THE specific needs of local businesses in Tasmania’s south east was the main topic when Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack met one-on-one with Business East coordinator John Beard.
The meeting was coordinated by local Liberal Senator Eric Abetz as part of a visit by the minister to southern Tasmania.
Mr Beard raised individual member concerns regarding broader red tape and compliance issues that many small and family businesses face.
“The Minister was impressed both by John’s passion and commitment, together with the breadth and wealth of services provided by such a small organisation,” Senator Abetz said.
“Like me, the Minister was in small business before entering Parliament and therefore intimately understands and empathises with the small business experience – the hard work, the sacrifice and the rewards, while also navigating the maze of red tape and bureaucracy.”
Senator Abetz said the Liberal Government’s commitment to small business was based on the understanding that it is the engine room for job creation.
“And while the unemployment rate under the Liberals has fallen from 8.1 per cent to 5.9 per cent, we recognise more needs to be done,” he said.
“So more competitive tax rates, Instant Asset Write Off (limit $20,000) and a dedicated small business hotline with the Fair Work Ombudsman are all Liberal initiatives to create an environment where small business can flourish and create jobs.”
Caption: From left, Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack, Business East coordinator John Beard and Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.