Federal budget 2013: Government to raise $198 million by nearly doubling application fees for 457 visas5:03PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | By Patrick Stafford The federal budget has delivered a double blow to the 457 visa program, with the government to nearly double application fees and compliance activity for the controversial system.
5:03PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | By Bernard Keane Except as in previous budgets, a huge chunk of Wayne Swan’s savings are actually tax rises or the closure of tax loopholes. He’s also targeted some relatively painless areas – big companies, public servants – for squeezing.
5:03PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | By Cara Waters Small and medium businesses vying for government services and tenders will receive $29.4 million in assistance under the budget.
5:03PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | By Richard Denniss Confusion lies at the heart of Treasurer Wayne Swan’s sixth budget. Does he want to be a big spender or a low taxer? Is he a Keynesian who is relaxed about the budget deficit, or is he a fiscal conservative determined to reign in public spending?
5:03PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | By Michelle Hammond Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers has taken out the top spot in the 2013 Topfranchise Awards for the fifth straight year, with online, mobile and kiosk-style concepts putting in a strong performance at the awards.
5:03PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | By Michelle Hammond Point-of-sale start-up Kounta is aiming to raise up to $1 million from investors, having already secured Reckon founder Greg Wilkinson as an investor and board member.
5:03PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | By Michelle Hammond Online retailer Lust Have It has revealed how it is leveraging the rise of online consumers, after the managing director of Officeworks said there is less money to be made in online retail.
5:03PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | By Michelle Hammond Wollongong is set to receive its first co-working space with the launch of Corner Table, which will aim to boost the town’s fledgling start-up scene and counter its blue-collar image.
5:03PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | By Patrick Stafford The Gold Coast and Adelaide have topped a list of the fastest-growing regions for online retailers, according to research released by online payments giant PayPal.
5:03PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | By Cara Waters Just under half of all credit applications made by small and medium businesses in the past year were not granted, according to the latest research from East & Partners.