It seems Australia’s democratic process (ie. citizens speaking to politicians, members’ raising constituents’ concerns within parliament, Hansard records, governments asking House/Senate committees to look into areas of potential legislation, Joint Committees asking for citizens to contribute, yaddayaddayadda) has AUS franchise industry’s self-proclaimed “peak body”, a little miffed:
The Franchise Council of Australia has urged members to “push back” against claims of franchisor abuse aired in Federal Parliament last week.
A number of MPs, including NSW member Joanna Gash, told Parliament last week of allegations of churning, bullying and intimidation by franchisors. On top of this, a Federal Parliamentary inquiry into franchising was flooded by submissions from disgruntled franchisees.
It appears that Mr. O’Brien is sensitive to any lack of confidence in Australia’s franchise industry:
“If you are as annoyed as I am at these continuing smears against franchising, I urge you to email or write to the committee handling the inquiry right away,” he writes.
“Let’s not let turkeys kill the goose that laid the golden eggs.”
It was unclear to me who Mr. O’Brien was calling a turkey (bird brain?). Each or all of the following:
- Mrs. Joanna Gash MP, (duly elected in 1996 then re-elected in 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007 by the fine people of the Electoral Division, Gilmore NSW),
- the other 7 MPs who have joined her in demanding immediate parliamentary action to curb franchisor opportunism (see Franchising at a crossroads),
- the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services or
- the clearly diabolically obsessed mastermind, the thuggish: Deanne de Leeuw.
In any case, Big Franchising is always more than willing to “hit back” to get their way.
- As any good fascist knows, democracy is the last refuge for losers.