Apr 02, 2017

THE whole country is set to gain from more than 3 million small businesses having a lower tax rate, allowing them to invest more, grow more and employ more, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“We know lower taxes means small businesses can grow, pursue new ideas and create more jobs,” Mr McCormack said.

“We have changed the definition of small business from an annual turnover of $2 million to $10 million, to make sure more Australians can take advantage of the Government’s support for small business.

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Mar 30, 2017

E&OE

MICHAEL McCORMACK:

With the Commonwealth Games, that is children right around Australia that is the adults who would like to see their children not just participate in the Commonwealth Games but indeed attend the Commonwealth Games so every road, every airport is going to lead to the Gold Coast just twelve months from now and I know Steve Ciobo, who I will ask to make a few remarks in a minute, is very excited not just as the Minister for Trade and Tourism but also as the local member at the Gold Coast.

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Mar 30, 2017
•           A new Horticulture Code of Conduct will come into effect on 1 April 2017, to address concerns and opportunities highlighted by an independent review.
•           The Code of Conduct exists to provide clarity around transactions between growers and wholesalers of fresh fruit and vegetables and is enforced by the ACCC.
•           The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to provide fairer returns on produce for growers whilst ensuring trade is not tied up in red tape.

Australian horticulture growers will be able to secure fairer returns on their produce thanks to the Coalition Government’s new and improved Horticulture Code of Conduct, which will provide a stronger framework to support dispute resolution between growers and traders.
 
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Mar 30, 2017

Poignant poems, reflective accounts and creative stories telling of the ANZAC experience were received from primary and secondary school students from all corners of the Riverina and Central West, in response to the call for entries in the Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack’s annual ANZAC writing competition.

“The level of effort, research and creativity invested in the entries received made judging the winning entries very difficult and I was not only impressed with the quantity of entries, but also extremely proud of their quality,” Mr McCormack said.

The theme for this year’s competition was “ANZAC Day in the Riverina and Central West” and Mr McCormack said judging this year’s competition was a tough exercise, with close to 800 entries received from 35 schools across the electorate.

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Mar 30, 2017

A LANDMARK review of Australian competition policy, introduced into Federal Parliament this week, backs small businesses to grow, innovate and create more jobs, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

Mr McCormack said the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017, implements a number of recommendations from the Harper Review to back small business.

“When Australia’s small businesses are able to compete on their merits, they can pursue new ideas, expand and create more jobs across the country,” Mr McCormack said.

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Mar 29, 2017

Borobi, the official mascot of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), has not only found a spot in many Australian hearts, he has also now taken over one of our currency – the $1 coin – revealed today at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.

Sports Minister Greg Hunt, Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo and Small Business Minister Michael McCormack this morning joined Gold Coast Corporation Chairman Peter Beattie, as well as Royal Australian Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid, to unveil the new coin.

Sharing the dream by visiting Canberra for the very first time, Borobi made his mark on a new collectible $1 coin, proving to be the perfect souvenir to celebrate the excitement and lead-up to the Games.

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Mar 29, 2017

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business is encouraging sporting leagues in the Riverina to take part in an Australian Government program to reduce the impact of illegal drugs on Australian communities.

As part of the Government’s National Ice Action Strategy, the Good Sports program is being expanded with an additional $4.6 million in funding to include a new education module on tackling illegal drugs.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation with the support of the Riverina Football Netball League and Farrer Football Netball League will hold a community forum on 5 April 2017 at the Narrandera Ex-Servicemen’s Club to launch the expanded program.

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Mar 26, 2017

Good morning everyone – thanks so much for being here.

And thanks, also, to the Consumer Action Law Centre for putting on this event.   

You know, since I became Small Business Minister in July, I’ve seen a lot.

I’ve travelled — from Geraldton in WA to Gympie in Queensland. I’ve met some great people. And I’ve been inspired by the spark, the ‘can-do’ attitude, of so many of Australia’s small business owners.

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Mar 26, 2017

Following on from the success of the “Get out of the City” campaign, The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has called on the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee to hold a public hearing into decentralisation in the Riverina electorate.

“The Committee received almost 200 submissions from across the country and I was pleased to learn a number of organisations and most Councils in the Riverina and Central West, from Cowra to Lockhart heeded the call and put forward their views to the Committee,” Mr McCormack said.

“Given the importance of the matters being investigated by the Committee and the relevance to regional New South Wales, I have written to the Chair of the Committee managing the decentralisation inquiry, requesting and encouraging the Senate to consider holding a public hearing in the Riverina electorate.

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Mar 26, 2017

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business has welcomed the news in excess of 3,600 homes and businesses in Forbes will soon have access to faster and more reliable internet access, with construction of the National Broadband Network now under way.

“The good news for Forbes is that better broadband is on its way,” Mr McCormack said. 

“The NBN will open up a range of new opportunities for businesses, allow students to learn and engage with classmates in virtual classrooms, and make it easier for residents in Forbes to stay in touch with family and friends online.

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