MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – 20 October 2017

DODGY UNION DEALS HIT SMALL BUSINESSES: The Weekend Australian, October 14, 2017 published an article by Grace Collier under the heading ‘Make Labor pay for union collusion with Coles and Woolworths’ (copied below) that sets out totally inexcusable inaction by the Government, characterised by Collier as: “. . . regrettable behaviour, the mark of cowardice . . .” And, we …

Serious “KRACK” vulnerability puts nearly every Wi-Fi network at risk, opens sensitive data to hackers

SmartCompany, October 17, 2017 A massive vulnerability has been found in the WPA2 security protocol used by the majority of modern wireless networks, allowing potential hackers to steal sensitive data just by being in range of a vulnerable network. The vulnerability, called the “key reinstallation attack” or “KRACK” flaw, was discovered by Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef and released in …

Make Labor pay for union collusion with Coles and Woolworths

The Australian, October 14, 2017 – Grace Collier Before the federal election last year, Malcolm Turnbull was famously silent on the questionable methods of Bill Shorten during the latter’s days as a union leader. During the campaign, I sent a text to a senior strategist inquiring why the Prime Minister wasn’t making use of the lethal weapons lying at his …

Bill Shorten should stop turning a ‘blind eye’ to unions

The Australian, October 19, 2017 – Michaelia Cash Union bosses frequently rail against the “big end of town”. In truth, they are the big end of town. Last year, 47 unions received revenues of over $900 million, all of which is tax exempt. They’re now sitting on assets worth over $1.5 billion. Today’s unions are no longer simple grassroots organisations …

What your customers think about your payment policies

SmartCompany, October 5, 2017 In an increasingly cashless society, not all customers are getting a fair deal at the checkout. People wanting to use a credit or debit card to pay for purchases are often confronted with store policies of a minimum spend or a surcharge fee. While some business owners say merchant fees are the cause of their minimum …

Gold Coast restaurant fined $284,000 for “heinous” underpayment and falsification of records despite multiple warnings

SmartCompany, October 19, 2017 A Gold Coast restaurant and its director have been fined more than $280,000 for underpaying nine workers and falsifying payment records, despite being explicitly warned not to fabricate records if they did not exist. The company operating Surfers Paradise Japanese restaurant “Samurais Paradise” and its director Shigeo Ishiyama appeared before the Federal Circuit Court after the …

Meet Angela Vithoulkas, the woman hoping to get a small business and entrepreneurial voice in the NSW Parliament

SmartCompany, October 17, 2017 Come 2019 there will finally be a voice in New South Wales Parliament representing small business owners, hopes independent Sydney City Councillor and small business owner, Angela Vithoulkas. She’s also hoping to take a number of female business owners along with her, proving there are plenty of women who’re able and willing to enter politics — especially …

Where to look for small business mental health resources

SmartCompany, October 9, 2017 What’s the best way to talk to employees about mental health? What does the law say about mental health conditions in workplaces? Are there strategies you can use to make your business a mentally healthy one? What about your own mental health as a business owner or leader? For most people who own or manage a …

Five ways to build rapport at work

SmartCompany, October 10, 2017 When someone is not interested in what you have to say, cuts you off, or ignores the way you are feeling, it blocks a productive relationship from developing. For great internal and external business relationships, we need to build rapport when we meet face-to-face, on the phone and even in writing. If you’re shy or reserved, …

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – 13 October 2017

THE ATO BOGEYMAN: To fix the problem about ‘Caesar judging Caesar’, where small business is concerned, Robert Gottliebsen, in the article copied below says: “If Malcolm Turnbull and Arthur Sinodinos want to fix the problem they first need an independent body or system — not a kangaroo court — to assess small business claims in a low cost way. However …