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Prime Minister snubs small business

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Media Release Geoff Prosser M.P. FEDERAL MEMBER FOR FORREST

Shadow Minister for Small Business, Housing and Customs.

23 June 1992


The Prime Minister's decision not to include any small business organisations in the July 'Unemployment Summit' is a further blow to the nearly one million unemployed.

The small business sector employs nearly half of the private sector workforce and accounts for 96% of all firms in operation. By its very nature, including its flexibility and easy adaptability to changing market conditions, the small business sector has the capacity to create a substantial number of jobs.

Indeed, if every small business in Australia took on just one extra employee, every Australian looking for full-time employment would get a job.

And yet, in spite of its huge potential, the Prime Minster has not seen fit to include this vital sector in the 'Unemployment Summit' on July 22nd.

Typically, the Government has snubbed the small business sector once again.

But the real tragedy behind the Government's actions lies with the unemployed. Because the small business sector will not be given the opportunity to put its views forward or to comment on Government proposals, its potential to create thousands of new jobs will go unrecognised and many Australians will remain needlessly unemployed.


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