This week the New South Wales Government released a consultation paper on the proposed powers for its small business commissioner. It's outstanding.
It doesn't extend the powers to dispute determination but gives the commissioner real “grunt” in requiring large business and government departments to engage in genuine dispute mediation.
Further, the commissioner will have the power to initiate or be involved in litigation on behalf of small business people against large business/government.
We strongly support the proposed model. It will give small business people a considerable power balance with big business/government.
But it's just a proposal and needs significant support to become law.
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Contact: Ken Phillips