Australian Greens Small Business spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said that Prime Minister Rudd should be focused on the serious matter of small businesses yet to be paid for their work on the ASIO building rather than putting on a pre-election show.
"Today Prime Minister Rudd put on a show for the cameras at the new ASIO building while the $704 million federal government building project has resulted in an estimated 100 small businesses not being paid for their hard work," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.
"It was selfish and insensitive of Kevin Rudd to ignore the plight of these businesses today.
"Australian businesses are suffering over this and I'm calling on the Prime Minister to pay the ASIO building bill, including outstanding monies owed to contactors.
The Australian Greens have been seeking to provide the Australian Small Business Commissioner with additional powers through the introduction of the Small Business Commissioner Bill 2013, to provide exactly the kind of teeth required to intervene and broker positive outcomes in relation to this ASIO building debacle.
"Small businesses and workers shouldn't suffer this type of treatment under government contracts, and the Prime Minister needs to support Greens legislation providing the Australian Small Business Commissioner powers to better assist small businesses in conflict resolution.
"The buck should stop with the the Government and it is simply not good enough for them to ignore and wash their hands of this mess while small businesses continue to go to the wall," Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.