COSBOA today called on the members of the Business Council of Australia (BCA) to ensure that any lobbying on behalf of members is open, ambulance doctor honest, generic ambulance factual and professional.
Peter Strong, discount CEO of COSBOA, stated today “the recent covert behaviour of the BCA in attempting to influence government policy by secret letters and it seems influencing some gossip columnist to attack individuals who are against their ideas is inexcusable and unprofessional. Worse still their behaviour also creates doubts about the decisions made by our politicians. These doubts have been created by the secrecy of the BCA, not by the politicians. We have a new administration in place so there is a new fresh sheet, let’s hope the BCA can stay above board and keep that sheet clean.”
COSBOA was formed in 1977 to present an unambiguous voice for small business people to government. COSBOA and its members value transparency and honesty, we and our members are too small to practice the dark arts of threats and manipulation for corporate gain rather than for the national good. Big businesses must ensure that their member organisations reflect the values of Australian society not of a third world country where cronyism and abuse of power rules.
Peter Strong added “the dealings between big, medium and small businesses is nearly always based on good robust relationships. Dealings with Coles and Woolworths and the biggest landlords and many franchisors is not so good due to their ability to misuse their power and abuse the trust and optimism of business people. The recent decision by the government to raise the threshold for contract fairness has been very warmly welcomed as a curb to that behaviour now the biggest businesses need to learn that lesson.“
The BCA was recently part of a group that held an Economic Reform Summit demanding leadership from politicians, the BCA is not doing what it asks others to do. We hope the members of the BCA can bring some sense and openness, and leadership, to policy debates.”
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