Re: Inquiry into the Franchising Code of Conduct

Committee Secretary Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services PO Box 6100 Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600   Dear Senators/ Members of Parliament Re: Inquiry into the Franchising Code of Conduct We refer to articles published by SmartCompany (copied below) that relates to malfeasance perpetrated by franchisors upon franchisees, that are ostensibly small businesses, and notwithstanding previous inquiries and …

RE: Airbnb

Date: 16 October 2018 Hon Rita Saffioti Minister for Planning Parliament House PERTH WA 6004   Dear Minister RE: Airbnb We refer to an article published in yesterday’s edition of The West Australian newspaper under the heading ‘Hotel lobby ups ante in fight against Airbnb’ (copied below). Whilst we acknowledge the concerns of the Australian Hotels Association’s, we do not …

Single Touch Payroll Session Tuesday 20th November 2018

Single Touch Payroll is NOW mandatory if you have more than 20 employees Businesses under 20 employees ARE NEXT!!  Will you be ready for 1 July 2019. We will be running a Single Touch Payroll session to show you what your requirements are. This session will cover: What is single touch payroll How will it affect your payroll What do we all …

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – OCTOBER 2018

SMALL BUSINESS v ATO: In a David and Goliath stoush with the ATO concerning its gross injustices against small businesses, Ken Phillips, CEO of Self Employed Australia (SEA), and CoSBA member, aided by Business Spectator columnist Robert Gottliebsen has taken to the Government a proposal for and an independent tribunal to hear complaints by small businesses. As Robert Gottliebsen stated: …

Is your small business exposed to these damaging legal pitfalls?

SmartCompany , August 30, 2018 Small businesses require employees who wear many hats and are multi-skilled. While a lot of the day-to-day operations can be learnt on the job or outsourced to friends or family, it’s prudent to turn to the professionals for your legal services. A 2017 SmartCompany survey found 75 per cent of SMEs outsource their legal work, …

Ombudsman, ACCC push for financial penalties for unfair contracts

SmartCompany, September 3, 2018 Australian Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell has backed calls for a furthered strengthening of unfair contract protections for businesses, amid concern that SMEs continue to be ripped off by unfair contracts. The small business and competition watchdogs are preparing to lobby government for the changes, which include the addition of financial penalties, having expressed concern that …

Leak reveals government plan to bring forward small business tax cuts and change $20,000 instant asset write-off

SmartCompany, September 5, The federal government is seeking to bring tax cuts aimed at Australia’s small and medium businesses into effect four years earlier than originally planned, costing the government $3.6 billion over four-year forward estimates. Treasury costings leaked to Fairfax reportedly reveal the government has decided to adopt industry calls to bring forward the already legislated tax cuts for companies …

Give unfair contract laws teeth, says competition boss

We’re most pleased to see the head of the Australian Consumer and Competition Council (ACCC), Rod Sims, call for the unfair contract laws to be given ‘teeth’.  Good on you, Rod. We back you on this one! The unfair contract laws for small business passed parliament in late 2015. We called the laws ‘A welcome disruption to the economy.’ The passing …

Tax authority admits secret deals to protect the rich—targets small business instead

Here’s an amazing admission. The United Kingdom tax authority, HMRC, has admitted that it does secret deals to avoid damaging the reputation of the most powerful members of society, allowing them to escape prosecution for financial crimes. But it still prosecutes small business people! Gob-smacked? Yep! Talk about one rule for the rich and another for the ordinary person. We …