Nov 28, 2016

SWEEPING changes to Australia’s country of origin labelling programme came before Parliament today, as the Coalition Government moved to deliver on another critical promise, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“The Government understands how vital changes to Australia’s country of origin labelling programme are and today we have taken another step in delivering on our promise to give Australians more information about the products they purchase,” Mr McCormack said.

The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016 was introduced into the House of Representatives in May, but lapsed due to the calling of the Federal election.

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Nov 25, 2016

AS Australians today mark their calendars and see Christmas just one month away, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has urged shoppers to think local and make this year’s Christmas a merry one indeed for Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses.

“In shops and neighbourhoods across Australia, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” Mr McCormack said.

“As we start planning for the festive season, buying gifts and groceries, now is the most important time to shop local and support small business.

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Nov 24, 2016

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack today congratulated Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) on its accreditation by the White Ribbon Foundation on becoming the first mine in Australia to be recognised for its commitment to the prevention of and response to violence against women.

“Northparkes continues to forge the way, not just in firsts for mining, having last year become the first fully automated underground mine in the world, but to now be recognised by the national body advocating for a safe society free from violence and abuse towards women is commendable,” Mr McCormack said.

“As the local Federal representative for the Riverina, I am proud that such a large and highly regarded employer within my electorate is a leader in this area of cultural change.

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Nov 24, 2016

The Coalition Government’s new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) will invest in projects that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger rural, regional and remote communities into the future.

This new $297 million fund launched by Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said that the BBRF will deliver infrastructure projects and community activities located outside the major capital cities.

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said, “locals know their community best and the BBRF gives community groups and councils the opportunity to think outside the square. I look forward to seeing what projects local communities in the Riverina and Central West feel will best strengthen our region.”


Funding under the BBRF will be available in two streams:

  • The Infrastructure Projects Stream will invest in projects that involve the construction of new infrastructure, or upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure.
  • The Community Investments Stream will invest in local events and activities, strategic regional plans and leadership and capability building activities.

“There are key differences between the new BBRF and previous funds,” Mr McCormack said.

“Under the BBRF guidelines, projects in major capital cities will not be eligible, as this fund is specifically for rural, regional and remote communities.

 

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Nov 24, 2016

SYNONYMOUS with Australian summer over six decades, the memory of former Australian Test Cricket Captain and the ‘voice of Australian Cricket’, Richie Benaud OBE, has been memorialised in a limited-edition 50 cent coin unveiled ahead of the third Test against South Africa, which begins at the Adelaide Oval today.

“To think of summer in Australia and not have Richie Benaud as part of that folklore is simply not cricket,” Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“There is no Australian generation which has been untouched by Richie Benaud. Whether that’s the indelible link forged through playing alongside Australia’s greatest, Don Bradman, or the 28 Tests for which he captained Australia and became the first player to score more than 2,000 runs or take more than 200 wickets, Richie was one of our greatest on the pitch,” Mr McCormack said.

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Nov 21, 2016

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack has welcomed the extension of disaster assistance for seven additional New South Wales communities, specifically the local government areas of Lockhart Shire and Wagga Wagga City Council, in response to flooding which occurred from late August.

“The impact that the recent floods had on local communities across the Riverina and Central West has been nothing short of devastating,” Mr McCormack said.

“The floods have affected farmers, small business owners, travellers and transport operators far and wide. Roads have been ripped up, crops inundated and shops have had to reduce trading hours.

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Nov 18, 2016

RURAL online businesses which embrace advanced technologies and changing customer tastes have been saluted in recent awards from the Regional Australia Institute, Small Business Minister and Nationals’ MP Michael McCormack has said.

Finalists in the think-tank and global giant’s Regional Online Heroes programme have been unveiled this week, ahead of the annual awards night in Sydney on 5 December.

“Advancements in technologies and connectivity in rural and regional Australia has given country small businesses a boost into new and emerging markets right across the region and the world,” Mr McCormack said.

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Nov 16, 2016

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack has announced funding for a number of Men’s Sheds across the Riverina and Central West.

A total of $17, 757 will be distributed between four Men’s Sheds across the electorate to promote and support men’s health and wellbeing and forms part of $400,000 in national funding which will be distributed to 93 community Men’s Sheds across Australia.

“Men’s Sheds are a popular way for men to connect with their community — whether it’s through a building project, a first aid workshop or a transition to retirement seminar — that’s why I encourage our local blokes to get involved with their local shed,” Mr McCormack said.

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Nov 15, 2016

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, is set to host a seminar in Wagga Wagga this Friday to help local businesses make the most of Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Japan and China.

Business owners will be given the chance to hear first-hand how FTAs can help them succeed in international markets and are invited to attend the seminar on Friday 18 November at the Mercure Wagga Wagga

“I’m proud that the Coalition Government has secured unprecedented access to more than a billion potential customers for Australian goods and services through our free trade agreements with Korea, Japan and China,” Mr McCormack said.

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Nov 14, 2016

CANBERRA’S Royal Australian Mint has bagged three coveted titles at the annual Canberra Region Tourism Awards, earning the congratulations of Small Business Minister Michael McCormack and the Federal Government.

Open to tourism businesses across the whole Canberra region, the Royal Australian Mint won awards for Cultural Tourism, Tourism Visitor Education and the Visitor Experience Award, which is voted on by the public.

The awards follow an 8.9 per cent increase in visitor numbers on 2014/15 figures, with 299,379 people visiting the key Canberra site.

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