Thursday, 5 August 2010

Abbott A-/B+, Gillard C- rated for small business support

A national industry body representing retail businesses from food and grocery, to furniture, electrical and homewares, has rated the Liberal coalition support for small business well ahead of Labor.

President of the United Retail Federation Scott Driscoll, has demanded that Julia Gillard confirm who would be the Finance Minister and the Minister for Small Business and end the ‘grave uncertainty’ surrounding a re-elected government.

“Julia Gillard is essentially declaring "no confidence" in her team as it stands so it's a bit rich of her to expect anyone, including small business owners, to embrace her post election "Phantom" government with open arms,” Driscoll says. “Julia Gillard is currently sending the signal of fatal uncertainty to business by still failing to confirm fundamental ministries such as Finance."

“The small business sector already knows the thoughts of the Gillard Government regarding the Small Business portfolio, as they have refused to include it in cabinet and have left us with a Minister who clearly resents the portfolio."

He says the least Gillard could do is to confirm that the small business sector would no longer be represented by the current Minister if she and her "phantom government" is re-elected.

"In fact we'll take and try to work with Kevin Rudd as Small Business Minister if no-one else wants him,” Driscoll says.


  • Company Tax Cuts: Coalition B+ / Labor C+
    The Coalition will cut company tax from 30 per cent to 28.5 per cent. This will provide a tax cut to all Australian companies.

    Labor is committed to a company tax cut to 29 per cent, however some offsets to achieve this gain include concerns about an unsustainable rise in superannuation to be covered by small business and a mining tax that will inevitably negatively affect small business. There is also uncertainty as to a Greens-Labor controlled Senate with Greens committed to restoring the tax rate to 33%.

  • Small Business Minister to sit in Cabinet: Coalition A+ / Labor F
    In a Coalition government, the Minister for Small Business will sit in Cabinet and will make an annual statement to Parliament on progress and Commonwealth departments and agencies will be required to publish their small business guidelines in their annual reports.

    Labor has no commitment to have the Minister for Small Business in a Gillard Cabinet.

  • Paid Parental Leave: Coalition A / Labor B
    The Coalition’s paid parental leave will help small business attract and retain workers. Small businesses, independent contractors and the self-employed will benefit from the Coalition’s plan to provide paid parental leave to working women for six months at their full salary. The Coalition’s plan will not disadvantage small business and will help attract and retain a stable workforce.

    Labor’s parental leave scheme will provide up to 18 weeks’ Government-funded parental leave pay at the National Minimum Wage (currently $543.78 per week) for eligible parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011.

  • Industrial Relations: Coalition B / Labor C
    The Coalition has pledged to give certainty to employers and employees by not amending the legislation in the next term.

    Labor has not ruled out making further changes but has also not indicated what changes they foresee.

  • Levelling the Playing Filed for Procurement and Government Contracts: Coalition A+ / Labor C
    The Coalition will improve small business access to Commonwealth contracts. We will require government departments and agencies to use tender procedures and procurement practices that do not disadvantage small business participation and instead, actively encourage it.

    Winning Business Online is a Labor commitment to equip small business owners with the skills to work the web and prepare them for the opportunities.

  • Small Business Finance Reforms - Personal guarantees and private asset management: Coalition A / Labor F
    The Coalition will reward calculated risk-taking to grow small businesses by working with regulatory authorities to ensure that the commitment of personal guarantees and private asset mortgage is rewarded by more affordable and improved access to small business finance.

    Labor has no specific commitment in this regard.

  • Unfair Contract Protections for Small Business: Coalition A / Labor F
    The Coalition will extend Unfair Contract protections for small business. The Coalition will provide a ‘fair go’ for small business by extending the unfair contract protections currently available to consumers to cover the small business sector.

    Labor has no plan to extend Unfair Contract protections for small business.

  • Certainty on Personal Services Income: Coalition B+ / Labor F
    The Coalition will provide small business with a fairer deal on personal services income by not changing current laws relating to the treatment of personal service income.

    Labor has no measure regarding personal services income.

  • Red Tape Reduction:
    The Coalition will ensure departments and agencies pay small business bills on time by adopting a ‘pay on time or pay interest’ basis. Unlike Labor, this won’t be limited to only ‘formal’ contracts, it will apply to any small business that provides a service to the government. If an account is not paid within the 30 days, interest will be applied at the same rate as the ‘General Interest Charge’ applied by the Australian Taxation Office to late tax payments. As an additional incentive to encourage on-time payments, department and agency budgets will not be topped up to cover their delinquency. A

  • Labor has a commitment to introducing standard business reporting, to reduce red tape and make it quicker and simpler for them to complete and lodge reports to government. B+

  • The Coalition will reduce the compliance burden on small business and will adopt the principle of minimum effective regulation for proposals to amend or extend compliance burdens on small business. B+

  • Labor has a commitment to introducing standard business reporting, to reduce red tape and make it quicker and simpler for them to complete and lodge reports to government. B+

  • Small Business Representation:
    The Coalition will establish a dedicated small business advocate – the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. The Ombudsman will be empowered to ensure that small business concerns are registered and understood across all levels of government and the bureaucracy. In addition, the Ombudsman will be an advocate for the small business sector, able to help small businesses resolve disputes with government departments and agencies. A+

  • Labor has a commitment to a Small Business Advisory Committee to complement the Government’s existing regulation assessment framework. B

  • The Coalition will give small business a say in taxation. We will ensure through future appointments that the Board of Taxation will always include a small business presence. Board members who have practical day-to-day experience of running a small business would be included and have a say on matters affecting taxation policy and administration. A+

  • Labor has no commitment for small business representation on the Board of Taxation. F

  • The Coalition will encourage a better understanding of fair commercial conduct. The Small Business & Family Enterprise Ombudsman, in conjunction with the ACCC, will prepare and publish a series of ‘better practice’ guidelines to explain and encourage ‘fair commercial conduct’. B

  • Labor has offered no specific commitment in regards to ‘fair commercial conduct’. F

1 comment:

Curious said...

The coalition will do this, the Labour government will do that ....

What a load of bollocks!

This is an ELECTION, they'll say anything they think people want to hear, then completely ignore them once they're elected.

What a waste of blog space!