News and interviews on Craig Emerson including trends, features, blogs and community conversations from an Australian business perspective.
Monday, 29 October 2012
The government wants a stronger focus on Asian trade opportunities, with a more innovative and streamlined approach to business.
Monday, 13 September 2010
Former Assistant Treasurer Senator Nick Sherry handed the role of Small Business Minister, but the Opposition and business groups are unhappy that the post remains outside of Cabinet.
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Small business minister Craig Emerson hits back at the Opposition's suggestions that Labor has not released a small business policy.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Opposition small business spokesman Bruce Billson says he is flabbergasted that Labor has not released a specific small business policy ahead of the federal election.
Friday, 16 July 2010
Banks seriously risk doing damage to the economy by ignoring small business lending.
Friday, 09 July 2010
Tony Abbott’s big pitch for SMEs has put the sector clearly on the political agenda. Let’s hope it stays there.
Friday, 21 May 2010
Craig Emerson says the Government will focus on encouraging competition in the banking sector, but has ruled out introducing a specific Government guarantee for SME loans.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
The Government will spend $125.2 million over the next four years to establish a single, national register for business names.
Businesses operating under the Franchising Code of Conduct will have access to support for early intervention in disputes.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Companies will face tough penalties for the use of unfair terms in standard contracts, described as the biggest change to consumer laws in 35 years.
Friday, 22 January 2010
The FCA and franchising industry figures hold discussions with the Government over whether unconscionable conduct laws for the franchising sector need to be strengthened.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
The Government’s move to pay 96.5% of its invoices from small businesses within 30 days during the last financial year, has been praised by industry experts as a major benefit to SMEs.
Video Ezy and Blockbuster franchise owner again attacks Coles for misusing its market power over its latest DVD discount offer.
Wednesday, 09 December 2009
The owner of the Blockbuster and EzyDVD retail chains, Paul Uniacke, accuses grocery giants of “bastardising” the DVD industry in order to lift sales.
The Coalition’s Bruce Billson says the Rudd Government’s “big government, big spending” mantra has meant small business has been ignored by Canberra for two years.
Friday, 04 December 2009
Franchise Council chief executive Steve Wright warns that franchisors could abandon South Australia if they are forced to operate under an onerous state-based law.
Thursday, 03 December 2009
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has rejected a bid from oil giant Caltex to take over hundreds of Exxon Mobil petrol stations and convenience stores, saying it would stifle competition and drive up petrol prices
Tuesday, 01 December 2009
Tony Abbott's first press conference as leader of the Federal Opposition was actually pretty impressive.
Monday, 30 November 2009
Small Business Minister Craig Emerson names an expert panel to examine whether unconscionable conduct provisions should be specially included in the Franchising Code.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Rudd’s new climate change deal lacks any assistance for small businesses, despite increased compensation for energy companies, heavy industry and households.