Standing up for Australian small business

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic has welcomed this week’s announcement that the Federal Government will appoint Australia’s first Small Business Commissioner.

Mr Husic said the small business sector has been calling for better advocacy, advice and information at the federal level and the Government has listened.

“Small businesses are made up of hard-working men and women who are putting in long hours to build better futures for their families,” Mr Husic said.

“Through the new Small Business Commissioner, they will be able to access information and advice, and referral to external services such as dispute resolution services.”

This new Commissioner will:
• Provide small businesses with a new voice to highlight their issues to the Australian Government;
• Provide a one stop shop for small business services and information;
• And ensure the interests of small business remain at the forefront of Government policy making.

“The Commissioner will also work with the Minister for Small Business, Brendan O’Connor, to ensure Government agencies take into account the needs of small businesses, including ways in which we can manage the regulatory burden on small business.

“Labor has always taken the needs of small business seriously. We appointed the first ever Small Business Minister, and made this portfolio a Cabinet appointment earlier this month.

“Labor understands and supports the aspirations of working people who want to run a decent small business. That is why we are also cutting the company tax rate for small business from 30 per cent to 29 per cent, increasing the small business instant tax write-off from $1,000 to $6,500 and introducing a $5,000 tax break for motor vehicles – all of which are opposed by the Liberals.”

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Ed Husic MP
Federal Labor Member for Chifley

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