Businesses raise concerns at panel

South West small businesses have been given a chance to raise their concerns with key leaders.

A small business question and answer panel was held in Bunbury earlier this month, with Forrest MHR Nola Marino, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chairman Dr Michael Schaper and Australian Tax Office assistant commissioner Les de Wind making up the panel.

The forum allowed business owners to raise concerns and question officials on topics relating to their business.

Some of the issues raised included the need for less government involvement when it comes to tourism operators and funding, tax concerns and debts.

Mrs Marino said the forum provided small businesses with the information and tools they needed regarding the Federal Government’s support of small business.

“The Turnbull Government is working on a daily basis to create jobs and economic growth across Australia,” Mrs Marino said.

“Employment rose by 60,900 in March, exceeding all market expectations, to create a historic moment of over 12 million Australians in employment for the first time.”

Mr McCormack said the Government’s small business tax cuts enabled more small businesses to create jobs.

“Nola Marino and I both ran small businesses before we were in parliament – that’s why we know it’s the small businesses across the South West – not Government – which creates local jobs and opportunities,” Mr McCormack said.

Source: South Western Times.