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‘Houston we have a problem’—says ATO—at long last!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

When the Apollo 13 space mission suffered a major malfunction, the astronauts immediately declared to mission headquarters in Houston, Texas: ‘Houston we’ve had a problem’. Recognising and admitting to a problem is the first, most critical step to fixing it. Just a week ago Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan finally declared ‘we have a problem’. But that declaration been a long time coming!... More

ATO power push lacks proper checks and balances—Credit agency reporting

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The ATO is pushing parliament hard for new laws to extend its powers—this time so that it can report tax debts to credit-rating agencies. Apart from the ATO's awful record for accuracy with tax debts, this new push appears to fly in the face of specific legislation aimed at ensuring taxpayer privacy. Fortunately, a Senate Committee is looking at this new proposed legislation.... More

How the UK tax authority has stuffed small business tax policy

Monday, August 19, 2019

The UK tax authority, HMRC, have (frankly) botched small business tax. What we see from HMRC is similar to the behaviour shown by the Australian Taxation Office. They bully and intimidate to impose their will, frequently trashing any concept of the rule of law..... More


We need your help to defend democracy from an aggressive ATO bureaucracy—Richard Boyle GoFundMe

Monday, August 12, 2019

This is a very special appeal for your help to defend against the ATO small business bully. We’re asking you to contribute to the legal defence fund for Richard Boyle, the ATO whistleblower. He exposed the truth about ATO abuse at great personal risk to himself and his family. We must support Richard... More


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Defend the right to be self-employed

Public sector bureaucracies along with unions are wanting to close down the right to be self-employed. We have seen these attacks before such as:

  • Contractors are ‘dependent’.
  • Sham contracting is rife.

See our responses on these arguments in 2011.  See our success at the International Labour Organisation in 2006.

And now the new attack is against the ‘gig economy’. We have new campaigns on our hands!


National Bricklayers Australia

National Bricklayers Australia is a division of Self-Employed Australia formed to assist bricklayers in the operation of their businesses. Our aims are to provide bricklayers support with:
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For more information, contact Jason Mills
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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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