One week to go in an election that has Small business people front and centre
Peter Strong, Executive Director of COSBOA said today “we have our key issues being discussed and receiving attention. Competition policy, tax benefits, contract law, representation and red tape are front and centre of policy discussions among our politicians and their advisors.”
COSBOA has seen many small business people suffer at the hands of the Coles-Woolworths duopoly and the biggest landlords. For too long big business associations and big government exponents have claimed that competition policy in this country is good. They have succumbed to the influence of a few wealthy organisations to the detriment of consumers and small business people. With the realisation that small business people vote and that the economy depends more upon their health then upon a handful of big businesses, we have the attention of politicians.”
Mr Strong also said “We have released a comparison of the policies of the parties. It is on our website and shows that Tony Abbott’s Coalition has a focus on the big issues of competition policy and contract law while Kevin Rudd’s Labor Party is looking at support services and tax benefits. Both parties are looking to maintain or increase representation on key committees and in key agencies and also get rid of red tape.”
In the end small business people are seen as important economically and politically – nice.