Wednesday, 16 October 2019 Sydney

Small Business Ombudsman congratulates new Deputy Prime Minister::

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, congratulated Michael McCormack on his appointment as leader of the National Party of Australia and Deputy Prime Minister this morning.

“Michael McCormack was a diligent and committed Small Business Minister, so we are particularly pleased with this outcome.

“Mr McCormack ran his own small business before entering Parliament so he knows what it’s like, and has great empathy for the challenges and opportunities small businesses face every day.

“During his time as the Federal Small Business Minister, Mr McCormack led a significant small business roadshow around Australia, visiting more than 30 metropolitan, regional and rural localities, from Albany in Western Australia to North Queensland.

“The Small Business Roadshow included my office, the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, speaking with small business owners to learn first-hand what’s working well and what more could be done to get the policy settings right.

“We are pleased Mr McCormack will push for the Small Business Minister to have a seat in Cabinet, as has been the case in the past.

“And we are confident the new Deputy Prime Minister will have small business issues as a major focus.”