201507.29

$100 million carbon tax refund to cut council rates and Australia’s emissions

Around $100 million of carbon tax charges will be returned to local councils and be used to help reduce Australia’s emissions, as part of a new plan announced today. Labor’s painful carbon tax not only raised electricity and gas prices, but hit homeowners through higher council rates and waste charges. While some councils have already…

201507.28

Final carbon tax report confirms households saving $550 on average

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) final carbon tax monitoring report confirms households are saving $550 on average per year since the Abbott Government abolished the harmful tax. This includes direct savings passed through to customers by electricity and natural gas retailers, which range from $153 to $269, as well as savings across a…

201507.24

Crossing to address pedestrian safety in Frankston

One of the busiest points where pedestrians cross Young Street in Frankston is not actually a crossing, putting pedestrians at risk in the busy rail and bus precinct. The lack of formal pedestrian crossing on Balmoral Street in Frankston has been a concern for some time, and new funding from the Commonwealth Government will rectify…

201507.24

 $1.869 m to make Mt Eliza and Mornington roads safer

 Mount Eliza and Mornington roads will be made significantly safer thanks to $1.869 million in new funding under the Commonwealth Government’s Black Spot Programme. Together with $74,000 for Frankston City, the $1.94 million allocation to Dunkley roads in this round will target intersections and sections of road with significant accident and injury history. The chosen…

201507.22

Transcript – Joint Media Conference- China FTA

Joint media conference with David Coleman MP. E&OE……………………………………………… Subjects: China FTA, Australia/China relations DAVID COLEMAN:  Welcome to Sonny’s restaurant in Hurstville. The media conference is to welcome and acknowledge the national Small Business Minister, Mr Bruce Billson who is joining us in Hurstville today. We have held a very successful free trade Seminar just across…

201507.21

Transcript – Doorstop – Small Business Package

Doorstop with Steven Ciobo MP at the Wax Museum, Surfers Paradise E&OE……………………………………………… Subjects: Small Business Package, Gold Coast economy STEVEN CIOBO: We’ve got the Small Business Minister for Australia, back here, Bruce Billson. He is the latest in a long line of successive visits by Abbott Government Ministers. It is part of the Coalition’s ongoing…

201507.20

Updated Business Names Registration Rules

The Abbott Government has today announced updates to the Business Names registration rules as part of an ongoing commitment to ensuring Australia is a global leader in facilitating small business start-ups. An existing business may be devastated by a new entrant mimicking its name. Equally, a new business that inadvertently echoes the name of another…

201507.16

Transcript – 702 ABC Sydney with Robbie Buck

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 E&OE……………………………………………… Subjects: Harper Review, Clean Energy Finance Corporation ROBBIE BUCK: There is a national small business summit being launched in Sydney tonight. Federal Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson will be there for the opening. Good morning to you. MINISTER BILLSON: Robbie, how are you this morning? And best wishes to your…

201507.16

Release of draft legislation – simplifying the car expense deduction rules

The Government is today releasing exposure draft legislation that will simplify and modernise the methods used for calculating work‑related car expense deductions. The current rates and methods for calculating work-related car expenses were set in the 1980s. Nearly 30 years on, with developments in car engine technology, it is timely to update them. From 1…

201507.16

Release of draft legislation – Zone Tax Offset changes for fly-in-fly-out workers

Draft legislation to improve the integrity of the Zone Tax Offset is released today for public comment. The Zone Tax Offset is a concessional tax offset available to individuals in recognition of the isolation, uncongenial climate and high cost of living associated with living in particular locations. Broadly, to be eligible for the Zone Tax…