Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Parliamentary friends for small business to be launched



Download PDFDownload PDF

#

-

Gai Brodtmann MP

Member for Canberra

.11 m,

ir4tD *-14

Scott Buchholz MP

Federal Member for Wright

MEDIA RELEASE

30 October 2012 PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDS FOR SMALL BUSINESS TO BE LAUNCHED

The Minister for Small Business, the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, and the Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, the Hon Bruce Billson MP, will officially launch the Parliamentary Friends for Small Business Group on Tuesday 30 October, in Parliament House Courtyard 27K, between 6.30pm and 7.45pm.

Gal Brodtmann, Federal Member for Canberra, and Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright, initiated the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Small Business, to recognise the sector's importance, and advance understanding of its needs.

Gal Brodtmann has been an advocate for small business since her election in 2010. As a former micro business operator, Ms Brodtmann understands the challenges facing the sector, particularly in Canberra, and in supporting Government agencies.

"Small business plays a crucial and central role in the Australian economy," Ms Brodtmann said.

"There are over two million small businesses in Australia and they employ almost five million Australians. Small business contributes more than 20 per cent of Australia's GDP," Ms Brodtmann said.

Mr Buchholz said he is keen to help small business find new and innovative ways to grow, particularly in his electorate of Wright.

"The positive growth and development of small business has a flow on effect for local communities and this is vital for the Australian economy," Mr Buchholz said.

The official launch of the Parliamentary Group will take place at a reception on Tuesday 30 October, in Parliament House Courtyard 27K, between 6.30pm and 7.45pm. Apart from members and senators, the local Canberra small business community will be well represented.

Details: the Parliamentary Friends for Small Business Group launch on Tuesday 30 October, in Parliament House Courtyard 27K, between 6.30pm and 7.45pm

For more information:

Simon Tatz Media Adviser- Office of Gai Brodtmann 0402 613 745

Jamie O'Brien Media Adviser- Office of Scott Buchholz 07 5541 0150 or 0400 800 601