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…

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…

201506.05

Transcript – 2GB with Ben Fordham

Wednesday 3 June 2015: Subjects: Generation Y workers, apprenticeships BEN FORDHAM: Bruce Billson is the Small Business Minister and the energiser bunny of the Abbott Government, he joins me on the line, Bruce Billson, good afternoon. MINISTER BILLSON: Ben, great to be with you and your listeners. BEN FORDHAM: You’re everywhere at the moment, thank…

201506.04

Transcript – Sky Agenda with Kieran Gilbert

Thursday 4 June 2015: Subjects: Small business package, Opposition tactics, Cabinet leaks KIERAN GILBERT: With me now, the Small Business Minister Bruce Billson. Mr Billson thanks very much for your time. Mr Hockey this morning is saying that he wants Labor to back the package through the Senate. What more does Labor need to do…

201506.04

Transcript – Sky News with Janine Perrett

Wednesday 3 June 2015: Subjects: Small business package, Opposition tactics, unfair contract terms, Australia’s World Cup bid JANINE PERRETT: Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson, welcome to the show. MINISTER BILLSON: Thanks Janine. Best wishes to you and the viewers. JANINE PERRETT: Firstly, I have to ask you because it is compulsory today to everybody…

201506.03

A friend for small business and family enterprise – the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Wednesday, 3 June 2015 Today I introduced The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bills. This fulfils a key election commitment of the Abbott Government and shows our dedication to ensuring Australia becomes the best place to start and grow a small business. The Government undertook extensive consultations to determine the most appropriate functions,…

201506.03

Statement on Bill Shorten’s actions in the House

Wednesday, 3 June 2015 Today’s stunt by Bill Shorten and the ALP in the Parliament was another example of Labor playing politics. Bill Shorten moved to guillotine debate and discussion on key aspects of the Government’s growing jobs and small business package before it had barely begun. Rather than allow small business and family enterprise…

201505.28

A new era for Australian small business

Thursday 28 May 2015: The Government’s 2015 Budget is a historic, unprecedented and a ‘game changer’ for the hard working women and men of Australian small business. Our Growing Jobs and Small Business package is the biggest economic recognition of the sector in Australia’s history, and today I am introducing the first tranche of legislation…