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Hello, everyone. It’s great to be here for the second day of the Retail Leaders Forum, and to have the chance to talk to some of the industry’s leading lights.
And I want to start by saying a strong retail industry matters. It matters to you. It matters to me. It matters to customers and employees.
And it matters to the Government.
AUSTRALIAN motor racing legend Sir Arthur “Jack” Brabham AO OBE has been honoured by the Royal Australian Mint with the Formula One racing champion depicted on a new 50 cent piece unveiled this week.
Small Business Minister Michael McCormack, who is responsible for the Royal Australian Mint, said the new coin honours Sir Jack’s lifetime of motorsport achievement across Australia and the world.
“Sir Jack Brabham’s is an amazing Australian motorsport story. A Formula One racing champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966, he was the first driver who won in a car he built himself,” Mr McCormack said.
THE nationwide small business roadshow headed by Small Business Minister Michael McCormack with leaders from the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has moved to Queensland’s Gympie and Sunshine Coast regions today.
Mr McCormack said each roadshow visit focuses on different local issues which help him work on behalf of small business in Government.
“Every community and every business is unique. This is why I am taking my roadshow to a range of communities in the cities, the suburbs and country towns and villages – to get as much feedback from Australian small businesses as I can,” Mr McCormack said.
THE 2017 Small Business Roadshow led by Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack lands in Brisbane today, with leaders from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) and Australian Taxation Office (ATO) attending a forum hosted in the CBD by Brisbane MP Trevor Evans.
Mr Michael McCormack, who started the roadshow last month, said Queensland’s small business sector was a vital part of Australia’s strong economic performance in the last quarter.
“Economic data released last week shows Australia’s economy growing, investment and confidence up and Australians’ willingness to think local first for the goods and services they need,” Mr McCormack said.
YOUNG entrepreneurs wanting to start their own small business have been given another boost this week, as the Coalition Government delivered even greater support to encourage jobseekers with a business idea to have a go, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.
The Government has this week expanded the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) to add 2,300 places, alongside launching workshops and practical website support for young people who want to be their own boss.
“Small business is built from a spark of an idea, hard work and dedication. With more and more Australians – particularly young people – seeing the opportunities small business has to pursue their dream, the Government is here to back them,” Mr McCormack said.
EVERY new job and every new family in rural and regional Australia brings opportunity for a local small business to start or succeed, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.
Launching the www.getoutofthecity.com.au website alongside Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and The Nationals, Mr McCormack said investment in regional communities driven by decentralisation of Government agencies brings a massive multiplier effect to local small businesses.
“Australia’s regional cities and country towns have a robust small business sector – from office suppliers to housing loan brokers, removalists, cafes and everything in between – all of which are waiting to help those who relocate with a job,” Mr McCormack said.
NEW research released by Universities Australia today has revealed what country people know to be true – that Australia’s regions are central in starting new small businesses and creating new jobs, Small Business Minister and Nationals’ MP Michael McCormack says.
“Australians know better mobile and Internet connectivity in country towns and communities is opening great opportunities for starting a small business in the bush,” Mr McCormack said.
PRESENTER: Well, as another gruelling week of the Parliament crunches to an end, we are left basically where we started the week. There’s a hot debate around the penalty rates decision by the Fair Work Commission this time last week and both political camps have basically staked their claim.
Labor is a very, sort of, hypocritical, duplicitous mess. Leading up to the decision they said they’d support it but as it came down they decided they would go against it for opportunistic political reasons. That is clear for anyone to see. The Government though – although ideologically those on the Government side of the Chamber think this is a wonderful decision. Certainly they haven’t been owning or even actively advocating the benefits of the Fair Work decision. The best I think it’s fair to say from the Prime Minister down there’s been a noticeable acknowledgement of the decision but there has certainly been no ownership. Where this leaves this debate as the weeks roll on, and of course an election is a long way off yet, but I think having spoken to union people and others over the last week, this is going to be WorkChoices 2007 replayed whenever the upcoming election is. It will be the equivalent. You’re going to have the Labor/Union campaign here on cost of living pressures on wages on penalty rates.
Now, small business – small family businesses, particularly in the retail, hospitality and fast food sectors are the ones set to benefit the most. Having spoken to the head of COSBOA the other week they were champing at the bit for a decision like this to be handed down. The Minister for Small Business is Michael McCormack. I suppose he is going to have to be one of the chief salesmen for what will be a very hotly-contested political issue in the months and years ahead. He’s on the phone. Minister, good morning.
NEW products are now available to help young Australians who are starting a business for the first time, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.
Coming on the back of a marked increase in young Australians going into business, particularly in industries such as construction, transport, information technology and telecommunications, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has made the process even easier to help young people have a go.
“When starting your business – just like I did – you are pursuing your dream. This can mean new businesses, especially young people, need some guidance in getting it right,” Mr McCormack said.
Sending a selfie from Warroo, calling home or contacting emergency services is now possible thanks to improved mobile phone coverage in Warroo according to the Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack.
Mr McCormack was joined at a community BBQ today with representatives from Forbes Shire Council, Telstra Countrywide and local residents to celebrate the launch of the new mobile phone tower.
“After lobbying by the local community and the former local Member John Cobb, this tower was able to be delivered under Round 1 of the highly successful Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program. A program the Coalition Government has directly invested $220 million into three rounds of funding,” Mr McCormack said.