201602.01

Kate Carnell – Australia’s first Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Monday 1 February 2016 Kate Carnell is an outstanding appointment as Australia’s first Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and will be a key contributor to ‘energizing enterprise’ in the Australian economy. When I conceived the role and included it in the Coalition’s 2010 and 2013 small business election policies, I envisaged an individual with…

201511.24

Election 2016: Time to hang up the campaign R.M.Williams

Tuesday 24 November 2015: Today I advised my parliamentary colleagues I will not be seeking to earn the support of my beloved Dunkley community at the next election to represent ‘Melbourne’s Riviera’ for an eighth term. After two decades in public life, my family and I have reflected on circumstances following the change of leadership…

201511.17

Local building and renovation ‘smarts’ showcased at new Frankston centre

Tuesday 17 November 2015: The great thing about TV shows like ‘The Block’, ‘House Rules’ and ‘Reno Rumble’ is that for home owners, renovators and potential buyers it generates a whole world of ideas and possibilities. But where do you go to find out more and get other ideas that might work for your place…

201510.28

Local business to host charity golf day

 Wednesday 28 October 2015: Joint media release with local business Vertical Matters. Local businesses and golfing enthusiasts who would like to enjoy fun day out while supporting a worthwhile cause are encouraged to attend the upcoming WaterAid Golf Charity Day at The National in Frankston. Frankston technology company Vertical Matters is proud to be supporting…

201510.21

Local businesses and larger corporations urged to help young people reach their potential

Wednesday, 21 October 2015: A key focus of mine, as someone who grew up in the community I now have the honor of representing, is working to ensure local young people have every chance of reaching their full potential. Growing up in this community and being educated in a housing commission area helped develop this…

201509.20

Statement – Cabinet Arrangements

Sunday 20 September 2015: The success of the new Turnbull Coalition Government is crucial to the success of our nation and the opportunities and quality life of our citizens. A Bill Shorten-led CFMEU-controlled Labor Government would be a disaster for our nation’s future. I had hoped to continue my full contribution leading the Coalition’s work…

201509.10

AFR article: Effective competition laws boost growth, trade and investment

Opinion piece which appeared in the Australian Financial Review (AFR) on 1 September 2015  The recommendations of the Government’s Competition Policy Review Final Report will promote more dynamic, competitive and well-functioning markets and provide a detailed and ambitious blueprint for a new wave of economic reform. Effective competition is one of the surest ways to raise…

201508.21

Heartbeat of economy showcased- 2015 Telstra Business Awards

The heartbeat of the Australian economy was showcased at last night’s 2015 Telstra Australian Business Awards, which recognise outstanding small and medium businesses. On behalf of the Australian Government I congratulate and thank the winners, finalists and all nominees in this year’s awards. Your hard work and innovation as entrepreneurs and business owners is key…

201508.18

Productivity Commission inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements Today the Treasurer, Joe Hockey, and the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, announced that the Productivity Commission will commence its inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements. The inquiry will examine whether Australia has the right balance between promoting competition and protecting intellectual property, while considering our…