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You can't trust Rudd to honour his word on reducing red-tape for small business



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The Hon Bruce Billson MP

Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs

Friday 23 August 2013

You can’t trust Rudd to honour his word on reducing red-tape for small business

You can’t trust Labor to deliver on its word when it comes to helping small business after promising much in 2007 but delivering so little.

 On 19 April 2007 Labor promised to introduced BAS Easy if elected, breaking its promise when it dumped that plan on 8 October 2009.

 Yesterday Labor promised to relieve small business of acting as the pay-clerk for paid parental leave, yet it voted down that very measure when proposed in the Parliament on 24 February 2011 and 24 May 2012.

 In 2008 Labor committed to introduce unfair contract provisions for small business, only to break that promise in 2009 without explanation.

“You can’t trust Kevin Rudd to keep his word when talking about small business, given he’s broken two key promises to the sector in the past,” Shadow Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson said.

“It’s like groundhog day. Kevin Rudd promises small business the world but sadly it’s all talk and no action.

“First he says he will introduce BAS Easy and then breaks that promise. Then he promises to introduce unfair contract terms for small business, only to break that promise as well.

“Then in an amazing backflip, he promises to relieve small business of the burden of acting as the pay-clerk for the paid parental leave scheme despite voting it down twice in the Parliament.

“Sadly for small business, it has taken the Labor Government six years and 21,000 new or amended regulations to realise its approach to red tape has tied small business in knots.

“Kevin Rudd promised a ‘one-in, one-out’ policy for regulation. However in an embarrassing failure 21,000 regulations have been introduced and only a fraction repealed.

“In contrast, the Coalition has committed to reducing the red and green tape cost burden imposed on the Australian economy by $1 billion per year,” Mr Billson said.

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