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CERTAINTY RESTORED FOR SMALL BUSINESS SEASONAL WORKFORCE

27 September 2016

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell said today’s backpacker tax announcement will help provide certainty for small businesses in the agricultural, horticultural and tourism industries, who rely on working holiday makers to keep their businesses up-and-running.

“Working holiday makers provide small businesses in rural and regional areas with an important temporary workforce; they fill a shortfall that often can’t be filled by the existing labour force,” Ms Carnell said.

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MYSMALLBUSINESS COLUMN - SMALL BUSINESS A UNIFYING FORCE IN THE SENATE

21 September 2016

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: what does a former fish and chip shop owner, a broadcaster and a lawyer have in common?  It’s not actually a riddle; I am of course talking about Pauline Hanson, Derryn Hinch and Nick Xenophon; a trio who, when it comes to identifying similarities – notwithstanding their membership to the Senate – can hardly be described as being separated at birth.

But one of the commonalties they and their fellow independent and micro-party Senators do share, is their pragmatic approach to small business.

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