MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – 18 August 2017

TAX GRAB: Another kick in the guts for small business. The Australian, August 14, 2017 under the heading ‘ALP’s $100bn tax hit to cost mum-and-dad investors [small business] and the aged’ reported on what Treasurer, Scott Morrison, characterised as: “Labor’s “unprecedented tax grabs” (copied below). The report said: “Families and small businesses would cop a bill of more than $100 billion …

ALP’s $100bn tax hit to cost mum-and-dad investors [small business] and the aged

The Australian, August 14, 2017 Families and small businesses would cop a bill of more than $100 billion over a decade under federal Labor’s tax plan, new ­figures reveal. Independent Parliamentary Budget Office modelling, out today, shows the cost of proposed tax increases to small businesses, mum-and-dad investors, older people and high-income earners under a Bill Shorten government. Scott Morrison, stepping …

Management can ignore unions and deal directly with staff

The Australian, August 12, 2017 – Grace Collier This week we saw some argy-bargy within the industrial relations club. Here’s a tip from a seasoned professional: think of the IR club stoushes as a boxing match and imagine what nicknames could be assigned. This might make some tired old routines slightly entertaining. At the start of the week, boxing in …

ACCC to shine a welcome light down the dark hole of NBN download speeds

The Australian, August 11, 2017 The ACCC will shortly issue new data on the NBN showing how much access the telcos are buying and what sort of speed they are providing at peak hours. The move will help consumers know what they are getting and provide some facts in the debate between the NBN and the phone companies on access …

Do rewards create loyal customers?

SmartCompany, August 15, 2017 It used to be a given that you’d get an extra potato cake at the local fish and chip shop. Some of us even began to count on it, ordering two when we wanted three, taking for granted the customer perk that the local fish and chip owner handed out as liberally as they salted your …

Seven optimum conditions for happiness at work

SmartCompany, August 15, 2017 Are you happy at work? Do you look forward to Mondays? How do you feel returning from vacation — refreshed and ready to get back into work, or disappointed you had to come back. It’s important that work and our workplace gives us contentment. But what are the optimum conditions  and indicators of genuine contentment in a …

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – 11 August 2017

MILKING SMALL BUSINESS: Michael McCormack, Minister for Small Business writing in The Australian, August 11, 2017 under the heading ‘Bill Shorten’s uninformed mob out to milk small business’ (copied below), quotes an answer he gave to the Parliament during Question Time yesterday, in which he pulls no punches in lambasting the ALP and Bill Shorten in particular, in which he …

Bill Shorten’s uninformed mob out to milk small business

Michael Mccormack [Minister for Small Business] The Australian, August 11, 2017 My dad was a farmer. Wheat, mainly. Nothing “new-fandangled’’, like canola, he used to say. Sometimes he and I went to the saleyards and brought back with us the hope that cattle might be good that season. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. Ours was like every farming …

Workplace flexibility is needed

The Australian, August 10, 2017 Martin Ferguson’s experience on both sides of the industrial relations fence and in government makes him ideally placed to recognise the shortcomings of Australia’s centralised workplace relations system and its impact on productivity and prosperity. The former ACTU president was resources and energy minister in the Rudd-Gillard governments. Mr Ferguson now chairs Tourism Accommodation Australia …

Xenophon and One Nation protect ‘killer’ building code

The Australian, August 10, 2017 The Labor Party last night failed to kill off the Turnbull government’s building code after Nick Xenophon and One Nation joined the Coalition to defeat the ALP’s Senate disallowance motion. During debate on the motion, defeated 37-32, Employment Minister Michaelia Cash renewed her claim the code was needed to ­address “cartel-like behaviour” between head contractors …