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…


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…


Start-ups to get a major boost with new laws

Wednesday 27 May 2015: The start-up sector will soon receive a massive boost as new laws to improve employee share schemes passed through the House of Representatives today and were transmitted to the Senate for passage. These changes to the employee share scheme framework build on our Growing Jobs and Small Business package which is…


Redevelopment of Norlane Community Centre to bring $91.5 million to regional economy

Friday 22 May 2015: Joint media release with Deputy Prime Minister/ Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development: The redevelopment of Norlane Community Centre will bring $91.5 million to the Victorian regional economy which will significantly benefit small businesses, the Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson announced today…


Transcript – Doorstop with PM and Craig Laundy

Tuesday 19 May 2015: E&OE……………………………………………… Subjects: Budget 2015 – small business package. MINISTER BILLSON: Prime Minister, thank you for those kind words and on behalf of Australian small business men and women, thank you and Joe and the team for finding the Budget space to be able to not only repair the Budget but to…


Shorten shows contempt for small business

Friday 15 May 2015: Bill Shorten’s Budget reply speech revealed that he and Labor have no plan for our economy and are no friend to the hard working women and men of small business. He still fails to recognise that small businesses are the key to our nation’s future jobs and prosperity. I am pleased…


Growing Jobs and Small Business – expanding accelerated depreciation for small businesses

Thursday 14 May 2015: INFORMATION ALERT – Immediate deductibility for assets less than $20,000 The Australian Government announced a new measure for small business with immediate deductibility for assets less than $20,000 in the 2015 Budget on 12 May 2015. The measure will require legislation and will apply for the period from 7.30pm on 12May…


Jobs and small business package to help small businesses invest more, grow more, employ more

Tuesday 12 May 2015: Joint media release with the Prime Minister and the Treasurer: The 2015 Budget is the next step in the Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians. This Budget is about building jobs, growth and opportunity and providing a credible path to surplus. The new $5.5…


Local ‘launch pad’ for trade careers open for business

Monday 11 May 2015: Local students will learn useful job skills and be able to commence a trade-focused career in the newly opened Frankston START Trade Training Centre. The centre, located at the Chisholm Institute of TAFE, Frankston Campus, will enable secondary school students from the region to earn qualifications in construction, hairdressing and hospitality….


ACCC to probe Launceston petrol prices

Friday 8 May 2015: The Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic and I welcome the announcement that Launceston will be the subject of the ACCC’s second probe into regional petrol prices in Australia. Launceston petrol prices are among the highest in Australia, and both Andrew and I have been deeply concerned about this. We have…