Bruce Billson

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Coalition unveils small business disaster loan plan

2:54PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 |  The Coalition has revealed a policy for small business emergency assistance, including concessional loans of up to $100,000, with a business group now hopeful the party will unveil costed policies in other areas.

Labor appoints fourth small business minister in two years

2:25PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 |  The small business sector has been handed its fourth minister in two years, with former immigration minister Chris Bowen assuming the role as part of an unexpected cabinet reshuffle.

Government attacked over business name register privacy fears

12:11PM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 |  The Opposition has accused the Federal Government of breaking “yet another promise” by failing to remedy the issue of home-based business owners’ personal addresses appearing on the National Business Names Register.

Innovation “front of mind” for family firms: Deloitte

11:59PM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 |  Innovation is “front of mind” for family businesses, according to Deloitte Private, which has highlighted the increasingly crucial role of the sector as part of a federal parliamentary inquiry.

Government secretly freezes funding for start-up services

10:28PM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 |  The Federal Government has frozen funding for small business support services while telling people the process was ongoing.

Reserve Bank cuts cash rate to 3.25% as 2013 outlook weakens

10:03PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 |  The Reserve Bank has lowered the official interest rate by 25 basis points, admitting the growth outlook for next year looks “a little weaker” on the back of international developments.

Retailers call for government to act on parcel-processing findings

9:52PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 |  A major retail body is calling for action based on the findings of a report into parcel processing procedures, but the Federal Government and the Coalition continue to distance themselves from the issue.

Aussie no-go remains as UK plots state-backed small business bank

9:00AM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 |  UK Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a plan to set up a state-backed small business bank, although both sides of Australia’s political divide remain opposed to introducing a similar model here.

Federal Government spends almost $40,000 on a small business app

8:13PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 |  The Federal Government has spent almost $40,000 on an iPad app for small business. Is it worth the money, or yet another example of Labor's waste?

Abbott’s carbon tax flyer prompts last-minute gouging warning

6:08PM | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 |  Entrepreneurs have been warned over carbon tax price gouging, after the Opposition wrote to thousands of small business owners warning them of the impact of the tax.
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