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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...


Changing times spawn new challenges

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Last week ICA was involved in the very successful National Small Business Conference in Melbourne. Here’s a quick video giving an overview of the conference.
 
The presentations were outstanding. You can access PowerPoint presentations from the motivational speakers, the government policy people and academics here.

We were sorry to discover that the current Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Geoff Browne, is not seeking reappointment. Geoff has done a brilliant job for small business people in Victoria. Here’s his press release. Our thanks to Geoff. More...


To gig or not to gig? Fairness and the new economy

Monday, August 08, 2016

This month, ICA Executive Director Ken Phillips has an article in Flying Solo explaining why the new unfair contract laws for small business people are so significant. It’s a rather timely article because the ACCC has just released a new guide to the laws.

It’s worth being aware of your rights as a ‘solo’ business person under these new laws. These Australian laws are a global first. It’s these sort of laws that will make the ‘gig’ economy fairer and hence sustainable as a new business model.  More...


SEAANZ conference: HIGHLY recommended!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

At ICA, we're a little exhausted because we’ve spent 10 months heavily involved in organising this event. The National Small Business Conference (10-12 August, Melbourne)  is just 2 weeks away. We believe it’s important that at least once a year politicians, bureaucrats, academics and small business people get together to discuss small business issues.

This year’s conference has a stunning line-up of presenters. We highly recommend you look at your timetable and budget to see if you can attend at least part of the conference. There’s great value, we think. More...


Sometimes politics in a democracy is messy. So what to do?

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Australian election outcome is in line with the messiness that’s happening with democratic politics across the globe. It’s good that ‘the people rule'! But what of decision-making?

Sometimes positive things can happen through the political process. We were very pleased with:  More...



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