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Construction Violence: “It’s a long way to fall, mate!”

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

ICA has released its report and submission to a Victorian inquiry into construction union violence. The report—“It’s a long way to fall, mate!”—calls for action to prosecute violence and harassment on worksites and to investigate and address bikie gang and drug trafficking problems on Victorian construction sites. The Herald Sun has given the report major coverage todayMore...


Self-employed people. We’re evil!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

These two reports from the International Labour Organisation and the UK’s largest public sector union claim that being self-employed (precariously employed and vulnerable) threatens social stability and is even evil! We say that self-employment is great!  More...


We can reach for the sky

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The new world of work is exciting.  Rachel Botsman says technology is cutting out the middleman (mostly big firms) in product and service delivery. HERE’s her video presentation. And Google has made its first move into telecommunications, launching a fibre-to-the-home service in Kansas City. Info HERE.  Who knows what to expect?! More...


Changing the IR (construction) game in Victoria

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Victorian Baillieu government is doing something about construction cost blow-outs due to bad industrial relations. Here’s Ken Phillips’ assessment, a speech from Victorian Premier Baillieu and an interview with the new Victorian construction regulator. More...


Socialists say it’s an employer plot

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Socialist Party of Australia says bad industrial relations in construction is a big business, employer plot. Here’s their (long) assessment of what happened at the troubled Victorian desalination plant construction site.  More...


Carbon (dioxide) tax & you

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Here’s information from the Gillard government on how the carbon (dioxide) tax impacts on your small business activities.


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ATO: Latest News

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Here’s the latest ATO newsletter on self-employed, small business tax issues. Covers distinguishing independent contractors from employees, tax and clean energy measures, Research and Development tax issues, correcting GST errors and more.

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Will an oil gusher save the global economy?

Friday, September 07, 2012

There’s a pending oil production explosion and the USA is at the centre of it. This, along with a settling of the Chinese leadership changeover, could transform the global economy within a couple of years. But Europe remains a problem. Stories are HEREMore...


Social media comments = ‘advertising’

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The regulators are finally learning how to red-tape strangle social media. If you run a blog, or Facebook page about your small business, and someone puts up a comment, that’s now called ‘advertising.’ You are responsible. Click HERE for the details. Click HERE for Ken Phillips' associated commentary. More...


The reality of SME innovation

Friday, August 24, 2012

John Findley poses a reality check on innovation for self-employed people. A lot of ‘our’ business is not tech dependent. John argues "that it is impossible for SMEs to introduce technological innovation, or at least the opportunities for technological innovation are extremely limited".  CLICK HERE for the full blog post. More...



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