The state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber, says the small business community has lost its greatest advocate with Bruce Billson not reappointed to his post as Small Business Minister in the Turnbull Government.
“Bruce Billson was a tireless worker and warrior for the issues confronting the small business community and he will be sorely missed”, NSW Business Chamber CEO, Stephen Cartwright, said.
“In Opposition, Mr Billson worked hard to fully understand the issues that small business owners confronted on a daily basis and was a huge supporter of the Chamber’s Small Business :Too Big To Ignore campaign, prior to the last Federal Election,” Mr Cartwright said.
“That support continued in Government when the Small Business portfolio was included in the Abbott Cabinet, giving a seat at the decision making table to a Minister who had the best interests of the small business sector in mind.
“In May this year, the Government handed down the most supportive Small Business Budget in history, which was recognition that the backbone of the economy had done its share of heavy lifting and needed support in order to grow and employ more Australians.
“The NSW Business Chamber was very critical of the previous Labor Governments for their shabby treatment of the Small Business portfolio - it was always deemed as a stepping stone to something else as opposed to a most senior position.
“Of course, we are looking forward to working just as closely with the new Minister, Kelly O’Dwyer, and will give her, and her staff, every assistance so that momentum is not lost in this vital portfolio,” Mr Cartwright said.