Apr 21, 2017

A cut in the small business tax rate – to its lowest level in 50 years – is a great boost to small business, Defence Minister and Western Sydney-based Senator Marise Payne says.

Visiting Kouzina Greco Greek restaurant in Parramatta today, Senator Payne and Small Business Minister Michael McCormack met with Alana and Peter Laliotitis who have owned the restaurant since 2000.

Mrs Laliotitis said the couple had already made use of the instant write-off programme, purchasing new equipment for the restaurant last year, such as a new oven and grill, which enabled the business to serve more customers on one of their biggest trading days of the year, Mothers’ Day.

Senator Payne said Parramatta is a thriving hub of small business in Western Sydney and the Laliotitis family is an example of how small businesses are benefiting from the Coalition’s initiatives.

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Apr 21, 2017

THE ICONIC Australian War Memorial’s mosaic from the Hall of Memory will soon circulate in coloured $2 coins unveiled by Defence Minister Marise Payne and Small Business Minister Michael McCormack today.

“Australia’s ANZAC story and legacy commemorates the gallantry and sacrifice of the tens of thousands of Australians who fought and died in the First World War on our country’s behalf,” Senator Payne said.

“The Australian War Memorial, which is the realisation of the vision of WWI correspondent Charles Bean, is the place many Australians come to honour the bravery and sacrifice of our servicemen and women over conflicts across our history.

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Apr 20, 2017

E&OE

Topics: Northparkes Mines, the contribution of the resources sector in regional Australia, mining exploration and investment, coal-fired power stations

MICHAEL MCCORMACK, Minister for Small Business and Member for Riverina:

Well, look it’s really great to be here at Northparkes Mines, the world’s most fully automated, underground, block cave mine. This is a copper mine and, as I say, it’s not only fully automated but, when it went fully automated, it lost no jobs. Three hundred people work this mine.

This very much underpins the economy here in Parkes. Three hundred people work here and, as the Small Business Minister, that is very much critical to this area, for both indirect and direct jobs flowing through the economy in all sorts of areas: hospitality, food, you name it, these sorts of small businesses are underpinned by what they do here at Northparkes Mines.

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Apr 20, 2017

CHILDREN’S nightwear has a new safety standard, with highly-flammable garments excluded from sale and better labelling for fire warning, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

Mr McCormack has today accepted advice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that the children’s nightwear safety standard should be updated.

“The most important role I have as Minister Responsible for Consumer Affairs is to ensure dodgy products are removed from our shelves, and people have the information they need to make informed choices about the goods and services they buy,” Mr McCormack said.

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Apr 20, 2017

Subjects: Bridge upgrades to future proof for Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail project

MICHAEL MCCORMACK:

Well, look it’s great to be here with my colleagues Darren Chester, who is the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, and Matthew Canavan, who is the Minister for Northern Australia but perhaps more importantly in today’s context the Minister of Resources. Darren is here to announce two timber bridges being replaced, future-proofing the rail line between here and Narromine. We are in Parkes of course, and the Mayor here, Ken Keith, has long proclaimed Parkes as being the centre of the universe, and today that is in one sense becoming true, because to future proof the line between here and Narromine in the context of the Inland Rail, the Brisbane to Melbourne line in the future, is so important.

This particular town, Parkes, is the place where the north-south and the east-west rail lines intersect in Australia. It is the hub of such a great agricultural region, such a great commerce region, and such a great local Government area - recognised last year with the awarding of the A R Bluett Award – a prestigious award recognising Parkes as the best Shire Council local Government area in New South Wales. This area produces so much. It’s a service hub, it’s very much the heart of an agricultural region, it is a place where you can in the future and certainly even now get product to market, product to port, with 80 per cent of Australia’s population encountered in just 24 hours. And that’s only going to be enhanced by today’s announcement of $1.3 million to replace two timber bridges: one at Narraweena, and the other at Tomingley West which will, as Darren Chester will in a few moments make a few remarks, future-proof the line. This is so important in the context of Inland Rail, so important for the future of Parkes and this local Government area.

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Apr 20, 2017

Each year we pause as a nation on the 25th April to remember. We are humbly united in gratitude, with grateful thanks for those who have served and continue to serve in our defence force.

We reflect on the sacrifices of those who died in the midst of battle and we shudder to think about the physical, emotional and mental wounds borne by those who did return. The devastating impact war has on the soldiers, sailors and airmen and women who fought and continue to fight for our country is immeasurable. It is however, the high price paid to ensure we all live in the lucky country, a land of peace, freedom and individual liberties we so often take for granted.

As we continue to mark the Centenary of ANZAC, we remember those who gave birth to modern Australia, the Diggers whose sense of mateship, larrikinism and loyalty left a proud tradition which defence personnel proudly keep alive today. 

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Apr 19, 2017
  • Two new rail bridges in Tomingley West and Narwonah, NSW.
  • The upgrade will meet the load specifications required to support Inland Rail.

The Federal government today announced two new railway bridges to be built next month between Parkes and Narromine, with the works set to support the delivery of the Inland Rail project when construction on the nationally significant project begins.

The bridges are being built at Tomingley West and Narwonah on the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) national rail network.

The $1.3 million project will see two timber bridges replaced by reinforced concrete culvert structures designed and built to Inland Rail engineering specifications.

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Apr 19, 2017

Topics: Inland rail, regional development, Northparkes Mine, small business tax cuts, Anzac Day

PRESENTER

I’m joined in the studio by Michael McCormack, the Minister for Small Business and our Federal Member for the Riverina and also Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia. Hi guys, how are you?

McCORMACK

Very well thanks Elliott.

CANAVAN

Yeah, really well thanks.

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Apr 19, 2017

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business joined the Ariah Park Bowling Club and local community members on Good Friday to officially open the new outdoor recreation area.

A contribution of $8,460 from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme helped to ensure the project totalling $29,500 became a reality.

Mr McCormack unveiled the plaque to officially mark the opening of the new community facility at a regional lawn bowls tournament on Good Friday.

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Apr 19, 2017

Topics:                 

Small business tax cuts; small business roadshow; red tape reduction 

(Questions submitted via Port News Facebook page)

McCORMACK

[RECORDING STARTS]…. heard the importance of shopping local. And the Government is trying to do that through its procurement policies. We already have about a third of Federal Government goods and services going to small business.

And when I first got in the job as Small Business Minister, I wrote to each of my Ministerial colleagues and stressed to them the importance of getting small business in that mix. And I maintain that. Like I say, I think it is vital to get on board and shop local. Support local. There is a campaign each and every year but I urge people here in Port Macquarie to do it each and every day.

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