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Shorten needs to show that small business can’t be ignored

Release Date: 22/10/2013
The Illawarra Business Chamber has commended Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten for taking on the Small Business portfolio as part of his Shadow Cabinet responsibilities.
“This is refreshing change in attitude from Federal Labor and one that will be applauded across the business community”, said Debra Murphy, CEO Illawarra Business Chamber.
“When you consider that in the last Government, the Small Business Minister seemed to change every 6 months or so, for Opposition leader Bill Shorten to want to take on that responsibility personally shows he appears to understand the importance of small business to the national economy.
“Prior to the election, the Chamber movement across Australia ran the hugely successful Small Business: Too Big To Ignore campaign, which highlighted the important role that small business plays in the local, state and national community – with the Illawarra event having a strong turnout
“With more than 115,000 active voices signing up to the campaign, it proved the small business community had quite simply had enough when it came to key issues that impacted on their survival  such as red tape, taxation and being able to give fellow Australians a job.
“Businesses throughout the Illawarra are facing difficult times. When formulating policy Mr Shorten needs to be very mindful of our need to create an environment which is conducive to jobs growth. 
I would urge Mr Shorten to consult widely with the Chamber movement and listen to what the business community is saying when formulating policy.
“The IBC would welcome Mr Shorten’s commitment to spend time with real small business owners in the Illawarra, to see for himself the issues that they face on a daily basis.
“That would be a real show of support for the 2 million small businesses and their 7 million employees across Australia,” Ms Murphy said.

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