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The Hon Brendan O'Connor. Minister for Small Business, Minister for Housing and Homelessness

Media Releases 

2/02/2013
Appointment as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
I thank the Prime Minister for appointing me as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in the Gillard Cabinet.

1/02/2013
Abbott confirms he’ll scrap tax breaks for small business
Tony Abbott has confirmed that the Liberals will cut vital tax breaks for Australia’s more than two million small business men and women if elected in September.

30/01/2013
NBN opens doors for Tasmanian small business
Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor is visiting Hobart today for discussions with the Tasmanian Small Business Council about how to spread the word about the opportunities created for small businesses by the National Broadband Network.

29/01/2013
Small businesses urged to nominate for Champions Awards
Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor today urged small business owners around the nation to nominate for the Australian Small Business Champions Awards.

4/01/2013
Expert to review the Franchising Code of Conduct
Minister for Small Business, Brendan O’Connor, today announced a review into the Franchising Code of Conduct, calling for submissions from the franchising sector.

2/01/2013
First National Small Business Commissioner begins
Australia’s more than 2.7 million small business owners will have a stronger voice with governments with the inaugural Australian Small Business Commissioner, Mark Brennan, starting work today.

21/12/2012
WA centre first to sign up to help small business
Small businesses in Western Australia’s largest regional economy can soon receive high-quality low-cost business advice and assistance under the latest funding from the Gillard Government’s Small Business Advisory Services (SBAS) program.

20/12/2012
Key statistics show small business' economic role
The key role small businesses play in the Australian economy has been highlighted by new figures showing that the sector created more than 260,000 new jobs in the two years after the GFC.

20/12/2012
Gillard Government cutting red tape for small business
For the first time businesses can find all the information they need about government-related licences, registrations and permits for all levels of government online in the one place.

11/12/2012
Homelessness, small business on agenda for US
Federal Minister for Housing, Homelessness and Small Business Brendan O’Connor is in the United States this week for a series of meetings and visits with government officials,

10/12/2012
$2.5m in grants available to improve competitiveness of TCF small businesses
Enterprising small businesses in the textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) sector can start applying for Australian Government grants of up to $50,000 to help transform their business so it is more competitive and productive.

7/12/2012
Tis the Season to be Supporting Small Businesses
Christmas shoppers are being urged to buy Australian, buy small business this festive season.

28/11/2012
Surge in standard business reporting take-up
More than 100,000 lodgements have been received through the new Standard Business Reporting (SBR) system since the beginning of July, about nine times the number of lodgements for the same period in 2011.

15/11/2012
Successful Small Business Advisory Services bidders announced
Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor today announced grants to 62 advice services that will help tens of thousands of small businesses around the country.

15/11/2012
$200,000 to help retrenched public servants start afresh
The Gillard Government will help Queensland public servants who have lost their jobs following Campbell Newman’s extensive job cuts who are looking to start their own business or open a franchise.

30/10/2012
Essential business finance information to help Australian business owners
Australian business owners can build their financial knowledge using a free online resource developed by the Gillard Government.

28/10/2012
Small Businesses to profit in the Asian Century
Australia’s three million small businesses stand on the edge of the fastest growing economic region in the world, giving them access to great opportunities for business growth.

17/10/2012
Mark Brennan appointed Australian Small Business Commissioner
Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor today announced Mark Brennan, the former Victorian Small Business Commissioner, as the inaugural Australian Small Business Commissioner.

12/10/2012
A super milestone for small business
The Gillard Government’s Small Business Superannuation Clearing House has reached a milestone, passing half a billion dollars in superannuation payments this week.

11/10/2012
CFMEU Dinner
Last night Minister O'Connor attended a dinner hosted by the CFMEU.

8/10/2012
Fair Work Act Review consultation with small business
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Small Business today met with a number of small business representatives as part of the Government’s ongoing consultations on the recommendations arising from the Fair Work Act Review.

25/09/2012
Support for Bendigo small businesses
Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor today attended a Small Business Forum with the Labor Candidate for Bendigo Lisa Chesters to meet with local small businesses and hear about their challenges and concerns.

19/09/2012
Leave from Parliament
I wish to explain my recent absences from Parliament.

19/09/2012
Support for Marriage Amendment Bill 2012
Today an important vote was taken in the House of Representatives.

13/09/2012
Red tape cut for business
Legislation has today passed the Parliament that will see about 12,000 regulations removed for business.

7/09/2012
Super roundtable agrees to promote small business clearing house
The Gillard Government made further progress towards smarter, simpler, and fairer superannuation with the fourth meeting of the Superannuation Roundtable in Melbourne today.

4/09/2012
Support line celebrates birthday with milestone
The Gillard Government’s Small Business Support Line (SBSL) has celebrated its third birthday by answering its 60,000th call, Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor said today

26/08/2012
Liberals walk away from small business tax cuts
The Liberals have once again walked away from small business, confirming that they do not support tax cuts for this critical part of our economy.

23/08/2012
Exposure draft legislation and explanatory material for company loss carry-back
The Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury and Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor today released for consultation exposure draft legislation and explanatory material to introduce company loss carry-back into the business tax system.

20/08/2012
Small business assisted under clean energy package
The Gillard Government is providing small businesses with significant assistance as part of its Clean Energy Future package, recognising the central role the small business sector plays in our economy.

17/08/2012
Leadership 21 opens to the public
CEOs and owners of small and medium business around the country can now benefit from an innovative new leadership training program.

14/08/2012
Coalition confirms it will scrap small business tax breaks
The Coalition has confirmed that it will scrap vital tax breaks for small business if it wins the next election.

9/08/2012
Minister in discussions about German small business policies
Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor has met with German business leaders, politicians and senior researchers to discuss ways to encourage innovation and cut red tape for small and medium enterprises during a two-day visit to Berlin.

4/08/2012
Australian small businesses to benefit from APEC decisions
Australian small businesses which do business in the Asia-Pacific region will benefit from decisions made at the APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, overnight.

31/07/2012
Supporting small business people in Queanbeyan
Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor has paid tribute to the contribution made by small business to the economy during a visit to Queanbeyan hosted by Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly.

12/07/2012
Minister makes return trip to visit small businesses
Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor today made good on his promise to have breakfast with small businesses in the electorate of Page after an earlier visit was thwarted by fog.

11/07/2012
Gladstone small business benefits from the boom
Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor today visited a small business which is making the most of Queensland’s resources boom.

10/07/2012
Small businesses to benefit from changes to Government payments process
The Government has today announced changes that will encourage agencies to ensure all SME contracts are paid on time.

9/07/2012
Updated tools to help small businesses grow
Australia’s more than two million small businesses will have instant access to valuable business planning advice with the launch of updated editions of the Starting your business and the Growing your business online checklists.

5/07/2012
Tax relief for Australia's 2.7 million small businesses
More than 2.7 million small businesses have begun to share in the benefits of the mining boom thanks to major new tax relief measures starting for businesses across the country this week.

27/06/2012
Applications open for small business advice funding
A new round of funding opens today for the popular Small Business Advisory Services program, which provides advice and help to thousands of small businesses across Australia.

21/06/2012
Lightening the load for Victorian small businesses
Small businesses in Victoria are being encouraged to take up a free Australian Government service that could save them as much as eight hours of paperwork each quarter.

21/06/2012
Lightening the load for ACT small businesses
Small businesses in the Australian Capital Territory are being encouraged to take up a free Australian Government service that could save them as much as eight hours of paperwork each quarter.

21/06/2012
Lightening the load for Tasmanian small businesses
Small businesses in Tasmania are being encouraged to take up a free Australian Government service that could save them as much as eight hours of paperwork each quarter.

19/06/2012
Lightening the load for Western Australian small businesses
Small businesses in Western Australia are being encouraged to take up a free Australian Government service that could save them as much as eight hours of paperwork each quarter.

19/06/2012
Lightening the load for South Australian small businesses
Small businesses in South Australia are being encouraged to take up a free Australian Government service that could save them as much as eight hours of paperwork each quarter.

19/06/2012
Lightening the load for Queensland small businesses
Small businesses in Queensland are being encouraged to take up a free Australian Government service that could save them as much as eight hours of paperwork each quarter.

13/06/2012
Illawarra Business Marketplace boosts small business
Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor, Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Member for Throsby Stephen Jones have praised the Illawarra Business Chamber for its Business Marketplace 2012.

1/06/2012
Applications open for first Australian Small Business Commissioner
The Gillard Government has called for expressions of interest from experienced and visionary leaders for the position of the first Australian Small Business Commissioner.

28/05/2012
National business name register commences
A new service that allows businesses to register their names nationally in one simple online process begins today.

18/05/2012
$20 million to encourage smarter energy use in small business
Small businesses in the hotel and tourism industries in North Queensland will receive tailor-made advice on how to improve energy efficiency with the awarding of more than $20 million in grants.

16/05/2012
Online seminars connect small businesses
Small businesses Australia-wide will have access to the latest business information thanks to a new series of online seminars launched today by Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor.

11/05/2012
NEW MEMBERS APPOINTED TO SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Gillard Government’s Small Business Advisory Committee will be expanded to strengthen its work on cutting red tape for small business.

8/05/2012
New tax reforms and better support for small business
The Gillard Government will deliver a range of tax reforms and extend advice services to benefit Australia’s 2.7 million small businesses – the engine room of our economy.

2/05/2012
Small business assistance in Perth's east
Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor today spoke with small business operators in eastern metropolitan Perth to learn about their businesses and discuss incentives available from the Australian Government.

26/04/2012
Small business cooks up new jobs
Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor and Member for Bass Geoff Lyons today visited Sunrise Bakery at Rocherlea which has created three extra jobs on the back of $60,000 in Gillard Government assistance.

22/04/2012
Minister congratulates Small Business Champions
Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor has congratulated small business operators Nathan Dale and Glen King, named overnight as Australia’s Young Small Business Champion Entrepreneur and Small Business Champion Entrepreneur.

20/04/2012
One million downloads from business.gov.au
The Australian Government’s business website, business.gov.au, is celebrating one million downloads of its business tools.

11/04/2012
Hub Melbourne lets small businesses work together
Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor today visited Hub Melbourne, an innovative co-working space for Melbourne’s small and medium-sized businesses.

30/03/2012
Small Business Support Line hits 50,000 calls
The Small Business Support Line, which provides expert advice to Australia’s small businesses, is on the verge of receiving its 50,000th call.

30/03/2012
NBN rollout great news for small business
The announcement of NBN Co’s latest rollout schedule is great news for Australia’s 2.7 million small businesses.

29/03/2012
Cutting costs and red tape for small business
The Gillard Government has today secured an historic change to the way business names are registered which will cut costs and red tape for small businesses across the nation.

18/03/2012
Jaye Radisich
I would like to pay my respects to former COSBOA CEO and Labor MP Jaye Radisich after her passing yesterday.

14/03/2012
Government appoints Small Business Commissioner
Australia’s 2.7 million small businesses will be given a direct voice to the Gillard Government, through the appointment today of the nation’s first Small Business Commissioner.

11/03/2012
Coalition ignores small business – again
The Coalition has again showed it has no interest in Australia’s more than two million small businesses with its latest policy thought bubble.

9/03/2012
Cairns region benefits from small business assistance
More than 200 businesses in far north Queensland have been helped by the Federal Government-funded Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) in Cairns since its establishment a year ago.

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