Chris Bowen


Labor withdraws support for crowdfunding bill as startup community leaders label it a “dead duck”

12:35PM | Thursday, 3 December 2015 |  The federal opposition was prompted to withdraw support for the bill following backlash from the startup community.

Crowd teaser: Equity crowdfunding draft legislation pushed back

10:23PM | Wednesday, 21 October 2015 |  Labor criticised the government for being “all talk” when it comes to innovation, after plans to produce draft legislation for equity crowdfunding were pushed back to the end of the year.

Come in number six – Chris Bowen quits as Labor’s fifth small business minister

3:34AM | Friday, 22 March 2013 |  Chris Bowen has resigned as the federal small business minister – the fifth person to hold the job since Labor came to power in 2007 – as the fallout from the aborted leadership spill continues.

Bowen forks out $200k for regional Business Enterprise Centres

3:39PM | Thursday, 14 March 2013 |  Three Business Enterprise Centres in regional areas have each received $200,000 government grants to provide coaching and mentoring to small businesses, but it’s unknown whether other BECs will receive similar support.

Kickstart program extended as apprentice dropout rate soars

3:34PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 |  Employers in the building, construction and engineering trades have an extra two months to take advantage of the Apprentice Kickstart Initiative, amid calls for an apprentice pay rise.

Bowen calls Abbott's small business claims "hypocrisy and nonsense"

2:35PM | Thursday, 21 February 2013 |  Small Business Minister Chris Bowen takes a shot at Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's small business credentials.

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.

Employers could face $10,000 fines for illegal workers as Federal Government unveils new laws

7:25PM | Friday, 22 July 2011 |  Rogue employers could face fines of $10,000 for each worker employed illegally, with the Federal Government unveiling new laws to battle a black market believed to comprise 100,000 people.