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China and the ATO – Dictatorship vs the Rule of Law

Friday, February 01, 2019

Yes, we have focused heavily on seeking reform of the Australian Taxation Office in recent times. But the issue is not simply about tax revenue. It’s much bigger. It’s about the rule of law. In this longer-than-normal communication we explain what motivates us by drawing some parallels between China and the ATO.  More...

‘I would rather cry in a BMW than laugh on the back of a bicycle’

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Global stock-markets are in a crashing frenzy over the economic ‘slow down’ in China. Yet China optimists would say that there’s an overreaction and that China is reshaping to a consumer society.

Perhaps the ‘new’ China of rampant consumerism was on raw display in the wildly popular Chinese TV dating show If you are the one. With 36 million regular viewers, one young female contestant disclosed her ‘love’ match criteria with the words ‘I would rather cry in a BMW than laugh on the back of a bicycle.’  Her comment made her an overnight celebrity. More...

Getting a handle on the Chinese economy

Monday, August 31, 2015

The stock market gyrations of the last week-or-so were somewhat crazy. From a panic crash to creeping back to ‘normal’? It all seemed to relate to speculation about China.

The follow-up analysis is as up-and-down as was the stock market. The blog ‘Peak Prosperity’ is VERY pessimistic about China, saying China’s debt is now 300 per cent of GDP and in Spanish/Greek territory. And there’s an even more pessimistic assessment saying that China’s economic data is unreliable.  More...

More tales from the small business frontline

Sunday, March 30, 2014

We receive a lot of input from self-employed people about the realities of being their own business. The practical examples below help bring home the truth about the complexities of being in business for yourself.


Asian surge through the eyes of Macau

Monday, December 02, 2013

 I’ve just spent this last week at a global small business conference in Macau.  Attendance was largely from the Asian region with a smattering of others from across the globe. Although the conference was about small business issues, discussion took place within the context of understanding the broader economic environment. There was a range of impressive presentations, mostly from Asia-based speakers to a packed auditorium. More...

GEEIndex launched in Asia

Sunday, December 01, 2013

During October I undertook the first phase launch of ICA’s Global Entrepreneurs Enabler Index in Washington DC. This week the second phase of the launch was conducted at the International Small Business Pan Asia Congress 2013 held in Macau.

I can report that the GEEIndex was received with significant interest! I’m hoping ICA can make a contribution to Asia’s avoiding many of the bad small business policies that have been so common through Western countries over the last few decades. More...

Gillard foreign workers attack is racist

Friday, March 08, 2013

ICA China expert John Findley condemns Gillard’s recent attacks against foreign workers as early 19th Century Labor-inspired White Australia racism. John says it’s easier for foreigners to work in China than in Australia. More...

Will an oil gusher save the global economy?

Friday, September 07, 2012

There’s a pending oil production explosion and the USA is at the centre of it. This, along with a settling of the Chinese leadership changeover, could transform the global economy within a couple of years. But Europe remains a problem. Stories are HEREMore...

ICA welcomes John Findley

Monday, August 20, 2012

John is a China specialist with over 30 years' experience of living and working in China. He is a highly experienced senior executive and now runs his own migration business supporting high-end executives to work in Australia. More...

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