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Nick Xenophon To Discuss Reducing Government Red-Tape At Small Business Summit

August 21, 2017 Conferences No Comments Email Email

Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, has been confirmed to speak at Australia’s premier small business policy event – the Vodafone National Small Business Summit – in Melbourne on 23-25 August 2017.

Hosted by the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA), Xenophon will address delegates on Friday 25 August, sharing his insights on the integral role Government have in reducing bureaucratic obstacles fostering small business growth.

“Small business is Australia’s largest employing sector and a significant contributor to the economy, however owners across the nation are being held back by Government red tape and paper work.

“I look forward to meeting with policy makers and leaders at the Summit, and sharing how the Government can assist small business owners to grow their business, be innovative and agile, rather than having to jump through makeshift obstacles,” commented Xenophon.

Small business leader and advocate, Peter Strong, CEO of COSBOA commented on the opportunity to welcome Xenophon to Australia’s premier policy event and share his voice in shaping the future of small business across the nation.

“It is an honour to host Senator Xenophon at the Vodafone National Small Business Summit. Nick is a fervent supporter of Australian small businesses and creating an effective government and economic environment to support growth,” said Mr Strong.

Xenophon will join senior politicians and industry leaders to discuss key issues facing small business in Australia, including banking payments, cyber security, the digital economy, regulation red-tape and more at the Summit. Key speakers include:

–    The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition
–    The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy
–    The Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Federal Minister for Small Business
–    The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP, Victorian Minister for Small Business
–    Kate Carnell, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
–    Anna Bligh, CEO, Australian Bankers Association
–    Dan Lloyd, Chief Strategy Officer and Corporate Affairs Director, Vodafone
–    Richard Flanagan, Head of Business Marketing, Google Australia and New Zealand
–    Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council Australia

Registrations are open for the Vodafone National Small Business Summit. For more information please visit:

To celebrate the commencement of the Summit, Small Business owners are invited to attend the Small Business Start-Up Reception from 6pm-8pm on Wednesday, 23 August 2017. The event will provide an opportunity for owners to hear from Peter Strong, CEO of COSBOA and network with industry leaders and key decision makers. A panel on the evening will highlight the next generation of employers and innovators and discuss what more our education system can do to support entrepreneurship.

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