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Billson ‘enthusiastic’ about small business appointment

Billson ‘enthusiastic’ about small business appointment
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 today announced his new 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 economy is securing finance, and at the moment, many small business operators have been finding 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  the  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 claims he will campaign hard on the credit squeeze small business face on a daily basis in his new role.

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.

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