Media releases

2012

Passing of Michael Dwyer

Corporate Australia has lost an important contributor with the passing of former Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Commissioner, Michael Dwyer.

Appointment as Minister

I would like to thank the Prime Minister for her confidence in appointing me to the position of Assistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation.

Tony Abbott Says 'No' to protecting workers' entitlements

Last night Tony Abbott and the Coalition announced that they will say 'no' to legislation that would ensure workers are able to access their entitlements where directors have abandoned a company

Government Introduces Legislation to Enhance Audit Quality

Legislation to improve the quality and transparency of the auditing process has been introduced into the Parliament, said Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury.

Reforms to Further Enhance Australia's Executive Remuneration Framework

The Gillard Government will be introducing reforms to further strengthen Australia's executive remuneration framework, said Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury.

Legislation Introduced to Help Workers Access Their Entitlements

Legislation has been introduced into the Parliament today to help employees of abandoned companies access their entitlements, said Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury.

A Streamlined National Approach to Fundraising by Charities

Charities would face less red tape when fundraising and people would have more certainty about how the money they donate is being spent as part of a range of national reforms proposed in a discus

Appointment of Part-Time Members to the Takeovers Panel

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury, has announced the appointment of six new members and the reappointment of eight members to the Takeovers Panel.

Closure of the Financial Reporting Panel

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury, today announced that the Financial Reporting Panel (FRP) will be wound up.

Proposed Directors' Liability Reforms Released for Public Consultation

Proposed amendments to directors' liability laws released today will form the first part of the Commonwealth's implementation of the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) Directors' Liability r

2011

Commencement of Updated Graphic Health Warnings for Tobacco Products

The Government's updated and expanded graphic health warnings for tobacco packaging commence tomorrow, 1 January 2012.

The New Year Brings Changes to the Australian Consumer Law

On 1 January 2012, consumers will be provided with additional protections under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), said the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury.

Know Your Rights as a Consumer This Christmas

With Santa Claus having come and gone for another year, it is important for Australian consumers to know their rights when it comes to gifts received this Christmas, said Parliamentary Secretary to

Government Updates Graphic Health Warnings for Tobacco Products

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury, today announced that the Government has updated and expanded the graphic health warnings for tobacco products.

Government Releases Price Signalling Regulations for Consultation

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury, has today released the Gillard Government's price signalling regulations for consultation.

Gillard Government Releases Draft Laws to Crack Down on 'Phoenixing'

The Gillard Government is proposing tough new measures to crack down on 'phoenix' company activity under draft laws released today, said Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury.

Appointment of part-time Councillor to The National Competition Council

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Stephen King as a part-time Councillor of the National Competition Council until 17 December 2012.

Reform Package to Modernise and Harmonise Insolvency

Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer David Bradbury have today announced a package of reforms to modernise and harmonise Australia's insolvency industr

Government to Explore Options for Extension of Unfair Contract Terms to Insurance

Stakeholders are invited to comment on a draft Regulation Impact Statement on options for extending the unfair contract terms laws to insurance, said Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Da

Community Views Sought on Gift Cards

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury, today released the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) issues paper Gift Cards in the Australian Market.