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New April MYOB survey released today shows small businesses are not more likely to hire employees under Workchoices legislation.



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FOR MEDIA

EMBARGOES UNTIL 12:30am 24th APRIL

CRAIG EMERSON Shadow Minister for the Service Economy, Small Business and Independent Contractors

24 April 2007

NEW APRIL MYOB SURVEY RELEASED TODAY SHOWS SMALL BUSINESSES ARE NOT MORE LIKELY TO HIRE EMPLOYEES UNDER WORKCHOICES LEGISLATION

The Prime Minister must be very worried that his rhetoric as the best friend of small business is crumbling as Rudd Labor gains support among small business.

This survey is bad news for the government. Small businesses are not more likely to hire employees under the new WorkChoices legislation.

The government has categorically stated that WorkChoices is unanimously supported by small business, yet only 18 per cent of employers agreed that they were more likely to hire under WorkChoices. 30 per cent disagreed - with 19 per cent strongly disagreeing.

It is absurd for the government to claim that jobs growth is linked to WorkChoices. Most small businesses are saying in the survey that employment growth is not linked to WorkChoices.

Four fifths of respondents have disagreed with the government that WorkChoices will promote employment prospects in their business.

The accommodation, café and restaurants industry has been used by the government to state a case for its new laws, yet 33 per cent of respondents in that sector disagreed that they were more likely to hire under WorkChoices, and a further 50% were neutral on the question.

44 per cent of small businesses are dissatisfied with the government’s contribution and only 33 per cent are satisfied, indicating widespread negative views of the government in the sector.

The accommodation, café and restaurants industry has seen the largest increase in the number of small businesses with negative perceptions of the government, up 14 per cent to 43 per cent.

Contact: Craig Emerson 0418 781 386

Corin McCarthy 0409 740 637