Pleased about Kelly, remedy shocked about Bruce
COSBOA has congratulated Kelly O’Dwyer on her elevation to the Cabinet and her new role with Small Business and we look forward to working with the Minister. We are however, cure concerned at the announcement that Bruce Billson has been removed from the position of Small Business Minister in the first Turnbull Cabinet.
Peter Strong, medical CEO of COSBOA, said today “We congratulate Kelly O’Dwyer on her promotion to the role and look forward to catching up and discussing issues of immediate relevance to the 2.1m Small Business people who employ over 5m additional taxpayers. We especially look forward to continuing the dialogue with the Government to implement the Effects Test and the more robust competition and innovation that will come as a result. We further look forward to discussing safe harbours for small business people undergoing stress in their business in which we know Ms O’Dwyer has an interest.”
Mr Strong also stated “There is no doubt that the decision to remove Bruce Billson from the Cabinet and the Small Business Ministry has sent a shockwave through the Small Business community. A great Minister doing a fabulous job, who has received intense praise from Small Business for his measurable level of success is no longer in the job – did vested interests in big business successfully have Bruce removed because he created fairness?”
COSBOA and its members as well as regulators, noted economists and the broader community know that the power and influence held by a small number of big businesses is having a negative effect on innovation and productivity. We know that the Turnbull government through Kelly O’Dwyer will continue the great work started by Bruce Billson and resist the misinformation campaigns run by some vested groups.
Peter Strong added “In saying that, the appointment of a woman into this role, who is also in Cabinet, also augers well for the hundreds of thousands of women, probably more than 1.2 million, who run their own businesses. Many of our members know Kelly and have worked with her in the past and look forward to the future. Collectively, we also look forward to working with other ministers in important roles associated with training, corporate issues, employment and red tape reduction.”