Good to see the Turnbull government NOT be influenced by bullying and harassment from a few dominant businesses – (they should make harassment of politicians illegal – just for big business – small business people don’t have time for harassment.) It is hard to imagine that M Turnbull, S Morrison and K O’Dwyer could be bullied.
PETA DONALD: Peter Strong from the Council of Small Business is pleased the effects test is still a live option, after reports the Abbott government had decided against it.
PETER STRONG: This gives them the power to say, “You cannot buy up land so that nobody else can build a supermarket. You can’t control the supply chain so nobody else can access those supplies.” Those sorts of things can’t happen anymore if there’s an effects test, which is why of course Wesfarmers and Woolworths don’t want this to happen, because they have such domination that they can do whatever they want.
Now, we’ve got to have a change here, as I say for our productivity. And the Government’s got to say, “Okay, enough is enough. We’re not going to listen to one business group and three or four businesses. We’re going to listen to everybody.”
PETA DONALD: What do you read into the fact that the Government has put off making a decision on this until March.
Do you think that means Scott Morrison is going to go your way or will he favour the arguments being put to him by groups like the Business Council of Australia – the bigger businesses?
PETER STRONG: Well I think what he’s done – and given that he’s fairly new still – is he’s said, okay, I’m going to make my own mind up with the information that I’ going to gather.
And you’ve got to remember that the Business Council of Australia and others will threaten the Government with campaigns against them if they don’t do as they’re told, that’s one of the big problems about domination.
And he’s said – okay, I can’t be seen to favour the Business Council either, because that would obviously be very wrong. So he’s said, okay, let’s get you people around a table and let’s talk about it.
And I’m very happy to go and talk about it and we will talk about it and demand that they stop playing secret games behind the scenes and threatening people.