Apr 10, 2017

Census 2016 collected 4.9 million online forms and 3.5 million paper forms in one of the largest logistical exercises in Australia, and today we get our first insights into the findings of this important population snapshot, says Small Business Minister Michael McCormack.

“The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will today reveal a glimpse of the findings of the 2016 Census which had a preliminary response rate of around 96 per cent – on par with the 2006 Census and the 2011 Census,” Mr McCormack said. 

“The Australian public have shown strong support for the 2016 Census and a noticeable shift from completing the Census on paper to online. More than 58% of Australians completed their census online, representing a shift of 2.2 million more households participating online than in 2011.

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Apr 05, 2017

LOWER taxes and simpler paperwork for small business was central as a nationwide small business roadshow stopped in Corangamite today, Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

Visiting small businesses in Belmont this morning, Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson said the tax cuts are a welcomed boost for the local economy.

“I was delighted to welcome Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack to Belmont today to discuss the Coalition Government’s historic tax cuts for small and medium size businesses,” Ms Henderson said.

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Apr 05, 2017

E&OE

MICHAEL McCORMACK:

[RECORDING STARTED] … So on the back of tax cuts and our plan to back small business, the nationwide roadshow of small

business will listen to small business about their needs and talk up our plan.

I know certainly Sarah Henderson speaks up for small business, and we are a Government which backs small business so I am

excited to be on High Street today.

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Apr 05, 2017
  • Construction starts on the Parkes Wastewater Treatment Plant and Recycled Water Scheme.
  • Facility will provide the region with a sustainable source of recycled water.
  • Coalition Government is investing $8.725 million through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Works have commenced on the new water treatment and recycle plant in Parkes that will provide a reliable and enduring water source for the region. 

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new Wastewater Treatment Plant and Recycled Water Scheme would ensure Parkes will have a sustainable future.  

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Apr 05, 2017

E&OE

PRESENTER:

We’re joined this morning by Minister for Small Business and the Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack,

Good morning Michael McCormack…

MICHAEL McCORMACK:

Good morning Julie.

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Apr 04, 2017

COMING off the back of delivering the lowest company tax rate for small business in 50 years, a nationwide small business roadshow took stock of the terrific opportunity in northern Victoria today, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack said.

“Senator Bridget McKenzie and I are proud to be in the Government for small business. We are here to listen to small business people in northern Victoria about how we can keep working to grow the sector,” Mr McCormack said.

“Lower taxes, simpler paperwork and small business confidence are central to the Government’s plans to grow the economy, and regions such as country Victoria play an important part in that.

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Apr 04, 2017

A NEW safety standard for elastic luggage straps (commonly known as ‘octopus straps’ or ‘occy straps’) comes into effect today, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

As the Minister responsible for consumer affairs and product safety, Mr McCormack said the standard requires a warning label which clearly warns of dangers when removing the hooks.

“Occy straps are a staple of many family holidays, luggage, sheds and workshops around Australia. From tying down tarps on the back of a trailer to baggage on a family holiday, I know many Aussies use occy straps as part of a trip or everyday business,” Mr McCormack said.

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Apr 04, 2017

E&OE

BRIDGET McKENZIE:

[RECORDING STARTED] … talking to my National Party colleagues, talking to local small businesses right across the region, about what we’re doing as a Government to ensure they get on with working in their business. We want to get the clumsy hand of Government and all that red tape out of their businesses so they can get on with employing more people locally.

It has been a great week! Last week in the Senate we were able to pass the corporate tax changes which we will see over 800,000 businesses across Australia, employing over 6 million people, actually receive the corporate tax cut.

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Apr 03, 2017

Good evening everyone and thank you Natarsha.

I want to thank Steve Loe for the invitation to be here.

I also want to acknowledge my National Party colleague the NSW Small Business Minister John Barilaro. And, Peter Strong, Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Small Business (COSBOA).

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Apr 02, 2017

THE Australian Government continues to lead the way in on-time payments to business, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

Releasing the Government's Pay On-Time Survey today, Mr McCormack said the survey measures agency performance against a 90 per cent benchmark, in terms of the number of invoices under $1 million paid within 30 days.

"As I have travelled around Australia on my small business roadshow, I hear how important payment times are for small businesses," Mr McCormack said.

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