Motion registers renewal anger

A DISALLOWANCE motion has being raised in the Legislative Council of WA Parliament to try and throw out the WA Government’s small business registration regulations.

From January 1 business registrations went up from $93 to $103.

The Government also reintroduced the need for businesses to renew their registration every three years. That renewal costs $75.

It is estimated the increased registration fee and renewal provision will bring the Government more than $1.5 million.

The Court Government removed the need for business renewals.

Small business organisations said despite the renewal fee being an impost, the actual renewal process also cost business owners time.

Liberal Party spokesman Dan Sullivan said the party would support the upper house motion because it did not want legislation to go backwards.

“I believe this move is purely driven by money.”

WA Small Business and Enterprise Association executive director Philip Achurch said the renewal fee return was fine, providing it was not for revenue raising.

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