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Free legal advice service for small businesses and farmers welcomed

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

ASBFEO Kate Carnell today welcomed Labor’s commitment to establish a free legal advice service for small businesses and farmers in dispute with financial service providers.

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ASBFEO report finds ATO early debt recovery action excessive

Monday, April 29, 2019

In a report on early debt recovery action by the ATO, the ASBFEO found garnishee notices were issued in a sizeable number of cases where tax disputes were before AAT.

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Ombudsman supports Business Growth Fund for high growth SMEs

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

ASBFEO Kate Carnell welcomed the announcement of an Australian Business Growth Fund, a recommendation in our Affordable Capital for SME Growth report.

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Building company ban on tendering for government work will hit where it hurts most – the back pocket!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has commended the one month ban on a Victorian building company to tender for any government-funded projects after it failed to pay a subcontractor for completed work.

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Large corporations reluctant to reveal payment time performance

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Review of payment terms, times and practices report, released today by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has found some large corporations are reluctant to reveal the timeframes in which they pay their small business...

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Ombudsman appointment to support small business in Defence industry capability

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Minister for Defence Industry, Senator Linda Reynolds announced the appointment of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell as co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC...

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Budget boost for Australian small businesses

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The most significant benefits for small business from this year’s budget are tax cuts, an increase to the instant asset write-off, increased infrastructure spending and investment in apprenticeships.

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Consultation process for unfair contract terms must listen to small business

Friday, March 29, 2019

Consultations on changes to legislation on unfair contract terms (UCT) for small businesses must adequately consult and take into account the views of the small business sector and the regulators, Ombudsman Kate Carnell said today.

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