Friends in high places

Minister for small business, Dr Craig Emerson, has flown the flag for the restaurant industry in a recent paper.

Restaurant & Catering Australia is well ensconced in Canberra. Some of our primary aims with the new federal government is to try and work out who the real supporters of the restaurant industry are, and we’re pretty sure we have found one in the new minister for small business and the service economy: Dr Craig Emerson. In a recent paper, Emerson claimed that Labor governments created open, competitive economies, mirroring that of “most service industry activities”. Restaurants and cafes are the classic case in point, he said.  “People buy into restaurants because they feel they can do a better job of running a restaurant than the existing owners. They give it a go and work hard. Some succeed. Some fail. But they never go to government demanding that competition from nearby restaurants be restricted. They don’t seek guaranteed market share. They don’t seek government handouts. They are free-market entrepreneurs.And the beneficiaries are customers who enjoy a good night out, a beaut lunch, or coffee and breakfast to start the day. If the whole economy functioned like the restaurant industry we would be an even more prosperous nation. It is free enterprise at its best,” minister Emerson said.

If that is not support for our business, I don’t know what is! Minister Emerson is co-hosting our Lifetime Achievers Dinner in Canberra this month.  Let’s hope we get some more of this support.

John Hart 
CEO, Restaurant & Catering Australia

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