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Hey Liberals: Time to Act on Competition is Now

The Australian Greens have challenged Liberal Party small business spokesperson Bruce Billson MP to commit to real action on addressing concerns around competition policy instead of instigating yet another review.

Greens small business spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated there had been myriad reviews into the issue, especially around the grocery and supermarket sector.

“Previous reviews have already put forward recommendations for reform, such as providing for the ACCC to have divestment powers.

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More Than Symbolic: The Commonwealth Needs to Empower its Small Business Commissioner to be Effective

The Australian Greens along with Senator Xenophon have issued a dissenting report into whether to legislate the role of the new Commonwealth Small Business Commissioner following a Senate inquiry into the Greens Small Business Commissioner Bill 2013.

Australian Greens spokesperson for small business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated small business is an important part of the Australian economy making a substantial contribution through employing almost 5 million people.

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Labor’s Carousel Cabinet Neglecting the Needs of Small Business

 

The Australian Greens have raised concerns Labor’s ad hoc approach to the small business ministry is undermining effective representation of this most important sector in the Australian economy.

Small business spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated it was a significant concern that the new minister, Gary Gray AO, MP has little time to become familiar with the issues facing the sector before the election.

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ASIO Building Dispute Reinforces Need for Federal Small Business Commissioner with Real Power

 

The ongoing dispute between ASIO and a number of small building firms to the tune of $6m is further evidence of the need for a Federal Small Business Commissioner with real authority.

Australian Greens Small Business spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said the dispute focussing on ASIO’s new Canberra offices was a prime example of the institutional imbalance many small businesses faced when dealing with government departments.

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Australian Greens Introduce Bill to Give Federal Small Business Commissioner Some Teeth

 

Australian Greens Introduce Bill to Give Federal Small Business Commissioner Some Teeth

The Australian Greens will today seek to formalise the role of the Federal Small Business Commissioner in legislation with a private member’s bill to be introduced to the Senate.

Greens small business spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated the Party was committed to seeing the role given some ‘real teeth’ in order for it to operate effectively.

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Australian Greens to Formalise Role of Federal Small Business Commissioner

 

The Australian Greens today announced their intention to formalise the role of the Federal Small Business Commissioner in legislation with a private member’s bill to be introduced into the Senate in late February.

Greens small business spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated the Party was committed to seeing the role given some ‘real teeth’ in order for it to operate effectively.

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Greens’ Senate Inquiry Should Shed Light on Way Forward for National Rubbish Solution.

 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

“Today’s Senate inquiry is an important step in the rollout of a national cash-for- containers scheme,” Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated earlier today.

“A few big powerful companies in the beverage industry – especially Coke and Lion – claim that such a national scheme would be too expensive and an inefficient way to clean up our nation’s rubbish, and the environmental problems it causes.

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New Federal Small Business Commissioner Needs Teeth

 

The Australian Greens spokesperson for small business Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that they plan to create a Small Business Commissioner.

“There has been speculation around this for a while, we Greens are strong supporters of small business, ” Senator Whish-Wilson stated.

“It appears the Government is yet to precisely define what the scope of the Commissioner’s role will be, or where it fits into the broader picture, but we look forward to learning more.

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