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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...


ZOPA. Small business finance revolution

Friday, August 24, 2012

Funding circles, like Zopa, look like part of a revolution in finance. Already this year in the UK half a million cheque accounts have been shifted from the big banks to smaller ones as people have had enough of the fiddling.  More...


NSW train wreck

Friday, August 24, 2012

NSW risks a train wreck in building its new $8.5 billion new Sydney Rail Link according to Ken Phillips. CLICK HERE for his blog post.  More...


Government, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development

Friday, August 24, 2012

If you’re interested in the interplay between government, small business and innovation, then a publication due out in October may be of interest. Government, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development asks ‘what are some of the main policy instruments being used, and how effective are they?’CLICK HERE for the flyer. More...



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