Joint media statement from
- Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI)
- Australian Industry Group (AI Group)
- Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA)
SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE THE EYES AND EARS OF THE COMMUNITY
Today the heads of three peak industry bodies called on the small business community to accept its role as a key part of the security needs of Australia.
Kate Carnell from ACCI, Innes Willox from the AI Group and Peter Strong from COSBOA have highlighted the special position that small business people have in their communities, when it comes to gathering information to help inform our law enforcement and security organisations.
THE CEOs JOINT STATEMENT
Small business people are found in every community in Australia whether that be urban, regional or remote. Small business people are also heavily represented in the online business community.
Small business people are inherently aware of what is happening in and around their businesses; by their very nature they will know when something is amiss or not quite right.
We know that small business people do not have time to become busy body vigilantes but we also know they are vigilant for the safety and security of their businesses and employees.
What we ask is that business people make a call to the relevant authorities if they have a concern. The authorities are professional and will deal with the information as necessary.
In this current global conflict, information is vital for security organisations and anything odd should be reported.
National Security Hotline 1800 1234 00 www.nationalsecurity.gov.au
ACCI Kate Carnell CEO 0415 662 266
AI Group Innes Willox CEO 0419 424 119
COSBOA Peter Strong CEO 0433 644 097