Coalition hits out at small business burden

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Coalition hits out at small business burden

The Coalition has issued a statement criticising Labor's track record on small business issues and promising "fair dinkum" paid parental leave policy, among other policies.

It seems the Coalition has been listening to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's "Too big to ignore" campaign.
 
The Coalition has issued a statement criticising Labor's track record on small business issues and promising "fair dinkum" paid parental leave policy, among other policies.
 
Amopng the promises are "small business expertise" on the Board of Taxation, the ACCC and the Fair Work Commission.
 
"We believe the addition of small business expertise to the oversight of key regulatory bodies will strengthen the operations of these regulatory bodies and make them more sensitive to smaller enterprises," stated Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition and Consumer Affairs Bruce Billson in a joint press release.
 
Among the other changes that the Coalition is promising small business are:
  • a ‘root and branch’ review of competition laws 
  • better access for small businesses to Commonwealth contracts which are paid on time (thanks to the present Federal Government's '30 Day Payment Policy for Small Business')
  • an extension of unfair contract provisions to small business (which makes sense to us, as Australian Consumer Law already applies to many business-to-business transactions and this will further level the playing field when small businesses work with their larger counterparts)
  • the abolition of the so-called carbon tax (the present Government has already announced plans to move to an emissions trading scheme more quickly)
  • a paid parental leave scheme that does not require employers to manage payments to employees on leave (the Government would make the payments directly to the employee unless the employer chose to opt in and act as paymaster for the Government)
  • a reversal of the recently announced changes to the treatment of Fringe Benefits Tax on motor vehicles.
A national campaign began earlier this year, backed by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, encouraging small business people to go public with their complaints.
 
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