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Tough stance on unfair contract terms welcomed

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell today welcomed the Labor party’s commitment to three key changes to unfair contract terms legislation.

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Ombudsman welcomes Labor’s commitment to boost local SME investment

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, today welcomed Labor’s announcement to boost investment in local small to medium enterprises (SMEs) by ensuring they get a better share of government contracts.

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Ombudsman supports employment services system reform

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, welcomed Labor’s policy announcement yesterday to overhaul the employment services system jobactive.

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Deemed statutory trusts feasible for construction industry projects

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A working paper on cascading deemed statutory trusts in the construction sector, released today by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, has determin

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Next generation of employment services report to help small businesses find the right job candidate

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell today welcomed the release of a report on the future of employment services by Minister Kelly O’Dwyer.

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Major banks still 'feeding' off small businesses

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell is concerned that despite promises, the major banks have not implemented the least-cost routing of their tap-and-go payments for debit cards.

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Project will help small businesses realise benefits of digital technology

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell welcomed the announcement today of the Small Business Digital Champions project to encourage small businesses across Australia to understand and make the most of

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New research shows payment times biggest cause of disputes for small business

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New research has found that small businesses in Australia are paying more than $130,000 to resolve a dispute through formal pathways; double the cost of a decade ago.

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