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Labor’s Carousel Cabinet Neglecting the Needs of Small Business

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 26 Mar 2013


The Australian Greens have raised concerns Labor’s ad hoc approach to the small business ministry is undermining effective representation of this most important sector in the Australian economy.

Small business spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated it was a significant concern that the new minister, Gary Gray AO, MP has little time to become familiar with the issues facing the sector before the election.

“He’s the sixth person to hold this office during Labor’s time in office, and it is easy to see how the millions of people employed in this sector may feel Labor’s efforts to advocate on their behalf are only symbolic.

“Despite small business employing almost 50% of the Australian workforce the government fails to recognise the importance of its contribution to our economy through effective cabinet representation.

“Given the continuing instability of the government it’s also imperative the new government-appointed Federal Small Business Commissioner has legislative backing and real powers which give the role “teeth.”

“This is why the Greens have introduced a bill into Parliament that provides legislative underpinning and the necessary powers to the Small Business Commissioner to enhance this role as an advocate for the sector, (Small Business Commissioner Bill 2013).

“The Greens look forward to progressing this bill through parliament with the support of the old parties.”



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