If you were driving down Wicks Road or Twin Road in North Ryde this morning, you couldn’t have missed the southern hemisphere’s second largest billboard, the SkyBoard, parked on the corner, with its message that Small Business is Too Big To Ignore.
The NSW Business Chamber with support from RBF laid on coffee and fruit (by RBF members Crunch Catering) and welcomed around 100 people to the event.
It was an opportunity for attendees to meet candidates for the federal seat of Bennelong, and the candidates joining us this morning and speaking briefly in support of their parties were:
- John Alexander MP (Liberal, sitting Member for Bennelong)
- Jason Yat-Sen Li (Labor)
- Robert Marks (Palmer United Party)
With the election only two and a half weeks away, senior politicians were also keen to meet and speak with small business owners – Federal Shadow Opposition Leader The Hon Tony Abbott MP was our special guest speaker this morning. Mingling with the crowd were The Hon Bruce Billson MP (Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs) and The Hon Phillip Ruddock MP (Shadow Attorney General).
Mr Abbott spoke in full support of ‘The Big 4 You Can’t Ignore’ – cutting red tape, tax reform, employing people and infrastructure – which affect small business owners and form a key part of the ‘Too Big To Ignore’ campaign. .
Mr Billson, who has a background in small business, affirmed that small business owners need support and reform to make their lives easier so the economy can grow.
Our thanks to the NSW Business Chamber for bringing the SkyBoard to Ryde and holding this event for our members and local business people, and our thanks to Mr Abbott, Mr Billson and Mr Ruddock for their time supporting the campaign this morning in the midst of a hectic election campaign, and to local candidates for Bennelong for their prescence.
Images from the day can be seen in our gallery below. These are by Sabrina Ferguson unless otherwise stated. A gallery by Andrew Hill can be found here.
SkyNews covered the event on 19 August:[nggallery ID=20]
Disclaimer: Ryde Business Forum is apolitical, does not support any political party nor give preference to any political party. RBF also invited Prime Minister Rudd to speak at this event, but was not successful in securing his time. The aim of this breakfast was to raise awareness of the ‘Too Big To Ignore’ campaign, and with the presence of a senior politician and the television and press media attending the event as a result, that aim has been fulfilled.