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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

O FFIC E O F THE HON. GEOFF PROSSER, M P M IN IST E R FO R SM ALL BUSINESS AND CONSUM ER AFFAIRS MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR CUSTOMS

National Small B usiness Forum

Communique

The Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs, the Hon Geoff Prosser, MP hosted the National Small Business Forum in Canberra today.

The Forum, which includes representatives o f 32 organisationsjepresenting many small businesses, discussed a wide range o f issues o f concern to small business. These include:

the important role o f small business in creating employment and stimulating innovation and economic growth;

the importance o f taxation reform, which addresses the total tax system;

support for the thrust and principles of the report of the Fair Trading Inquiry and for on-going discussion on the least intrusive means of implementing the recommendations;

a continuing commitment to implement o f More Time fo r Business initiatives to remove the red tape burden on small business;

the potential impact o f competition policy on small business, particularly the process for determining the public interest under the National Competition Policy;

the issue o f quasi-regulation (rules that impose burdens even though they are not legislation), Australian standards were identified as a form o f quasi regulation that can impose unnecessary burdens on small business; and

how to inject into Government regulators a culture o f consultation and avoiding undue compliance burdens.

Mr Prosser gave the Forum an update on developments since they last met, including the Prime Minister’s statement “More Time for Business” and other recent policy initiatives affecting small business.

The Forum also provided Mr Prosser with a briefing on issues relevant to the National Small Business Summit, a meeting involving Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers for small business, which will be held on 27 June.

Suite MF24, Parliament House. Canberra ACT 2600