Craig Emerson, Minister for Small Business has affirmed the Government’s commitment to small business at the annual ALP National Conference.
Minister Emerson acknowledged the important contribution made by small business to Australia’s national prosperity and thanked small businesses for their commitment to maintaining the jobs of their employees. He pointed out new benefits to small business recently announced by the Rudd Government, including the small business tax break and the potential boon for small businesses and independent contractors arising from the extensive nation building infrastructure programme.
Emerson said the Government is committed to continue to support and protect small business from anti-competitive behaviour in the market place.
Council of Small Business of Australia CEO Jaye Radisich applauded Minister Emerson for this important acknowledgment in the ALP arena.
“At times small businesses need protection from market activities like unconscionable conduct or the abuse of market power by corporations and businesses in a position to do so.”
Radisich said it was important that the Minister also acknowledged how hard many small business owners were trying to keep staff on.
“Most small business owners don’t want to fire their employees at the drop of a hat. It takes time and money to hire staff and to train them up to a level so that they can make a valuable contribution to the business. Small business owners don’t want to throw away that kind of investment easily.”