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Small business issues may finally get some attention from the two major parties this year

This year had to be a Federal election year. Over the last month this has been very clear, and the campaigning has unofficially started. The battleground looks to be, for the first time in many elections, small business issues. R&C provided commentary over many of the recent elections (2001, 2004 and 2007) of the policy implications of a win by either side. My observation is that much of this policy, in past years, has been outside small business interests. Issues such as border protection, industrial relations, and climate change have dominated debate. It looks as if this year health care will be an issue, however, there is not a lot of difference between the two party policies in this area. Where there is a difference is around small business issues. This is our heartland! The Government has worked on superannuation, the Australian dollar easing and award modernisation. The Coalition opposition cites policies in workplace relations, training, innovation and others, with small business specific application. At the recent Lifetime Achievers event, R&CA gave an award to Small Business Minister the Hon. Dr Craig Emerson. This award was well deserved for support the Minister has provided the Association. We look forward to his response to a small business focused pre-election debate.

Peter Doyle
President, Restaurant & Catering  

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