Parliamentary Enquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct Good to see both the Senate Committee and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman seem keen on the SME Committee of the Law Council's idea of establishing a new Code Ombudsman with jurisdiction to both mediate and determine disputes under all existing Mandatory Codes at p.48 "ACTING CHAIR: You might want to have a look at the evidence that we received from the Law Council of Australia, but there was a suggestion in the course of evidence today that it might be beneficial to have an ombudsman who oversees the codes and to have some core elements across codes, because there are multiple codes emerging. The idea is that there would be a standard element of codes that would set the parameters for the whole business sector, I suppose. Dr Latham: This is a really good idea. Ms Scott: Absolutely. At the moment they are all very ad hoc, so I think that's a very, very good idea."