Fair competition for small businesses
Big vs Small is an issue that affects everyone.
Many small businesses (suppliers to supermarkets, newsagents, independent service stations, new car dealers, or motor vehicle crash repairers) are claiming that big businesses are, increasingly, treating them unfairly.
In Australia today, there are 2,000,000 small businesses employing nearly 5,000,000 employees. 95% of all businesses are small businesses, each employing less than 20 people.
Market intervention by governments is the only way to ensure otherwise viable small businesses remain in business, resulting in real competition, choice, and employment opportunities for young Australians.
In order to best ensure a level playing field, we call on governments to 'step into' the market, where appropriate, to ensure that small business has a fighting chance in the face of anti-competitive behaviour from the big players.
In the free enterprise system that we have, there is a notion that the issue, or the problem, or the challenge should be left to the market to decide. That all sounds good in theory, but doesn’t always work in reality.