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Australia slips to 18th spot in global IT report

4:41PM | Thursday, 11 April 2013 |  The World Economic Forum’s latest Global Information Technology Report shows Australia continues to slip down the rankings, falling from ninth spot in 2004 to 18th in 2013.

‘Just outraged at the insanity of Julia Gillard’: Tech start-ups hit back in 457 visa row

3:17AM | Friday, 15 March 2013 |  Key players in the Australian tech start-up scene have lashed out at Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s suggestion the 457 visa program is being abused by the IT industry.

Labor appoints fourth small business minister in two years

2:25PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 |  The small business sector has been handed its fourth minister in two years, with former immigration minister Chris Bowen assuming the role as part of an unexpected cabinet reshuffle.

Business groups fear policy paralysis following election announcement

1:43PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 |  Yesterday’s announcement of the 2013 federal election date garnered a largely positive response from business groups, but there are now concerns about “policy paralysis” within government.

Businesses unfazed by surplus pledge backflip

12:31PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 |  Business groups have downplayed the Federal Government’s concession the budget is unlikely to return to surplus in 2012-13, with one group describing the move as “neither here nor there”.

Govt highlights role of innovation in Asian Century white paper

10:32PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 |  Business groups have praised the Federal Government for the goals outlined in the Australia in the Asian Century white paper, including a vision to transform Australia’s innovation system.

R&D incentive spared after company tax cut scrapped

10:25PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 |  No changes will be made to the R&D Tax Incentive after the Business Tax Working Group failed to find a “revenue neutral” way to fund a company tax cut, which has been pushed for by lobby groups.

Five ways SMEs will be affected by Wayne Swan’s budget cuts

10:33PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 |  Small businesses are bracing themselves for a hit following the release of Treasurer Wayne Swan’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which has downgraded the 2012-13 projected surplus to $1.1 billion.

Tax incentives under spotlight in company tax rate review

8:29PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 |  Cutting the company tax rate to 25% would cost the Federal Budget $26 billion in revenue over four years, according to the Business Tax Working Group, which today released a discussion paper.

Clean tech start-ups peer through carbon tax gloom

7:38PM | Monday, 2 July 2012 |  Clean energy start-ups are gearing up for the potential opportunities provided by the newly-imposed carbon tax, despite widespread uncertainty in the business community over the rising costs associated with the scheme.
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