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States and Territories reject Costello's TPA reforms.



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States and Territories reject Costello's TPA reforms

Media Statement - 27th July 2005

Peter Costello's proposed changes to the Trade Practices Act (TPA) were rejected unequivocally rejected by State and Territory Small Business Ministers in a Brisbane meeting today. Ministers insisted that proposed bans on unions acting for small business in collective bargaining be withdrawn.

The Treasurer is so out of touch he thought that he did not need to consult with State and Territory Governments on this issue. But this is clearly a breach of the agreement between the States and Commonwealth. He just doesn't get it: trade practices reform can only be achieved by co-operation across jurisdictions. This bizarre and unnecessary clause has no place in the TPA!

And the States and Territories did not endorse the Treasurer's modest proposals to strengthen the TPA to protect small business. Instead they created a working group to consider further measures to protect small business: in other words: the Howard Government must go back and try again.

The Government needs to adopt a broader agenda to reform the TPA and accept all the recommendations of Senate Committee's Report on the Effectiveness of the TPA for Small Business. Labor is committed to all of these recommendations especially 'cease and desist orders' and constraints on predatory pricing.

Labor is committed to all of these recommendations especially 'cease and desist orders' and constraints on predatory pricing.

Labor also reject's the proposal to remove restrictions on third line forcing which stops a good being provided on the condition those goods are purchased from a third party. Labor will seek to have the current prohibition retained.

This shows that only Labor is committed to a fairer competition environment for small business.

Authorised by Tim Gartrell, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

Australian Labor Party National ALP

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28/07/2005

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Joel Fitzgibbon