201502.26

Green Army to descend on local foreshores and heritage properties

Thursday 26 February 2015 Protection and restoration of local foreshores and flagship heritage properties and gardens will be ramped up thanks to two new Green Army projects in Dunkley. The Mt Eliza Coastal Walk and Indigenous Vegetation Project, and a project by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) to maintain and improve garden, building and…

201502.26

Transcript: ABC Country Hour – Grocery code

26 February 2015: CAROLINE WINTER: The beefed up grocery industry code of conduct has been more than a year in the making. Now just days before it is likely to be enacted, the Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson says finally there will be greater protections in place for suppliers. MINISTER BILLSON: We have seen…

201502.23

Transcript – The Nation – Unemployment, Economy, Fuel Excise, Superannuation, Leadership, Small Business

Thursday, 12 February 2015 Subjects: Unemployment, Budget, fuel indexation, GST, leadership, small business, sub marines DAVID SPEERS: Good evening, welcome to the program. What a week it has been. It began with Tony Abbott surviving what he called a near death experience. 39 of his colleagues, more than a third of the party, wanted him…

201502.20

Small business views can help improve training

Friday 20 February 2015: I join my colleague Assistant Minister Simon Birmingham in urging Australian employers to take part in the Survey of Australian Employers being conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) over coming weeks. The survey is an important tool to help Australian business, trainers and all governments understand how…

201502.20

Transcript – Bali 9, David Hicks, Leadership

KIERAN GILBERT: I am joined live now from Melbourne by the Small Business Minister, Cabinet Minister Bruce Billson. Mr Billson first on this speech, an important address there from the US President – our Government represented by the Attorney General George Brandis at that summit. A couple of significant messages – one is that Muslim…

201502.16

Improving market access for small business

16 February 2015: I welcome the announcement by my colleague Minister Barnaby Joyce, of more than $11 million in grants to improve market access for small exporters of dairy, meat, egg, fish, horticultural and grain products. Small businesses stand to benefit the most from this funding programme. Small businesses and family enterprise are at the…

201502.11

Transcript – 3AW – Leadership, budget repair

DENIS WALTER: The Honourable Bruce Billson, good afternoon. MINISTER BILLSON: Denis, good afternoon to you and your listeners. DENIS WALTER: We have been describing people in three words. As Minister for Small Business how do you describe yourself? MINISTER BILLSON: Usually it is: positive, passionate and persistent. DENIS WALTER: You need the persistence in your…

201502.11

Consumer sentiment continues to rise

11 February 2015: I welcome today’s release of the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment. It is positive for our economy to see this rise of 8.0 percent in February 2015. The index has risen to 100.7 points and is a significant indication of Australian’s confidence in the Abbott Government’s Economic Action Strategy. February’s rise…