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 …

Swan advocate in Queen’s Honors

CoSBA conveys our heartiest of congratulations to Sandra Wallis for receiving the award of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Sandra is a most deserving person for the award having worked assiduously for many years with the Swan Chamber of Commerce in representing the interest of business, in particular small business, in the Midland region. We salute Sandra, a …

The penalty rates time-bomb is ticking

SmartCompany, Wednesday, June 1 2016 By David Peetz, Griffith University A looming decision on weekend penalty rates presents problems for both major parties in the lead-up to Australia’s federal election. The Fair Work Commission seems likely to hand down its decision in the controversial case soon after the federal election. Nobody knows what the commission’s decision on penalty rates in the …

Fair Work judgment must kill cosy IR club for good

THE AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 1, 2016 Grace Collier
 
Columnist
Melbourne A wrecking ball just smashed through the front doors of Australia’s industrial relations club. A momentous legal decision has tipped shame on the industrial relations team at Coles, shame on the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association, and shame on the Fair Work Commission too. Congratulations to Duncan Hart. An unlikely hero …

NAB enters SME online lending market with launch of QuickBiz Loans

SmartCompany, Thursday, June 2 2016 National Australia Bank has entered the online SME lending market with the launch of the NAB QuickBiz Loan, which allows customers to borrow up to $50,000 in unsecured funding via a new online application process. Developed by NAB’s in-house innovation hub, NAB Labs, the online platform uses financial technology to assist with the loan application process …

Federal election 2016: dodgy deals expose rank hypocrisy

THE AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 3, 2016 Grace Collier

 
Columnist
Melbourne Down in the lab: Bill Shorten, Labor MP Matt Thistlethwaite and Tanya Plibersek visit the University of NSW yesterday. Behold the rank hypocrisy of Labor Party leader Bill Shorten. He is mad keen on protecting workers’ rights and penalty rates. Oh yeah, really, he is. Right now, the Fair Work Commission is …

Federal election 2016: shoppies wedge Shorten on penalties

THE AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 3, 2016 Elizabeth Colman



Industrial correspondent Jared Owens



Reporter Bill Shorten is facing pressure from small business to denounce the nation’s biggest union over “treachery” in its treatment of thousands of low-paid workers, challenging the Opposition Leader to rebuke one of his key allies in the midst of an election campaign. As Labor places penalty rates at the heart …

Tax office turns off e-tax and replaces it with free, faster system

June 3, 2016 , Anthony Keane, News Corp Australia Network E-TAX, the free online tax return system used by millions of taxpayers, has been shut down by the Australian Taxation Office. The ATO will announce next week that it has retired e-tax and is replacing it with its simpler, internet-based sister myTax. The move means that all of the three …