Media Releases

Appointment process underway to identify Australia’s first Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

11 September 2015

I am pleased to announce legislation establishing the first small business and family enterprise ombudsman has received royal assent. This is the very first time in our nation’s history that the words “family enterprise” are used in the title of legislation. Ensuring “family enterprise” is recognised in this legislation reflects the high respect the Government […]

AFR article: Effective competition laws boost growth, trade and investment

1 September 2015

Opinion piece which appeared in the Australian Financial Review (AFR) on 1 September 2015 The recommendations of the Government’s Competition Policy Review Final Report will promote more dynamic, competitive and well-functioning markets and provide a detailed and ambitious blueprint for a new wave of economic reform. Effective competition is one of the surest ways to […]

$52,800 funding for NSW Central Coast small businesses

27 August 2015

Part of the Abbott Government's plan to make Australia the best place to start and grow a business is ensuring they have access to a range of advice and support. Today we are delighted to announce $52,800 has been granted to Hunter Business Centre Ltd to provide advisory services to Central Coast small businesses. The […]

Heartbeat of economy showcased – 2015 Telstra Business Awards

21 August 2015

The heartbeat of the Australian economy was showcased at last night’s 2015 Telstra Australian Business Awards, which recognise outstanding small and medium businesses. On behalf of the Australian Government I congratulate and thank the winners, finalists and all nominees in this year’s awards. Your hard work and innovation as entrepreneurs and business owners is key […]

The Small Business & Family Enterprise Ombudsman legislation passes the Senate

18 August 2015

I welcome today’s passing of legislation in the Senate to establish an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. The establishment of the Small Business Ombudsman was an election commitment we made to ensure small businesses had an easy access point for advice to avoid and manage disputes. With the Ombudsman in place the hard […]

Productivity Commission inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements

18 August 2015

Today the Treasurer, Joe Hockey, and the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, announced that the Productivity Commission will commence its inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements. The inquiry will examine whether Australia has the right balance between promoting competition and protecting intellectual property, while considering our international trade obligations. Our intellectual property arrangements can […]

Statement on making our misuse of market power laws workable, more predictable and more effective

5 August 2015

Healthy competition is one of the surest ways to lift long-term productivity growth, incomes, economic prospects and performance.  It drives enterprises to excel and to find new ways to delight customers – new offerings, new entrants, better value and choice.    A key responsibility of Government is to ensure the right settings are in place […]

Consultation paper on regulatory framework for small proprietary companies and crowd sourced equity funding

4 August 2015

The Government is making it easier for small businesses to access the capital they need to grow and thrive by removing obstacles to crowd-sourced equity funding. This change compliments the expanded tax concessions for Employee Share Schemes introduced in our 2015 Budget which passed in the last sitting of Parliament. I am pleased today to […]

Have your say on the Horticulture Code of Conduct

3 August 2015

Stakeholders have an opportunity to shape the regulation of Australia's $9.23 billion horticulture sector with the release today of an issues paper to inform the independent review of the mandatory Horticulture Code of Conduct. In June, Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, initiated the review of the Horticulture Code […]

Deep dive in to fuel pricing in Armidale announced

3 August 2015

We welcome the announcement by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today that Armidale will be the third regional location for its petrol pricing 'deep dive'. In December 2014, the Abbott Government empowered the ACCC to conduct 'deep dives' into specific markets that it believed to require closer and more specific examination. The ACCC […]

$100 million carbon tax refund to cut council rates and Australia’s emissions

29 July 2015

Around $100 million of carbon tax charges will be returned to local councils and be used to help reduce Australia's emissions, as part of a new plan announced today. Labor's painful carbon tax not only raised electricity and gas prices, but hit homeowners through higher council rates and waste charges. While some councils have already […]

Final carbon tax report confirms households saving $550 on average

28 July 2015

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) final carbon tax monitoring report confirms households are saving $550 on average per year since the Abbott Government abolished the harmful tax. This includes direct savings passed through to customers by electricity and natural gas retailers, which range from $153 to $269, as well as savings across a […]

Updated Business Names registration rules

20 July 2015

The Abbott Government has today announced updates to the Business Names registration rules as part of an ongoing commitment to ensuring Australia is a global leader in facilitating small business start-ups.  An existing business may be devastated by a new entrant mimicking its name.  Equally, a new business that inadvertently echoes the name of another […]

Release of draft legislation – simplifying the car expense deduction rules

16 July 2015

The Government is today releasing exposure draft legislation that will simplify and modernise the methods used for calculating work‑related car expense deductions. The current rates and methods for calculating work-related car expenses were set in the 1980s. Nearly 30 years on, with developments in car engine technology, it is timely to update them.  From 1 […]

Release of draft legislation – Zone Tax Offset changes for fly-in-fly-out workers

16 July 2015

Draft legislation to improve the integrity of the Zone Tax Offset is released today for public comment. The Zone Tax Offset is a concessional tax offset available to individuals in recognition of the isolation, uncongenial climate and high cost of living associated with living in particular locations. Broadly, to be eligible for the Zone Tax […]

$770,000 new funding for Central QLD small business

15 July 2015

Entrepreneurs and small businesses in Central Queensland now have access to more advice and support thanks to $770,000 in new Federal Government funding. The funding has been allocated to the Bundaberg Business Enterprise Centre (the Bundaberg BEC) to deliver the Central Queensland National Interest Initiative under the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme.

Review to ensure national law continues to protect Australian consumers

10 July 2015

I am pleased to announce Ministers for Consumer Affairs across Australia have agreed the terms of reference for the first review of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) since its introduction on 1 January 2011. The main aim of the review is to assess the law’s impact on protecting consumers and streamlining regulatory requirements for businesses, as well […]

Release of draft legislation for the foreign resident capital gains withholding tax measure

8 July 2015

The Government is releasing exposure draft legislation that will introduce a withholding tax obligation to ensure that foreign resident investors comply with Australia’s tax laws. From 1 July 2016, a 10 per cent non-final withholding obligation will apply to the disposal, by foreign residents, of taxable Australian property. This change supports the operation of Australia’s […]

Jobs in small business surge ahead under the Abbott Government

1 July 2015

Statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 29 June 2015 revealed the Abbott Government has overseen a period where the number of jobs in small business has increased by 146,000. This is in stark contrast to the almost half a million jobs lost in small business under the Rudd Gillard Rudd Government. In […]

Boosting start-ups to energise enterprise

30 June 2015

Tomorrow, tax changes to Employee Share Schemes (ESS) begin. These changes to the employee share scheme framework build on our Growing Jobs and Small Business package to support innovation and to create the right conditions for Australian entrepreneurs. Every single day I speak with hardworking Australians who are involved in start-ups across our country. I am inspired […]

Go online to boost your business bottom line

29 June 2015

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today announced a new initiative to assist Australian businesses capture opportunities in China’s rapidly growing online retail markets. Representatives from some of China’s most influential online platforms including Alibaba, JD.com, Yihaodian and VIP.com will attend a series of Austrade-coordinated seminars, providing first-hand perspectives on China’s internet shopping revolution. […]

Start-ups to get a major boost with new laws passed

25 June 2015

I was pleased to see the Senate pass new laws to improve employee share schemes and provide the start-up sector with a massive boost. These changes to the employee share scheme framework build on our Growing Jobs and Small Business package to support innovation and to create the right conditions for Australian entrepreneurs. We need […]

Extending consumer like protections to small businesses across Australia

24 June 2015

Today I introduced legislation to extend unfair contract term protections for small business. This legislation will extend the consumer unfair contract terms protections to cover standard form, small business consumer-like contracts that are valued below a prescribed threshold. We took more than twenty small business specific promises to the last election.  A key one was […]

Introduction of further small business legislation

24 June 2015

The Government will today introduce legislation for three more measures to support small business as part of the 2015 Budget’s $5.5 billion Jobs and Small Business package. The Coalition Government understands the varying needs of Australian small businesses, we know one size does not fit all and our Budget measures reflect this. To ensure all […]

Food and Grocery Code of Conduct now in effect

17 June 2015

I am pleased to announce that no obstacles remain to retailers signing on to the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Food and Grocery) Regulation 2015 – The Food and Grocery Code of Conduct with the disallowance period in the Senate ending. I congratulate Woolworths and ALDI for showing industry leadership by committing to the code and […]

Australia to lead APEC data flows project to increase small business trade

16 June 2015

Launch of Australia-led APEC project to enhance international trade and business opportunities for small business and family enterprise. Project will seek to harmonise data and information flow standards to facilitate the movement of data across APEC economies. APEC SMEs and relevant stakeholders can participate in a survey that will inform the project. To support trade […]

$20,000 immediate deduction for assets passes

15 June 2015

The hard working women and men of Australian small business were delivered surety to make the most of the Government’s Jobs and Small Business package today with key measures passing through the Parliament. All small businesses can immediately deduct every asset costing less than $20,000 that they have purchased since Budget night and can continue […]

Meeting of Ministers for Consumer Affairs

12 June 2015

Today I hosted a meeting of State and Territory Consumer Affairs Ministers. Our gathering was a constructive one – each Minister and representative focussed on ensuring the interests of their constituents were well represented across a range of important consumer issues. Of particular focus today was the current discourse on the labelling of commercially sold […]

Government moves to get Single Touch Payroll right

10 June 2015

The Government will undertake further consultation with the business community as it looks to cut red tape for employers by simplifying tax and superannuation reporting obligations through Single Touch Payroll. Having listened carefully to the earlier feedback the Government acknowledges that a start date of July 2016 will not be achievable for many businesses. The […]

Statement on Woolworths committing to the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct.

6 June 2015

I welcome the decision by Woolworths to commit to The Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Food and Grocery) Regulation 2015 – The Food and Grocery Code of Conduct. Woolworths Chief executive Grant O’Brien has made a formal commitment for the company to become a signatory to the Code commencing on July 1, 2015. I have been encouraged by […]

A friend for Small Business and Family Enterprise –
The Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

3 June 2015

Today I introduced the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bills. This fulfils a key election commitment of the Abbott Government and shows our dedication to ensuring Australia becomes the best place to start and grow a small business. The Government undertook extensive consultations to determine the most appropriate functions, powers and scope for […]

Statement on Bill Shorten’s actions in the House

3 June 2015

Today’s stunt by Bill Shorten and the ALP in the Parliament was another example of Labor playing politics. Bill Shorten moved to guillotine debate and discussion on key aspects of the Government’s growing jobs and small business package before it had barely begun. Rather than allow small business and family enterprise a much deserved day […]

Start-ups to get a major boost with new laws

27 May 2015

The start-up sector will soon receive a massive boost as new laws to improve employee share schemes passed through the House of Representatives today and were transmitted to the Senate for passage. These changes to the employee share scheme framework build on our Growing Jobs and Small Business package which is about supporting innovation and […]

Depreciation for farmers brought forward

27 May 2015

Australian farmers can now claim a tax deduction on all capital expenditure on water facilities, fodder storage assets and fencing incurred since the 2015 Budget was handed down at 7:30pm on 12 May. Farmers can fully deduct the cost of water facilities and fencing in the year they are purchased and deduct the cost of fodder […]

Shorten shows contempt for small business

15 May 2015

He still fails to recognise small businesses are the key to our nation’s future jobs and prosperity. I am pleased Bill Shorten has generally supported the Government’s record $5.5 billion Jobs and Small Business package.  However last night's union stump response speech was just another thought bubble. There was no explanation of how Labor's ideas […]

ACCC to probe Launceston petrol prices

8 May 2015

The Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic and I welcome the announcement that Launceston will be the subject of the ACCC's second probe into regional petrol prices in Australia. Launceston petrol prices are among the highest in Australia, and both Andrew and I have been deeply concerned about this. We have also both received many […]

Banks commended for passing on interest rate cut

6 May 2015

I commend the banks which have already pledged to pass on the interest rate cut announced by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) yesterday. The cut takes interest rates to a new, record low – with the official cash rate now 2%.   I thank the Commonwealth Bank in particular for making it […]

Supporting start-ups and entrepreneurship

6 May 2015

The hard working women and men of Australian small business are the engine room of our economy. Their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit will drive Australia’s economic future.  There are already good signs the Commonwealth Government is getting the settings right for over two million small businesses across Australia. In 2014 new company registrations were the […]

Reforms delivering lower electricity bills

30 April 2015

Consumers will see reductions in electricity prices as a result of Australian Government-led reforms to the energy sector. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) today handed down price determinations about the amount network businesses can charge for 'poles and wires' over a five year period, which will see customers in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia […]

ACCC’s carbon monitoring report – March quarter

29 April 2015

I welcome the ACCC’s latest carbon monitoring report which shows that significant cost savings from the removal of the carbon tax are being passed on to consumers. The report covers the March 2015 quarter in the electricity, natural gas, synthetic greenhouse gas, landfill, construction material, manufacturing and domestic passenger air transport services industries. It shows […]

Draft legislation released – unfair contract terms

28 April 2015

The Government has today released draft legislation to extend unfair contract term protections to small businesses.  In August 2013, the Abbott Government announced this important reform to give businesses a fair go. The protections will give businesses access to a level playing field to grow, invest and create jobs. Consumers have been protected from unfair […]

First consultation roundtable held – Competition Policy Review

24 April 2015

The Abbott Government is committed to listening to the views of business and other stakeholders to help shape new policy. Today I hosted the first of several consultation roundtables on the Harper Competition Policy Review. The roundtable was attended by umbrella small business representative organisations as well as those from the retail, motor vehicle, agriculture, […]

Disaster relief for small businesses

23 April 2015

I welcome the disaster relief assistance for small businesses in 12 local government areas jointly announced by the NSW and Australian Governments. The once in a decade storm that has lashed the Hunter region, Central Coast and Sydney has left devastation in these communities- and while the damage is still be assessed, small businesses will be […]

States and territories commit to unfair contract protections

15 April 2015

Another key step has been completed in delivering the Abbott Government’s election commitment to ensure a fair go for Australian small businesses by extending unfair contract term protections. I am pleased to announce today I have received confirmation of the necessary support from states and territories required under intergovernmental agreements to proceed with legislation to […]

ACCC review of Eastern Australian wholesale gas market

13 April 2015

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will undertake an inquiry into the competitiveness of Eastern Australia’s upstream natural gas market. The inquiry will consider wholesale gas prices in the context of Eastern Australia’s gas production, processing, transportation and storage infrastructure.  Releasing the terms of reference for the inquiry, Small Business Minister Bruce Billson said […]

Government welcomes Competition Policy Review final report

31 March 2015

The Government has today received the Competition Policy Review final report. This report to Government is the first comprehensive assessment of Australia’s competition policies, laws and institutions in more than 20 years.  The independent review was undertaken by a panel led by Professor Ian Harper. The completion of this review delivers on our election commitment […]

More restoring and rebuilding for Australian business

25 March 2015

Today the Abbott Government takes yet another step to energise enterprise, to boost our start-up sector and ensure our best talent and ideas stay on our shores. This morning I introduced the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Employee Share Schemes) Bill 2015 into the House. The Bill improves and streamlines the taxation of employee share […]

Protecting small businesses against unfair contract terms

20 March 2015

The Commonwealth Government is delivering its commitment to give Australian small businesses a ‘fair go’ by extending the unfair contract protections currently available to consumers to cover the small business sector. Small business is the engine room of Australia’s economic future. We want to ensure that small businesses have access to a level playing field […]

Small business encouraged to pursue exporting as figures rise

19 March 2015

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said today that China continues to be the leading market for Australian services exports and was worth $7.5 billion in 2013-2014. I agree with Minister Robb’s assessment that this figure will only increase as businesses capitalise on opportunities created through our recently concluded China Australia Free Trade Agreement […]

ACCC and food reporting

19 March 2015

A duplicate consumer product safety reporting requirement is being removed because it is unnecessary and ineffective when applied to food. The removal of the requirement for this information to be reported to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the position of Commonwealth and State food safety, public health and consumer affairs agencies and […]

Red tape removal helps energise enterprise

18 March 2015

I welcome our 2015 Autumn Repeal Day. Today further illustrates our Government’s commitment to cutting red tape and ensuring Australia becomes the very best place to build and grow a small business. Our Government knows red tape and unnecessary compliance burden clog up the ability for the hard working women and men of small business […]

Business, industry and government focussed on turning innovation numbers around

18 March 2015

While the findings of the Microsoft report Culturing Success show that only 33 per cent of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are embracing technology, the Coalition Government, business and industry are working hard to increase these numbers. The report, which I'm launching tonight and is the second in Microsoft Joined Up Innovation series, shows that […]

Improved tracking of Small and Medium Enterprise progress – OECD Scoreboard

17 March 2015

In June 2014, I co-hosted the G20 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Conference with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A key recommendation from that conference was that Australia should seek to improve its SME data collation to enable our participation in international benchmarking studies and research. We are now in a position to […]

Encouraging news for small business as commercial lending finance up

13 March 2015

I welcome today’s release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Lending Finance publication, which showed that the seasonally adjusted value of total commercial finance commitments rose by 13.7 per cent in January 2015, increasing from around $38.5 billion to $43.8 billion. This is good news for Australian business and small business in particular, as finance is very much the […]

Another step to make everyday easier for small business – the Family Enterprise Ombudsman

11 March 2015

The Government has today released exposure draft legislation to establish an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. Establishing a Small Business Ombudsman was an election commitment we made to ensure small businesses had an easy access point for advice to avoid and manage disputes. With the Ombudsman in place the hard working women and […]

Google and ACCI unveil plan to help small businesses get online

11 March 2015

Google and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today announced they are joining forces to help get more small Australian businesses online. The Minister for Small Business and Member for Dunkley, Bruce Billson MP, joined John Ball, Head of Small Business at Google Australia, Kate Carnell, CEO of ACCI and more than fifty local […]

Darwin first for petrol deep dive

10 March 2015

In December 2014, the Government gave a direction to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to expand its level of fuel monitoring to undertake “deep dives” into specific geographic markets, specific products or other issues of concern. We welcome today’s announcement that Darwin will be the first regional location studied under these new petrol monitoring […]

Andrews Government bad decisions costing small business

8 March 2015

Tomorrow marks one hundred days of the Dan Andrews Labor Government. For the hard working small business women and men of Victoria this is no day for celebration. As Minister for Small Business, I am committed to ensuring Australia becomes the best place to build and grow a small business. With this at the forefront […]

Women trailblazing small business in Australia

7 March 2015

As we approach International Women's Day, I urge all Australians to join me in celebrating the hard work and achievement of women in small businesses across our country. 93.3 percent of Australian women business operators are working in small business and current data suggests the number of women business owners is increasing across our nation. […]

Minister Billson welcomes retail trade figures

5 March 2015

I welcome today's release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Retail Trade publication, which showed that Australian retail spending rose 0.4 per cent in January 2015 – the fastest rise in three months.

Small business and the Intergenerational Report

5 March 2015

With over 4.5 million Australians employed in small businesses, today's release of the Intergenerational Report marks an important day for the hard working, enterprising women and men of small business. The Intergenerational Report shows us where we have come from as a nation and where we are now in an economic and demographic context. It […]

Helping businesses resolve customer disputes

4 March 2015

Effectively resolving customer disputes in-house benefits both businesses and consumers because it can remove the need for costly, drawn out litigation. Today I released the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) Review of Benchmarks for Industry-based Customer Dispute Resolution. The review found benchmarks for industry-based customer dispute resolution schemes are working. The original benchmarks were […]

Grocery Code to improve relationships between retailers, wholesalers and suppliers

2 March 2015

The Government has moved to ensure fair and transparent commercial dealings between retailers, wholesalers and suppliers in the Australian grocery sector by creating a Food and Grocery Code of Conduct. The Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Food and Grocery) Regulation 2015 was prescribed as a code on Thursday 26 February 2015 and will improve commercial relationships […]

Small business views can help improve training

20 February 2015

I join my colleague Assistant Minister Simon Birmingham in urging Australian employers to take part in the Survey of Australian Employers being conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) over coming weeks. The survey is an important tool to help Australian business, trainers and all governments understand how our training sector is […]

Improving market access for small exporters

16 February 2015

I welcome the announcement by my colleague Minister Barnaby Joyce, of more than $11 million in grants to improve market access for small exporters of dairy, meat, egg, fish, horticultural and grain products. Small businesses stand to benefit the most from this funding programme. Small businesses and family enterprise are at the heart of the […]

Australian Small Business Advisory Services Programme

13 February 2015

I am pleased to announce the names of the 34 successful applicants to be offered $17,243,425 over the next three years under the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) Programme Business Solutions 2014 round. Small Businesses are the engine room of our economy. That is why the Abbott Government's Economic Action Strategy will help to […]

Consumer sentiment continues to rise

11 February 2015

I welcome today’s release of the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment. It is positive for our economy to see this rise of 8.0 percent in February 2015. The index has risen to 100.7 points and is a significant indication of Australian’s confidence in the Abbott Government’s Economic Action Strategy. February’s rise follows a rise […]

Interest rate cut – Opportunities for small business

4 February 2015

The interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) provides significant opportunities for Australian small business. I urge all banks to pass on the cut in full for these benefits to be realised. It is in the interests of all Australians for small business and family enterprises to succeed. As the engine room […]

Government step closer to crowd source equity funding model

3 February 2015

The Commonwealth Government is a step closer to the development of a crowd sourced equity funding (CSEF) model, to make sure we are creating the best environment to create jobs and increase productivity for small businesses. Crowd-sourced equity funding is an innovative type of online fundraising that allows investors to make small equity investments in […]

ACCC’s carbon monitoring report for December 2014 quarter

29 January 2015

I have received the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s latest carbon monitoring report. There is no doubt our commitment to remove the carbon tax cost from small business and household bills saved Australians money across all states and territories. The report focuses on the response of Australian businesses in the December 2014 quarter to the […]

CPI outcome encouraging for small business

28 January 2015

Today's Consumer Price Index (CPI) outcome is encouraging news for small businesses in Australia. The report highlights the importance of the Government's Economic Action Strategy and success in containing cost pressures. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the CPI rose by just 0.2 per cent over the December quarter 2014. This means that prices […]

Federal funding for entrepreneurs part of small business plan

28 January 2015

Thriving, innovative small and medium businesses are key to the Commonwealth Government's plan to build a secure, strong economy and create jobs. Ten businesses have just received funding to help achieve this under Research Connections, an initiative helping small and medium business work with researchers to develop new ideas with commercial potential. The initiative is […]

Manjimup businesses invited to meet Minister for Small Business

27 January 2015

Manjimup small and medium business owners are invited to meet Minister for Small Business, The Hon. Bruce Billson MP at a roundtable hosted by Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP on Thursday 5 February. The Minister will answer questions from attendees and discuss the range of new services and other support available to them […]

Board of Tax report on tax and small business

20 January 2015

Small business is the engine room of the economy and a key driver of jobs growth in Australia. The Government wants to simplify small business' interactions with the tax system and make Australia one of the best places to start and grow a business. We have released the Board of Taxation's report on taxation impediments […]

ACCI investor confidence survey – a reminder of the work that must be done

19 January 2015

The results of today’s ACCI Survey of Investor Confidence are a timely reminder that when it comes to building our economic future, we can no longer afford to just “set and forget” in the tradition of the Labor Party.  The survey is a call to action for us all to work in the best interests […]

Statement on the Victorian Construction Code Compliance Unit

19 January 2015

As Federal Minister for Small Business, I am committed to ensuring Australia becomes the best place to grow and build a business. The Abbott Government has been working hard to ensure we have met each of our election commitments to promote Australian small business. Today I am disappointed, but not surprised, to learn that the […]

Employee Share Scheme unleashing enterprise

14 January 2015

The Government is committed to supporting innovation and creating the right conditions for Australian entrepreneurs. As part of our commitment, the Government will improve the taxation arrangements for Employee Share Schemes. I am pleased to announce the release of draft legislation to enact our amendments to the Employee Share Schemes. We have designed these changes […]

Statement on current fuel price disparity

7 January 2015

I have listened to the concerns of Australian consumers and business regarding the mysteries of fuel pricing. Many of these concerns have been about margins, disparity in regional pricing and supply concerns. This week we have seen record low fuel prices across Australia. This is great news for consumers and many retailers are passing on […]