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Greens Stand Up For Small Business

Australian Greens spokesperson for Small Business and Greens candidate for Higgins Jason Ball have launched a comprehensive plan to give small business a fair go.

“In recent years the Greens have been the real voice for small business, as the establishment parties have looked after their big corporate donors,” Senator McKim said.

“The Greens will continue to fight for an effects test, remove some of the administrative burden and restore the loss-carry-back provisions abolished by the Liberals.”

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Greens unveil plans for an Innovation Nation

The Australian Greens have today released a comprehensive Innovation Policy to back startup enterprises, support STEM education and boost innovation funding.

The policy was launched in Melbourne today with Innovation spokesperson Nick McKim, Industry and Science spokesperson Adam Bandt and Greens candidate for Higgins Jason Ball.

“The Australian Greens will reinvigorate the minds of Australian entrepreneurs by reinvesting the funding to the Entrepreneur’s Infrastructure Program,” Senator McKim said.

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Effects Test a Win for Small Business

The introduction of an effects test is a win for small business and consumers, Greens spokesperson for Competition Policy and Small Business Nick McKim says.

“Today is a great step forward, but what we need now is a commitment from Mr Turnbull to legislate for an effects test in this term of government,” Senator McKim said.

“The Greens stand ready to make this happen.”

“Congratulations to the range of businesses and groups who ran such a fantastic campaign for a level playing field.”

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Pressure Mounting On Scott Morrison Over Effects Test

Treasurer Scott Morrison needs to listen to the alliance of peak business bodies representing more than one million businesses who want the principles of fairness enshrined in competition law, Greens spokesperson for competition policy Nick McKim says.

“A coalition of businesses and primary producers, who between them employ more than 5 million people, are united behind the need for an effects test to provide a level playing field and fair competition in Australia,” Senator McKim said.

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Effects Test a challenge of leadership for Scott Morrison

The ACCC’s submission to the Options Paper on strengthening the law against the misuse of market power has again made it abundantly clear that an effects test is needed, Greens spokesperson for Competition Policy Nick McKim says.

“Mr Morrison’s attempt to delay the issue by setting up an options paper has only created more evidence of the need for an effects test,” Senator McKim said.

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Small businesses can remind Scott Morrison of the need for an effects test

The release of a discussion paper on misuse of market power is another chance for Australian businesses to remind Scott Morrison of the obvious need for an effects test, Greens spokesperson for small business and competition policy Nick McKim says.

“Despite its own comprehensive report, and the clear views of small businesses, the ACCC, consumer groups and primary producers, the government is holding another review into the effects test,” Senator McKim said.

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Innovation Statement welcome, but not enough to replace massive research cuts

The Greens broadly welcome the Turnbull Government’s Innovation Statement, however it does not repair the huge damage done to the science and research and development sectors by the Liberals’ funding cuts in recent years.

Greens Innovation spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said: “The focus on innovation and the attached funding are welcome, but it does not come close make up for the Liberals’ massive cuts to science, higher education and research and development.”

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Government Supports Greens Amendments on Small Business

Australian Greens spokesperson for Small Business and Competition Senator Nick McKim has welcomed the Government’s support for Greens amendments to give greater protection against unfair contract terms.

The Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 will protect businesses with fewer than 20 employees from “take it or leave it contracts”.

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Media Release: ACCC confirms voluntary Grocery Code of Conduct isn’t working

The ACCC’s confirmation of the inadequacy of the voluntary Grocery Code of Conduct (GCC)* shows the government needs to step in and make the code mandatory, Australian Greens Small business and Competition spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims says suppliers are already reporting that the big supermarkets are not negotiating their contracts with their suppliers in good faith.

Senator McKim said the result was entirely predictable.

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