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Freeze on business fees & charges under Liberal Nationals

Freeze on business fees and charges under Liberal Nationals business boost plan

The Liberal Nationals today announced the third part of the Local Business Action Plan to make Victoria the small business capital of the nation, with a commitment to freeze selected fees levied on businesses by local councils for four years.

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Small Business and Sole Traders support from Liberal Nationals

Friday 30 April 2021

Liberal Nationals plan to back small businesses and sole traders

 An O’Brien Liberal Nationals Government will ensure Victoria is once again the small businesses capital of the nation, with a $400 million boost to support Victoria’s small businesses and sole traders.

As part of the Liberal Nationals Local Business Action Plan, up to $1,500 in rebates will be available for eligible small businesses to claim against specified state and local government fees and charges.

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IBAC warns Labor on funding restrictions

IBAC warns Labor on funding restrictions 

The tabling today of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) Annual Plan in State Parliament, has again detailed funding issues the integrity agency is facing from the government.

IBAC has confirmed that Labor’s allocation of “funding will only allow IBAC to maintain existing levels of service. Given the significant increase in demands being experienced by IBAC to meet its remit to expose and prevent corruption, it is likely that additional funding will be required in the coming years to satisfy this demand.”

The Annual Plan has also confirmed the savage $4.4 million budget cut on the very watchdog that is currently undertaking at least three different corruption investigations involving Andrews’ Victorian Labor Party.

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Liberal Nationals Local Business Action Plan for Rowville

Liberal Nationals Local Business Action Plan for Rowville

Jobs will be the centrepiece of an elected O’Brien Liberal Nationals Government with the announcement of the biggest reform to payroll tax in a generation.

Under the Liberal Nationals Local Business Action Plan, around 15,000 Victorian small businesses will be removed from the payroll tax system – a system which is a tax on jobs.

Small businesses in Rowville pay too much tax – and the bigger they grow, the more Victorians they employ, the more they pay. The Local Business Action Plan means a saving of up to $43,650 each year on payroll tax for small business.

Under the plan, an O’Brien Liberal Nationals Government will increase the threshold at which a business is liable to pay payroll tax to $1.6 million.

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Liberal Nationals Local Business Action Plan

Small businesses across Victoria have been telling us that government fees and charges are holding them back.

As part of the Liberal Nationals Local Business Action Plan, up to $1,500 in rebates will be available for eligible small businesses to claim against specified state and local government fees and charges.

Examples of fees and charges covered include food authority licences, liquor licences, trade licences, event fees, outdoor seating fees and council rates.

We will ensure Victoria is once again the small businesses capital of Australia and that Victoria’s COVID economic recovery will be small business-led.

Our Local Business Action Plan will help get Victoria back on top by backing local business, local jobs and local success.

Read more: https://www.michaelobrien.com.au/liberal-nationals-plan-to-back-small-businesses-and-sole-traders/

Hands Off Our Hospitals campaign to keep our hospitals local

Hands Off Our Hospitals campaign to keep our hospitals local

Victorians are being asked to add their voice to a new campaign standing against the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to amalgamate local hospitals across the state.

Launched today, the ‘Hands Off Our Hospitals’ petition comes in response to a growing push to amalgamate services under a “formal partnership approach”.

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$250 Power Saving Bonus available now

Have you applied for the recent government announcement of the $250 Power Saving Bonus?

The $250 Power Saving Bonus is a one-off payment to provide direct support to Victorian households experiencing energy bill stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is now open and is available until 31st January 2022. You will need to apply online by visiting https://compare.energy.vic.gov.au/

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Labor cuts funds to another government watchdog

Daniel Andrews has slashed funding to another government watchdog investigating his party – this time about a 30 per cent funding cut to the Victorian Ombudsman.

The Age revealed today that the Victorian Ombudsman’s budget has been slashed by about $2 million.

This follows Labor’s $4.4 million cut to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission’s (IBAC) yearly budget uncovered last week.

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