Abbott: Time for smaller firms to be better represented

THE Federal Oppoosition has declared small businesses as the lifeblood of Australia's economy and will have it "in the heart of government" if it wins the coming Federal Election.

Over-arching institutions including the ACCC, Board of Taxation and Fair Work Commission will be forced to include members with "small business experience" following an announcement by the Opposition at the National Small Business Summit on Thursday.

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said each of the three agencies would require delegates with some experience dealing with small businesses to ensure government treated the sector with due respect.

A Coalition small business minister would also sit within the Treasury portfolio to help guide policy and air concerns, he said.

The Opposition Leader said it was time for smaller firms to be better represented in government.

"It is not enough that people in government and in our important agencies are simply aware of small business," Mr Abbott said.

"We don't want them to think of small business the way the public might think of exhibits in a museum or animals in a zoo."

The changes, he said, would mean the agencies would be more likely to deliver decisions "so the life of small business can be easier, not harder."

A Coalition minister - likely Opposition small business spokesman Bruce Billson - would be in charge of consulting with state and territory governments to implement the plan.

Topics:  accc fair work commission small business tony abbott

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