201506.29

Go online to boost your business bottom line

Joint media release with the Minister for Trade Andrew Robb. Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today announced a new initiative to assist Australian businesses capture opportunities in China’s rapidly growing online retail markets. Representatives from some of China’s most influential online platforms including Alibaba, JD.com, Yihaodian and VIP.com will attend a series of…

201506.24

Local youth continue to get opportunities to improve job skills and environment

Local youth are continuing to get opportunities to gain valuable job skills while improving the environment with a new Green Army project approved for Frankston and two underway in Mount Eliza and across the Mornington Peninsula. The Frankston project, announced under Round 3 of the Federally funded program today, brings the total number approved in…

201506.24

Extending consumer like protections to small businesses across Australia

Today I introduced legislation to extend unfair contract term protections for small business. This legislation will extend the consumer unfair contract terms protections to cover standard form, small business consumer-like contracts that are valued below a prescribed threshold. We took more than twenty small business specific promises to the last election. A key one was…

201506.24

Introduction of further small business legislation

The Government will today introduce legislation for three more measures to support small business as part of the 2015 Budget’s $5.5 billion Jobs and Small Business package. The Coalition Government understands the varying needs of Australian small businesses, we know one size does not fit all and our Budget measures reflect this. To ensure all…

201506.22

Transcript – Sky’s The Nation- Citizenship, people smugglers, superannuation

WITH DAVID SPEERS, JANET ALBRECHTSEN, MARK DREYFUS, PETER BEATTIE Thursday, 18 June 2015 E&OE……………………………………………… Subjects: Citizenship laws, people smugglers, superannuation. DAVID SPEERS: Good evening welcome to the program. Looking back at this week the Government will argue that it has been getting on with business. Things like the China Free-Trade Agreement being signed, the pension…

201506.19

Transcript – Raf Epstein – ABC Fight Club – Mark Dreyfus

E&OE……………………………………………… Subjects: Question Time, Cabinet, citizenship laws, Operation Sovereign Borders, Budget, China FTA, Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Joining us in Canberra is the man who even touts his blood group as positive, that’s how happy he is all the time. Bruce Billson is his name. He is the Member for Dunkley….

201506.18

Transcript – 3AW with Tom Elliott

Wednesday 17 June 2015: Subjects: China free-trade agreement, housing affordability TOM ELLIOTT: Let us go back to the Free Trade Agreement now, the one that was signed today with China, follows on from the ones that have been signed over the last year with South Korea and Japan. Joining us now, the Small Business Minister…

201506.18

Mornington and Mount Martha NBN Brought Forward

18,400 premises covering all of Mornington and part of Mount Martha are next to get NBN, around a decade earlier than expected under the previous Labor Government. Reliable, fast broadband is vital for the Mornington and Mount Martha residential areas, but particularly for our commercial and industrial precincts which rely on the internet and electronic…

201506.17

Food and Grocery Code of Conduct now in effect

Wednesday, 17 June 2015: I am pleased to announce that no obstacles remain to retailers signing on to the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Food and Grocery) Regulation 2015 – The Food and Grocery Code of Conduct with the disallowance period in the Senate ending. I congratulate Woolworths and ALDI for showing industry leadership by committing…