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Small business finally has a national profile, but will it have the power?

The decision of Prime Minister Gillard to appoint a Federal Small Business Commissioner is greeted with a warm welcome which can be said to indicate the growing interest of the country in the small business sector.  The next concern is naturally to ask what exactly are the duties and responsibilities of this officer.  Advocacy groups primarily encourage that he “fight red tape” in the bureaucracy and at the same time, there are calls for an alignment of state and federal law.  They suggest that the federal commissioner should be a mediator in disputes between small business and federal government agencies.

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  • Negotiations between the Winnipeg Airport and its union with the assistance of a federal will continue. ,
  • Saint Joseph’s College representatives and the professors who filed suit against the school will meet for mediation. ,
  • JetBlue pilots, represented by the Airline Pilots Association have requested mediation from the board. ,
  • Consolidated Edison and New York City are currently in mediation with numerous steam pipe explosion injured parties. ,
  • After a court battle and a mediation period, New York Wheel ended the contract and opted to find another design team ,
  • Mediation is continuing between Tarras farmers and the Otago Regional Council over the use of the Lindis River. ,

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