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Ombudsman respects independent minimum wage decision

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ombudsman Kate Carnell acknowledges and respects the Fair Work Commission’s decision to lift the national minimum wage by 3%.

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Ombudsman thanks Andrew Leigh on efforts to support Australian small businesses

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ombudsman Kate Carnell thanks Andrew Leigh for his commitment to the small business sector while serving as part of Labor’s frontbench economic team.

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Return of Michaelia Cash provides much-needed continuity for small businesses

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Ombudsman Kate Carnell welcomes the return of Senator Michaelia Cash as Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

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Faster payments to Queensland small businesses commended

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the Queensland government’s commitment to faster payment terms for small businesses.

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Ombudsman calls for returned government to follow-through on small business commitments

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The focus on the small business sector in the lead-up to the election was a major factor in the win for the Coalition government, the ASBFEO Kate Carnell said today.

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Ombudsman calls for fair due for Australia’s small business artists

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ombudsman Kate Carnell has called for more transparency in the collection and distribution of royalties to musicians through the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) before it is re-issued its 5-year licence to operate.

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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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