Small business reform
Mark M Aldridge Independent Candidate for the
Senate and small business operator for over 20 years believes in the importance
of small business as both a life style choice and a major employer and
contributor to the Australian economy.
The many hard working, men and women of
Australia’s small business sector, take substantial risks and create jobs right
across the economy.
So where is the government that supports and
understands them, says Mark
The Coalition are promising to cut company tax
from 30 per cent to 28.5 per cent, which is nothing but a vote buying exercise,
which goes no where far enough to make up for years of added costs and red
tape, said Mark.
Issues like easier access to affordable capital,
income support in times of financial need and a reduction in red tape, would go
a long way to re-invigorating the sector.
The company sectors that employ the most
employees by total number, receive the majority of the governments attention,
yet dare they forget that small business are the largest employer.
The Coalition’s paid parental leave, may well
help small business attract and retain workers, but also opens the door to
added costs in regards to replacement training,
Small businesses, independent contractors and
the self-employed in most are doing it hard, with the onset of on-line sales
and the disparity with overseas labor costs, proving a huge hurdle, couple this
with huge increases in over heads, and more action is needed to ensure their
long term viability, says Mark.
As an Independent candidate and operator, I
would have to loose everything I own before I could access any support
services, as such ending up a burden to the economy, rather than the much more
economical idea of support services, which currently do not exist.
My running mate and I, will demand small business access to Commonwealth
contracts, also added scrutiny on Local government departments and agencies to
use tender procedures and procurement practices that do not disadvantage small
business participation, and instead, actively encourage local participation.
There has been a serious issue with State
Governments awarding contracts out of state, with the sole idea of saving a
buck, rather than supporting the local work force, which is not good enough
Other simple changes like ensuring government
departments and agencies pay small business in a timely manner are simple but
effective, the lowering of stamp duties, and equity of land tax rates across
the states would go a long way to allowing small business and the self employed
to invest more in future growth.
With the governments habit of telling us how to
spend what little hand outs we do receive and the labyrinth of increasing
regulations and red tape, there is little wonder the sectors are doing it hard.
The LPG rebate did not apply to those who would
have benefited the most, especially considering small business and the self
employed do the most miles, investment in cost saving and environmental
measures should also be rewarded, rather than becoming another cost to those
already wearing most of the burden, Mark concluded.
Mark M Aldridge
Senate candidate for the only Independent Group
in South Australia
Vote 1 in Box B, the only Blank Box on the
08 82847482 / 0403379500