CUT SMALL BUSINESS RED TAPE, THOMAS GEORGE URGES GOVERNMENT

CUT SMALL BUSINESS RED TAPE, THOMAS GEORGE URGES GOVERNMENT

16 November 2009

The State Government needs to cut red tape for regionally based small businesses by better coordinating the training courses it imposes on the hospitality industry, Lismore Nationals MP Thomas George told the New South Wales Parliament on Tuesday.

Mr George was speaking on the Government’s Food Amendment (Food Safety Supervisors) Bill 2009, which would require businesses selling ready-to-eat food to appoint trained food safety supervisors.

“All members understand the importance of food safety… yet here we go again, creating more red tape. Undertaking a food safety supervisor course will cost $250,” Mr George told the Legislative Assembly.

“I was a hotel licensee. Licensees must have employees who have completed a responsible service of alcohol course, which costs $100. If they offer gaming, the staff involved in that activity must complete another course costing $100. No hotel can survive without serving food and the course required by this legislation will cost another $250. That is a total of $450.”

Mr George said the burden on regional small business could be reduced without compromising safety by coordinating mandatory courses so people are not absent from their workplaces for extended periods.

“Three or four of these courses might be amalgamated into one course,” he suggested.

“We must not further burden the employers of this State. I ask that some mechanism be put in place to deliver these courses properly so employees are not unnecessarily absent from their workplace,” Mr George concluded.

Lismore Contact Details:

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Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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