Feb 09, 2017

The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has welcomed the move by the Coalition Government to introduce legislation into the Parliament to make the Australian child care system more affordable, flexible and accessible for Australian families.

“The reforms will give around one million Australian families relief from out-of-pocket child care cost pressures and provide more children with the opportunity to benefit from early education,” Mr McCormack said.

“I’m pleased that these reforms will support those who work the most and earn the least. For example, a working family earning $60,000 a year will pay around $15 per day for child care.

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Feb 09, 2017

The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has met with and congratulated two winners from the Riverina electorate for their success in the annual ABC Heywire competition.

Mr McCormack met Georgie McKelvie from Temora and Yongyan Xia from Grenfell at a celebratory morning tea at Parliament House today and heard from both of them about their personal stories and their experience as part of the ABC Heywire program.

“I was incredibly proud to have met Georgie and Yongyan. They are both enthusiastic and passionate students representing their peers from their respective communities here in the national capital, sharing their stories and experiences with political leaders and young people from around the country,” Mr McCormack said.

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Feb 08, 2017

The Nationals' Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack is inviting students from across the Riverina and Central West to participate in his popular ANZAC Day writing competition.

Mr McCormack said he believes ANZAC Day is the most important day in our national calendar, when our nation stops to remember the gallantry, service and sacrifice of men and women who have fought for peace and freedom in conflicts all over the world.

"Each year (this being the seventh), I produce a commemorative booklet about ANZAC Day, which also contains ANZAC service times for across the region and it is distributed to every household in the electorate. I am always glad to receive such encouraging feedback about the content of the booklet and proud when I'm approached by people who tell me about their connection to various servicemen and women who feature in the booklet.

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Feb 08, 2017

Good morning, everyone. It’s great to see so many of you here.

You’re here because you’re interested in learning more about regulation — how to lessen the burden in your respective departments and, even more importantly, the end users. 

What’s more, every one of you has the ability to make a real difference; to drive reform. And that’s a great thing.

So let’s start with my take on dealing with regulation: It’s not easy.

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Feb 07, 2017

THE Federal Government has urged the millions of Australian small businesses to be proactive about their cyber security and to take advantage of the free resources available.

To coincide with Safer Internet Day, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack have written to Australian business leaders, including Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO James Pearson and Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell, to reiterate the importance of online security.

“Around 84 per cent of Australian businesses are online and increasingly, millions of small businesses are looking to online platforms to increase their customer base and appeal to the modern requirements of Australian consumers,” Mr McCormack said.

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Feb 07, 2017

AUSTRALIA’S Royal Flying Doctor Service has today been recognised with an Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) Registered Tick, presented by Small Business Minister Michael McCormack in Canberra.

“From the far reaches of Australia’s outback to our towns and centres where urgent medical care is needed, the Flying Doctor is an essential service and is rightly synonymous with life in the bush,” Mr McCormack said.

“As a rural MP I know just how vital it is, which is why the Flying Doctor is supported by the generosity of so many Australians. This Registered Tick demonstrates what we all know – that the Flying Doctor is now and will always be there for people in the bush when they need it the most.”

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Feb 07, 2017
  • I am thrilled to see such a great representation of charities to launch the 2015 Australian Charities Report.
  • As only the third Australian Charities Report, it is great to see the increased transparency in the sector that wasn’t possible before the establishment of the ACNC.
  • And with the 2015 report being only the second report to analyse charity financial information, the public can compare charity changes over time, to make the most informed decision on their charity of choice. 
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Feb 05, 2017
  • New medical precinct to deliver vital health facilities for Temora and region.
  • The facility will provide vital X-ray, CT scanning and ultrasound services.
  • Residential units will attract permanent health professionals as well as new residents to Temora.

Construction of the $1.57 million Temora Medical Precinct is now complete with the addition of a new medical imaging facility and three residential units.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack joined the community of Temora Shire for the official opening of the facilities on Saturday 4 February.

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Feb 05, 2017

DAIRY producers in Queensland’s Darling Downs will be in focus today, as the first hearing of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Inquiry into the dairy industry gets underway.

Small Business Minister Michael McCormack, whose portfolio includes responsibility for consumer affairs, praised the inquiry and encouraged producers to have their say.

“The Government recognised the need to hold and Inquiry into competitiveness, trading practices and the supply chain within Australia’s dairy industry and issued a notice to the ACCC to commence a nationwide probe last year,” Mr McCormack said.

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Jan 31, 2017

THE Coalition Government’s central focus on jobs has a starring role for small business, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“Opportunity and security for Australians is the Coalition Government’s foremost focus – and we want small business central in delivering higher wages and more jobs around the country,” Mr McCormack said.

“Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses make an enormous contribution to the economy of almost $380 billion annually and employ more than 4.7 million people, accounting for 45 per cent of total employment.”

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