Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

Small business rejects WorkChoices reform

1/08/2006 8:48 PM

A national survey released today shows that small business operators have effectively rejected the Howard Government’s WorkChoices reform.

“The MYOB survey delivers a damning blow to the Federal Government’s extreme workplace reforms, with 40 per cent of small businesses agreeing the industrial relations changes are unfair to many workers,” Small Business Minister Norm Marlborough said.

“These are the very people to whom the Howard Government promised WorkChoices would deliver productivity gains and increased employment, and yet only 12 per cent of those surveyed believe the hype.”

Mr Marlborough suggested that sanity had prevailed in the small business community, with only nine per cent of small businesses planning to change their approach to employment, pay and conditions.

“It is hardly surprising that small business has responded in this way, given that the majority of employers realise the importance of their workers and the effect that these WorkChoices changes would have on their employees’ everyday lives,” he said.

The Minister commended those small business operators taking a level-headed approach in rejecting the Federal Government’s inducement to put profit before employees’ rights.

“As the survey has shown, small business is much more concerned about the real issues of rising interest rates and higher petrol prices,” he said.

“Tomorrow’s anticipated interest rate rise will no doubt hit hard those businesses which are already operating on narrow margins.”

The State Government’s Small Business Development Corporation operates a ‘131BIZ’ (131 249) hotline to provide access to business services, assistance and advice to help business owners through this difficult time.

Results of the MYOB survey can be found online at: or Click on PDF icon to view MYOB survey resutls.

Minister's office: (08) 9213 6500