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GOVERNMENT COMPLACENT ON UNFAIR CONTRACT TERMS

December 16, 2019

The go slow Morrison Government has once again shown it takes small business for granted, delaying any action on unfair contract terms well in to 2020.
 
Despite long held concerns from small business regarding unfair contract terms, and notwithstanding previously announcing a review of current protections, the government has kicked the can down the road with more consultation.
 
This is not an “announcement” as proclaimed by this government, it is simply more dithering and delay by a government that takes small business for granted.
 
Australia’s current laws regarding unfair contract terms aren’t tough enough and the Government has an obligation to take action to make contracts fairer for small business.
 
Calls from federal Labor, small business stakeholders, the ACCC and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman for tougher measures have not been sufficiently heeded by this government. It is imperative that Small Business Minister Michaelia Cash listens to the concerns of small business and takes some action.
 
Whether it is unfair contract terms, phoenixing, franchising or payment times, it is increasingly clear that the Liberals take small business for granted.
 
Labor will continue to hold the Government to account to ensure small businesses are not left exposed by this Government failing to manage the economy.

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