business voice will be drowned out by the needs of the council’s other Big Business representatives.
Peter Strong, CEO of COSBOA said, “For more than two decades business policy has been controlled by the minority. As a result, red tape burdens have increased for Small Business people and the likes of Coles and Woolworths (the duopoly) and the big landlords have hurt thousands of businesses and families. It looks like this will continue with the majority of the Prime Minister’s business advisory panel being from the big end of town.”
The Prime Minister’s business advisory council was announced earlier this week to coincide with the launch of the biggest competition policy review in two decades. However, issues of competition and contracts are not seen the same way by big and Small Businesses.
Mr Strong added, “Small Business people are the great innovators of our economy, but they are under stress to survive and to find the time and energy to be creative. For too long, the duopoly, the landlords and Big Businesses have focused on their own needs and not the needs of the nation.
The economy is now under threat, productivity is dropping and our standard of living will also drop. We have to change the way we do things and the people who influence what we do. Too many of these advisory council members are from last century.” said Mr Strong.
The Prime Minister’s business advisory council includes former Productivity Commission chairman Gary Banks, National Australia Bank chairman Michael Chaney, Linfox executive chairman Peter Fox, Grocon chief executive Daniel Grollo, retailer Solomon Lew, BHP Billiton chairman Jacques Nasser and Telstra chairwoman Catherine Livingstone.
Also on the advisory council is the previously announced chairman Maurice Newman, and senior corporate figure Graham Kraehe, the chairman of BlueScope Steel and Brambles; Barry Irvin, the chairman of Bega Cheese; and Jane Wilson, a health and biotechnology expert.
The council will meet three times a year, with the first meeting expected before Christmas. The council will advise on programs and policies that address the needs of both small and large businesses in Australia.
Peter Strong, Executive Director is available for interview upon request.
For further information please contact:
Maria Ferreira or Jacqueline Howard
Notes to Editors:
1. The Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) was founded in 1979 and was incorporated in 1985.
2. COSBOA is Australia’s peak body exclusively representing the interests of small businesses.
3. For more information on COSBOA visit: http://www.cosboa.org.au/
4. Interviews with Peter Strong, Executive Director, and Andrew Conway, Chairman are available upon request.
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6. COSBOA is a long-time advocate of small business on issues from taxation and workplace relations, through to competition law and retail tenancy.
7. The goals of COSBOA are to promote and support the development of small businesses in Australia and the council recognises that it is a national imperative for Australia that the needs of small business are on the national policy agenda.
8. COSBOA represents 30 member organisations, and between them represent approximately 200,000 members. Through these networks COSBOA reaches more than 500,000 Small Business people across the country.