Frank Zumbo


Hunt underway for first federal small business commissioner

3:46PM | Thursday, 15 March 2012 |  Small business experts are speculating on the role of the federal small business commissioner, including how it will differ from that of the small business minister and state commissioners.

Frank Zumbo named SA deputy small business commissioner

2:32PM | Wednesday, 1 February 2012 |  University of NSW associate professor Frank Zumbo has been appointed South Australia’s deputy small business commissioner, tasked with resolving issues in the franchising and farming sectors.

WA Franchising Bill falls over but Liberal MP Peter Abetz still confident

11:25PM | Friday, 4 November 2011 |  Advocates of state-based franchising laws have suffered a setback after a private member’s bill in WA failed to pass through Parliament earlier this week, falling short of just one vote.

SA gives green light to SME commissioner and franchising code

10:22PM | Monday, 24 October 2011 |  South Australia will receive its own Small Business Commissioner and a new code to protect franchisees, after a hotly contested bill passed through state Parliament.

Swan’s tick-and-flick bank plan gets minor tick of approval

8:42PM | Monday, 22 August 2011 |  The Federal Government says its “tick and flick” plan will make it easier for customers to switch banks, but the proposal has received a lukewarm response from business groups.

Abetz to push ahead with franchising bill despite committee rebuffal

6:26PM | Friday, 24 June 2011 |  Liberal MP Peter Abetz is to push ahead with his controversial WA franchise bill despite a parliamentary investigative committee advising against it.

A&R franchisees in limbo ahead of REDgroup sale

4:25PM | Friday, 15 April 2011 |  The fate of 25 breakaway Angus & Robertson franchisees is uncertain ahead of an expected sale of its collapsed parent company REDgroup Retail.

Franchise Council slams WA Franchising Bill

1:29PM | Tuesday, 25 January 2011 |  The Franchise Council of Australia has continued its attack on a WA MP’s proposal to introduce state-based franchising legislation, saying the franchise sector doesn’t need or want the new laws.