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Flexible paid parental leave a win for small businesses

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

“Australia’s small business owners will appreciate the flexibility of the new-look paid parental leave scheme announced today by the government,” the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell said today.

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Funding to unlock investment barrier for small businesses

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ombudsman Kate Carnell welcomes the announcement by the Treasurer to introduce an Australian Business Securitisation Fund and facilitate further discussion on the development of an Australian Business Growth Fund.

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Payment times review will identify Australia's worst payers

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ombudsman Carnell is reviewing payment times to measure the effects of late or extended payment practices on the cash flow of small businesses and family enterprises in Australia.

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Name and shame proposal has merit: Ombudsman

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman welcomes the announcement yesterday by Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh of a proposal to help deal with the phoenixing of companies.

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Royal commission needs to examine both sides; let bank victims be heard

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

“In considering the interim report of the banking royal commission, thought needs to be given to the appropriate protections for borrowers caught in uncontrollable and unforeseen external events, such as the global financial crisis (GFC) or when a...

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Free, fast and binding dispute resolution to improve small business access to justice

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

From tomorrow, small businesses with a complaint about a financial firm can direct their grievances to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), Ombudsman Kate Carnell said today.

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Banking code needs major overhaul to address unfair treatment of small businesses

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The submission on the interim report of the banking royal commission, lodged by the ASBFEO, dissects the Australian Banking Association’s (ABA) Code of Banking Practice, highlighting where it still falls short of addressing the imbalance of power...

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Mental health support for farmers must extend to small business owners

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell welcomes the $5 billion Future Drought Fund to support farmers and communities in rural and regional Australia.

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