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not just merchants like our members paying large fees to
support the banks.
Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia—
Small Business Summit
The ANF attended the Council of Small Business of Australia
(COSBOA) National Small Business Summit in Sydney.
The ANF works as a member of COSBOA with other
small business associations representing some 500,000
Australian Small Businesses. We have a direct relationship
with COSBOA CEO Peter Strong and speak with him every
week on policy issues. At this year’s summit we met with
the Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten MP, Minister
for Small Business Bruce Billson MP, ATO Small Business
Deputy Commissioner Steve Vesperman and ACCC Deputy
Commissioner Small Business Michael Schaper to discuss
our industry and what some of the challenges are that we
need help with.
Newsagents were one of the only small business groups
specifically mentioned in speeches. More significant was
that we were mentioned in not just one speech but were
mentioned by the Federal Treasurer, the Opposition Leader,
as well as by other presenters including energy efficiency
expert and Skynews presenter Jon Dee who all spoke at the
summit. This demonstrates that we are becoming front of
mind through some of our advocacy efforts.
The ANF has had a real focus in 2015 on educating members
about their IR obligations. During the year we have produced
a series of articles about different IR issues members need to
The ANF also provided our members’ views on the Workplace
Relations Framework through a detailed submission to the
Productivity Commission Inquiry during the year. We argued
strongly for a simplified model for employer obligations.
Arrangements with newsagents and their staff so both
could benefit from a less rigid relationship. We argued for a
simplified code for Small Business compliance within Awards.
The ANF prepared a submission on the Review of Plain
Packaging of Tobacco. To minimise extending more
compliance requirements to our members, the ANF made
a detailed submission, sharing member views, to the Post
Implementation Review on the tobacco plain packaging
measures and how they have affected newsagencies. The
Root and Branch Review of Competition Laws
The ANF provided a detailed submission to the final Harper
Competition Policy Review report early in the year.
Our recommendations were:
Unfair Contracts—At least treble the current thresholds
with a review in 12 months
Misuse of market power
Delete “taking advantage”
Add “Conduct that substantially lessens competition” in
the list of prescribed conducts
Delete “sustained period” in the below cost pricing
provision and add the substantial lessening of competition
Consider adding a provision that makes it an offence
for anyone with market power to induce discriminatory
commercial dealings that substantially lessen
We also made recommendations on: Access to justice,
Processes to avoid disputes, Dispute/complaint handling
processes, Using Courts/Tribunals and a range of other
important issues like competitive neutrality, collective
bargaining and having no competition test for third line
forcing or resale price maintenance.
The ANF was a signatory and contributor to a small business
Industry Association Joint Statement from 25 associations
regarding the recommendation of an effects test for section
46 of the ACL. We were also involved in an unprecedented
coalition of more than 25 peak small businesses bodies
who came together at Parliament House, Canberra, on 14
October to advocate for the government to strengthen
the competition laws by introducing an effects test to the
laws governing the misuse of market power (s46 of the
Competition and Consumer Act). The group met with the new
Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, together with Minister
for Small Business and Minister Assisting the Treasurer, Hon
Kelly O’Dwyer MP for this meeting.
There is still stiff opposition from the big end of town for
this and we need to work collectively to make sure it gets
through. This work we expect will continue into 2016.
As money remittance is an important part of many
newsagents’ businesses and as international banking
regulations affecting remittance have been changing it was
necessary during the year for us to engage with Steven
Munchenberg CEO of the Australian Bankers Association,
and the Attorney Generals Department in Canberra to
brief them about some challenges in the remittance space
occurring due to the reforms.
The ANF during 2015 engaged extensively with the ACCC
over the MPA magazine code. We also notified the ACCC
that Tatts had agreed to be a target on our existing ACCC
bargaining Authorisation, and late in the year, the ACCC
invited the ANF to provide an expression of interest for a
position on the ACCC Small Business consultative committee.
Australian Tax Office Consultations
The ANF assisted in drafting communication to newsagents
on how members can now order ATO products, which have
previously been stocked in newsagents through G&G,
this involved recommendations on the wording and website
Looking forward to 2015
The ANF is organising to have meetings in early February in
Canberra with the new Small Business Minister, cross bench
Senators, Government back benchers, the ACCC and the
shadow small business Minister.
These meetings will focus on issues such as the
Government’s response to the Harper Competition Law
review, reforms to penalty rates, issues and reform of the
interactive gambling act, engagement during the phase in
period for UCT legislation and Tax reform.
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