If your answer to the above was anything less than completely or all the way, then BUZZZZ. Thank you for playing.
This evening, your intrepid correspondent attended a gathering of people from the Sydney start up community. The reason for the gathering was to hear from 3 experts on the possible impact on the start up sector flowing from the coming Commonwealth and NSW elections.
What proceeded was somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes on how to lobby ministers, how to lobby legislators, how to lobby the bureaucracy …. replete with some named and some un-named examples.
The experts were …. former staffers of senior Commonwealth Government Ministers (from both sides).
TAFKAS was utterly depressed. Their advice, although they were hammers thinking they were talking to nails, was about how to influence government outcomes (this is lobbyist speak for lobbying) to achieve your business goals.
Basically,to start a business to engage in voluntary commercial transactions between to consenting parties, entrepreneurs need to to spend a significant amount of money and management time thinking about government relations.
For those readers out there, let TAFKAS repeat. Business is the act of consenting parties engaging in voluntary transactions. Note the 2 magic words, consenting and voluntary; 2 words that are utterly antithetical to government.
What does government do? Find new and better ways to to prevent such voluntary transactions between consenting parties. And apparently, to be successful in business in Australia, you must be able to make sure that government gets out of your way or does not plan to get in your way. Or even better, gets in the way of your competitors and leaves you well alone.
As a country, we are so rooted.