Malcolm Turnbull's Small Business Minister, Michael McCormack needs to come clean on why the Government’s much promoted small business roadshows have been held almost exclusively in Liberal/National electorates.
90 per cent of the small business roadshows publicised on the Small Business Minister’s website have been held in electorates where the Government holds the seat with the local Liberal/National MP present as well as public servants from the Australian Tax Office, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and the ACCC.
Only three Roadshows have been held outside of Liberal/National electorates and in none of those was the local member invited with the Minister instead preferring to bring along a neighbouring Government MP or Senator.
Labor believes that the small business roadshow program is a good initiative but the fact that the forums have been held almost exclusively in Liberal or National Party electorates, supported by taxpayer funds and with the attendance of public servants, is deeply concerning.
Ministers must act with integrity at all times, particularly when it comes to the use of public money and the public service.
The Minister must provide a full explanation over why it appears that he has used his ministerial portfolio and taxpayer funds in a politically partisan way.
The small business roadshow should be reaching out to all small businesses across the country, not just reaching out to those who voted for a Liberal or National MP in 2016.
THURSDAY, 1 JUNE 2017