On 24.11.16 CoSBA sent a letter to Senators Nick Xenophon and Derryn Hinch (copied below) conveying our appreciation for having the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) Bill amended to regulate the behaviour of the big end of town imposing unfair contracts on small businesses. To which both Senators have responded (copied below)
“Dear Senators Re: ABCC BILL
We refer to an article by Robert Gottliebsen published in The Australian newspaper on 23.11.16 under the heading ‘Crossbenchers can transform the ABCC bill into something wonderful’ (copied below), and would confirm that your support for the Bill is indeed “something wonderful” for small businesses engaged in the construction sector, in particular, for having the Bill amended to regulate the behaviour of the big end of town imposing unfair contracts on small businesses.
We wish to convey to you our appreciation for looking after small business, and we commend you for so doing.
Yours faithfully Combined Small Business Alliance of Western Australia Inc. (CoSBA)”
“Dear Mr Moon
Thank you for your email to Nick regarding the ABCC – I have passed your correspondence on to Nick’s Legislation Adviser so he may include when briefing Nick.
Anna Gordon Electorate Officer
Office of Nick Xenophon | Independent Senator for South Australia”
“Dear Mr Moon
Thank you for taking the time to email Senator Hinch declaring your thanks for his and Senator Xenophon’s support for the bill this week. I know he appreciates all the support and encouragement he receives from the community and it is important that our office does hear from the community about current and proposed legislation.
Regards Carly Gibbs Electorate Officer
Office of Senator D. Hinch | Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party Senator for Victoria”
It is amazing how the Senators can respond so quickly and effectively. Perhaps its only when politicians get too big for their boots that they forget people actually elected them and the issues that matter to “the man in the street”. Small business needs champions like this.