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Ombudsman pays tribute to Tim Fischer AC

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has paid tribute to former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer.

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Ombudsman urges action on small business growth “collapse”

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell says she is deeply concerned by fresh data showing small business growth is in crisis.

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Correcting the record on Small Business Fair Dismissal Code

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Review of the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code: clarification on the points made by the Secretary of the ACTU.

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“Small Business Fair Dismissal Code does not work”: Report

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Ombudsman Kate Carnell has handed down a review of the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code, recommending a suite of changes to help small business employers meet their obligations.

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Ombudsman supports extension of unfair contract terms to insurance

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

ASBFEO Kate Carnell has welcomed draft legislation that extends the unfair contract term regime to insurance contracts, but says more should be done to improve protections for small businesses.

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Ground-breaking Business Funding Guide to help crack credit crunch

Monday, July 29, 2019

An industry-first Business Funding Guide that aims to help tackle the access to funding crisis faced by Australian small businesses has been launched today.

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Ombudsman issues ‘more information’ notice to APRA

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The ASBFEO Kate Carnell says if the ACCC re-authorises APRA's operations, it should be limited to a year-by-year basis until APRA can be more transparent about its activities.

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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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