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Does Labor even have a Minister for Small Business?

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Media Release

The Hon Bruce Billson MP

Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs

Thursday 22 August 2013

Does Labor even have a Minister for Small Business?

Where is Labor’s Small Business Minster and where is their policy?

That is the question on the lips of the small business community around the nation.

Shadow Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson said he would be surprised if Labor even have a policy on small business.

“The only thing Labor has done recently for small business is quietly lift yet another Coalition policy after it forgot to put a small business voice on the B20,” Mr Billson said.

“Labor was so embarrassed about its latest blunder that it didn’t even announce that it put a small business voice on the B20, instead opting for a quiet letter to a stakeholder group.

“Small business needs a circuit breaker and that is a change of government.

“The Coalition stands ready with real solutions to put the business back into small business.”

An elected Coalition Government will:

• abolish the Carbon Tax; • cut $1 billion in red and green tape costs every year; • reduce the company tax rate by 1.5 per cent to a new rate of 28.5 per cent; • reject Labor’s $1.8 billion FBT hit on cars; • undertake an independent ‘root and branch’ review of the competition framework; • extend unfair contract protections for small business; • defer, by two years, the increase in compulsory employer-funded superannuation; • help small business attract good workers by providing their employees with access to

the Coalition’s landmark Paid Parental Leave scheme;

• remove from small business the requirement to administer the Government’s paid parental leave scheme; • protect the rights of independent contractors and the self-employed; • improve small business access to government contracts; • ensure government agencies pay all small business bills within 30 days; • provide small business with a voice on economic bodies; • establish a new Small Business Ombudsman - and specifically work on improving

big business ‘fair commercial conduct’; • work with the financial sector to improve access to small business finance; • refine the national Franchising Code; • implement our policy to Boost Productivity and Reduce Regulation; and • ensure small business gets a seat at the B20 forum.

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