Mar 22, 2017

Councils throughout the Riverina and Central West now have the chance to fix local bridges in poor condition with the help of direct funding from the Federal Government.

The third round of funding under the $360 million Bridges Renewal Programme is now open and the Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack is encouraging local councils across the electorate to apply for funding.

“This is a great opportunity for local councils to apply for funding to have ageing bridges fixed, with up to half the cost met by the Australian Government, helping to keep communities connected and local industries profitable,” Mr McCormack said.

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Mar 21, 2017

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Good evening everyone.

Thank you for your invitation to address the dinner of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) and to highlight – from the Federal Government’s perspective – the important role ASAC and statisticians play in helping us build the kind of country Australians deserve.

I would like to acknowledge Mr Gary Banks AO, ASAC Chairperson, as well as David Kalisch, the Australian Statistician, ASAC members, and senior ABS staff.

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Mar 20, 2017

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack is encouraging not-for-profit community organisations to apply for funding through the Community Heritage Grants Program.

Grants of up to $15,000 are available for community organisations such as public libraries, museums, historical societies, indigenous and multicultural groups to help preserve and protect nationally significant collections.

“These grants help local communities to preserve and display culturally important material such as artefacts, letters, diaries and photographs,” Mr McCormack said.

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Mar 20, 2017

JUST hours after an embarrassing admission of being wrong on Australia’s so-called ‘faceless investors’, Labor’s spokesman on the Australian Bureau of Statistics has yet again been caught out of facts in his latest media release, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“Dr Leigh talks at length of the challenges for the ABS from Budget cuts, but yet again it is deficient in detail,” Mr McCormack said. 

“If Dr Leigh was chasing more than a headline, he would note the Coalition has invested $257 million to enable the ABS to upgrade its ageing technology systems and processes.

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Mar 17, 2017

The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has congratulated Apprentices and Trainees Employment Limited on its success with an application for funding through the second round of Empowering YOUth Initiatives.

Empowering YOUth Initiatives seeks to empower young people who are disengaged from the workforce or school and who face complex issues affecting their future.

Twenty one organisations will be offered the opportunity to join 19 existing organisations to deliver new approaches that assist young people overcome barriers to getting employment.

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Mar 17, 2017

Reliable, renewable and from the Riverina, the Snowy Hydro solution will power our national grid for generations to come, writes Small Business Minister and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack.

“…show the world what a mighty nation of thinkers and builders we are. What a fine legacy that would be for generations to follow!”

That’s a line from my first speech in Parliament, where I proudly told the story of the Snowy Hydro Scheme which sits atop the highlands of communities then in my electorate.

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Mar 16, 2017

Making healthier choices when purchasing packaged foods is a whole lot easier now thanks to the Health Star Rating (HSR) system according to the Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack.

“The Health Star Ratings are a quick and easy way to compare the nutritional profile of packaged foods, and I am keen for consumers across the Riverina and Central West to keep an eye out for this helpful tool in supermarkets now,” Mr McCormack said.

Under the simple system, the more stars displayed on the pack, the healthier the choice.

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Mar 16, 2017

SMALL Business Minister Michael McCormack has today imposed an interim ban to prevent the supply of certain types of decorative alcohol fuelled devices, also known as ethanol burners.

Mr McCormack imposed this interim ban following advice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that some ethanol burners create a risk of serious injury.

Today’s interim ban follows Mr McCormack’s proposed ban notice issued on 21 December 2016 and ACCC consultation with stakeholders, including suppliers.

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Mar 16, 2017

AN Australia-wide small business roadshow headed by Small Business Minister Michael McCormack was in Berwick today, as local MP Jason Wood and the Minister toured businesses on High Street.

“Small business around Australia is our economy’s job-creator, from large centres to suburban communities and throughout rural and regional Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“They are the people who have a go, take a risk and hire Australians. That’s why the Government has a plan to back businesses on High Street in Berwick and right around Australia.

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Mar 15, 2017

Hello, everyone, it’s great to be here in Melbourne this morning — and to see so many enthusiastic faces! 

I am excited to join you for the first Consumer Congress since my appointment as Small Business Minister – and Minister responsible for consumer affairs – last year.

I understand the important role consumer law plays in protecting the lives and livelihoods of Australians. From product safety to clearer labelling, the reach of consumer law touches every Australian. And although it’s not always front of mind, the Australian consumer is only protected and empowered because of the work you all do in supporting consumers

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