Consumer Price Index– June Quarter 2014

Consumer prices rose by 0.5 per cent in the June quarter, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this morning. The June quarter outcome indicates that price growth has moderated in the first half of 2014. The 0.5 per cent rise in the CPI in the June quarter…


Small business key to G20’s growth target

Australian and international SME leaders have recommended entrepreneurship should be integrated into the G20 target to boost growth by 2 per cent over the next five years. School curricula and post-education employment are encouraged as one way to help boost growth across the globe. The proposal is one of 12 which have been given to…


Small Business Helpline receives 100,000 calls

Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz, said the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Small Business helpline, a Coalition Government election commitment, has received more than 100,000 calls since it was established in December last year. The priority service was created to provide reliable information to small business. “More than 100,000 people have received quick and accurate advice…


New Science Precinct to boost Australian research

A new precinct that will boost research standards and help address national science skills shortages was officially opened at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. The new Sciences Precinct, built with $165 million from the Australian Government includes a Chemical Science Hub, a Sciences Teaching Building, a Research Building and a Combined Science Workshop….


State and Territory Ministers support unfair contract extension

Australian State and Territory Ministers have thrown their support behind an extension of unfair contract term protections to small business at a meeting today in Cairns. Australian Ministers were joined by the New Zealand Minister for Consumer Affairs, The Hon Craig Foss, and welcomed the release of the Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)…


Government payments to small business report released

The number of invoices paid on time to small business by Commonwealth departments and agencies declined slightly in the 2012-13 financial year as revealed in the Australian Government Payments to Small Business report released today. Under the previous Labor Government the number of invoices paid on time dropped from 96.8 per cent to 96.1 per…


Awards to celebrate our brilliant local business women

The Minister for Small Business, the Hon Bruce Billson, and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash are encouraging the community to celebrate brilliant local businesswomen by nominating them for the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Minister Billson said the awards recognise the important role women play – from…


Federal Minister for Small Business launches Expo

Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson today officially launched the inaugural Wide Bay Australia 2014 Bundaberg Business Expo. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt welcomed Minister Billson to Bundaberg. “Minister Billson’s visit is a show of the Coalition Government’s commitment to small business in regional Australia,” Mr Pitt said. “After the Expo, I hosted a…