Bill Shorten


Labor has $4.5 million to put into code of equality

10:29PM | Wednesday, 28 October 2015 |  Labor wants to encourage young Aussies, especially young women, to learn the “language of the future”, announcing it will give $4.5 million in grants for coding programs if elected.

“Put Australia at front of the queue”: Shorten sweet on startup sector

10:28AM | Wednesday, 7 October 2015 |  Startup accelerators like the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Accelerator Program are going to be the source of many jobs for Australians, says Bill Shorten.

Labor vows to listen to wise startup advice

7:03PM | Monday, 27 July 2015 |  Labor has committed to establishing an advisory board for entrepreneurial issues as part of a series of commitments on startups and innovation.

Government backflips on plans to regulate SME access to credit

2:54PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 |  The federal government has backed down on draft legislation which proposed regulating small business credit after criticism it would make it harder for small business to get funding.

Small wins for business on unfair dismissal laws

10:47PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 |  Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten today offered limited relief on unfair dismissal laws to business but the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the reforms are unlikely to go far enough.

ACCI calls on employers to consider mature-age workers

6:43PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 |  The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched a campaign for mature-wage workers alongside Business SA, as statistics show older workers are increasingly overlooked.

Three-pronged pay push will hurt employers, business groups claim

3:18PM | Wednesday, 7 March 2012 |  Employers will face a three-pronged pay push in coming months as unions seek pay increases for adult apprentices and other workers, while junior retail workers could also receive a pay rise.

Government accused of delaying taskforce help for retailers

12:04PM | Friday, 9 December 2011 |  A retail group has accused the government of failing to stand up for Australian retailers, after deciding to refer the recommendations of a Productivity Commission report to another taskforce.

New super scheme tipped to slash SME red tape

11:29PM | Thursday, 3 November 2011 |  The Federal Government says a new superannuation scheme will be simpler and cheaper to use, potentially easing the burden of red tape faced by small business owners.

COSBOA calls for scrapping of GST import threshold but Choice says retailers are missing the point

7:56PM | Thursday, 21 July 2011 |  The Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia says it supports moves to decrease the tax-free threshold for online purchases.