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Ombudsman to monitor new banking code’s enforcement

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

While the new Banking Code of Practice is an improvement on previous versions, it remains to be seen if it will be effective, the ASBFEO Kate Carnell has said.

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Ombudsman welcomes workplace relations system review

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed news the Australian government will take a fresh look at our workplace relations system.

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Small businesses hurt by financial misconduct encouraged to file legacy complaints

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The ASBFEO Kate Carnell has encouraged eligible small businesses impacted by financial misconduct as far back as 1 January 2008, to lodge a complaint with AFCA.

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Ombudsman welcomes new tax rules for government tender bids

Friday, June 14, 2019

New rules requiring companies to prove they have a clean tax record when tendering for major government contracts is a welcome improvement, the ASBFEO Kate Carnell says.

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Ombudsman welcomes Bill to better protect subcontractors

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

ASBFEO Kate Carnell has welcomed changes to the Small Business Development Corporation Act 1983 tabled by Small Business Minister Paul Papalia in the Western Australian Parliament today.

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Ombudsman welcomes Victorian Business Growth Fund

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed plans by the Victorian Government to establish a Business Growth Fund to help SMEs access capital.

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Call for more transparency by APRA heard by ACCC

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell is pleased the ACCC has proposed improved transparency around APRA's operations, but more needs to be done.

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Ombudsman welcomes ACCC collective bargaining plan for small businesses

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the ACCC's proposed exemption to collective bargaining for small businesses.

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