NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Having opened up our membership to Associate Members CoSBA has welcomed to the Board two Associate Members: Seedat Lawyers Pty Ltd (Perth), Kassem Seedat and Clearwater Workplace Solutions (Bunbury), Rob Littlewood.

CONGRATULATIONS: On the 7th of October 2018 the Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc. was Awarded Best Metro BEC in Australia. The BEC is a member of CoSBA and we heartily congratulate CEO Carol Hanlon and her Board on this prestigious achievement.

AIRBNB ATTACK: Whilst we acknowledge the concerns of the Australian Hotels Association, we do not accept statement that: “The unprecedented growth of unregulated short-stay accommodation is putting thousands of jobs in WA at risk.”

Also, we not accept their claim that it is “. . . undermining investment in WA hotels and placing thousands of employment and training opportunities at risk.” But we do agree with the statement by Airbnb’s head of public policy in Australia and New Zealand, Brent Thomas said: “The AHA WA’s plan is nothing more than a wish list for the big end of town,” he said.

Whilst we can agree that there is a need for some State Government regulation of the short-stay accommodation market, in contrast with a dog breakfast of various local government regulation.

Operators of short-stay accommodation are small businesses, and as such they are entitled to operate legitimate businesses in competition with the big end of town hotels and motels as well as the smaller registered accommodation providers that we acknowledge are also small businesses.

FRANCHISING CODE: We strongly object to the malfeasance perpetrated by franchisors upon franchisees, mindful that notwithstanding previous inquiries and changes to the Code has not changed the behavior of franchisors.

CoSBA is in agreement with and supports that which is contained in an earlier report: “ACCC deputy chair Mick Keogh has given voice to the competition watchdog’s calls for tougher penalties for dodgy franchisors ahead of the deadline for a Senate inquiry report into unscrupulous behaviour in the franchising sector. . . Keogh said that the franchising code was “not as effective” as it could be.

“We want to see the franchising code strengthened, and supported by stronger penalty provisions, to ensure franchise systems operate well for all parties involved,” he said.”