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Labor to reintroduce independent truckies destruction law. We oppose

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

We’re really worried about one aspect of a Shorten Labor government. Bill Shorten plans to bring back trucking laws that will destroy the businesses of around 50,000 independent truck drivers across Australia. If they can attack the legitimate small businesses of one group of self-employed people, we have to ask, where will Labor stop?..... More

Morrison and Shorten both committed to ATO reform on small business treatment

Monday, May 13, 2019

The pressing need for reform of the ATO has not gone unnoticed. Both the Coalition and the ALP have recognised the need for substantial and long-lasting change and both have stated their intent to maintain the Small Business Tax Tribunal. We congratulate both the Coalition and Labor"... More

Comparing Shorten’s taxes on small business people with Morrison’s

Thursday, May 9, 2019 

Our tax calculator released last week shows that if you earn more than $38,000 a year you will normally pay more tax under a Shorten Labor government than under a Morrison Coalition government. Today we compare Labor’s small business tax policies with those of the Coalition and discuss them. Overall, small business people will pay more tax under Labor than the Coalition..... More

Calculator: How much extra tax will you personally pay under Shorten compared with Morrison?

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Labor leader Bill Shorten has been totally honest that, under a government he leads, taxes will be higher than under a Morrison Coalition government. What is unclear is who will pay the higher taxes and how much. We’ve put together a calculator that gives a guiding answer to that question.... More

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Election 2019

An assessment comparing the Morrison Coalition
with Shorten Labor

We’re looking for Fair Tax – Fair Tax Administration – Fair Contracts – Fair Go for self-employed small business people

We’re comparing key small business policy positions of Labor and the Coalition and giving each a score. We’re progressively releasing our assessments during the election campaign.
(Note: Party scores range from +5 to -5)

 Election Issue
 LNP Score
 ALP Score
Tax Take – How much tax you pay
Implementing tax cuts
See comparison
Promising higher taxes
See comparison
 You decide
 You decide
Small business tax take
Status quo
See explanation
Major tax increases
See explanation 
+3 -4
Small business tax tribunal
Initiated small business tax tribunal
See explanation 
Supported small business tax tribunal
See explanation 
+4 +3 
Fair Contracts – Reforming
Committed to major beefing up of the laws
See explanation 
Committed to major beefing up of the laws
See explanation 
+5 +5 
Defend owner-drivers
See explanation
Reintroduce anti-owner-driver laws
See explanation
 +5  -4
Election comment authorised by Ken Phillips, Melbourne

Self-employment challenges managerial orthodoxy

The supposed ‘rise’ of the ‘gig’ economy is causing much debate on whether its impacts are good or evil for society. But that debate is not new. In 2005, SEA's Executive Director, Ken Phillips, published his challenging book, Independence and the Death of Employment, in which he examined the fundamental changes that were occurring, even then, in the way we work and how notions about independence and the role of the commercial contract were fundamental to them. The Introduction to the book is available here. Recent arguments about the ‘gig’ economy have refired that debate.

Is your contract fair?

SEA can rightly claim huge success in achieving Unfair Contract protections for small business people. New protective legislation came into effect in November 2016—a world's first for self-employed people. Resources for checking your own contract are here.

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