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Media Release The Hon Fran Bailey, MP

12 August 2005

LABOR INTENT ON STRANGLING SMALL BUSINESS

Yesterday in a doorstop interview the Shadow Minister for Small Business and Competition, Joel Fitzgibbon called for the withdrawal of the Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2005, which includes the simplification of the collective bargaining arrangement for small business.

“Only Labor would call for the withdrawal of measures that will assist Small Business to collectively bargain by streamlining the process and reducing the regulation involved,” said Fran Bailey.

Under amendments to the Trade Practices Act (the Act) small businesses will benefit from access to a streamlined notification process that will allow small businesses to collectively bargain with big business.

“The Government therefore looks forward to the passage of legislation in the Parliament soon, which will establish a quicker and cheaper notification process for collective bargaining under the Act,” said Fran Bailey.

“The Government’s amendments to the Act will put small businesses in a better position to work together to negotiate better deals with big business.”

Media Contact: Carley Griffith 02 6277 7450 or 0419 840 452.