Transcripts

Interview with Jon Faine, Mornings, ABC 774, Melbourne

15 September 2015

JON FAINE: Bruce Billson has been the Minister for Small Business in the Federal Government and has spoken to us from time to time in that capacity. He joins us from the national capital as well this morning. Mr Billson, good morning to you. MINISTER BILLSON: Good morning to you Jon and your listeners. JON […]

Interview with Michael Rowland, ABC News Breakfast, ABC News 24

15 September 2015

MICHAEL ROWLAND: Joined now by the Small Business Minister and strong Tony Abbott supporter Bruce Billson. Mr Billson, good morning- thanks for your time. MINISTER BILLSON: Michael, good to see you. MICHAEL ROWLAND: There were some character forming events for every Liberal MP last night. MINISTER BILLSON: Yes, it was a big night. Our party […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert and David Speers, AM Agenda, Sky News

15 September 2015

DAVID SPEERS: Bruce Billson joins us now, good morning to you. MINISTER BILLSON: Good morning gentleman. DAVID SPEERS: It is a tough business you are in. MINISTER BILLSON: It is an important business, this gets a lot of attention - but it is really about building the best opportunities for our country and our citizens. […]

Interview with Ben Fordham, 2GB, Sydney Live

15 September 2015

BEN FORDHAM: The Small Business Minister Bruce Billson joins us on the line. Mr Billson, good afternoon to you. MINISTER BILLSON: Ben, how are you and your listeners on a beautiful day in a great city? BEN FORDHAM: You are sounding quite chirpy considering the events of last night. MINISTER BILLSON: Yeah, they have been […]

Interview with Greg Jennett, ABC Capital Hill

14 September 2015

GREG JENNETT: One of them is the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson, who joins us now. What seems to be wrong? To the outside observer, what's wrong with this Government that this issue of leadership keeps recirculating? MINISTER BILLSON: I think the Prime Minister is on the money, it is a bit of a Canberra […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, Money News, 2GB, Sydney

7 September 2015

ROSS GREENWOOD: Let’s go to the man who is responsible for all of this, he is inside the Federal Cabinet, that is important. That is the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson. Many thanks for your time Bruce. MINISTER BILLSON: Good to be with you and your listeners again Ross. ROSS GREENWOOD: I should say, happy […]

Interview with Jon Faine, Mornings, ABC 774, Melbourne

1 September 2015

JON FAINE: Bruce Billson is the Minister for Small Business in the Abbott Federal Liberal Government. He is the Member for the seat of Dunkley, which is centred around Frankston and surrounding areas. Mr Billson, good morning to you. MINISTER BILLSON: Good morning to you Jon and to your listeners. JON FAINE: We will come […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, AM Agenda, Sky News, Canberra

1 September 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: First, I am joined by his Cabinet colleague, the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson. Mr Billson thanks very much for your time. MINISTER BILLSON: Thank you Kieran. KIERAN GILBERT: What do you make of Peter Dutton’s comments that some in the media, particularly Fairfax, he says are conducting a bit of a Jihad […]

Interview with Justin Smith, 2UE

31 August 2015

JUSTIN SMITH: Bruce Billson, Federal Small Business Minister is on the line. Hello Minister. MINISTER BILLSON: Justin, how are you? That is quiet the ice cream treat in your honour. You have taken one for the team there. JUSTIN SMITH: He has really stretched himself hasn’t he? MINISTER BILLSON: To finish off with a bit […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein and the Hon. Mark Dreyfus MP, Fight Club, ABC 774 Drive, Melbourne

26 August 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Welcome to Fight Club. The Member for Isaacs, the ALP MP is Mark Dreyfus. He is the Shadow Attorney General, he is part of Bill Shorten's Opposition. Mark, welcome. MARK DREYFUS: Good to be with you Raf. Hello Bruce. RAFAEL EPSTEIN: And that Bruce is Bruce Billson, they share neighbouring electorates; the electorate […]

Interview with Justin Smith, 2UE

13 August 2015

JUSTIN SMITH: It has been two years since Samsung issued their urgent recall for their top loader washing machines. Shockingly, one recalled machine bursts into flames each week, in this State alone, since April. Once a week - blows up - unbelievably dangerous. But despite the fire risk of the... How many is there?...144,000. About […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein and the Hon. Mark Dreyfus MP, Fight Club, ABC 774 Drive, Melbourne

12 August 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: It is gentlemen, no women today. Bruce Billson joins us in our Canberra studio, he is Small Business Minister, part of Tony Abbott’s Federal Cabinet. Bruce, good afternoon. MINISTER BILLSON: Hi Raf, good to be with you and the listeners. RAFAEL EPSTEIN: And Mark Dreyfus joins us as well. He is the Shadow […]

Interview with Peter Van Onselen, Sky News, Canberra

12 August 2015

PETER VAN ONSELEN: Let’s go to Bruce Billson now, the Small Business Minister, thank you very much for joining us and taking away the thunder of Andrew Robb on the Business Channel. MINISTER BILLSON: Well, it is a tough call for your viewers Peter, but I guess that is the option of being on Sky. […]

Interview with Jon Faine, ABC Melbourne

12 August 2015

JON FAINE: Bruce Billson is the Federal Member for Dunkley, located around Frankston. He is the Minister, in Tony Abbott’s Government, for Small Business. Mr Billson, good morning to you. MINISTER BILLSON: Good morning to you Jon and to your listeners. JON FAINE: How do you think the people in your electorate would vote on […]

Interview with Alan Jones, 2GB, Sydney

4 August 2015

ALAN JONES: I spoke yesterday to Bruce Billson, and we are not making a feast of all of this, I have to say, but I just wanted to speak to him very briefly again today about what I think is a very serious issue. Bruce Billson has introduced legislation to change - correct - legislation, […]

Interview with Chris Coleman, ABC Riverina, NSW

3 August 2015

CHRIS COLEMAN: Bruce Billson is the Federal Minister for Small Business, competition and consumer affairs. We’ve spoken to him a few times over the past 12 months or so about petrol prices. Bruce Billson, good morning. MINISTER BILLSON: Good morning to you Chris and to your listeners. CHRIS COLEMAN: I will ask you straight up, […]

Interview with Alan Jones, 2GB Breakfast, Sydney

3 August 2015

ALAN JONES: Now, your anger over petrol prices is palpable. Last Thursday, as I told you, doing his customary survey down the Pacific Highway, Paul does this every day for me. He found the average price was 147.9 cents a litre, Paul, last Thursday. That same petrol a day earlier, 126.3 cents a litre – […]

Press conference, Sunny Harbour Seafood Restaurant, Hurstville, NSW

22 July 2015

DAVID COLEMAN: Welcome to Sunny’s restaurant in Hurstville. The media conference is to welcome and acknowledge the national Small Business Minister, Mr Bruce Billson who is joining us in Hurstville today. We have held a very successful free trade Seminar just across the road in Hurstville earlier today with scores of businesses from all sorts […]

Doorstop interview with Steven Ciobo MP, The Wax Museum, Surfers Paradise

20 July 2015

STEVEN CIOBO: We’ve got the Small Business Minister for Australia, back here, Bruce Billson. He is the latest in a long line of successive visits by Abbott Government Ministers. It is part of the Coalition’s ongoing commitment to the Gold Coast. Of course, Bruce was the steward of what is the biggest Small Business Package […]

Interview with Chris Smith, 2GB, Sydney

15 July 2015

CHRIS SMITH: I am joined on the line now by the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson. Minister, good afternoon. MINISTER BILLSON: Good afternoon to you Chris and your listeners. CHRIS SMITH: Can you believe this? MINISTER BILLSON: No I can't. I thought the chill winds going through small businesses and households in Sydney and […]

Interview with Robbie Buck, 702 ABC Radio Breakfast, Sydney

15 July 2015

ROBBIE BUCK: There is a national small business summit being launched in Sydney tonight. Federal Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson will be there for the opening. Good morning to you. MINISTER BILLSON: Robbie, how are you this morning? And best wishes to your listeners. ROBBIE BUCK: I am very, very well and keeping rugged up, […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News Agenda, Canberra

10 July 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: Returning to our earlier story and Bill Shorten's two days of appearances at the Royal Commission. With me to discuss this, this morning the Acting Treasurer Bruce Billson. Mr Billson thanks for your time. What is the Government's view on what the Royal Commission found if anything, against the Opposition Leader? MINISTER BILLSON: […]

Interview with Karl Stefanovic and Anthony Albanese, Today Show, Sydney

10 July 2015

KARL STEFANOVIC: We are joined now by Federal Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson. Good day Bruce, nice to see you. The Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese. Anthony good morning to you too. ANTHONY ALBANESE: Good to be with you. KARL STEFANOVIC: He is under the pump. Is it the end of […]

Interview with Steve Chase, ABC News Radio

7 July 2015

MINISTER BILLSON: Good morning to you Steve and your listeners. STEVE CHASE: Thanks. Before we get to this Productivity Commission Report can we just listen to what Chris Bowen said about an hour ago on News Radio which was a bit of a challenge to the Government.  Let us listen to what he said: [Excerpt] […]

Interview with Greg Jennett, ABC Capital Hill

7 July 2015

GREG JENNETT: … has been through some wild fluctuations even manipulations over the last few days, it does not appear to be feeding any additional slow down into the Chinese economy but that is the risk that Australia is watching very closely. We spoke to the Acting Treasurer, Bruce Billson, about that and other economic […]

Interview with Janine Perrett, Sky

7 July 2015

JANINE PERRETT: Welcome back. Well with Greece on the verge of economic anarchy, Europe splitting, the Chinese market in freefall, our rates due out tomorrow with the RBA, tough times to be Acting Treasurer. Joe, Mathias, Josh, all away. The job of plucky Small Business Minister Bruce Billson is running the country. He spoke with […]

Doorstop interview with the Prime Minister and Mr Nick Varvaris MP, Wolli Creek, Sydney

7 July 2015

NICK VARVARIS: Good morning everyone and welcome to Woolworths at Wolli Creek here in the seat of Barton. Firstly, I would like to thank the Prime Minister and the Minister for Small Business for coming out to my electorate. This is a Government that is committed to supporting small businesses. We want small businesses to […]

Interview with Heidi Armstrong, Sky Business

7 July 2015

HEIDI ARMSTRONG: As this financial year gets underway the Government continues to roll out its small business package. And the employee share scheme framework has really drawn positive attention. Not just for its tax incentives but also because of the implementation assistance available for start- up companies. I spoke with the Small Business Minister Bruce […]

Press conference, Melbourne

6 July 2015

MINISTER BILLSON: Good afternoon, a number of media outlets have asked me for an update on the situation in Greece and what its implications may be for Australia. Little has changed since this morning. The Greek community has voted and now the Greek authorities and their European creditors are assessing what to and where to […]

Interview with Leon Compton, 774 ABC

6 July 2015

LEON COMPTON: Bruce Billson is the Acting Treasurer and the Small Business Minister. Bruce Billson, good morning. MINISTER BILLSON: Good morning to you Leon and your listeners. LEON COMPTON: What impact do you think the No Vote overnight will have here in Australia? MINISTER BILLSON: We are certainly closely examining the consequences from the No […]

Interview with Richard Glover, Linda Burney and Rebecca Huntley, ABC Drive, 702 Radio Sydney

6 July 2015

RICHARD GLOVER: The Monday political forum is in session. Linda Burney is the Deputy Leader of the Labor Party and the Member for Canterbury. It includes the suburbs of Elwood, Campsie and Roselands. Rebecca Huntley, social researcher and writer for debriefdaily.com and Bruce Billson who is the Minister for Small Business and the Federal Member […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein and David Feeney, Fight Club, 774 ABC

1 July 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Joining me in the studio for fight club, David Feeney stepping into the red dressing gown. He is the Shadow Minister for Justice, the member for Batman and you are the Shadow Assistant… you speak on Defence as well don’t you? What is that title? DAVID FEENEY: I do. Shadow Assistant Defence Minister. […]

Interview with Chris Smith, 2GB Mornings Show for Alan Jones

1 July 2015

CHRIS SMITH: It is 19 minutes after 8’oclock and as I said earlier there is some justice for supermarket suppliers. Last September Coles instituted its own supplier charter which it said would correct the power imbalance between it and its suppliers. It appointed former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett as independent arbitrator of disputes. Mr Kennett […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, AM Agenda, Sky News

1 July 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: With me to discuss the Greek crisis and other issues of the day, the Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson, at the start of this financial year a lot coming into effect in relation to the small business sector, we will get to that in a moment. But first of all on Greece, Minister, […]

Interview on Sky News – the Nation

18 June 2015

DAVID SPEERS: Good evening welcome to the program. Looking back at this week the Government will argue that it has been getting on with business. Things like the China Free-Trade Agreement being signed, the pension deal done with the Greens, the small business package through the Parliament and also today the white paper of northern […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein and Mark Dreyfus QC Shadow Attorney General, 774 ABC Melbourne

17 June 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Joining us in Canberra is the man who even touts his blood group as positive, that’s how happy he is all the time. Bruce Billson is his name. He is the Member for Dunkley. He is the Minister for Small Business, part of the Federal Cabinet under Tony Abbott. Bruce Billson good afternoon. […]

Interview with Tom Elliott, 693 3AW Melbourne

17 June 2015

TOM ELLIOTT: Let us go back to the Free Trade Agreement now, the one that was signed today with China, follows on from the ones that have been signed over the last year with South Korea and Japan. Joining us now, the Small Business Minister in the Federal Government, Bruce Billson, good afternoon. MINISTER BILLSON: […]

Interview with Peter Van Onselen, Sky News

17 June 2015

PETER VAN ONSELEN: Alright let’s get right in to it. I am joined now by the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson live from the nation’s Capital. Thanks for being there Minister. Let me start by asking you the breaking news around the signing of the Free Trade Agreement. You would have been all across that […]

Interview with Chris Smith, 2GB Afternoons

16 June 2015

CHRIS SMITH: I mentioned this small business package getting the green light from the Senate, yes it is almost a headline in itself!  The Senate passing a Budget package and it concerns small business - a $20,000 instant asset write off on an unlimited number of purchases and a 1.5 percent tax cut.  Small Business […]

Interview with Richard Glover, Drive 702 ABC Sydney

10 June 2015

RICHARD GLOVER: I wonder if you pay extra to buy free range eggs, congratulating yourself that you're doing the right thing. If so, a CHOICE survey out today might give you a sinking feeling. I just looked up the brand I always buy. There was a great photo of happy chooks on box so you'll […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News Agenda, Canberra

4 June 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: With me now, the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson. Mr Billson thanks very much for your time. Mr Hockey this morning is saying that he wants Labor to back the package through the Senate. What more does Labor need to do to show you that they are going to support your measures? Labor […]

Interview with Janine Perrett, Sky News, Canberra

3 June 2015

JANINE PERRETT: Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson, welcome to the show. MINISTER BILLSON: Thanks Janine. Best wishes to you and the viewers. JANINE PERRETT: Firstly, I have to ask you because it is compulsory today to everybody there. Were you the leaker? MINISTER BILLSON: I think it is a bit shabby - people leaking […]

Interview with Ben Fordham, 2GB, Sydney

3 June 2015

BEN FORDHAM: Bruce Billson is the Small Business Minister and the energiser bunny of the Abbott Government, he joins me on the line, Bruce Billson, good afternoon.  MINISTER BILLSON: Ben, great to be with you and your listeners. BEN FORDHAM: You’re everywhere at the moment, thank you very much for coming on. MINISTER BILLSON: Good […]

Interview with Peter van Onselen and Kristina Keneally, Sky News

2 June 2015

KRISTINA KENEALLY: Bruce Billson, welcome to the program, it’s an absolute delight to have you as our first Coalition Minister. PETER VAN ONSELEN: Obviously, I’m bad cop to Kristina Keneally good cop, so let me ask the first question: It is all about you in the budget, and it’s all about your small business package […]

Interview with Graham Richardson, Sky News, Canberra

27 May 2015

GRAHAM RICHARDSON: Bruce Billson welcome to the program. MINISTER BILLSON: Graham thanks for having me and best wishes to you and the viewers. GRAHAM RICHARDSON: Good on you. Now I know from the papers - if you read it there it must be right, that you are called pastor. Not as in what you eat […]

Interview with Barrie Cassidy, ABC Insiders

24 May 2015

BARRIE CASSIDY: Now Bruce Billson, as the Small Business Minister, has the carriage of the major initiative in the Budget, designed to rev up the economy. But is it all it seems? Economist Saul Eslake makes the obvious point, if you don't make money, you don't pay taxes, so you don't get a tax concession, […]

Interview with Ben Fordham, 2GB Sydney

22 May 2015

BEN FORDHAM: Bruce Billson is the Small Business Minister and he is on the line right now. Minister good afternoon to you. MINISTER BILLSON: Ben best wishes to you and your listeners and how is Freddy going? BEN FORDHAM: Freddy is fantastic. MINISTER BILLSON: He is a good looking Rooster. I wonder where he gets […]

Interview with Steve Price and Heidi Armstrong, 2GB Radio Sydney

21 May 2015

STEVE PRICE: We had a call last night on the program about Bruce Billson the Small Business Minister. I think he is doing a fantastic job. I had him at a breakfast for 500 in Canberra last week for the Institute of Public Accountants. Had a call last night from someone who is a big […]

Doorstop interview with the Prime Minister and Matt Williams MP, CIBO Espresso Shop, Genelg

21 May 2015

MINISTER BILLSON: PM thank you, Matt thank you. This is a great success story of Australian entrepreneurship. Tony and Tania they are sons of entrepreneurs, their children are entrepreneurial in their outlook.  This is the story of success for so many communities. Men and women having a go, creating opportunities for themselves and others.  And […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein and Mark Dreyfus QC Shadow Attorney-General, 774 ABC Melbourne

20 May 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Bruce Billson is the Minister for Small Business and the Member for Dunkley; he takes in parts of Frankston, Bruce, thanks for joining us again. MINISTER BILLSON: Hi to you Raf, Mark, and your listeners.  RAFAEL EPSTEIN: And Mark Dreyfus is the Mark he refers to; he is the Shadow Attorney-General, the Member […]

Joint doorstop interview with the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister and Mr Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member for Reid, Sydney

19 May 2015

CRAIG LAUNDY: Good morning and welcome to God’s own country – the federal electorate of Reid. It’s great to have, Prime Minister, you here today and the Minister for Small Business back in town a few days kicking off the sell of the Budget. It is great to have a great gathering, typical of Reid, […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, 2GB Money News, Sydney

15 May 2015

ROSS GREENWOOD: The Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has jumped back on the line for us to give us a hand tonight. Hello Bruce how are you? MINISTER BILLSON: Ross great to be back with you and your listeners. ROSS GREENWOOD: Good thank you. So anybody wants to jump on the line? Anybody confused? Anybody […]

Interview with Laura Jayes, Sky News Lunchtime Agenda

14 May 2015

LAURA JAYES: Joining me now in the studio is the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson. And we will get to paid parental leave in a moment but first I want to talk about the centrepiece, as it has been described in this package, the small business package. The tax breaks you have announced will run […]

Interview with Kumi Taguchi, 702 ABC, Sydney

13 May 2015

KUMI TAGUCHI: Bruce Billson, the Minister for Small Business. Bruce thanks so much for joining us this afternoon. MINISTER BILLSON: Kumi, great to be with you and your listeners. KUMI TAGUCHI: Ok so $20,000 uncapped – just tell us how this would work. Give us a scenario say for someone who is setting up a […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein, 774 ABC, Melbourne

13 May 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Bruce Billson is the Small Business Minister. The Member for Dunkley here in Melbourne. MINISTER BILLSON: How are you? RAFAEL EPSTEIN: The small business group this morning told Jon Faine you have given them more than they actually asked for. Why? MINISTER BILLSON: We want to energise enterprise Raf. We have got an […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, 2GB Money News, Sydney

13 May 2015

ROSS GREENWOOD: Bruce Billson, the Minister for Small Business in Australia. He has had a busy time because his portfolio has been front and centre of this Budget process. Good day Bruce, how are you doing? MINISTER BILLSON: Ross how are you and your listeners tonight? ROSS GREENWOOD: Very well thank you. I have just […]

Interview with James Bennett, ABC TV, Capital Hill

13 May 2015

JAMES BENNETT: Bruce Billson, how many jobs will this package create? MINISTER BILLSON: We have got to recover the 519,000 jobs lost in small business under the previous Labor Government. That is our first ambition– recover those jobs that were lost under Labor; put those livelihoods back into the economy and then build the momentum […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein, ABC Fight Club, 774 ABC

8 May 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Springing off the top rope for Team Abbott is Bruce Billson – Minister for Small Business, Member for Dunkley here in Melbourne, joining us from Canberra.  Hi there Bruce. MINISTER BILLSON: Hi Raf, best wishes to you and your listeners and to Stephen.  Is this his inaugural Fight Club? STEPHEN JONES: He is […]

Interview with with Marcus Paul, 2CC Canberra Live

6 May 2015

MARCUS PAUL: The Federal Minister Bruce Billson, Federal Minister for Small Business, has been in Yass today talking about Free Trade Agreements and opportunities for businesses across our region. I am happy to say the Minister joins us on Canberra Live. Good afternoon to you. MINISTER BILLSON: Good afternoon to you Marcus and your listeners. […]

Doorstop interview, Yellow Belly Cafe, Googong

6 May 2015

MINISTER BILLSON: Thanks Joe, thanks Peter.  It is great to be here and to see John and his team doing a great job; building a business, creating livelihood opportunities and really adding economic vitality to this growing area.  It is the story of what the Abbott Government is seeking to achieve, to get behind enterprising […]

Interview with David Speers, PM Agenda, Sky News

6 May 2015

DAVID SPEERS: You are watching PM Agenda. As we have seen this afternoon, the Reserve Bank has cut interest rates to a new, record low –The official cash rate now 2%. A week out from the Budget, the Treasurer Joe Hockey has welcomed it and urged households and small business to get out there and […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein and Mark Dreyfus QC Shadow Attorney-General, 774 ABC Melbourne

22 April 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Joining me for Fight Club in the studio is Mark Dreyfus. He is the Shadow Attorney-General, he is the Member for Isaacs, part of Bill Shorten’s Opposition team. Mark, thanks for coming in. MARK DREYFUS: Very good to be with you Raf. RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Joining us from, I don’t know if it’s cloudy […]

Interview with Peter Switzer, Sky News Business, Canberra

16 April 2015

PETER SWITZER: Bruce Billson is the Small Business Minister and is set to crow a small business tax cut, but what else does he want and what might he get? Bruce thanks for joining us. MINISTER BILLSON: Peter, always great to be with you and your viewers. PETER SWITZER: Ok mate can I admit to […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News Agenda

14 April 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: Bruce Billson good to see you. I guess an interesting balancing act that the Treasurer is talking about here: On the one hand he is saying that the Government is still reducing the deficit heading into his second Budget, but he is talking about an iron ore price of possibly as low as […]

Interview with Greg Jennett, ABC TV Capital Hill

14 April 2015

GREG JENNETT: Bruce Billson the GST debate and the predicament of Western Australia has thrown up a big reform agenda. The Feds and others are looking to Western Australia to fix its own house before GST is looked at – or the carve up of that. Just how much of a project lies ahead for […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein, 774 ABC Melbourne

8 April 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Joining me in the Melbourne studio for the first time in a little while is Bruce Billson; he is the Minister for Small Business in Tony Abbott’s Government.  He is the Liberal Party Member for the seat of Dunkley.  Bruce welcome. MINISTER BILLSON: Great to be with you Raf and your listeners. RAFAEL […]

Interview with Steve Price, 2GB

7 April 2015

STEVE PRICE: I have got to say I was amazed at the number of places I found closed over Easter because of the outrageous cost of penalty rates. It was made worse in places like Victoria because if I am right, the state government there declared Easter Sunday an actual public holiday which meant that […]

Interview with Helen Dalley, Dalley Edition, Sky News

6 April 2015

HELEN DALLEY: After a massive tax discussion paper, a competition policy review report coming on the heels of the Intergenerational Report, Australians could be forgiven for being ‘reviewed-out’. Too many options, not enough action perhaps? But what looks to be central to next month’s budget is a small business package, along with the Government’s much […]

Interview with Justin Smith, 2UE Drive, Sydney

1 April 2015

JUSTIN SMITH: Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson is on the line, hello Minister! MINISTER BILLSON: G’day Justin, how are you and your listeners and Warne particularly?  Well done. JUSTIN SMITH: Shane Warne haha… MINISTER BILLSON: Can you count that in your ratings?  Does that go to your ratings? JUSTIN SMITH: I wish we could, […]

Interview with Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National Breakfast

1 April 2015

FRAN KELLY: Another major report urging a new wave of economic reform was handed to the Federal Government yesterday.  This is the long awaited final report from the Harper Competition Review.  The first comprehensive assessment of Australia’s competition policies, laws and institutions in more than two decades.  Its 56 recommendations call for an overhaul of […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky AM Agenda

1 April 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: Which are the recommendations are you going to implement? MINISTER BILLSON: Well we are working through all 56 Kieran, I do not think you would expect, less than 24 hours after receiving the report, to offer a detailed commentary and a considered response on every one of the recommendations.  What we have indicated […]

Joint press conference with Professor Ian Harper, Melbourne

31 March 2015

MINISTER BILLSON: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for joining us today on a very important occasion. It represents the completion of a Coalition election commitment to activate an objective, evidence based examination of our competition policy, our competition laws and institutional framework. And frankly what stands between us and our economy and achieving all of […]

Interview with David Speers, PM Agenda, Sky News

31 March 2015

DAVID SPEERS: I want to return to this competition review that has been released this afternoon. We have just been talking to the Chair of that review process, Professor Ian Harper. I want to bring in now the Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson for some initial reaction to this. Thank you for your time, I […]

Interview with Gary Adshead, 6PR Mornings, Perth

31 March 2015

GARY ADSHEAD: Now it's time to hear from the Federal Minister who has received a review; it's looking at the whole issues of competitiveness in Australia through the Economic Regulation Authority… I think, I might be corrected on that as I talk to Bruce Billson the Small Business Minister. Now g'day Bruce. MINISTER BILLSON: Gary, […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, 2GB Sunday Business, Sydney

29 March 2015

ROSS GREENWOOD: There is going to be two key pieces of information that will come out this week. One of which is the Tax White Paper that comes out tomorrow. And that has big implications not only for individuals but also for business. And on top of that also, and this is important for business […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein, 774 ABC, Melbourne

25 March 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: In our Canberra studio making each other coffees and straightening each other’s ties – Mark Dreyfus who is the Shadow Attorney General and the Member for Isaacs, welcome Mark. MARK DREYFUS: Very good to be with you. Hello Bruce. MINISTER BILLSON: Hello Mark. RAFAEL EPSTEIN: And that is Bruce Billson. He is the […]

Interview with James Glenday, ABC Capital Hill, Press Gallery, Canberra

24 March 2015

JAMES GLENDAY: I'm joined in the studio now by the Federal Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson. Minister welcome. MINISTER BILLSON: Thank you for having me. JAMES GLENDAY: If I can start off - Would you like to see penalty rates cut on Saturday and Sundays across the country? MINISTER BILLSON: Well we are not […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, AM Agenda, Sky News

24 March 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: Now on the programme, the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson. Must be encouraging to see those numbers? MINISTER BILLSON: Encouraging, but it just shows there is no substitute for focussing on the work of governing well, on dealing with the challenges the nation faces, and mapping out a clear plan for the future. […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein, ABC 774 Drive, Melbourne

11 March 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Joining me in the Melbourne studio is a part of Tony Abbott’s Federal Cabinet. Bruce Billson is the Small Business Minister and the Member for Dunkley. Bruce, welcome. MINISTER BILLSON: Raf, great to be here. And gee looking well. RAFAEL EPSTEIN: And Mark Dreyfus is looking well; at least I think he is. […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein, ABC 774 Drive, Melbourne

5 March 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Bruce Billson good afternoon. MINISTER BILLSON: Hi Raf. RAFAEL EPSTEIN: What is the point of this report? This is the fourth one. For most people it is a cloud of statistics and it evaporates the next day. MINISTER BILLSON: I suppose that is one way of looking at it. There is another way […]

Interview with Steve Austin, ABC 612 Brisbane

3 March 2015

STEVE AUSTIN: Bruce Billson is the Federal Minister for Small Business, Minister good morning to you. What does the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct actually cover? BRUCE BILLSON: Basically it puts an obligation on the supermarket chains to have grocery supply agreements in writing. Not too much to ask. Some clear, surefooted certainty about […]

Interview with Patricia Karvelas, ABC RN Drive

2 March 2015

PATRICIA KARVELAS: Joining me now is the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson, welcome to RN Drive. MINISTER BILLSON: Thank you for having me, Patricia. PATRICIA KARVELAS: Coles, Woolworths and Aldi are set to support the Code in principle. When will they actually sign up? MINISTER BILLSON: I am urging them to take decisive action to […]

Interview with Greg Jennett, ABC News 24

2 March 2015

Excerpts from Food and Grocery Code of Conduct doorstop played: MINISTER BILLSON: This industry led initiative recognises concerns about the pressure, particularly smaller suppliers are facing in the supply chain, to our largest supermarkets in Australia. This Code is about looking after the interests of consumers because we know if suppliers are uncertain or anxious […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, AM Agenda, Sky News

2 March 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: With me this morning to look at the poll and the other issues of the day the Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson. Mr Billson thanks for your time. Encouraging for the Prime Minister, these numbers, and for the Government generally. MINISTER BILLSON: I take it as an affirmation that we need to focus […]

Doorstop interview, Parliament House Canberra

2 March 2015

MINISTER BILLSON: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for joining us this morning. We are here to announce that the Australian Food and Grocery Code will come into force as of tomorrow. This industry led initiative recognises concerns about the pressure, particularly smaller suppliers are facing in the supply chain, to our largest supermarkets in Australia. […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein, 774 ABC Melbourne

26 February 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Coming up we will be joined by Mark Dreyfus the Shadow Attorney General, and Bruce Billson who is the Small Business Minister, part of Tony Abbott’s Cabinet. The furore over the Head of the Human Rights Commission continues to the bizarre extent today of Julie Bishop the Foreign Affairs Minister saying that Gillian […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News Agenda, Canberra

19 February 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: I am joined live now from Melbourne by the Small Business Minister, Cabinet Minister Bruce Billson. Mr Billson first on this speech, an important address there from the US President – our Government represented by the Attorney General George Brandis at that summit. A couple of significant messages – one is that Muslim […]

Interview with Chris Uhlmann, ABC News 24

12 February 2015

CHRIS UHLMANN: Bruce Billson, welcome. MINISTER BILLSON: Thank you. CHRIS UHLMANN: The unemployment rate has gone up to 6.4% today. That must be very disappointing? MINISTER BILLSON: It is higher than what the market expected and certainly higher than what we are aiming for. But we did forecast the risk of an increase in unemployment. […]

Interview with David Speers, Rowan Dean, Sean Kelly and Tony Bourke on Sky News, ‘The Nation’, Canberra

12 February 2015

DAVID SPEERS: Good evening, welcome to the program. What a week it has been. It began with Tony Abbott surviving what he called a near death experience. 39 of his colleagues, more than a third of the party, wanted him gone. Now we’re told everything’s ok, the Prime Minister’s agreed to change, and unity prevails.  […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News Agenda, Canberra

10 February 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: First though, to the Minister for Small Business and Cabinet Minister Bruce Billson. Minister thanks so much for your time. You were over there right with the Prime Minister walking out of the party. I know you were with him during the party room meeting yesterday as well. Were you shocked by the […]

Doorstop interview, Canberra Airport

8 February 2015

BRUCE BILLSON: I will be very very pleased to see the spill motion roundly defeated. Roundly defeated. What we need is an opportunity to build on our strengths, which are unity, a clear sense of purpose, cohesion, a plan for the future, and the successes we have had to date. To do that, we need […]

Interview with Tom Elliot, 3AW Drive

6 February 2015

TOM ELLIOTT: Joining us now, the Minister for Small Business in the Federal Liberal Party Bruce Billson. Good afternoon. MINISTER BILLSON: Good afternoon to you and your listeners. TOM ELLIOTT: Now what did you think about what the Prime Minister had to say 15 minutes ago? MINISTER BILLSON: I think he was right on the […]

Interview with Sky News, Melbourne

6 February 2015

DAVID LIPSON: Well the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson joins us now from Melbourne. Bruce Billson thanks for your time. First of all, which way will you vote in this motion on Tuesday for a leadership spill? BRUCE BILLSON: I will vote against it. We have a settled, experienced team, a clear plan for the […]

Interview with Virginia Trioli, ABC News Breakfast

3 February 2015

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: During yesterday’s Press Club address Tony Abbott confirmed that small businesses will be given a break.  There will be a tax cut of at least 1.5 per cent from July and that is ahead of a Government Taxation White Paper. Bruce Billson is the Federal Minister for Small Business; he joins us now […]

Interview with Rafael Epstein, 774 ABC Melbourne

2 February 2015

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: The Prime Minister was promising to spend the Paid Parental Leave money on childcare in some form, and also promising some sort of goodies for small business already expecting a 1.5 per cent cut. I’m not sure there was too much extra detail on that but we can ask what detail there is […]

Interview with Denis Walter, 3AW, Melbourne

2 February 2015

DENIS WALTER: Joining me is the Honourable Bruce Billson, Member for Dunkley and Minister for Small Business. Mr Billson, good afternoon. MINISTER BILLSON: Good afternoon to you Denis and to your listeners and I was at the Australian Open tennis as part of a great weekend in our great state. DENIS WALTER: Oh how good […]

Interview with Michael Spooner, ABC Mid North Coast

29 January 2015

MICHAEL SPOONER: I spoke with the Federal Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson earlier this morning and began by asking what issues are going to be on the agenda at today’s forum. MINISTER BILLSON: We get first hand field evidence from small business operators about what they are seeing, how our policy program is being […]

Interview with Ross Greenwood, 2GB Sunday Business, Sydney

25 January 2015

ROSS GREENWOOD: Happy New Year Bruce Billson, many thanks for your time. MINISTER BILLSON: Great to be back with you Ross and best wishes to all those enterprising listeners that appreciate your program. ROSS GREENWOOD: You would accept that it is very, very difficult for many businesses, it’s not necessarily the conditions are bad – […]

Interview with Jon Faine, 774 ABC Melbourne

22 January 2015

JON FAINE: Thank you for joining us this morning and we will come to some of the other issues affecting the Government in just a moment, but what do you want to do about the law on contractors and employment law? MINISTER BILLSON: The clarity of what is a contractor versus an employee is something […]

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, AM Agenda, Sky News

20 January 2015

KIERAN GILBERT: Minister thanks so much for your time. The Treasurer yesterday, I want to start with his comments relating to bracket creep, saying that soon those on middle income in Australia will be paying the top level of tax – nearly half their wages in tax. Can you give us a sense at the […]

Interview with Stephen Cenatiempo, 2NM Today, Hunter Valley

15 January 2015

STEPHEN CENATIEMPO: Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson, he joins us now. Minister, Good morning. MINISTER BILLSON: Steve how are you? And good morning to you and your listeners. STEPHEN CENATIEMPO: Whose fault is this? MINISTER BILLSON: There are moving parts in the petrol industry and I have said previously how petrol prices move around […]

Interview with Stuart Bocking, 2UE Business, Sydney

15 January 2015

BOCKING: The Minister for Small Business is Bruce Billson and he is on the line. Minister, Good morning. MINISTER BILLSON: Great to speak with you Stuart and your listeners. BOCKING: You too Bruce, thank you and best wishes for 2015. MINISTER BILLSON: And you too and all those enterprising Australians that listen to your show […]

Interview with Chris Coleman, ABC Mornings, Riverina

14 January 2015

CHRIS COLEMAN: I thought it was worth getting the Federal Minister for Small Business, Competition and Consumer Affairs, the man who has been able to give the ACCC these extra powers to look into petrol pricing, and have a chat. Bruce Billson is his name, Federal Minister for all those things. Minister good morning. MINISTER […]

Interview with Cameron Stallard, 4HI Breakfast Show

14 January 2015

CAMERON STALLARD: To discuss more this morning on fuel prices and what we can do as motorists to force a change is the Federal Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, he joins us on the line this morning. Minister, good morning. MINISTER BILLSON: Cameron, how are you in the sparkling Emerald, I hope you and […]

Interview with James Daggar-Nickson, Sky News Business

13 January 2015

JAMES DAGGAR-NICKSON: Small Business Minister Bruce Billson joins us now from our Melbourne studio.  Minister Billson, thanks very much for your time today.  Let us start with Japan FTA; it comes into effect on Thursday.  How significant is this for small business? MINISTER BILLSON: It is a huge opportunity; there is no substitute for customers.  […]

Interview with Luke Grant, Morning Show, 2GB

12 January 2015

LUKE GRANT: Minister for Small Business is Bruce Billson, who is on the line. Happy New Year! MINISTER BILLSON: Happy New Year to you Luke and to your listeners. LUKE GRANT: That’s ridiculous isn’t it? $1.52 – what’s that all about? MINISTER BILLSON: Fuel prices are all over the place and that is part of […]

Interview with Kel Richards, Summer Nights, 2GB

1 January 2015

KEL RICHARDS: Our guest on the line right now is Bruce Billson, who is the Federal Minister for Small Business. Bruce, good evening, welcome to the program. MINISTER BILLSON: Great to speak with you Kel and your listeners this evening, and Happy New Year. KEL RICHARDS: Happy New Year to you.  What are the planned […]