The Menzies Research Centre hosted a Small Business Policy Roundtable - Positively Partnering Small Business - in Melbourne on 15 November 2012.
The roundtable provided a unique, interactive opportunity for small business owners and policy experts to directly ask questions, discuss, debate and propose small business policy ideas with leading politicians.
At the Roundtable, Hon Tony Abbott MHR, Leader of the Opposition, and Hon Bruce Billson MP, Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, jointly announced a Coalition Government would aim to double the existing annual rate of small business growth. Read the policy announcement here.
Click Here to read the full transcript of the keynote address delivered by Hon Tony Abbott MHR.
Watch a broadcast of the speeches by Tony Abbott and Bruce Billson here
Other speakers at the Policy Roundtable included:
- Yasmin King – NSW’s first Small Business Commissioner
- Michele Levine – CEO, Roy Morgan Research
- Philippa Taylor – CEO, Family Business Australia
- Amanda Lynch – CEO, Real Estate Institute of Australia and Deputy Chair, Council of Small Businesses of Australia
- Chris Jose – Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
- Heath Michael – Director, Australian Retailers Association
- John Hart – CEO, Restaurant and Caterers Association
- Greg Evans – Director, Economics and Industry Policy, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Positively Partnering Small Business builds on the Menzies Research Centre’s ground-breaking Policy Roundtable Series, commissioned by the Hon Tony Abbott MHR, which has to date examined some of the key challenges facing Australian policy makers, including: the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian economy; the impacts of demographic change in Australia and the region; ways to capitalise on science and technology to increase Australian living standards; improving Australia’s productivity performance; strengthening Australia’s manufacturing industry; tax reform; and employment participation.
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