Small business people vote and there are over 2 million of us who provide jobs and incomes to almost 5 million other people
It is important to note that small business people vote. Big businesses have money and power and influence but they do not vote. Small business people do not vote as a block; we are individuals who will vote on any number of factors depending upon our personal circumstances- do we have a young family? Are we approaching retirement? Do we care for someone at home? We also vote on our values and beliefs around, capsule for example, education, retirement support, defense, social policy and immigration laws. Importantly we are the group most affected by business policy including issues around workplace relations, Workplace Health and Safety, competition policy, contract law, taxation processes and the like. Too often our capacity to succeed at business is more about dealing with the rules and policies than it is about our capacity as business people. So business policy is something we also consider like no other group in the community.
It should also be noted that the small workplaces around Australia are hotbeds of discussions on a whole range of topics – the footy, TV, social life, our kids, holidays etc – and also on topics like immigration, workplace relations, general politics, party leaders, local candidates and the like. The small workplaces in Australia are places of influence and this should never be forgotten.
In this document is a table that highlights COSBOA’s policies and the responses of the major political parties. The table is complicated. This is good news as in any previous election campaign the table would have been very sparsely filled and much easier to understand as the major parties thought small business didn’t matter. Nice change. There is commentary on the policies. Please feel free to add to that commentary (firmly if you must but always nicely)