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Government ditches unfair contract provisions

Mark Fletcher
June 30th, 2009 · 8 Comments

The federal government has announced (quietly) that business to business contracts will be excluded from amendments to the Trade Practices Act banning unfair contracts.  This is a huge blow to newsagents.    The provisions which were set to come into force next year offered newsagents and other small businesses protection agains unfair contracts.

We have an opporuntiy during the winter break of parliament to lobby local members and government ministers to have our voice heard.


Category: Newsagency challenges

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brett // Jun 30, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    There are some weasel words about B2B behaviour but it is sad to see the big end of town getting their own way again.


  • 2 Luke // Jun 30, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Without true national representation this was always going to happen. The big boys have a lot of pull where as small business only have individual voices. The government has stabbed small business in the back more then once since the election while pandering to big business. Look at the one terminal for cig sales, this was to appese the big operators that have seperate cig counters, and again with the exclusion of software for the tax break but you can buy artwork. What small business has art hanging on the wall to improve business.
    The problem is that the sheep within australia believe the BS that gets offered before elections, and vote that way. No one is held acountable.


  • 3 D R // Jul 1, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    What did you think would happen .As a rule small business does not vote for them and at this stage the unions can not unionise our staff ,no money for tha ALP.Small business need to get real.Where has all the hand outs gone, big business E.G gmh ,ford, big unions big fees .Now the unions are comeing after us, we are back to the 1950.


  • 4 Brett // Jul 1, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    I recall the ‘Yes Minister’ speech made by ‘Sir Humphry’ that Government Depatments are not there to support their portfolio but actually mark their grave. It is actually thus now that we have a Minister for Small Business.


  • 5 Jarryd Moore // Jul 2, 2009 at 12:03 AM


    Im confused as to how you can link business to business contracts and unions … ?


  • 6 D R // Jul 2, 2009 at 6:54 AM

    It is called, do not bite the hand that feeds you..Where does they ALP get their money from, not a lot from small business but the big money from unions + the big end of town.E G Price watch gone


  • 7 Jarryd Moore // Jul 2, 2009 at 1:07 PM


    Both ends of the political spectrum receive donations from big business. Id confidently assume that the opposition receive more from big business.

    Business to business contracts are irrelevant to unions. Unions are irrelevant to most small business retailers.

    As for price watch … It was a flawed platform to begin with.


  • 8 D R // Jul 2, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Why has the union been at my door


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