Former PM Jim Bolger is back to revive New Zealand’s unions

The Weekend Australian, February 9, 2019 We are not in the habit of looking to New Zealand for inspiration but before long we will be hearing all about its new wage growth-­inducing, inequality-busting work­­place relations system and why we should adopt it. First, here is an interesting chain of events that provides a heartwarming ­glimpse into how, over time, some …

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – FEBRUARY 2019

ELECTRICITY a ticking time-bomb: By the time this edition of the Broadcast is published the heat will indeed be the McGowan Government over power prices. In an opinion piece by Paul Murray published in The West Australian on 2 January 2019 under the heading ‘Heat is on McGowan Government over power prices’, he said: “There are few things more important …

Peter Strong: What will 2019 bring, and what do small businesses want

SmartCompany, January 14, 2019 There will be an election in 2019, and at some stage, we will be conducting a mail out to selected marginal seats highlighting the policies of COSBOA and comparing these to the policies offered by the major parties. We want small business owners (who of course are also voters) and their employees to know what business …

Five tax tips for businesses looking to get ahead of the curve in 2019

SmartCompany, January 14, 2019 Last year was tumultuous for the world of SME taxation, from the implementation of Single Touch Payroll (STP) for firms with more than 20 workers to worrying revelations about ATO conduct surfacing. But with a federal election on the cards, a suite of SME tax policies from both parties, and even more STP compliance to come, …

Five ways small businesses got screwed over in 2018

SmartCompany, December 18, 2018 It’s been a tumultuous year for Australia in a general and businesses haven’t been immune to the fallout from some of the country’s biggest scandals in recent memory. There’s the banking royal commission, the revelations from which have prompted horror from small business advocates and resulted in a credit crackdown that’s curtailing investment. The near constant …

Australian Finance Industry Association’s SMB lending code finds champions

The Australian, January 7, 2019 The Australian Finance Industry Association’s code of conduct for online small to medium business lending has found its team of enforcers, with former FlexiGroup chief executive Symon Brewis-Weston leading the independent committee in charge of ensuring fintechs toe the line. The committee will have the power to investigate potential breaches of AFIA’s code, including the …

Social media “witch hunt” forces regional small-business owner to shut up shop

SmartCompany, January 23, 2019 A small-business owner is closing the doors on her neighbourhood fish-and-chip shop, claiming to have fallen victim to a “witch hunt” by not-for-profit groups. Carolyn Kerr, owner of The Battered Wife Fish And Chips in Far North Queensland, courted national controversy last year over the name of her business, which has been criticised as offensive to victims …

Heat is on McGowan Government over power prices

Paul Murray, The West Australian, 2 January 2019 There are few things more important to West Australians than the cost of energy, both to their domestic budgets and the economic health of the State in which they live. So a new report on our electricity system by the Economic Regulation Authority will create a major test by which electors will …

Renewed push for six months paid parental leave to close gap

The West Australian, 19 January UnionsWA Secretary Meredith Hammat wants 26 weeks’ full pay for primary carers to be included in the National Employment Standards to reflect the importance of caring for children. She also wants employers to make ongoing superannuation contributions during the paid leave to address the retirement savings shortfall commonly incurred by women. But local employers have …