Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Western Australia hosts small business leaders

    19/07/2007 5:30 PM

    State and Federal Small Business Ministers from Australia and New Zealand will meet in Perth next week for the Small Business Ministerial Council (SBMC).

    Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk will chair the event on July 27, 2007 at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.

    It will be the first time Perth has hosted the event since the Council was established in 1997.

    Attendees will include:
    • Federal Small Business Minister Fran Bailey;
    • NSW Small Business and Regulatory Reform Minister Joe Tripodi;
    • Victorian Small Business Minister Theo Theophanous;
    • South Australian Small Business Minister Karlene Maywald;
    • Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier of Tasmania Graeme Sturges;
    • Member for Capalaba Michael Choi, representing the Queensland Government;
    • Member for Stuart Karl Hampton, representing the Northern Territory Minister for Business and Economic Development;
    • Department of Economic Development, Business and Industry Development Branch Director Ian Cox, representing the ACT Chief Minister; and
    • New Zealand Small Business Minister Lianne Dalziel.
    Ms Quirk said discussions were important to ensure that governments collectively helped small businesses to grow and prosper.

    “These meetings provide an opportunity for open and frank discussions between the States and Federal Government on a range of issues that face small business,” she said.

    “For example, we will be looking closely at the Australian Government’s proposed changes to the Trade Practices Act to see if they go far enough to adequately protect small businesses from predatory and unconscionable conduct by big business operators.

    “Creeping acquisitions, the incremental buying up of small businesses by large organisations and the misuse of market power will also be put under the spotlight by the council.

    “Streamlining the registration of Australian business names and numbers across State borders is one issue referred by the Council of Australian Governments to the SBMC for discussion.

    “The council will also be looking at breaking down the barriers between States through the mutual recognition of business licensing requirements, which would make it easier for businesses to operate across State borders.

    “It is madness that a small business in one State must abide by a different set of licensing requirements in order to set up a similar business in another State.”

    The SBMC would be discussing other important issues such as:
    • broadband access across the nation, particularly in relation to the Australian Government’s ‘Australia Connected’ communications package;
    • assistance for small business in drought affected areas; and
    • the impact of local government regulations on home-based businesses.
    A report will be issued following the council meeting.

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