Australia’s small business ombudsman has welcomed Scott Morrison’s decision to reappoint Michaelia Cash to the role of small business minister.

Kate Carnell said that Senator Cash, who has held this portfolio since August 2018, understands small business and has already shown her commitment to the sector.

“Senator Cash’s return as small and family business minister demonstrates the importance of this sector in Australia, getting on with the important work that’s already begun since the minister’s initial appointment,” she said.

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Senator Cash should now focus on several priorities, according to Ms Carnell.

“Small businesses have told us their major concerns are tax cuts, energy prices, cash flow, finding the right people with the right skills to employ and simplifying industrial relations so they can more easily employ,” she said.

“Access to affordable capital is fundamental to the growth of small to medium enterprises (SMEs), so the delivery of the Australian Business Securitisation Fund and the Australian Business Growth Fund is essential.

“The delivery of the government’s payment times policy is crucial to small businesses, as is the continued downward pressure on power prices.”