The ANF's CEO and Policy Manager were in Canberra for meetings on Monday and Tuesday. They met with the Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson, to discuss Unfair Contract Terms Legislation, the Governments response to the Harper Competition Policy review and other issues. The Minister was sympathetic with concerns the ANF raised in regards to the thresholds for contracts captured by the new proposed unfair contract terms legislation. The Minister talked about the balancing act between getting the changes through and the thresholds and has agreed to consider potentially putting thresholds in regulations rather than legislation so that these could be more flexible. The ANF is going to work on some scenarios for the Minister that could provide a compromise position. The ANF also shared concerns we have with the Harper Competition Policy final report and that the general focus of the report is on damage to a market and not competitors. The ANF raised concerns we have that if a big company targets a small company it may still not be a breach.
The ANF also met with Dr Michael Schaper - Deputy Chairman of the ACCC to discuss some banking issues effecting members and to provide a general overview of current industry issues. The ANF also met with the Attorney-General's Department about banking issues.