3rd July, 2018 · CEO Message

CEO Message No. 34

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British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was a prodigiously talented man. An Oxford Don at the age of 21, he was rushed into the British Cabinet soon after his election to parliament in 1945. In two turbulent terms as Prime Minister, his enduring legacy was to lead the UK into the then European Common Market – a legacy we are now seeing undone via Brexit.

Harold Wilson – British PM 1964-70 and 1974-76

Like many great leaders, Wilson had an unerring eye for realpolitik – the pragmatic art of getting things done in politics. Hence, two of his most famous observations…

Whichever party is in office, the Treasury is in power…

And, the most famous one of all…

A week is a long time in politics…

Having just spent a week walking the corridors of Australian Parliament House, meeting with our legislators and discussing our ideas and policy priorities with all sides of politics, I can attest to the accuracy of both of Mr Wilson’s observations. Sitting on the plane heading back home, the week did indeed seem a very long time.

That said, we did achieve some significant progress. The Canberra agenda focussed relentlessly on our peak advocacy objective, viz

  • achieving a dedicated mandatory automotive code for the automotive retail industry

We received positive feedback on this key goal from the many MPs we met with, including high-level support from the leadership of both main parties.

We also met with Treasury, MTAA, AAAA, FCAI and other industry bodies on the development of a sensible code for the wider sharing of repair information as recommended in the ACCC market study findings. Treasury is now leading a government working group to formulate relevant draft regulations (see quote No1 above).

Last Friday we appeared before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services which is conducting an Inquiry into the Franchising Code of Conduct. Details of our submission and testimony are provided in this Newsletter which also details the work the Secretariat team continues to do on our Vital Six policy priorities.

It is a busy time for all of us as we head into the second half of 2018 – let’s make it an outstandingly successful time as well. As ever, I wish you all…

Good Luck and Good Selling.