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So there are no unfair contracts? Look again

Sunday, November 13, 2016

When we first started arguing for unfair contract laws for small business people in 2009 we had discussions with the Federal Attorney-General's Department. They told us that there wasn’t a problem because no-one complained. But we campaigned persistently for seven years until the laws were passed.

The new laws started last Saturday, 12 November 2016. (Hooray!) The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission last week released a report into the 12 months' research they have done on unfair contracts. The ACCC believes that somewhere between 8 and 10 million (yes million) contracts will need to be re-written to comply with the new laws.  More...


Victory for small business fair contracts is an economic game-changer

Friday, November 11, 2016

Tomorrow, Saturday 12 November, the new unfair contract laws for small business people come into effect.

At ICA we can be rightly proud of these laws because we spent seven years arguing for the laws. There’s no question that these laws have happened because of ICA. More...


ATO attacks mum and dad partnerships. We’re all at risk!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

If you are one of the 2 million self-employed people in Australia we suggest you read the following very carefully. This is a story of (frankly) how concerned you should be about your potential treatment by the Australian Taxation Office. It’s the story of Rod Douglass, a 55-year-old IT contractor, but it could just as easily be you.

We first explained the tax issues in March this year. Then three weeks ago we announced the legal action we have organised to defend Rod, who’s been accused of tax evasion and sent a bill for $550,000 backdated 10 years. (It will bankrupt him!) What he did was comply with tax information published on the ATO website. However, the ATO says that by acting on this ATO information Rod committed tax evasion. ICA and our legal team are organizing Rod’s defence at no cost to him. This an important issue of justice.  More...


Huge thanks to (resigning) Senator Bob Day

Thursday, October 20, 2016

We were most saddened to receive a publicly-released email from Senator Bob Day early this week announcing his resignation from Parliament. The email makes it clear that the reason behind his resignation was the collapse of his national home building business. His email appears below and gives a detailed explanation of his business circumstances. It includes contact details for anyone affected by the collapse.

Bob Day was the founding President of Independent Contractors Australia in 2000. He was central to the establishment of our vision and our early successes and he was President until 2005.  More...


Union/Big business flim-flammery (again)

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Yesterday, The Australian carried an article reporting that the AMWU wants to ‘represent’ independent contractors. The article quoted Ken Phillips (our Executive Director) who said: More...


ICA starts legal battle with the ATO on two fronts

Thursday, September 29, 2016

At ICA, we’ve been complaining to the ATO for years about its bad treatment of small business people. We’ve made major submissions to tax inquiries. Look at this long list. We’ve tried to work with the ATO but there’s been no change!

So now, thanks to some brilliant lawyers, we’re off to court. Here’s an overview of the case we described in March this year.  More...


Small Business Ombudsman's Report slams Road 'Safety' Remuneration Tribunal

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Transport Workers Union and their ‘safe rates’ cronies are not happy. The Federal Small Business Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has released the findings of her investigations into the Road ‘Safety’ Remuneration Tribunal (now dead thankfully) and its discriminatory attempts to put owner-drivers out of business.  

We covered the issue and campaigned extensively against the RSRT. And you will remember we launched a High Court action to stop the RSRT.  More...


Some simple facts on superannuation

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

If you're confused about superannuation rules, you’re not on your own! What’s a ‘concessional’ and ‘non-concessional’ contribution? What’s the difference between an ‘accumulation’ and a ‘retirement’ account? Read any commentary and these terms are all over the place. But do ordinary people understand any of this?

To help, we’ve done some basic research and have made an attempt to provide some basic facts about superannuation and the currently proposed changes without any of the complicated language. Read here and see if this helps!! More...


Taking the Australian Taxation Office to task

Saturday, September 03, 2016

We recently praised the ATO for its presentation on its reform program to become a client-focused organization (at the National Small Business Conference). And they certainly seem to be making an effort at good communication. Here’s the ATO's latest tax advice for small business peopleMore...


The double standards within Australian superannuation

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The co-writer of the brilliant Yes Minister series, Anthony Jay, passed away this month, aged 86. No doubt he would have loved to have written a script based on the current Australian superannuation ‘reform’ debate.  

First, watch this short clip about how bureaucrats control their ministers. Hilarious!  More...



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