Coalition launches e-government and digital economy policy

9:01PM | Monday, 2 September 2013 |  The federal opposition plans to introduce a “digital pigeonhole” for Australians who want to receive communications from the government electronically as part of its digital economy and “e-government” policy.

Small business to be a cabinet role in Coalition government

5:03PM | Friday, 17 May 2013 |  Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has announced in his budget reply that small business will be a cabinet position in his Coalition government, if elected.

Govt throws extra $7.8m at business names register – but will it fix the problems?

5:41PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 |  A small business group is confident the additional $7.8 million allocated to the National Business Names Register in the 2013 federal budget will fix the problems businesses face with the regime, after the opposition voiced its concern.

THE NEWS WRAP: Coalition to consult Productivity Commission on IR reforms – but no changes until 2016

3:09AM | Friday, 1 March 2013 |  The Coalition has revealed it plans to consult with the Productivity Commission about reforms to the industrial relations system if it wins the next election, but any reforms will wait until 2016.

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.

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.

Coalition committed to first-year surplus, Hockey says

3:43AM | Thursday, 8 March 2012 |  The Coalition would deliver a budget surplus in its first year in office, says shadow treasurer Joe Hockey, but managers and consumers will determine the fate of individual businesses.

Business lobbyists call for Fair Work laws review

11:19PM | Monday, 21 November 2011 |  Business groups have called for an independent review of Australia’s Fair Work laws, preferably conducted by the Productivity Commission.

Coalition pledges to scrap $10bn green tech fund

7:34PM | Tuesday, 19 July 2011 |  The Coalition has vowed to block Labor’s $10 billion green energy fund if it is elected to government, saying it refuses to take on government debt to fund the program.

COSBOA gives tick of approval to policy-lite budget reply

5:54PM | Friday, 13 May 2011 |  Finance Minister Penny Wong has dismissed Tony Abbott’s budget reply as uninformative and negative, but a small business lobbyist says the Coalition should be commended for its focus on small business.