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  • Ombudsman welcomes proposed extension of super amnesty

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the federal government’s proposal to extend the amnesty to tackle non-payment of workers’ superannuation.

    “The government has reintroduced legislation to extend a one-off amnesty that effectively encourages employers to catch-up on paying superannuation entitlements to staff, without being slugged with the harsh penalties that usually apply,” Ms Carnell said.

  • Record $26.5m penalty and $56m repayment ordered against training college Empower Institute

    The Federal Court has ordered  $26.5 million in penalties against Cornerstone Investments Aust Pty Ltd, trading as Empower Institute (in liquidation) (Empower), the highest total penalties ever imposed for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

    The Court also ordered Empower to repay more than $56 million to the Commonwealth for funding it had received to provide the courses

    Empower ceased trading and in April 2017 entered into voluntary liquidation.

  • Proposal to authorise big box retailers to negotiate for cheaper electricity prices

    The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to authorise members of the Large Format Retail Association (LFRA) to jointly tender and negotiate with electricity suppliers for cheaper power prices.

    The ACCC has also granted interim authorisation to the LFRA, allowing members to begin the initial stages of the tendering and negotiation process while the ACCC completes its assessment.

    “LFRA and its members want to jointly tender so they can pay less for their electricity,” ACCC Commissioner Stephen Ridgeway said.

  • A slam-dunk for Tasmania

    This year’s NBL Blitz is bringing the competition’s nine teams to Tasmania to play matches across the State, in Devonport, Ulverstone, Launceston and Hobart.

    The Tasmanian Government’s support in bringing top-level basketball here is important to encourage participation and develop grassroots basketball.

    The NBL Blitz is not only bringing the biggest names in the game, but will also deliver community clinics, game day activations, and a coaches’ clinics across the state.

  • Getting on with the job of delivering the Bridgewater Bridge

    The Commonwealth and Tasmanian governments will deliver on their promise to build a new Bridgewater Bridge.

    Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson said; “Tasmanians made their voices loud and clear at both the state and federal elections by voting in the Hodgman majority Liberal Government and Morrison Liberal and Nationals Government to deliver the Bridgewater Bridge.

  • Protecting our heritage and cutting red tape

    The Hodgman majority Liberal Government welcomes the passing of the Historic Cultural Heritage Bill 2019 through the Legislative Council today.

    The amendments align with our commitment to reduce red tape and maximise certainty under the planning system for property owners, developers and other stakeholders and better integrates Tasmania’s historic heritage and planning legislation.

  • Supporting the West and North-West

    The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to strengthening our regions and the Cradle Coast Prospectus will shine a spotlight on the West and North-West, generating more jobs, economic activity and investment.

    The Prospectus highlights business investment opportunities and promotes the region as a great place for investors to establish new businesses and for people to live, work and play.  The Cradle Coast Prospectus promotes six industrial precincts across the Coast and highlights the key industries, skilled workforce and infrastructure available.

  • Delivery tech giant dashes into Melbourne

    A multi-billion-dollar US tech company has chosen Melbourne to launch its entry into the Australian market, further cementing Melbourne’s position as Australia’s leading tech city.

    The largest on-demand food platform for door-to-door delivery in the U.S., DoorDash, is expanding into the Australian market and has established their head office in Melbourne, creating around 50 direct jobs.

  • Small businesses reminded to get Single Touch Payroll ready

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has reminded small businesses they have until 30 September to adopt Single Touch Payroll (STP).

    Small businesses with 19 employees or less are required to make the transition to STP by the deadline in two weeks.

    STP became mandatory for small employers on 1 July this year, with the Australian Taxation Office allowing a three month grace period for businesses to transition to the new digital system.

  • Cooking up careers at Providore Place

    The new $1.4 million training kitchens at Devonport’s Providore Place will help Drysdale students to be job ready to meet the increased demand for cookery and bakery skills in the North-West.

    Funded by the Hodgman majority Liberal Government, the training space will provide more than 200 apprentices and pre-employment students annually with state of the art equipment in a modern open-plan training space.

    It includes a dedicated bakery, barista training area, deck ovens, blast chillers, a walk-in freezer, cool room and dry stores.

  • Lessons for Labor

    Instead of reckless fearmongering, Labor’s Josh Willie should get his facts straight when it comes to Tasmania’s eSchools.

    We will not and have not cut funding for students.

    The Tasmanian eSchool will continue to maintain teaching staff ABOVE the 2016 eSchool review recommendations.

    Four fixed term contracts have come to an end at the eSchool, with these staff securing permanent positions at other schools.

  • ABS releases publication on planning for the 2021 Census

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released its blueprint for the delivery of the 2021 Census.

    Planning for the 2021 Census outlines the ABS’ commitment to ensuring the nation’s most significant and challenging statistical collection gathers high quality data, is a cost effective process enabling easy participation and assures the privacy of personal information.

    Australian Statistician, David Kalisch, said that Census data was critical to Australian democracy and society.

  • Tasmania’s Biosecurity Advisory Committee seeks members

    The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to strengthening Tasmania’s biosecurity systems to protect our primary industries, environment, community and the tourism sector.

    Tasmania’s reputation as a premium producer of agricultural and seafood products, and as a leading tourism destination, is reliant on a rigorous and effective biosecurity system.

    Tasmania’s new landmark Biosecurity Act (2019), replaces seven current Acts with a single streamlined modern statute that is “fit-for-purpose”.

  • Labor’s reheated leftovers from economic hangover

    Labor’s reheating of the former, failed Economic Development Minister, David O’Byrne, as Shadow Treasurer demonstrates just how out of touch they remain on Tasmania’s economy.

    Tasmanians will not forget that under David O’Byrne’s economic stewardship 10,000 Tasmanians lost their job, our state was driven into recession, and people were fleeing for the mainland.

    David O’Byrne cannot be believed until he commits to producing an alternative budget each and every year.

  • Proposal to authorise Virgin Australia to cooperate with Virgin Atlantic

    The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to authorise Virgin Australia (ASX: VAH) to more closely cooperate with Virgin Atlantic on flights between Australia and the UK and Ireland, via Hong Kong, Los Angeles and any other future mutual connecting points.

    “Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic have asked to be authorised to cooperate more closely to improve their services between Australia and the UK and Ireland and attract more passengers,” ACCC Commissioner Stephen Ridgeway said.

  • Banks assume role of moral compass for legitimate businesses

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell says banks are wrong to discriminate against legitimate small businesses in the adult industry by blocking their access to essential financial services.

    “My office is continuously contacted by sex workers who have complained they have been denied banking services such as merchant facilities to allow them to conduct their business,” Ms Carnell says.

    “This is an ongoing issue and we have expressed our concerns to the Australian Banking Association and individual banks involved.

  • SME innovation under threat as patent regime faces the axe: Ombudsman

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has urged the federal government not to abolish the low-cost innovation patent regime, saying this would create a significant barrier to small businesses.

    “It would be a mistake to phase out the innovation patent system without any replacement,” Ms Carnell said.

    “Although we acknowledge the current system is not perfect, it’s the only viable way for SMEs to access temporary or short-term IP protections, which is essential, particularly when disputes arise.

  • Elders and AIRR rural services deal not opposed

    The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of rural wholesale buying group Australian Independent Rural Retailers (AIRR) by Elders (ASX: ELD). 

    Elders is an important competitor in rural retailing, but currently has minimal operations in wholesaling to independent rural retail stores. AIRR is an important wholesaler to independent rural stores, but has minimal assets of its own in rural retailing.

  • Mining rich vein of Tasmanian investment

    There is no stronger or more consistent supporter of the mining and minerals sector than the Hodgman majority Liberal Government and we are committed to grow the industry.

    We are delivering on our Mining for Tasmania’s Future Policy, which is providing the right settings to encourage investment and ensure the mining and minerals sector remains an economic cornerstone of Tasmania.

    This is a sector that provides more than 55 per cent of Tasmania’s commercial exports, and employs more than 5,600 jobs, many in regional communities.

  • Labor’s big guns abandon White

    Labor Members of Parliament this afternoon sought to distance themselves from the disastrous leadership of Rebecca White, declining the opportunity to vote on a motion to back their leader.

    Despite having ample opportunity to stand up and defend Rebecca White’s ailing leadership during a private Member's motion, not one senior member of her Shadow Ministry spoke in her defence.

    Nor did David or Michelle O’Byrne enter the House of Assembly to defend Rebecca White or show solidarity.

  • Morrison Government’s health funding helping Tasmanians

    The Morrison Government is boosting funding for Tasmanian healthcare, with a $91.9 million Tasmanian Health Plan that addresses healthcare needs and provides affordable and accessible healthcare, and an additional $25.6 million for the North and North-West*.

    The facts are:

  • Tasmania shines at AHA National Awards

    Tasmania’s world-class visitor experiences have again been recognised at the Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence, held on the Gold Coast this evening.

    Congratulations to the Shoreline Hotel, on winning the Regional Overall Hotel of the Year award, as well as Best Bistro-Metropolitan.

    The recently opened Maylands Lodge in New Town was awarded Best Superior Accommodation and Furneaux Restaurant in St Helens was recognised as Best Restaurant – Regional.

  • SME innovation under threat as patent regime faces the axe: Ombudsman

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has urged the federal government not to abolish the low-cost innovation patent regime, saying this would create a significant barrier to small businesses.

    “It would be a mistake to phase out the innovation patent system without any replacement,” Ms Carnell said.

    “Although we acknowledge the current system is not perfect, it’s the only viable way for SMEs to access temporary or short-term IP protections, which is essential, particularly when disputes arise.

  • Telco provider BVivid pays penalties and will release consumers from contracts

    The ACCC has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from telco provider BVivid Pty Ltd (BVivid) for making telemarketing calls to consumers in areas transitioning to the NBN that BVivid has admitted likely breached the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

    BVivid also paid $25,200 in penalties after the ACCC issued it with two infringement notices.

    From October 2017 to at least May 2018, BVivid cold-called consumers and told them their internet services would be disconnected or they would lose their telephone number if they did not move to the NBN immediately.