Peter Strong, Executive Director of COSBOA said today “we are excited at the prospect of working with a government that has a powerful mandate to focus on the small business people in Australia. We especially look forward to getting rid of unnecessary red tape, confronting the issues of bullying by the big landlords and the unfair domination by the Coles-Woolworths duopoly.”
COSBOA knows that small business people are tired of rhetoric about the importance of small business people, rhetoric that has been rarely matched by action. But the last twelve months has seen many positive changes and announcements. For example the win by the coalition may mean that business to business contract negotiations may be possible without big businesses being protected by a process that is unfair and compromised.
Mr Strong added “we thank those in the Labor Party who worked hard for the small business person. Julia Gillard included us in all their industry forums and on key economic panels, Brendon O’Connor built a framework that resulted in an improved focus on small business people. We know that Chris Bowen, Gary Gray and Bernie Ripoll, with more time, would have built upon that foundation.”
Mr Strong also added “In the end the lack of certainty at the leadership level of the Labor Party, and the government, was not sustainable and effected confidence for too long. For the sake of the economy a change was needed. Small business people and their employees have sent a strong message that we want stability not uncertainty. For our part COSBOA will continue to fight the good fight, unambiguously, for small business people. We look forward to our first meeting with Mr Abbott and Mr Hockey, and particularly with Mr Billson who we expect to be the Minister for Small Business. Mr Billson has been a shining light for small business people and we know we can work together to have healthy small businesses and healthy small business people.”