ATO boss says ‘mongrel bunch of bastards’ report by Four Corners and Fairfax was unfair and offensive

ABC News, Updated 30.5.2018 Australian Taxation Office (ATO) boss Chris Jordan has attacked a joint Four Corners and Fairfax investigation as offensive and inaccurate, arguing it breached the ABC’s editorial policies. Key points: Chris Jordan says the Four Corners and Fairfax investigation into his department was unfair He says the reporting may have breached the ABC’s editorial policies, but hasn’t …

Inspector General of Taxation launches review of ATO garnishee notices: “We want to know about people’s experiences”

SmartCompany, May 16, 2018 The Inspector-General of Taxation has launched a review into how the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) issues garnishee notices after a Four Corners and Fairfax investigation last month suggested tax office staff were being directed to issue garnishee arrangements to small businesses as “standard” practice. Groups like Self-Employed Australia have argued for an overhaul of the garnishee …

The ATO is repeating the hideous mistakes of bank boards

The Australian, May 23, 2018, Robert Gottliebsen Normally when a succession of executives confess before a royal commission that customers were treated badly, boards and chief executives can duck for cover and blame the executives. But when it comes to small business, the core of the blame lies with bank boards and not the executives. The disclosures in the royal …

We¹re not mongrels and we don¹t cook people, says ATO boss

Ken Phillips, CEO, Self-Employed Australia, 31 May 2018 Yesterday morning the head of the Australian Taxation Office, Mr Chris Jordan, denied that the ATO were a ‘mongrel bunch of bastards’. (See ABC report here.) Mr Jordan was making a presentation to a Senate Estimates hearing and responding to the Four Corners show on 9 April ‘Mongrel Bunch of Bastards’. Mr Jordan also rejected …

Fair Work Commission raises minimum wage to $18.93 an hour

The Australian, June 1, 2018 The Fair Work Commission has awarded a $24.30-a-week increase in the minimum wage in its annual review. The weekly minimum wage will rise by 3.5 per cent to $719.20. The new hourly rate is $18.93. The commission rejected the ACTU claims for a record $50-a-week pay rise finding granting the claim would have adverse employment …

Employers given year to pay superannuation or risk jail

The Australian, May 24, 2018 Businesses will be given a 12-month amnesty to pay unpaid superannuation to workers, with interest, or face new penalties, ­including possible jail terms. Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer said rogue ­employers who failed to take ­advantage of the amnesty, which starts today, would be hit with court orders under the government’s superannuation guarantee integrity measures. …

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO – 27 March 2018

THE IR DEBATE: is heating up as a stoush between the ACTU and the “big end of town” with the unions demanding more legal right to strike amongst a host of other things. Whilst, “[t]he Coalition’s lack of action on workplace relations has left ­industrial relations policy in a dismal state and business ­increasingly frustrated, a leading employer group says.” …

WA economy forecast to improve: Deloitte

The West Australian, 23 April 2018 Fatter pay cheques on the way, with WA economy tipped to improvePicture: Getty Images The sun is starting to “break” over the WA economy, one of the country’s leading forecasters has declared, with growth expected to improve and wages likely to start climbing. Deloitte Access Economics, in its quarterly overview of the States and …

ASIC a cash cow gouging millions in excessive fees

The Australian, April 24, 2018 The federal government runs the corporate regulator — under fire over its failure to police or prevent many cases of fraud and corruption already uncovered by the banking royal commission — at a $600 million-plus annual profit, by gouging the public and small business owners in fees. The Australian Securities & Investments Commission’s results for …

No-action Coalition leaves IR in dismal state, say employers

The Australian, April 10, 2018 The Coalition’s lack of action on workplace relations has left ­industrial relations policy in a dismal state and business ­increasingly frustrated, a leading employer group says. In a speech to be delivered in Brisbane today, Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox will say the government has allowed the Productivity Commission’s report into workplace relations, …