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Our role in the election campaign. Independence and aspiration

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Last Saturday’s (18 May) surprise election outcome has triggered a tsunami of commentary about what went wrong for Shorten’s Labor and what went right for Morrison’s Coalition. The consensus opinion is that:  More...


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?

Our use of the words ‘destroy businesses’ is not extreme. Under the now-repealed Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), independent truck drivers’ businesses were wiped out. Several confirmed suicides occurred.  More...


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

Monday, May 13, 2019

You’ll be aware that our biggest campaigning push over the last two years has been for major reform to the ATO. Here’s the history of our battle.

We’ve congratulated both the Morrison Coalition and Shorten’s Labor for recognising that there are big problems with the ATO’s mistreatment of small business people. The evidence is overwhelming.

What’s been important is that both Morrison and Shorten have responded. More...


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

Thursday, May 09, 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. We can praise Bill Shorten for being totally honest that a government he leads will be a high-taxing 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 02, 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. Praise is due for the honesty.

What is unclear, however, is who will pay the higher taxes and how much. That is, who of us will pay more tax under a Shorten Labor government and how much will we pay?

We’ve put together a calculator that gives a guiding answer to that question. It’s a pretty good guide we think. You can go to the calculator here.  More...


ATO exposed again! Systemic mistreatment of small business people

Monday, April 29, 2019

It doesn’t seem to stop. The ATO continues to deny that it does anything wrong, but official reviews and reports keep slamming the ATO. We listed in early April this year the string of parliamentary and other reports calling for urgent reform of the ATO.

This time it’s the Small Business Ombudsman reporting on the ATO’s enforcing debt even while the debt is being challenged in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The report finds that the ATO does this on 12 per cent of occasions. This destroys the small business and their ability to challenge the alleged debt. The Ombudsman severely criticizes the ATO and calls for legislative reform.  More...


Election Report: Unfair Contract Reform. Big tick for both Morrison and Shorten

Friday, April 26, 2019

We’re pleased to report that, in this election, on the unfair contract reform front both Morrison’s Coalition and Shorten’s Labor are committed to major beefing-up of the laws. More...


Self-employed, small business people are a key in this election: Here’s why

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Now that the federal election has been called (18 May) the importance of how self-employed people vote can be understood.

Demographer Bernard Salt gives an excellent analysis in this article from The Australian. Salt draws on ABS small business activity data calibrated to electoral boundaries. He looks at demographic changes between the last election in 2016 and now. He focuses on sole trader and small business activity.  More...


ATO – Mongrel Bunch of Bastards – one year on

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

It is one year to the day since the Four Corners show ‘Mongrel Bunch of Bastards’ was aired. This ABC production exposed the ATO’s mistreatment of small business people. Watch the show here.  It continues to be relevant.

So, what has happened in 12 months? More...


Staggeringly HUGE move by Morrison Government for small business

Thursday, March 28, 2019

We were staggered late yesterday when we received the Morrison government’s media release announcing reform options to the Unfair Contract laws for small business people. If they proceed, the government is to implement our dream ‘wish list’ for these laws.

We first started campaigning for these laws back in 2009 and 2010. After a big battle in 2015 the laws were passed by parliament and came into operation. We didn’t get everything we wanted but it was a start. It turned out, however, that the ‘big end of town’ thumbed its nose at the laws because the laws had no teeth. More...



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