SENSIBLE changes to Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection online were introduced to the Parliament this week as the Turnbull-Joyce Government delivered another 2016-17 Budget measure to boost small business, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.
“The Government understands that small business is the job creator in our economy,” Mr McCormack said.
“In successful Budgets since coming to office, the Coalition Government has delivered programmes to boost small business to take the pressure off owners and managers, to create opportunities for growth, and to lay the ground work for small businesses to increase wages and local job opportunities.
ANOTHER week, another couple of thought bubbles from Shadow Assistant Treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh, says Small Business Minister Michael McCormack.
“The Shadow Assistant Treasurer has been quite busy this week, marching up and down the press gallery to shop-out his ideas on everything from small business protection to petrol prices,” Mr McCormack said.
“With every breath Dr Leigh has continued his obsession with the so-called ‘loony right’ and he’s said almost anything to get his name in the paper. The only problem is he harps on for a headline but is deficient on detail.”
WALLACE: Labelling – what does it mean to you? Do you have a good look at products? Is it clear enough on the product? Is it clear enough on the supermarket shelf? Well, there’s been some discussions in Federal Parliament about it. Michael McCormack is – of course – the Federal Member for Riverina and the Minister for Small Business. Mr McCormack, good morning.
McCORMACK: Good morning Simon.
WALLACE: You’ve had a bit of a look at Country of Origin laws?
McCORMACK: Well, look, it’s been something that when I first entered Parliament that so many people told me – there should be truth in labelling. It is so important. Country of Origin laws are necessary, not just for consumers at the supermarkets but indeed farmers. People want to know they are buying good, fresh, green Australian produce – dare I say Riverina and Central West produce.
THE Government response to the Horticulture Code of Conduct strikes the right balance and will ensure a range of improvements within Australia’s horticulture sector to support constructive and fair business between growers and traders, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.
Mr McCormack, who has responsibility for consumer affairs and mandatory codes, said the Horticulture Code is a mandatory industry code under section 51AE of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. It is enforced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Established in 2007, the Horticulture Code exists to provide clarity and transparency between growers and wholesalers of fresh fruit and vegetables.
The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack has echoed calls for rural and regional communities to make their voices heard about moving jobs to the regions.
The Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee is holding an inquiry into the “operation, effectiveness and consequences of relocating corporate Commonwealth entities, as well as the economic, environmental and capability implications”.
“Decentralisation is good for regional communities and good for the economy,” Mr McCormack said.
Those who participated in the annual Tumbatrek event on Saturday conquered the trek having taken in spectacular views, made new friends and perhaps went home with a few blisters and a bit of sun-burn, but Tumbarumba and local tourism proved to be as triumphant according to the Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack.
Initiated in 1985 by the former Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Farrer the Hon Tim Fischer AC, Tumbatrek continues to attract significant interest from politicians, community leaders and members of the public, highlighting to the region and beyond the natural beauty of the Snowy Mountains.
“Having participated in the annual Tumbatrek for the past five years as the local Member, I was proud to take part again for the sixth time, not as the local member (owing to the change of electorate boundaries in 2016) but as the Minister for Small Business,” Mr McCormack said.
A KEY commitment to introduce sweeping changes to Australia’s Country of Origin labelling system was delivered last night, as the Turnbull-Joyce Government kept its commitment to Australian consumers, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.
Legislation passed by the Senate last night will clarify when to use “made-in” and “packed-in” claims.
“These changes are sweeping and necessary, and will give consumers more information about the products they purchase from supermarket shelves clearly and concisely,” Mr McCormack said.