The Council was set up to provide the Minister for Small Business with advice on issues affecting businesses with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich has raised the government’s failure to re-appoint the Council in Parliament six times since September 2014*.
Minister Philip Dalidakis has continued the form of Minister Adem Somyurek in failing to re-appoint the Council.
Quotes attributed to Inga Peulich MLC, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs:
The failure to reappoint the Council after a year in office shows a blatant disregard for small business by Daniel Andrews.
Victoria’s multicultural businesses and small businesses are being snubbed by the Andrews Government.
Labor’s extra public holidays hurt businesses and cost Victoria $1 billion so it’s no wonder their new Minister doesn’t want to hear from what is the engine room of our economy.
* From Hansard:
Given that it is now 12 months since the Labor government was elected in Victoria, can the minister explain why he has not yet established the multicultural business ministerial council, which is tasked with providing him with important advice in relation to his small business, innovation and trade portfolio?
Has the minister failed to appoint and announce members to the multicultural business ministerial council because he does not need their advice, or is it that he does not want to hear the views of his key portfolio stakeholders in an accountable and transparent fashion?
Lastly, the contempt in which small business is held by this government is exemplified by the fact that the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Mr Dalidakis, has still not appointed members to the multicultural small business advisory committee nor the Victorian small business council. These are both crucial bodies that would advise him of concerns faced by small businesses.
other important committees and boards that have not been appointed, such as Minister Dalidakis' Victorian multicultural affairs small business committee and the small business council, both of which are of importance to the multicultural communities
I have also become aware that the minister has failed to announce an appointment to the Multicultural Business Ministerial Council or the Small Business Ministerial Council
In attempting to understand the reason the government is failing so badly, I have established that as late as yesterday the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade had failed to either appoint or publicly announce members to the Small Business Ministerial Council, the Multicultural Business Ministerial Council or the Victorian Biotechnology Advisory Council, which are three key sources of small business information for the government and the minister. I ask the minister: when will he make and announce these crucial appointments so the small business sector can gain confidence that this government is at least gaining some direction rather than preoccupying itself with internal political matters?