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Is the Rule of Law Under Threat in Australia?—Seminar invitation

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Rule of Law Education Centre is running a free online seminar next Tuesday 15 June from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm (EST)

Topic: Are we witnessing the death of the presumption of innocence? And does this matter?.... More

Deliveroo decision is NOT a win for unions. Just normal stuff!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

There’s a lot of excitement coming from the union movement over the recent ‘Deliveroo’ decision. ‘This is the end of gig’ they say, because the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has declared that Deliveroo food deliverers are employees and not independent contractors. But there’s nothing at all unusual about the decision. Here's why.... More

ATO relies on ‘gossip’ to manufacture tax debt, defiling the rule of law

Monday, May 3, 2021

An April 2021 High Court outcome demonstrates that the ATO has chucked the rule of law into the bin. The ATO asserts that it can manufacture a tax debt based on gossip. Thank goodness the High Court rejected the ATO's application. The company is not guilty. Gossip does not rule.... More

ATO Mongrel Bunch of Bastards Continues—Morrison Needs to Act

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

An official report by the Inspector-General of Taxation Ombudsman reveals that the ATO is still abusing small business taxpayers—in this case the owners of a small gold refinery business, Lynn and Jerry Reid. The ATO's audit and enforcement division needs to brought to heel—now. Links to a detailed commentary and the IGTO Report are here.

‘Homework’ takes on a totally new meaning … for adults!

Friday, March 19, 2021

The global energy giant BP has told around 25,000 of its staff that work from home is now permanent. This is confirmation that ‘home-work’ is now globally locked in and not a temporary Covid ‘thing’. This has some interesting consequences for both productivity and public policy.... More

BIG change must happen to ATO says government report

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Federal government’s small business agency, the Small Business Ombudsman, has called for major changes to the way the Australian Taxation Office operates. The Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, says “… the time is right for Government to deliver a [tax administration] system that suits the small business sector…”.... More

Australian unions see flying ‘gig’ pigs landing from the UK

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The UK’s top court ruling that Uber drivers are not independent contractors seems to support Australian unions’ campaign against the gig economy and Federal Labor’s anti-gig (anti-small business) policy. However, sorry to disappoint the small business-haters in the unions and Labor, but the UK’s decision has no relevance to Australia.... More

ATO abusing its powers – manipulating the law to abuse people

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Our campaign to reform the ATO continues. Good grief it’s an exhausting process! But the ATO keeps demonstrating why the reform is needed because the ATO keeps behaving badly. Today we’re highlighting another case of ATO bad behaviour: its treatment of some people who structure their business as a family trust... More

Covid and the oppression of government regulation and regulators

Monday, January 18, 2021

As we look to 2021 to be a better year than 2020, perhaps one of the shocks of Covid-19 has been how quickly our freedoms and liberty have been crushed under the weight of health dictates. It’s been done for our own good—that is, to keep us all safe from a silent, unseen enemy killer.... More

Oz unions’ weird desire to impose ‘permanent’ wage slavery

Saturday, December 12, 2020

News just out is that private-sector union membership in Australia has plunged to 9 per cent of the workforce. Unions are rapidly becoming public-sector-only, with about 37 per cent of that workforce. Perhaps this is why unions are campaigning so hard to try and force ‘wage slavery’ onto all of us. They are fighting for survival.... More

There’s a small business reform ‘steam train’ happening with the federal government

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

There’s considerable reform occurring at the federal level affecting self-employed, small business people—including paying small businesses on time, unfair contracts and new insolvency provisions. Here's an update.... More

A gold-lined ATO stuff-up blows up in the ATO’s face

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

On Friday last, 6 November, the Australian Taxation Office had a serious legal bomb blow up in its face. It’s so serious that the full bench of the Federal Court has put a ten-day embargo on the publication of the judgment that went against the ATO. We can only guess why. However, the case, the facts and the implications are known........ More

Reforming the ATO – An economic recovery agenda

Thursday, October 29, 2020

At Self-Employed Australia we’ve been campaigning for a heck of a long time for reform of the ATO in the way it handles disputes—particularly with small business people. In the economic recovery from Covid, reform of the ATO must assume high importance....... More

Budget stimulus for self-employed, small business people

Thursday, October 8, 2020

We’ve tried to pick out the key things from the massive Morrison government Covid-19 business recovery package. These are the things that seem most relevant for self-employed, small business people. Includes important links to the ATO....... More

JobKeeper and JobSeeker Extension Information

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Last week the Morrison government announced that JobKeeper and JobSeeker are being extended past the current cut-off of at the end of September. But there are changes to eligibility and the amounts being paid. Mindful that the legislation for the extension has not passed Parliament, our summary is the best information available at the moment...... More

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Victorian Campaigns

There are two issues concerning the Victorian government that have national implications and on which we are campaigning:
  • The Andrews Labor government’s stated policy to outlaw self-employment. We’re campaigning to defend the right to be self-employed.
  • The Victorian government’s massive hotel quarantine mess that requires prosecution under work safety laws. We are pressing to have prosecution occur. No-one should be above the law.

Prosecution of the Victorian government – Update

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

With the fourth Covid lockdown in Victoria we’re being consistently asked where we are at with our campaign to prosecute the Victorian government over the quarantine OHS breaches. Quite simply we are currently in a holding pattern. WorkSafe Victoria must reply to our original 29 September 2020 letter by 29 June this year. That’s WorkSafe’s deadline... More

More Victorian quarantine mess. The government puts people at risk. Where is WorkSafe?

Sunday, May 9, 2021

If you’ve been following the Victorian Hotel quarantine ‘mess’, you’ll be aware that we started our adverts on top rating Victorian radio station 3AW on 21 April. Those adverts finish this coming week. They simply call for WorkSafe Victoria to do its job and prosecute!... More

Major radio media campaign starts. Victorian OHS Quarantine Prosecution

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

As a key part of our campaign to push Victoria’s WorkSafe to investigate/prosecute the Victorian government over the failed 2020 Covid quarantine program, SEA is launching a serious media campaign on Melbourne’s top talk-back radio station, 3AW, starting tomorrow... More

Be afraid: Victoria’s 4th attempt at quarantine

Monday, April 12, 2021

Be afraid. Last Thursday the Victorian government restarted its Covid hotel quarantine program. This is its fourth attempt. The first two attempts from March 2020 resulted in Covid being released into the community, months of lockdown and 801 deaths. The third attempt (December 2020) proved that quarantine ‘HQ’ was dysfunctional... More

Victorian Government and Premier: Indictable criminal offences investigation

Thursday, March 11, 2021

There has been a major development in response to our call for a WorkSafe investigation/prosecution into the the Hotel Quarantine Program. Late last week we received a letter from WorkSafe Victoria confirming again that WorkSafe is investigating breaches of work health and safety laws related to the Hotel Quarantine Program. This is significant ..... More

Holding public officials to account takes time and persistence – Covid and more

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Here is an update on developments with efforts to prosecute the Victorian Government for the 800-plus Covid deaths due to its massive mismanagement, or worse ..... More

Scary! Victoria’s second attempt at hotel quarantine starts today. Will it be safe????

Monday, December 7, 2020

Today, Monday 7 December, is a rather scary day for Victorians and all Australians. Today is the day that the Victorian government restarts the hotel quarantine program for overseas travellers. The big question is: How safe will this quarantine program be? ..... More

We seek prosecution of the Victorian government – Criminal failures

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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