Bruce Billson appointed small business ombudsman

Former Liberal minister to replace inaugural ombudsman, Kate Carnell.

Former Liberal minister Bruce Billson has been appointed small business ombudsman, replacing inaugural Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise ombudsman, Kate Carnell AO.

Billson will commence his five-year term as ombudsman on Thursday March 11, 2021.

Carnell welcomed the appointment, describing the former Small Business Minister as a champion of the sector.

“Having played an integral role in the establishment of the ombudsman’s office, Mr Billson is well positioned to carry the torch,” Carnell said.

“He is highly regarded by the small business community and I am confident he will be an effective advocate for the sector.”

Billson thanked the outgoing Ombudsman for her unwavering commitment to the small business sector over the past five years.

“Ms Carnell leaves a lasting legacy, as a fierce advocate for Australian small businesses and a strong foundation to build on,” Billson said.

“The pandemic has been punishing for many of our small and family businesses, which will need a supportive environment to help lead the nation into recovery.

“All of my efforts will go towards putting the wind in the sails of small business and helping to energise enterprise to Australia’s benefit.

“Most importantly, I’ll be focused on ensuring the small business community has the support and confidence they need to survive and thrive well beyond the COVID crisis.”

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