Time will tell if Govt listens to small business
Lindsay Tisch MP
National Party Spokesman for Small Business
26 August 2004
Time will tell if Government listens to small business
National Party spokesman for
Small Business Lindsay Tisch says time will
tell if the anti-business Labour Government delivers on the Small Business
Advisory Group annual report.
John Tamihere has indicated he is prepared to champion
recommendations in the report at Cabinet. Only time will tell whether
Labour has the courage to make the environment better for small
group calls for the Government to measure and publish
accumulative costs of compliance with regulations passed by the
Government in the past 6 months.
the Minister dodged that question when he was asked in
yesterday - we hope that is not an ominous preview of what will happen
with the rest of the report," Mr Tisch says.
"Labour has so far shown no will to improve
the climate for small
business. Many of the recommendations made by the advisory group have
previously been rejected or ignored by Mr Tamihere's Cabinet colleagues.
"Proposals like the common
commencement dates for business related
regulations and legislation, and the releasing of the cumulative costs and
effects of regulations passed by the Government in the previous six months
are fine ideas.
"As is the
suggestion to give more flexibility to employers by way of
three-month no obligation probation period. That would allow small
businesses to take a chance on those that might otherwise not be employed.
highly unlikely that the present anti-business
Government will agree to any substantive change, especially given the
knee-jerk reaction by Labour's union supporters.
"Action is required on compliance costs, not
another talk-fest," says Mr