Jan 30, 2017

AS Australian Government tenders are advertised, small business should be in the driver’s seat for delivery, writes Small Business Minister Michael McCormack.

FROM modernising our largest Defence bases to the upkeep of Government offices and agencies across the country, there is enormous potential in Government procurement for Australian small businesses. And with 2015-16 financial year data released from  AusTender, the Coalition Government backs the bright future for business.

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Jan 30, 2017

HARDWORKING Australian small businesses would be denied a crucial tax cut under Labor’s hollow economic plan, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“In a lengthy speech which referred to small business only a handful of times, the Opposition Leader made it clear he stands in the way of the Coalition’s plan to create jobs,” Mr McCormack said.

“Mr Shorten wants Australians to believe his foremost priority is jobs – yet today he’s failed at the very first hurdle.

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Jan 30, 2017

SOLE traders can get a head start on tax this year with new record-keeping functionality enhancements to myDeductions in the free Australian Taxation Office app, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“Simplifying tax matters and accessibility for small business is something on which I want to focus as Small Business Minister. Having run my own for eight years, I have a first-hand appreciation of how reducing red tape can help business spend more time doing what it does best,” Mr McCormack said.

“Improvements mean sole traders with simple tax affairs can now record business income, expenses, and vehicle trips on their smart phone or device in addition to employee work-related expenses.”

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Jan 30, 2017
  • National awards recognise innovation in regional community services
  • Categories range from boosting productivity to inspiration through the arts
  • Nominations for awards close 3 March 2017

The Commonwealth Government’s annual awards for innovative local government projects are now open for entries.


Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash invites local governments to nominate for the 2017 National Awards for Local Government (NALG).

“These awards recognise innovative projects which provide new or improved local government services,” Minister Nash said.           

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Jan 27, 2017

Daily Telegraph, p.31

Four times as many small businesses are confident about their future compared with those which are worried.

Surging to a net balance of +46, data recently released by Sensis shows the remarkable effort Australians have helped instil in our 2.1 million small businesses.

It backs up what I have heard first-hand. And it proves Aussies back small business.

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Jan 26, 2017

It's 35 plus degrees and the flag is flying, the sausages are sizzling, the stumps are set and the backyard pool is lapping with water. It's our national day and it's time to celebrate.

No matter what you do on Australia Day it's important that you do celebrate it your way. For many they'll start the day with an Aussie BBQ breakfast, attending a citizenship ceremony and congratulating our local heroes, others will spend the day playing backyard cricket, watching some tennis, or swimming in rivers and pools. This is what makes our country great.

We acknowledge the first people of this land who have had connection to this country for thousands of years have shared their history and culture and we celebrate their remarkable and ongoing contribution to the story of Australia.

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Jan 25, 2017

ALMOST a third of total Australian Government contracts were won by Australian small businesses in the 2015/16 financial year, AusTender data has confirmed.

Valued at $5.5 billion, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack said the reporting period demonstrates the Coalition’s commitment to encouraging Australian small businesses to apply for Australian Government contracts.

“Government procurement is a key focus of mine as Small Business Minister. I want to help as many Australian small businesses as I can get access to tender information to ensure small businesses are in the driver’s seat of delivering Government goods and services,” Mr McCormack said.

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Jan 25, 2017

The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has lent his voice to the campaign and confirmed his continued support for a medical centre in Grenfell.

“I have been receiving letters and emails to my office asking what my position is on the medical centre and I can categorically state I support the establishment of a medical centre in Grenfell,” Mr McCormack said.

“I have met with the Mayor, Councillor Mark Liebich to discuss this matter on a number of occasions, my office has been in contact with the Council to provide information on funding opportunities and I am also aware that the Council has approached my ministerial colleague, Senator Fiona Nash.

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Jan 25, 2017

The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack is encouraging local community groups to apply for Australian Government grants to support projects honouring Australia’s military history and personnel.

“As a community we continue to honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our country and that is why the Australian Government has grant money available to support local projects,” Mr McCormack said.

“The grants on offer are a fine example of the Government’s efforts to support our past and present servicemen and women.

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Jan 23, 2017

Three Riverina and Central West students were among 60 of Australia’s brightest technology-buffs who converged on Macquarie University in Sydney last week to take part in an advanced digital technology summer-school backed by the Coalition Government.

The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business congratulated Kein Crevatin from Parkes High School and Edward Prescott and Tynan Matthews from Wagga Wagga High School on being selected to be part of the first digIT cohort, a program which will help take students’ skills in digital literacy, science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the next level.

“The Coalition Government has committed around $1 million for digIT through the National Innovation and Science Agenda to ensure we foster the passions of the next generation of technologists and boost their skills,” Mr McCormack said.

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