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Lending to small business crucial to economic growth

15 November 2019

With interest rates at an all-time-low and the RBA Board minutes today confirming Australian economic growth has s

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Small businesses urged to have a say on franchising sector reforms

12 November 2019

Small businesses in the franchising sector are crying out for meaningful reform that encourages genuine cooperation between franchisors and franchisees.

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Insolvency Practices Inquiry launched

11 November 2019

This week my office launched an inquiry into the insolvency system, to investigate if current insolvency practices achieve the best possible outcome for small and family businesses in financial trouble.

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Ombudsman launches Review of Supply Chain Financing

7 November 2019

Supply chain finance is a growth industry in Australia.

Greater understanding about the impact supply chain financing has on the small and family business sector is needed.

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Shopping small has big impact on communities, economy

22 October 2019

There’s nothing small about the impact small businesses have on our communities and the national economy.

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Advisory boards a small business secret weapon

10 October 2019

Advisory boards are a secret weapon in the growing small business’ arsenal.

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Review of Small Business Fair Dismissal Code

8 August 2019

Frank the plumber has a big day ahead of him with lots of jobs on the books. His labourer, Kyle, turns up for work late again and clearly feeling the effects of another boozey night out.

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AFCA legacy complaints

18 July 2019

The Banking Royal Commission may be over, but sadly there are many Australian small businesses that still carry the scars as victims of bad behaviour by the banks.

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