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A more responsive and client-focused bureaucracy?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It was pleasing to see the recent announcement from Small Business Minister Bruce Billson that there will be ‘Tougher checks on bureaucrats to help small business’ (see this article from The Australian). Billson said:

“We want to ensure the Commonwealth organises itself to be more responsive and client-focused to small business rather than expecting bureaucratic administrative convenience to trump …”   More...


Firm receives tendering ban for breach of Victorian Construction Code

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Victorian government this week imposed the first sanction against a construction firm for breach of the Victorian Construction Code, banning it from tendering for a period of 3 months. The firm was dictating industrial relations arrangements to a subcontractor, forcing the subbie to use the union. Ken Phillips explains the issue hereMore...


Land of the (not so) free

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ken Phillips has recently been in Washington for discussions with several organizations about independent contractor rights and labour law in general. He was surprised to discover the extent to which the basic right to join or not join a union is denied in the ‘land of the free’. According to Ken, 'it's  amazingly oppressive Federal law'. More...


The ATO’s attack buries self-employed people

Sunday, September 07, 2014

In the Weekend Australian, Grace Collier has jumped to the defence of self-employed people, describing how the ATO is denying people the right to be businesses. Grace’s analysis is consistent with what we’ve been sayingMore...


Boral CEO says ‘no’ to criminal cartel arrangements with CFMEU

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Read this speech by the head of Boral concrete, Mike Kane, describing the intimidation they have stood up to from the construction union, the CFMEU. Mike recognises that to agree to CFMEU demands would rightly open a company to accusations of ‘criminal cartel conduct’. Ken Phillips wrote an open letter to Mike on the issue in July. More...


To elect Labor to run Victoria would hand control to the CFMEU

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Ken Phillips wrote in Business Spectator about the huge threat to Victoria if the ALP wins the upcoming November election. Ken says that to elect Labor  “…the voters will have put the CFMEU in control of Victoria".  Labor supports the CFMEU’s aim to terminate the state's Construction Code even when CFMEU officials are facing Federal Court proceedings and court proceedings for alleged coercion. More...


Senator Bob Day on youth unemployment and first-home buyers

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Here’s some common sense from Senator Bob Day’s inspiring first speech in Parliament.  Bob describes practical ways in which young people can get jobs and buy their first home. More...


New illegal logging laws impossible to comply with

Monday, September 01, 2014

Working to defend self-employed people can involve many strange twists and turns.

A recent example: new laws to start in November require timber importers to guarantee that any imported timber is legally logged. If they don’t, they face jail as the ultimate sanction. But government reports say that it's impossible to comply.  More...


ICA campaign: Owner-driver unfair contract issues

Monday, September 01, 2014

As part of ICA's campaign to stop unfair contracts we’re advertising on SEEK.com.au asking owner-drivers to send us their stories of problems they are having. Here’s the advert.

We’ll collate stories and will look at lodging complaints where appropriate to the Small Business Commissioners and/or the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission. More...



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