Farmers in crisis as the banks close in
Drought, floods, heat … our famously tough farmers face many foes. But for many, dealing with banks has proved the greatest catastrophe of all.
Charlie Phillott, 87, at the central-west Queensland farm he had run since 1960. He was evicted last year. Photo: Getty Images
When she closes her eyes, Cate Stuart can see the first light at Mount Morris Station. Being woken by the brolgas singing and dancing under the sprinkler, taking her coffee onto the veranda to watch an emu bringing his chicks up from the river, watching the kangaroos and wallabies going about their business.
“I would go outside and watch the sun rise,” she recalls of the station outside Charleville in south-west Queensland, about 700 kilometres west of Brisbane. “The colours are just indescribable. No photograph could ever do the beauty justice. I was just in awe. I would think, ‘We are the luckiest people alive on the land because we get to see our coat of arms everyday.’ ” Full Story
Smaller Voices Speak Up
Article published in the Business Section, P.48, of the “Herald Sun” newspaper in Melbourne on Thursday, 14 August, 2014
Small business to get its own political party
Does Australia need a small business party? One man believes the answer to this question is yes and he is aiming to secure a presence in the Senate at the 2016 election.
John Codrington is the National President of the Small Business Party of Australia Inc. (SBPA), a non-profit association that does not yet have the 500-550 founding financial members needed to obtain Australian Electoral Commission approval.
However, since starting a marketing campaign to grow its membership in April, Mr Codrington said close to 100 members had already signed up to the SBPA and he remains confident of reaching the AEC target by September.
The SBPA is a right leaning association but which hopes to capture a broad audience, including left leaning business owners. It is driven by a firm belief that the interests of small business owners are not being effectively represented in the national parliament by the major parties.
Small Business Political Party Announced
“We don’t care which political party is ruling the roost. We want to make sure the interests of small business are not forgotten.”
After a 12th successful National Small Business Summit in Melbourne, delegates and attendees were left feeling encouraged about the small business environment here in Australia.
John Codrington, founding national president of the Small Business Partyannounced his intention to register his association with the Australian Electoral Commission.
“There’s been a group of us advocating for 5-10 years saying we have to do something about it. Every one of us is involved in small business and we know what it’s like trying to get things done,” he told KBB.
VIP Invitation for Foundation Members
Dear Prospective Member,
Australia’s dynamic and incredibly resourceful small businesses employ almost half the people working in the private sector, and most Australians enjoy the services provided by these hard-working small business people on a daily basis. Yet these services are provided in an increasingly burdensome business environment, wherein the small business person struggles under ever increasing government regulation with the bureaucratic work load foisted onto the small business person. Imagine what Small Business could do if it was freed of these many unnecessary reporting burdens and legislative imposts!
There is currently no political party whose prime objective is the effective representation of Small Business people, their families and the people who Australian Small Business lives to serve – the Australian people! The two major parties are now so out of touch with the majority of the people that they effectively represent no one.
Australians (that’s YOU) deserve to be heard, and they (that’s YOU again) need to be heard! They (again you) need to be effectively represented, and not just in the Senate, but in the Houses of Parliament in every State, in every Territory, and in BOTH Houses of the Federal Parliament.
We are not here just with the hope of taking power ourselves, but rather, to empower small business owners, employees of Small Business and ALL Australians who rely upon Small Business (that’s you) for the provision of so many goods and services, to help promote and facilitate the changes to government policy and the reduction of red tape, so that small business can grow and flourish. It actually doesn’t matter which party is to be one that makes this happen, as long as it happens. Whilst our intention is to obtain seats in the Senate at the next election, should any of our candidates win some lower house seats then this will be a bonus and vindicates the establishment of the SBPA completely. We see ourselves more in the role of a powerful lobby group which if it achieves the results that the SBPA membership wants (you again), that are the rights and benefits of Small Business and the people who rely upon Small Business, and then we have done our job as an Association for our members.
Consequently, we will field candidates in the 2016 Federal election, where we will ensure:
- Small Business is freed from the oppression of unnecessary red tape and unwanted bureaucracy;
- The manufacturing and agricultural goods sectors are kept on a true competitive level with overseas providers; and
- Australian Innovation and Entrepreneurship is rewarded and used as a strategic base from which to build new value-adding industries and long-term permanent jobs.
OUR MISSION IS TO BUILD THROUGH SMALL BUSINESS:
- a strong Australia;
- a secure Australia;
- a vibrant working Australia.
Our initial Policies will focus on freeing the intellectual capital and creativity currently locked up in Australian business by over-bearing Government requirements, and lack lustre performance in providing/encouraging:
- General Manufacturing Support and Incentives.
- Strategic Assistance to create new, viable Australian Manufacturing sectors.
- Agribusiness Protections so that Farmers’ Incomes are improved and unfair practices, such as Dumping, are extinguished.
- Export Infrastructure under Australian control.
- Investment in Higher Education and Business Support Services.
- Investment in Training and Apprenticeships.
- Taxation Reform.
- Changes to the Privacy Act and Credit Reporting.
- Changes to the Bankruptcy Act and Corporate Insolvency Legislation.
- Changes to Australia’s International Obligations, Treaties and Aid Programs in accord with our Mission and focus.
We encourage you to make your comments and suggestions so we can understand your point of view and accommodate your input. We welcome & encourage your involvement – it’s your Association!
Your participation will ensure we meet the Australian Election Commission’s requirement that we have a minimum 500 Foundation Members in order to gain registration. YOU are hereby cordially invited to be one of the first!
Foundation Members will have the privilege knowing they are part of a movement at a critical turning point in Australia’s political history, which was responsible for making Australia strong, secure and vibrant. We invite you to join the SBPA by completing a Membership Form in the attached Pack. To recognise your Foundation Membership you will receive an Embossed Foundation Membership Card and Certificate along with other business benefits being finalised (please see the SBPA Web-site for these additional benefits and services being considered and formulated) which will be offered to you once these have been finalised.
We encourage you to forward this email VIP Invitation to all your friends and business associates who are in Small Business, rely upon Small Business, employed by Small Business and survive & prosper because of Small Business.
DON’T HESITATE, WE URGE YOU TO HAVE YOUR SAY, BE A LEADER AND JOIN TODAY!
SMALL BUSINESS PARTY OF AUSTRALIA
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