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Thomson and Slipper woes compound Labor’s struggle with business vote

4:20PM | Monday, 30 April 2012 |  The reputation of the Federal Labor Government among businesses continues to falter, new figures show, as Prime Minister Julia Gillard attempts to cuts her losses over the Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper controversies.

New corporate entity on the cards for small business

3:29PM | Friday, 16 March 2012 |  The Federal Government may consider introducing a new corporate entity specifically for small businesses, which would give them access to some of the benefits that larger companies enjoy.

Penny Wong remains tight-lipped on company tax cut start date

3:55PM | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 |  Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong is refusing to guarantee the July 1 start date for Labor’s company tax cuts, but Trade Minister Craig Emerson insists the measure will be in the Federal Budget.

Start-up lessons from the Australian Labor Party

2:53PM | Tuesday, 28 February 2012 |  Kevin Rudd’s leadership challenge and the discussion that has been generated by it provide some important lessons for start-ups. BY MICHAEL FOX.

Small Business Minister role opens up – again

2:04PM | Tuesday, 28 February 2012 |  Labor Senator Mark Arbib has stepped down from his role as Small Business Minister, much to the exasperation of the small business sector, which will now have to deal with its fourth federal representative in five years.

Gillard defeats Rudd, Govt urged to switch focus to struggling SMEs

2:29AM | Monday, 27 February 2012 |  Julia Gillard has retained her position as prime minister, defeating bitter rival Kevin Rudd 71-31 in a Labor caucus vote, with business groups urging the government to return its focus to “real” issues.

Don’t get too caught up in politics

2:15PM | Friday, 24 February 2012 |  Leadership tussles may be fascinating, but don't lose sight of what's really important.

Greg Combet outlines three key areas in need of Aussie innovation

2:15PM | Thursday, 23 February 2012 |  The business sector must “lift its game” in contributing to the economic policy debate, according to Industry Minister Greg Combet, who has identified opportunities and challenges for business.

Top 10 things that start-ups need from the prime minister

2:40PM | Thursday, 23 February 2012 |  Whether it’s Kevin or Julia that ends up in charge, it’s time for Australian start-ups to get a fair shake of the sauce bottle. Moving forwards, here is a no-spin 10 point plan to boost the numbers for Australian small business. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Kevin Rudd resigns as foreign minister, positions for leadership challenge

2:07PM | Wednesday, 22 February 2012 |  Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has staged a dramatic press conference in Washington, resigning as foreign minister and announcing he will return home to consult, family, friends and political colleagues about his future – which now looks likely to include a leadership push.
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