The Members of the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) know that the next ten years will be crucial to whether Australia can remain in the top echelons of the world economies and whether our standard of living will rise or fall. This election is the chance to embrace continuous change or embed old behaviours and policy paternalism.
Amanda Lynch, recipe Chairman of COSBOA, ambulance said today “our policies are comprehensive and highlight the needs of our sector, check with the important recommendation of a national strategic plan for the small business sector to bring policies and processes together. Strategy and leadership is needed for a certain future rather than a focus on the needs of a few to the detriment of the many.”
COSBOA believes that for too long the key business policies of Australia has been decided by a small number of developers and big landlords; by only two retailers who dominate process, communications and policy; and by the very large unions who are driven by ideology rather than reality. These groups have received too much focus from the representatives of big government and this has made it difficult for the great innovators in Australia, the self employed, to get rid of stress and get focused on new opportunities and for growth.
Peter Strong, Executive Director of COSBOA, “research we have undertaken with the banking sector shows that at least 160,000 business people want to grow their business but cannot access finance, we know that the supply chain to the duopoly are under stress from poor competition policy, we see the landlords and developers taking control of communities and town centres and we see the biggest unions try to impose their ideology on hundreds of thousands of workplaces to the detriment of jobs and health. This has to change.”
Mr Strong added ‘we are already working hard with the banking sector to improve access to finance and improve communications between our sectors, we need that sort of co-operation from other dominating sectors, not stress and unfairness as we are experiencing. The Business Council of Australia have also expressed a need for a national approach to planning and we will continue to work with them, despite our differences in some areas, to get a focus on leadership for the economy and for the many; not vested leadership by the few for their own purposes.”
COSBOA will release a document comparing the small business policies of the major parties in the last week of the election.