201504.30

Reforms delivering lower electricity bills

Joint media release with Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane. Thursday 30 April 2015: Consumers will see reductions in electricity prices as a result of Australian Government-led reforms to the energy sector. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) today handed down price determinations about the amount network businesses can charge for ‘poles and wires’ over…

201504.29

ACCC’s carbon monitoring report – March Quarter

Wednesday 29 April 2015: I welcome the ACCC’s latest carbon monitoring report which shows that significant cost savings from the removal of the carbon tax are being passed on to consumers. The report covers the March 2015 quarter in the electricity, natural gas, synthetic greenhouse gas, landfill, construction material, manufacturing and domestic passenger air transport…

201504.28

Draft legislation released – unfair contract terms

Tuesday 28 April 2015: The Government has today released draft legislation to extend unfair contract term protections to small businesses. In August 2013, the Abbott Government announced this important reform to give businesses a fair go. The protections will give businesses access to a level playing field to grow, invest and create jobs. Consumers have…

201504.27

86 local bowel cancer deaths 86 too many

Monday 27 April 2015: As part of the ‘a gift for living’ bowel cancer awareness campaign, the Cancer Council Victoria and I are encouraging local residents to take advantage of free home testing. Under a staged expansion of the home kit programme announced by the Abbott Government at the launch of the campaign, more age…

201504.24

First consultation roundtable held: Competition Policy Review

Friday 24 April 2015: The Abbott Government is committed to listening to the views of business and other stakeholders to help shape new policy. Today I hosted the first of several consultation roundtables on the Harper Competition Policy Review. The roundtable was attended by umbrella small business representative organisations as well as those from the…

201504.23

Disaster relief for small businesses

Thursday 23 April 2015: I welcome the disaster relief assistance for small businesses in 12 local government areas jointly announced by the NSW and Australian Governments. The once in a decade storm that has lashed the Hunter region, Central Coast and Sydney has left devastation in these communities- and while the damage is still being…

201504.22

Tackling graffiti in Frankston

Wednesday 22 April 2015: A new purpose built graffiti removal vehicle will hit the streets to tackle graffiti in the Frankston area. The Mayor of Frankston City Council, Cr Sandra Mayer joined me today to unveil the vehicle, which along with associated graffiti clean-up kits and product is part of the Langwarrin Graffiti Response and…

201504.21

Addressing local cyber bullying and online safety

Monday 20 April 2015: As a father and the local Federal Member, I am deeply concerned about the increased threat to our children of communicating online as the internet expands and develops. Research has found that over a 12 month period, one in five Australian children aged eight to seventeen are exposed to cyberbullying. Despite…

201504.17

Transcript – Sky Business – Budget

Thursday, 16 April 2015: E&OE……………………………………………… Subjects: Unemployment rate, Budget, small business tax cut PETER SWITZER: Bruce Billson is the Small Business Minister and is set to crow a small business tax cut, but what else does he want and what might he get? Bruce thanks for joining us. MINISTER BILLSON: Peter, always great to be…

201504.17

Citizens encouraged to support local Anzac centenary projects

Friday 17 April 2015: The centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli is the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history and for our region. In the lead up to Anzac Day, I encourage Dunkley residents, businesses and visitors to support the many local projects and events commemorating the centenary. There are Anzac…