Apr 19, 2017

THE lowest company tax rate in half a century is on its way for small businesses in the Cowper electorate, local MP Luke Hartsuyker says.

Touring local small businesses with Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack today, Mr Hartsuyker said the recently-passed tax cut plan will help local small businesses to expand and hire more people.

“I ran a small business before I was elected to Parliament, so I understand how cuts in the tax rate and simpler paperwork will help local small businesses expand, pursue new ideas and hire more people,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

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Apr 19, 2017

Topics:   Small business tax cuts; small business roadshow; 457 visa programme; decentralisation


JOURNALIST

So Michael tell us why you are here as part of the small business roadshow.

McCORMACK

The national small business roadshow is getting out and about, across the countryside and certainly in regional areas such as Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, to listen to the small business owners and operators right throughout Australia. But particularly in the regions.

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Apr 19, 2017

Topics:                 Small business tax cuts; small business roadshow

PRESENTER

Yeah, morning! It’s Moffee with you. Joining us now in the studio Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker and the Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack. G’day guys, welcome along!

McCORMACK

Morning Moffee.

PRESENTER

Now it’s been a very busy 24 hours when it comes to jobs and working but the main reason you’re here today is it’s all about local businesses. It’s all about small business.

McCORMACK

Look, it is. And the national small business roadshow comes to Coffs Harbour this morning. 8 o’clock. All people are welcome at the C-Ex Club. So really looking forward to seeing as many small businesspeople as possible. So if you’re out and about in Coffs Harbour this morning and you’re running a small business and you’ve got time – I appreciate people are very busy when they’re in small business – but if you’ve got time, come down to the club from 8 o’clock.

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Apr 19, 2017

THE final report for the Review of Australian Consumer Law, conducted by Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CCANZ), has today been welcomed by Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack, who is responsible for consumer affairs.

“This is the first broad review of Australia’s national consumer law since it commenced on 1 January 2011. Commissioned on 31 March 2016, the review assesses the effectiveness of existing laws and, importantly, whether new and emerging issues can be addressed,” Mr McCormack said.

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Apr 18, 2017

Small business tax cuts; small business roadshow


JOURNALIST

There’s been two small business roundtable forums in Cowper today as part of the roadshow and you have been at both of them. How did they go today?

McCORMACK

Really well. We had upwards of 30 small business owners and operators at each of the roundtables. This is part of the national Small Business Roadshow which is going through every State and every Territory – every remote corner of Australia – talking to small business, but more importantly listening. Listening to what their issues and concerns are in their local communities.

We heard at both forums today about the need to do even more work as far as red tape is concerned. We have certainly taken that on board. But certainly small business is very, very pleased with the tax cuts which came into play a couple of weeks ago, passed through the Senate, which is really important.

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Apr 18, 2017

TAX cuts and simpler paperwork are on the way for Wauchope and Mid North Coast small businesses, Lyne MP and Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie says.

On the Mid North Coast with Small Business Minister Michael McCormack as part of a nationwide small business roadshow, the Ministers heard how tax cuts, redefining small business and extending tax concessions for small business will help create more jobs and grow local small businesses.

Dr Gillespie and Mr McCormack visited Bennett’s Steel and an aged care facility to hear how local small businesspeople are creating jobs along the NSW Mid North Coast.

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Apr 17, 2017

Topics:                 Small business tax cuts; small business roadshow

MICHAEL McCORMACK

[RECORDING STARTS]…. here as part of the national small business roadshow. We are going to be doing a small business roadshow forum in both Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. I am here with David Gillespie and Luke Hartsuyker – my Nationals’ and Ministerial colleagues.

David has told me a lot about the diversity of small businesses in this area. It’s great to be able to come here and see some of them first hand. Like Bennett’s Steel here today. I have come to talk to people such as Tanya Simmons – to not just talk to her about the good policies the Government has in place – perhaps even more importantly to listen to her about what she thinks the Government should be doing to boost small business even further.

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Apr 13, 2017

FEDERAL Member for Bowman Andrew Laming hosted Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack in Cleveland today holding a roundtable with local small businesspeople and community leaders.

“I am pleased the Minister accepted my invitation to visit Bowman and to meet local businesspeople to discuss how the Government’s small business plan will help them grow and create local jobs,” Dr Laming said.

“Today, we discussed cuts to small business taxes and the instant asset write off programme which the Government has delivered to free-up resources for small businesses to reinvest and grow.

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Apr 13, 2017

From the conflict we hear about and the terror we see taking place in our world, we're led to think the world is troubled and it's no wonder people struggle to make sense of where we're headed. These may seem like depressing remarks to begin this message with; however, they provide a perfect platform to stress the importance of reflection and thinking about how lucky we are to live in Australia.

Easter of course, is a time to take stock, to reflect and take a short break. To be with family and friends and enjoy those freshly baked hot cross buns and take part in Easter egg hunts collecting chocolate eggs left by the only rabbit a farmer could love.

Jerusalem is a long way from the Riverina and Central West, although the Easter story which is celebrated this week by Christians all around the world should resonate with all of us no matter our faith belief or lack thereof.

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Apr 13, 2017

Health and medical students will have greater opportunities to live, study and work in rural and regional Australia following the latest round of funding through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.

Under the RHMT program $54.4 million has been allocated over 2016-17 to 2018-19 for 26 new Regional Training Hubs and three University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH).

Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, today announced the Riverina and Murrumbidgee areas will receive Regional Training Hubs and Southern and Central New South Wales would be receiving a UDRH.

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