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The one (election) day in September we want to remember

1:39PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Taskmaster

The 2013 federal election has been called for September 14. Old Taskmaster says it’s time for a little less conversation and a little more action.

Start-ups’ federal election wish list

1:25PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

With an election coming up in September, both parties will be keen to win your vote. Here are five areas the major parties will need to focus on if they want to win the support of start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Businesses with dodgy bookkeepers should be penalised, says IPA

1:45PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups using dodgy bookkeepers to prepare GST returns would miss out on deductions under a proposal by the Institute of Public Accountants, which has released its pre-budget submission.

Election announcement welcomed by business as focus turns to policy

1:40PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s surprise announcement about this year’s federal election has been welcomed by the business community for giving “certainty” to small firms.

Julia Gillard calls federal election for September 14

1:34PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Bernard Keane

Australia will go to the polls on September 14 after Prime Minister Julia Gillard unexpectedly used her first major speech of the year to announce the date.

Former Rich Lister Eddy Groves declared bankrupt

1:30PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Fast Eddy was nowhere to be seen when an Adelaide court delivered its ruling in bankruptcy proceedings brought by the Commonwealth Bank against the former Rich Lister.

Four changes that would help home-based businesses

1:02AM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

When it comes to the national agenda, home-based businesses are all too often invisible. However, four simple reforms could make a world of difference to boosting an essential part of our economy. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Flood insurance claims set to hit $50 million

1:38PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The total claimed losses from the floods affecting Queensland and NSW are likely to hit $50 million this week, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

Government urged to better support home-based businesses

1:26PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Leading ‘mumpreneur’ Cas McCullough has highlighted the struggles of home-based micro businesses ahead of International Work At Home Person Week, calling for more support from government and industry.

Seven in 10 employers fearing Australia Day sickie surge

1:31PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

More than seven in 10 employers expect staff to pull sickies due to the Australia Day weekend, although it appears that bosses can only do a limited amount in order to prevent them, according to a new study.

Industry praise for new cyber security centre

1:27PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian arm of global tech giant Huawei has welcomed the establishment of an Australian Cyber Security Centre, announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard earlier today.

Fair Work Commission awards fashion employee 22 weeks' pay for unfair dismissal

1:45PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The Fair Work Commission has found Dolina Fashion Group unfairly dismissed an employee of 17 years, without a valid reason for termination or appropriate warning.

Start-ups urged to “sit out” of R&D program amid red tape concerns

1:05PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The government’s R&D Tax Incentive has attracted claims of excessive red tape, with one tax expert suggesting start-ups “sit out” until the recordkeeping requirements are made much clearer.

Meet Australia’s first red tape commissioner: Why he wants to hear from you

1:41PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Victoria has appointed John Lloyd as Australia’s first red tape commissioner, ahead of consultations with SMEs about regulatory burdens.

Shoes of Prey founder flags share option woes for start-ups

1:00PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Serial entrepreneur and StartupSmart mentor Michael Fox has outlined problems with employee share option plans (ESOPs) for start-ups, after being invited to meet with the federal government.

Concreter sacked for "smirking" wins unfair dismissal case

1:55PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A Melbourne concreter has won an unfair dismissal case against his employer, after the company fired him for allegedly smirking during a conversation reprimanding him for a safety violation.

Tributes pour in for Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz

1:01PM | Monday, 14 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Tributes have poured in for tech entrepreneur and internet activist Aaron Swartz, who died on Friday.

“Abbott has F***ED UP badly”: Brendan O’Connor's Twitter gaffe

1:43PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Cara Waters

The Small Business Minister has apologised after describing volunteer firefighting by the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, as “f***ing up”.

Pie Face rejects ex-franchisee’s bullying claims

1:00AM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Pie Face has hit back at claims that it doesn’t do enough to support franchisees, after another former franchisee of the chain came forward to criticise the business.

Primary schools to teach business under new govt plan

1:42PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Primary school students will be taught the fundamentals of business and economics under a new move by the Gillard government, but a small business group says a more specialised program should be implemented.

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