Small business owners are welcoming the news that former Small Business Minister, Michael McCormack, will be stepping into the role of Deputy Prime Minister.
McCormack, a former small business owner, who first came to politics in 2010 after winning the seat of Riverina, has been described as a champion of the small business community.
“Australia’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. So, it is certainly positive to have a leader who is a former small business owner and is a long-standing friend and supporter of Australia’s largest independent retail and home delivery group, the lottery and newsagents industry,” comments Adam Joy. CEO of the Australian Lottery and Newsagency Association.
“As a former small business owner, we know that Michael understands what keeps our members up at night and what it is like to be responsible for providing a livelihood for staff and keeping the door open. We look forward to Michael taking that understanding and experience to the cabinet table.”
Nonetheless, it’s worthwhile noting McCormack’s time as Minister for Small Business has not been without controversy. In 2016 McCormack was the man in charge of the push to move the Australian Census online. The resulting debacle, which saw the Census site overload and go offline, has become known in popular culture as #Censusfail.
In 2017, the minister’s Small Business Roadshow was accused of being partisan, with 27 of the first 30 electorates visited being Liberal or National seats.
The 53-year-old was confirmed as the Nationals’ new leader at a partyroom meeting in Canberra on Monday. He currently serves on the frontbench of Turnbull’s government as Minister for Veteran Affairs.