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Big business is endlessly creative in screwing small business

Friday, October 4, 2019

One of the biggest bugbears for small businesses is late payment. Governments at all levels have urged big businesses (and their own departments) to pay small businesses within 30 days. But one of Australia's largest construction groups has moved in the opposite direction: it is pushing out the payment window by a further 35 days! Isn't it time such companies were denied government work?..... More

Democracy crumbling in chaos—do boofheads now rule?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Is politics in democracies now bonkers? Does no-one respect experts and authority anymore? Has politeness disappeared from political discussion? Is intimidation destroying free speech? These are the sorts of questions raised by a new Senate Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy. We've made a submission... More

‘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

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  • 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!


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