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Driving power prices down

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The Turnbull Government has today announced a package of measures to put downward pressure on electricity prices and stop energy companies from gouging their customers. We are backing the ACCC to drive lower electricity prices for households and small businesses. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry released in […] …

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Concrete solutions to Auckland’s construction waste

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 More than $3 million of funding will help divert 40,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste from landfills in Auckland every year.  Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announced a Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) grant of $3.1 million to enable Auckland recycling firm Green Gorilla to divert the waste and allow materials to be reused.
 “Useful materials are…

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Fresh focus on Pasifika entrepreneurs

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Pasifika-run small businesses are urged to take the opportunity to learn more about the Government assistance available at the first-ever Pasifika focused Small Business Roadshow.
The 2018 Taking Care of Business events resume this month and, for the first time, a dedicated event for Pasifika businesses will be held in Auckland. The roadshows bring the private sector together…

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Waste work programme to tackle tough problems

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Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage has announced a programme of work to take action on New Zealand’s long-neglected waste problems.
“Since taking on the waste portfolio I have heard loud and clear from New Zealanders that they find our country’s record on waste unacceptable and want action after nine years of neglect under National,” Eugenie Sage said.
“This Government…

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Progressing the Director Identification Number

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In an embarrassing mistake Dr Andrew Leigh has wrongly claimed that the Turnbull Government is not progressing a director identification number as part of our wide ranging reforms to crackdown on illegal phoenixing. It comes as the Turnbull Government yesterday released for consultation draft legislation which will not only deter and disrupt illegal phoenixing, but […] …

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New online tool for health and wellbeing policy

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A new online resource will enable small businesses to create health and wellbeing policies quickly and easily, through the business.govt.nz website.
“The online Workplace Policy Builder makes it easy for small businesses to tailor policies to the individual circumstances of their workplaces,” says Small Business Minister Stuart Nash.
“Small businesses who lack in-house expertise can avoid the hassle of…

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Making multinationals pay their fair share

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The Turnbull Government is ensuring that those that do business in Australia pay tax in Australia. Improving the integrity of our taxation system helps to ensure the Government can guarantee the essential services that Australians rely on and leave more money in the pockets of hardworking Australians. Legislation giving the force of law in Australia […] …

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Combating illicit tobacco

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The Turnbull Government is continuing the fight against illicit tobacco, with the Parliament today passing legislation to create a comprehensive set of offences targeting illicit tobacco. These changes deliver on the 2016-17 Budget commitment to stop the illegal tobacco trade which the Australian Taxation Office has identified as a major revenue source for organised crime. […] …

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Strengthening APRA governance

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The Turnbull Government has strengthened the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) by legislating that a second Deputy Chair to be created. This newly-created position will ensure APRA has the capabilities to effectively carry out its mandate. I intend to nominate Mr John Lonsdale for a five year term to fill this second Deputy Chair position. […] …

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Legislation to combat illegal phoenix activity released for consultation

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The Turnbull Government is taking action to protect workers and honest businesses by legislating a package of reforms to tackle illegal phoenix behaviour and level the playing field. The Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, today released draft legislation for a comprehensive package of reforms to combat illegal phoenixing. These […] …

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