“A powerful counter to corporate greed”: What California’s Assembly Bill 5 could mean for Aussie Uber drivers

SmartCompany, September 12, 2019 Californian lawmakers hope to set a precedent that will force ride-share companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to reclassify drivers as employees — a move that could have trickle-down effects in other countries, including Australia. Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) on Tuesday passed the vote with an overwhelming majority of 29 to 11 in the Californian State …

Red-tape cuts to get nation moving

The Australian, September 2019 The Coalition government has put major ­infrastructure projects at the centre of a new deregulation agenda amid calls to bring forward spending on road, port and rail projects to boost economic growth. Streamlining state and federal approval and licence ­regimes for major infrastructure projects — along with tearing up rules that inhibit the nation’s food manufactures, …

‘Safeguards missing’: Reform allowing ATO to share tax debt information comes under fire

SmartCompany, September 11, 2019 A controversial proposal which would enable the tax office to share business tax debt information with credit bureaus has privacy issues that need to be ironed out before any program is implemented, small business advocates say. A Senate committee last week recommended the federal government pass an expansion of Australian Tax Office (ATO) powers which will …

Axing of SME patent regime paves the way for ideas theft, ombudsman warns

SmartCompany, September 10, 2019 Small business ombudsman Kate Carnell. The small business ombudsman is urging the federal government to backtrack on its plan to axe an innovation patent regime used by SMEs amid concern it could result in businesses having their ideas stolen. Last week a Senate committee gave the all-clear to a government bill which would abolish the innovation …

Adelaide butcher’s “non-halal” sign found to breach discrimination rules

SmartCompany, September 9, 2019 A South Australian butcher has been pulled up for breaching advertising discrimination rules over a sticker in its window which said “non-Halal certified”. Adelaide-based Valley Butchers found itself in hot water with the Advertising Standards Board in an August ruling published recently. The majority of the board ruled in favour of a complaint who alleged a …

Let a dying system rest in peace

The Australian, September 7, 2019, Katrina Grace Kelly As baby boomers start to work less and put their feet up more, it seems apparent our economy will follow and relax into, if you like, the leather recliner phase. When people slow down, simplify their lives, downsize their dwellings and focus on retention of capital, they are less inclined to splash …

“Nearly impossible”: As nations wade into cyber crime, how can businesses keep up?

SmartCompany, September 6, 2019 Entrepreneurs need to be sceptical about their interactions with other companies in a cyber security landscape that’s failed to protect small businesses and consumers. That’s the view of information security expert Jaya Baloo, who yesterday delivered a stinging rebuke of lawmaker efforts to deal with a surge of cyber crime internationally in recent years. “We’ve made it …

Even minnows have big ideas

The Australian, September 6, 2019 – Graham Richardson They used to claim that unless the economy was growing at a rate of 4 per cent or more there would be no job creation. These days that figure is reckoned to be 3 per cent. Very few countries in the OECD seem able to achieve that consistently over time. More growth is …

ATO should interact more with accountants and less with small business, says Assistant Treasurer

SmartCompany, September 5, 2019 Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar. Source: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas. Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar wants the tax office to improve its relationship with accountants and small businesses, by engaging more with the former, and less with the latter. Speaking at an Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) conference on Wednesday, Sukkar said the Australian Tax Office (ATO), which reports …

Maylands’ Seasonal Brewing Company has amended trading hours bid knocked back by council

Community News/The West Australian, 4 September 2019 Nick Southwell, co-owner of Seasonal Brewing in Maylands.Picture: Nic Ellis The co-owner of a new suburban microbrewery claims “local government is broken” after his business suffered yet another setback in its four-year battle with red tape. The Seasonal Brewing Company, on Guildford Road in Maylands, had its bid for extended trading hours rejected …