MEDIATOR: Jasmin King, NSW small business commissioner in Murwillumbah.
MEDIATOR: Jasmin King, NSW small business commissioner in Murwillumbah. John Gass

Help for small business

AUSTRALIA'S two-speed economy continues to leave small business in the slow lane and although the national economy is doing comparatively well, small businesses have not been able to take advantage of the apparent strength of the Australian economy.

To find out how the State Government could provide assistance to the struggling retail and small business sector, the NSW Small Business Commissioner Yasmin King began a listening tour last August.

Ms King yesterday visited Murwillumbah's Greenhills On Tweed to continue her fact-finding mission, share her views of potential solutions and ask operators for their opinion of the role the NSW Small Business Commissioner should play.

She wanted to provide low-cost mediation services to resolve small business disputes with other businesses and government

bodies and suggested the commissioner should investigate complaints about unfair practices affecting small business.

The commissioner said she could also help small businesses having problems with larger businesses or government bodies, through demanding information from opponents and making representations on behalf of small businesses.

The consultation period ends on Friday.



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