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Illegal phoenixing activities spelt out in draft legislation: Ombudsman

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, said the proposed package of reforms to tackle illegal phoenixing announced yesterday clearly identifies which activities, in the course of transferring assets, are illeg

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Cross border licence scheme will boost job opportunities

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell urges all state governments to support the proposed NSW Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) program for architects, plumbers, drainers and gasfitters.

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Ombudsman to discuss impediments to business investment at House of Reps hearing

Monday, August 6, 2018

In a public hearing into impediments to business investment at Parliament House tomorrow, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Kate Carnell, will highlight a number of opportunities that all levels of government

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Commonwealth moves to ensure subcontracts on government projects are paid in 30 days or less

Thursday, August 2, 2018

“I commend the Department of Finance for listening to us, and other submission contributors, and changing the “Subcontractor” clause in its Commonwealth standard payment terms to include payment terms of 30 days or less,” the Australian Small Busi

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Ombudsman welcomes ABA Banking Code of Practice

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, welcomes the approval today by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) of the Australian Banking Association’s (ABA) Banking Code of Practice.

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A start to workplace relations transparency and simplification

Monday, July 30, 2018

“The Fair Work Commission’s commitment today to improve services and provide more support to small businesses is a good start,” says Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell.

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Small businesses affected by drought need support too

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

“We commend the National Australia Bank’s promise yesterday not to charge farmers affected by drought higher default interest rates on their loan repayments and to offset farm management deposits,” the Australian Small Business and Family Enterpri

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Subcontractors on HMAS Albatross project need to be paid

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, welcomed the NSW Government’s leadership in resolving outstanding payments to subcontractors caught in the Pacific Highway project, with around $7.3 million being owed by

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