Franchise Council Continues To Fight SA Small Business Commissioner Bill After Passing Lower House

The franchising industry is livid after the South Australian Parliament passed the much-debated small business commissioner bill through its lower house, saying that the current draft differs from the version originally put forward during a consultation period.

It has also continued to argue that the current legislation essentially acts as a back-door franchising bill that will create a state-based practice for the industry. The FCA has previously argued that a national code is sufficient.

“We are very supportive of the concept of a small business commissioner based on the Victorian model,” says FCA chief Steve Wright. “But we’re concerned because this bill has now been changed.”

“The bill seeks to annex existing codes, they will become the judge and jury on codes that are regulated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. What happens here is that you have two judges.”

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