201409.11

Government moves to strengthen ACCC’s powers to enforce Franchising Code of Conduct

The Abbott Government has passed legislation to increase compliance and reduce disputes in the Franchise sector with franchisors and franchisees who breach the new Franchising Code of Conduct facing penalties of up to $51,000. The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Industry Code Penalties) Bill 2014 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and will give the ACCC…

201409.10

Speech: Eastern Suburbs Business Enterprise Centre & local Chambers of Commerce luncheon with the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Bondi Junction

*****Check against delivery***** Well it’s a genuine thrill to be here today. I know I’m a Melbourne Storm fan in Roosters territory which makes me a courageous individual, but seriously, it’s great to be here with my friend and Cabinet colleague Malcolm Turnbull. To her worship the Mayor, thank you for inviting me into the…

201409.05

Speech – APEC SME Ministerial Meeting, Shanghai China

*****Check against delivery***** Thank you Minister Miao. Australia would like to thank China for its excellent organisation of this meeting where we can discuss ways to use innovation to give our SMEs an edge in an increasingly globalised economy. Colleagues, Australia is open for business and we continue to welcome and encourage commerce, investment and…

201409.03

Speech – AustCham Luncheon, Shanghai

*****Check against delivery***** Thank you for inviting me along today. I would like to pay tribute to all of you; I don’t think your success and journey is celebrated enough. There may be some just awakening to the opportunities that are part of this extraordinary economy, this remarkable nation of wonderful and big hearted people…

201409.01

Showcasing Australia’s Small Business capabilities to China and Singapore

Growing Australia’s small business exports will be top of the agenda during meetings in Singapore and China to be led by Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson this week. China and Singapore are already important trade partners for Australia and the Abbott Government is working to provide more opportunities for Australian small businesses to build…