Government welcomes industry led protection for suppliers

The Federal Government has welcomed the release of a draft Food and Grocery Code of Conduct by Coles, Woolworths and the Australian Food and Grocery Council to balance out relationships between retailers and suppliers. It’s pleasing to see the industry collaboratively working together to achieve an outcome which regulates the way suppliers and retailers interact….


Franchise Council of Australia Conference

Well it looks like a lot has changed. We’ve gone from worms to smiley faces to stern faces to sad faces and if its any comfort to you its not unusual that people vote in advance and judge their politicians before they say anything. You did say the Minister for Small Business should know something…


Address to the Australian Food And Grocery Council

Terry talked about a nation that is open for business and that is very much the ethos the Abbott Government brings. But just hoping for that isn’t enough. There is actually a need to nurture and enable an environment that is encouraging and welcoming of enterprise, so that people who are prepared to mortgage their…


MPI – Federal Budget

Mr BILLSON (Dunkley) (16:35): Madam Deputy Speaker, I am wondering if you can help me find this budget. We have had two speakers from Labor supposed to be talking about the government’s ability or otherwise to properly manage the budget, and it turns out it is like flared pants: it was out of fashion before…


Speech – Mining Tax

Mr BILLSON (Dunkley) (11:11): It is a pleasure to discuss these important resource tax bills—the bundle of them that are before the chamber today—and to follow the member for Eden-Monaro claiming some world-class championship performance from the Labor government. He did not actually mention, though, that there have been 300,000 jobs lost in small business…


Speech – Plain Tobacco Packaging

Mr BILLSON (Dunkley) (13:26): I support the comments of my colleague, Dr Southcott, the member for Boothby. In his remarks, he touched on the consideration being afforded to businesses, particularly smaller businesses, in the transitional arrangements in the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill. As Dr Southcott outlined, the coalition has at times been portrayed as not…