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Monday, 24 November 1997
Page: 11077

A Petition to the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia.

This petition of certain residents in the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the house the recent recommendations of a Parliamentary Committee inquiry into fair trading entitled `Finding a Balance'. Implementation of these recommendations will address a number of difficulties now being experienced by small business—particularly in the area of retail tenancy and franchising—in their dealings with big business. Small businesses now often suffer harsh and oppressive treatment and unreasonable rent hikes from large corporations. As a result, many are forced to shut down.

Your petitioners call on the House to request that the Howard Government fully support and implement the recommendations of the `Finding a Balance' report into fair trading and move quickly to give legislative protection to small business operators.