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ACCC wins for fairness

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Congratulations to the ACCC for its win against the supermarket giant Coles. Business Spectator explains that:  More...


Banks and unfair protections

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Banks are opposing unfair contract protections for small business people. Here’s their submission. But NAB were recently found to have engaged in  "…misleading and deceptive conduct … through its bank officer…" and had a mortgage guarantee set aside.

Extracts from the case National Australia Bank Limited v Smith [2014] NSWSC 1605 (13 November 2014) appear below— More...


Shopping Centre Council and Franchise Council at ‘war’ over unfair contract protections for small business people

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
ICA is  delighted that the Shopping Centre Council of Australia has joined us in supporting the proposed unfair contract laws. We’ve agreed that the laws don’t need to apply to shopping centre leases, as leases are currently heavily and well regulated by specific state laws. (No need for double regulation!) But the Council says that it will readily agree for the application of the laws to other areas of their businesses such as self-employed cleaners in shopping centres. And now the Shopping Centre Council and the Franchise Council are at ‘war’ over the issue! Here's an extract— More...

Tony Abbott as a one-term Prime Minister?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ICA Executive Director Ken Phillips had an article in Business Spectator recently in which he argued that Tony Abbott is close to being a one-term Prime Minister. Here’s the article.

Ken's reasoning is that the Victorian election result has proven that the 40 per cent of voters who are now swinging voters will kick out a one-term government. A parallel scenario has rapidly developed at the Federal level.  More...


Exotic dancers and the tyranny of the status quo?

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Since 2012 ICA has been tracking the extraordinary debate happening in the UK about the ‘evils’ of self-employment. The debate was first ignited by the UK Trades Union movement. UK self-employment has doubled since 1975 to be now 15 per cent of the workforce (4.5 million people). Incredibly, UK unions say this is socially destructive.

Earlier this year a union-orientated think-tank, the Resolution Foundation, made similar claims.   More...



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