Tax change a crushing blow to smaller wineries

THE AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 17, 2016 The federal government’s move to end tax rorts in the wine industry could have the unintended consequence of forcing the closure of some cellar doors, winemakers have warned. A $1 billion subsidy known as the wine equalisation tax rebate was slashed in the May budget in a move aimed at ending rorting by “virtual winemakers”. …

Smart workforce the way forward

Peter Williams, The West Australian, 17.6.16 Employees are capable of doing the same amount of work part-time as they do full-time, company director Diane Smith-Gander says. Ms Smith-Gander said being more productive and cutting out time wasting made it possible to haw a more flexible workplace. “If you’ve got a five-day-a week job, that can be done in four days,” …

Bill Shorten union assisted SDA with Coles sweetheart deal

THE AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 17, 2016 Bill Shorten’s old union signed off on a sweetheart deal with supermarket giant Coles that enshrined illegal underpayments for 30,000 casual workers before it was struck down by the industrial relations umpire. The Opposition Leader has slammed “mistakes” in the 2014 agreement that needed to be “rectified” in a rebuke to the shopworkers union, which …

Fedderal election 2016: high wage growth helped hollow manufacturing

THE AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 17, 2016 The resources boom contributed to the rapid decline of Australia’s manufacturing industry but so too did aggressive wage increases in the highly unionised sector. A Reserve Bank analysis shows manufacturing weakening across the advanced world but its fall has been steeper in Australia than elsewhere. Manufacturing represented 15 per cent of total output at the …

Federal election 2016: Let business put fair back in Fair Work

STEVE KNOTT, THE AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 10, 2016 Judith Sloan (“Shorten compromised by unions shopping around for penalties deals”, June 7) hit the nail on the head when writing that Bill Shorten would be happy to have the “independent” Fair Work Commission rule on penalty rates so long as the tribunal agreed with Labor’s position. To the outside world, it may …

THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS IN WA [2015]

COMMENT: This fourth report of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, which was complied a year ago, is a valuable tool, in particular for small business, with which to evaluate the WA State Government’s recent Budget. Below are the Executive Summary and Findings from the report, a copy of the complete report can be found on the CoSBA web site. CB. …

Bosses join forces to save lives

Angela Pownall – The West Australian on June 2, 2016 Heads of WA’s biggest employers have collaborated for the first time to try to tackle suicide from within the workplace. WA’s suicide toll is rising, with eight people taking their own lives every week on average, compared with the three lives lost on WA’s roads on average every week. Chief …

No-fault crash cover begins in WA

WA’s no-fault compulsory third party insurance scheme is a huge step forward for motorists in our state but some important questions remain about its cost and how it will be administered. You won’t be able to notice any obvious changes on our roads or highways but from the start of July a major change will take place for all motorists …

Small businesses come together for first expo

WEB wizard Ronald Colijn helped bring entrepreneurs together for the first small business expo in the Hills. The Stoneville resident saw an opportunity to network and offer a one-stop shop to local services after launching his website and social media training business four months ago. “I thought it would be nice to meet other people and find out what is …

Six steps to cause disruption in an industry

SmartCompany, Tuesday, June 14 2016 Listening to your customers and solving the bigger problem are essential ingredients to being able to disrupt an industry, according to a panel of entrepreneurs who discussed the topic at the South Start conference in Adelaide last week. Makers Empire chief executive Jon Soong, TheRight.Fit co-founder and chief executive Taryn Williams and Australian Clean Tech …