SMALL BUSINESS STILL WAITING FOR HAERMEYERS OVERDUE STRATEGY

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					                                                                          Wednesday, 25 January 2006
SMALL BUSINESS STILL WAITING FOR HAERMEYER’S OVERDUE STRATEGY
The holiday season has come and gone, Victorians have returned to work, but small business operators
are still none the wiser about the Bracks Government’s elusive small business strategy, which Labor’s
Small Business Minister Andre Haermeyer promised to release before the end of last year.

This incompetent Minister has either not done his homework, or worse, has nothing to offer small
businesses and keeps snoozing on the alarm, waiting for an opportunity to dump it, undetected.

Andre Haermeyer’s mismanagement and lack of vision for the small business sector has already forced
many Victorians to close or sell their business, unable to cope with massive amounts of red-tape and
excessive taxes.

After six years in office, the Bracks Government has done nothing for small business operators in
Victoria except to saddle them with unworkable child employment laws, changes to long service leave,
unreasonable new owner driver laws and the draconian occupational health and safety laws that provide
unions with unfettered rights of entry.

To further show his contempt for the sector, Steve Bracks appointed the failed Police Minister Andre
Haermeyer to the small business portfolio.

The sector is desperate for relief from the Bracks Government’s oppressive policies and has been
eagerly awaiting Andre Haermeyer’s response, but for it to have any impact the statement must include:

   •   Cuts to red-tape business regulation;
   •   Cuts to business taxes and charges, particularly land tax;
   •   Support for the Federal Government’s Industrial Relations reforms;
   •   A strategy to address skills shortages;
   •   A commitment to abolish State Government tenders purchasing policies that favour union
       friendly companies; and
   •   A commitment to repeal laws that give union officials right of entry to small business
       workplaces and access to employee information.

Under Andre Haermeyer, small business confidence in Victoria has plunged to the lowest position in
the country.

He clearly can’t do his job because even with the help of his taskforce, made up of idle Labor
backbenchers appointed last year to investigate problems within the small business sector, he has not
come up with a solution.

Victorians deserve an explanation as to why Andre Haermeyer has not released his long awaited small
business statement.

The sector is fed up with rhetoric and a hopeless and ineffective Minister who would obviously rather
be doing any other job than that of Small Business Minister.
Media Inquiries: Bruce Atkinson on 0403 057 722

				
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