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FEDERAL Minister for Small Business,
Michael McCormack MP was guest
speaker at a Gippsland Business break-
fast in McCartin’s Hotel, Leongatha last
Thursday, October 6.
Mr McCormack was introduced by Victorian
based Senator Bridget McKenzie who returned
“home” for the occasion.
“Small business are the key drivers in our local
towns and the community and our minister, from the
town of Wagga Wagga, loves to talk to businesses
big and small,” Senator McKenzie said.
Mr McCormack said the country needed a vibrant
small business sector to help stimulate the economy.
“The Federal Government is playing its part and
has reduced the company tax rate from 28.5 cents in
the dollar to 27.5 cents in the dollar and eventually it
will be reduced again to 25 percent,” he said.
The eligibility has changed too with business
turnover out from $2million to now $10 Million,
opening up the tax break to a lot more small to me-
Mr McCormack also encouraged the 50 or so
small business people in the room to take advan-
tage of the instant offset for goods purchased under
$20,000 which is available up till July next year.
Following the speech the issues most concerning
guests came out in question time.
Paul Ahern, who runs Ahern’s Fruit Market and
Fine Foods in Foster, questioned the costs of country
people accessing and using internet compared with
much cheaper rates in Melbourne.
The Skymaster 2 has just been launched and this
will provide many more thousands in the bush access
to the internet.
“More and more people per month are being con-
nected than ever before. But we as a government can
do more on the costs and I will take this concern up on
your behalf and forward this also to Minister for Com-
munications Mitch Fifield,” Mr McCormack said.
“Some $160 Million is being spent on a black-
spot program for mobile reception. As we get more
players in the market and competition you will see
internet and mobile prices come down over time.”
Adrian Harris spoke to the minister about the ex-
horbitant rates being paid by farmers in the country
compared to what is paid in the city.
“They have great flower gardens in the towns like
Leongatha but will this shire come and clean out a
table drain, hardly ever,” he said.
“We see 10 gardeners working in the towns but
no drains are being cleared, the land slips are not get-
ting done, we aren’t getting service.”
“We have 32 candidates standing for three wards in
this election so I can tell you people are not happy.”
Mr McCormack said it was very difficult to chan-
nel the money through from federal to state and then
local governments in a timely manner.
“There is a lag of delivery of services to the bush.
It can also be related to different parties running gov-
ernments in federal and the state,” he said.
“I often encourage people to maybe make a run
at council and try to have a say. Maybe get involved
in a political party.”
Glenn Wright of Leongatha asked the Minister
about his view of struggling country towns with
shops empty in most of them and the big supermar-
kets seeming to be the only ones surviving well.
“How do you see the future of town in this light?”
Mr Wright asked.
Mr McCormack said, “The one thing about the
duopoly in the supermarkets is at least it provides an
avenue for thousands of small business suppliers to
gain access for their products,” he said.
“In regards to internet shopping next year from
July 1 overseas traders will have to pay a 10 percent
GST on goods coming in because we want to have a
level playing field for our Australian businesses.”
The breakfast was organised by Meg Edwards
who thanked McCartins Hotel’s Phillip Botte for put-
ting on such a great breakfast.
Leongatha hosts small business minister
Breaky time: from, Matt Hiriart from BJ’s Earthmoving, Brenton Williams, Leongatha
Chamber of Commerce president and owner of BJ’s Earthmoving, and Peter Watchorn from
Leongatha Newsagency attended the business breakfast.
Welcome: from left, Victorian based Senator, formerly from Koonwarra, Senator Bridget
McKenzie, guest speaker Federal Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack and
organiser Meg Edwards.
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