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Gillard government scams small business

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Just before Christmas 2012 the Gillard government snuck in a new small business credit bill.  It’s been strongly criticised for being anti-small business. We understand it imposes new restrictions on small businesses that organize and supply credit to other small businesses. Gillard’s ‘trick’ is that the new restrictions will not apply to big businesses (banks, etc). We know of some 130 small credit providers who are going to have to close because of this. This is part of a major pattern we’re seeing where the Gillard government favours big business and intentionally damages small business people. Talk about scammers! More...


EU says small business is key to jobs

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The EU Commission has launched a major Entrepreneurship Action Plan. The EU has recognized that, without small business, jobs recovery in the EU will not occur. It has said:  “To return to growth and higher levels of employment, Europe needs more entrepreneurs. With 4 million new jobs created every year, new companies, especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), create the most new jobs in Europe”. More...


How to crush entrepreneurship USA-style

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The US struggles with allowing small business entrepreneurs to operate. The self-employed are the highest taxed people in the USA, with rates exceeding those on billionaires and corporations. The spread of badly designed ‘misclassification’ laws is working against US small business entrepreneurship and a jobs-led economic recovery. Read more.  More...


Massachusetts: The home of entrepreneur haters

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The first settlers of modern America landed at Plymouth Massachusetts to escape the rigidities of life in Britain. They landed with visions of a new society where the individual could carve out his or her own future. Today we call people like these entrepreneurs. Typically they are self-employed. Yet Massachusetts today has become the home of entrepreneur haters. Read moreMore...


Small Business IR Xmas present from Queensland

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Yesterday, Queensland’s Newman government handed small business people in Queensland a surprise Christmas present. It released a paper floating the idea of bringing back its industrial relations powers for unincorporated businesses (sole traders and partnerships). If it proceeds, many small businesses in Queensland will benefit by escaping from the clutches of the Fair Work Act. Links to the paper, ICA's response and other information are here. Ken Phillips' associated Business Spectator article is here. And his Courier-Mail article is hereMore...


Show us the (union) money: Canada

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Canada is considering legislation which will require unions to provide full public disclosure of their finances. They will have to report to the Canadian tax authority, with their finances posted on the authority’s website. Details here.  More...


We’re under attack

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Unions are attacking independent contractors. The head of the business group AIG, Innes Willox, has referred to the union position as ‘bogus’ and jumped to the defence of independent contractors. He’s been attacked, not surprisingly, by the head of Australia’s peak union body. Details here. Ken Phillips' related Business Spectator article is hereMore...


US politics ‘war’

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Tea Party has declared ‘war’ on both the Democrats and Republicans over budget financial irresponsibility.

The Democrats are hitting back, chasing support for tax increases against the top 2 per cent of US income earners.  More...


Gillard's Labor in trouble with small business people

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Gillard government is facing a small business backlash. A Smartcompany small business survey shows that 57 per cent favour the Abbott Coalition and only 11 per cent Gillard’s Labor.  More...


Stupid restaurant laws

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Labor government has displayed a serious disconnect from common sense. Finally they have just withdrawn laws that forced restaurants to have separate menus for weekends because of higher charges due to extra costs forced on restaurants by the Fair Work ActMore...



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