With the election over the Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell has wasted no time in lobbying the independent MPs on the merits of the Government’s policies for small business and has “urged the crossbench MPs to ­constructively negotiate on policy. Ms Carnell stressed that the parliament should not “throw the baby out with the bathwater””.

Council of Small Business Australia chief executive Peter Strong “agreed that in the “wheeling and dealing” of politics, the balance-of-power-sharing crossbench MPs could not afford to trade away “good things” just because they had a “bee in their bonnet” about another policy.”

We now have an opportunity to get some really positive initiatives for small business through Parliament that should not be compromised games being played in the Senate . CoSBA fully supports the initiative of Kate Carnell and the views of Peter Strong.

Concerning the changes to the WA Associations Incorporation Act 2015 that came into effect on 1 July 2016. Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard advises:Do not panic and rush out thinking you have to write a whole new constitution for your group. You have until July 1, 2019 to update things like that, should you need to.”

To reassure you further, he says: “If you are a present committee member you still are; your incorporation certificate remains valid and present membership has not changed.”