Newly appointed Shadow Minister for Small Business Deregulation, Competition Policy and Sustainable Cities, Bruce Billson, has expressed his “enthusiasm” at being given the opportunity to help tackle the challenges small businesses face in Australia.
Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott yesterday announced a reshuffle of his front bench, appointing Billson, a former Sustainable Development Spokesman to the small business portfolio, removing Steven Ciobo from the position.
Just one day in, Billson has expressed his “long-held admiration and affection” for the small business community, claiming that as a former small business operator himself he has “experienced first hand the real-life challenges faced by small business operators across Australia.”
Billson added that one of the biggest challenges small businesses face in the current economic climate is securing finance, with many small business operators doing it tough with increasing costs and fewer lending options.
He accused the Rudd Government of favouring big business and ignoring the needs of small business.
“Rather than listen and respond to legitimate concerns and new challenges small business operators and employees are facing, the Rudd Government has favoured a ‘big government, big spending, big talk and dealing with big business’ approach,” he said.
He said that he will campaign hard on the credit squeeze small businesses face in his new role.
Ciobo kicked off as Small Business Minister