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Time to make big businesses pay on time

The Greens welcome the Small Business Ombudsman's report on late payments and call on the government to take strong action against unfair practices by big corporations.

"Big businesses are basically treating smaller traders and freelancers like piggy banks," Greens Small Business spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"As the report shows, payment times by Australian big businesses are the worst in the developed world."

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Senate backs electric cars for SA

The Senate has backed a motion from Australian Greens Senator Robert Simms calling on the government to refocus South Australia's car manufacturing industry on electric cars.

"It's great to see the senate backing this motion for more job creation in SA. Electric car production is a multi-billion industry and one of the fastest growing in the world. Investing in this industry provides an opportunity for us to harness the skills and experience of our manufacturing industry and create new jobs," Senator Simms 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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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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Nationals support for effects test a challenge for Malcolm Turnbull

The Nationals’ support for an effects test presents a massive challenge for new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government, Australian Greens spokesperson for Small Business and Competition Policy Senator Nick McKim says.

Yesterday, the Nationals backed a Greens motion in the Senate to advocate for an effects test in competition law, a crucial change that was recently squibbed by the Government.

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Senator Nick McKim given new portfolio responsibilities

Australian Greens Senator Nick McKim has been allocated the portfolios of Schools; Attorney-General; and Innovation, Small Business and Competition Policy.

Senator McKim said he was excited to be given the portfolios.

“These are major responsibilities and I can’t wait to get my teeth into them.”

“As a former state Minister for Education, I know well the challenges facing our schools, and will continue to fight for the full implementation of the Gonski reforms.”

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