3 June 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George is pleased with today's announcement by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner and Minister for Small Business Katrina Hodgkinson that the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will establish a Small Business Commissioner position to stand up for the rights of the State’s 650,000 small businesses.

Mr George said the NSW Government is fulfilling its pre-election commitment by commencing the recruitment process for the position of the Small Business Commissioner in order to give small business a voice.

“After 16 years of Labor, small business confidence had dropped to an all-time low but we are determined to make their job easier by cutting red tape and providing them with a strong advocate,” Mr George said.

“We are establishing the Small Business Commissioner role to restore confidence and protect the rights of small businesses by providing them with both a strong advocate and a simple low-cost dispute-resolution system.”

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government promised to deliver this reform in the first 100 days of taking office, and commencing the recruitment process will ensure we deliver on that undertaking.

“The establishment of the position of Small Business Commissioner is part of the positive pro-jobs, pro-investment plan that we mapped out prior to the election to make NSW number one again.”

Small businesses represent over 95 per cent of all business entities operating within NSW, providing employment for 1.8 million people.

“This announcement recognises the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government's commitment to supporting small business growth and we will ensure that happens in the fairest and most equitable business environment.”

The Commissioner will report to the Minister for Small Business about impacts that unfair market practices and Government regulations have on small and medium enterprises.

“The Commissioner will ensure small businesses can easily access mediation and advocacy services, reducing the need for expensive litigation,” Ms George said.

“One of the first tasks of the Small Business Commissioner is to examine the current legislative and administrative environment in NSW, making recommendations to the Minister on any changes required to make NSW the premier State for small businesses,” Mr George said.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.