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Federal Small Business Commissioner backs Greens call for Tasmanian counterpart

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 23 May 2013

Today, Mark Brennan, the Australian Small Business Commissioner, backed the Australian Greens call for a Tasmanian Small Business Commissioner to support the needs of small business in the State.  The Australian Greens spokesperson for small business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomed Mr. Brennan's statement, made at the Australian Government's Small Business Forum in Launceston this afternoon, that a Tasmanian Small Business Commissioner was a terrific concept and all states without such a commissioner should consider one.

Mr Brennan served for seven years as the inaugural Victorian Small Business Commissioner.  He was also named the Council of Small Business of Australia's (COSBOA) National Small Business Champion for 2011 for his work in developing the role of Small Business Commissioner in Victoria.

"The Greens are on record as pushing for a Tasmanian Small Business Commissioner for some time and I applaud the support today from someone as highly experienced and respected as Mr. Brennan, " Senator Whish-Wilson stated.

"Small business needs an independent, legally enabled champion in Tasmania if we are to realise the full economic potential of our island's brand and unique strengths.

"Now what we need is action from the Tasmanian Parliament to get an appropriately resourced and legislated Tasmanian Small Business Commissioner in place immediately.

In July Senator Whish-Wilson will be outlining his 20 year vision for Tasmania's economic future and one of the pillars of State prosperity will be small business


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