Small business politics
6:21PM | Thursday, 7 June 2012 | When things go wrong for the start-up community, the government is a very easy target. But perhaps it’s time we started looking a little closer to home? BY NIKI SCEVAK.
Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor tight-lipped on tax ideas for small business, pledges to “advocate strongly” for sector3:11PM | Monday, 19 March 2012 | Brendan O'Connor, the newly appointed Small Business Minister, says any Government worth its salt should be providing opportunities to small business.
3:36PM | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 | The Gillard Government has announced the establishment of a Federal Small Business Commissioner, which it says will act as an advocate for Australian small businesses.
11:06PM | Monday, 7 November 2011 | The goals of the ‘Occupy’ movement may seem vague but, fortunately, South Park has provided some trademark clarity to the issue.
10:26PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 | Australia remains one of the easiest places in the world to start a business, although conditions have worsened in the past two years, according to a new World Bank report.
10:39PM | Wednesday, 12 October 2011 | The Council of Small Business of Australia chief has called a new SME association a “marketing exercise” and cast doubt over whether it will genuinely enhance the interests of small firms.
10:02PM | Tuesday, 11 October 2011 | A new small business industry association with close ties to a publicly-listed publisher has ruled out lobbying the government on SME issues just days after receiving public backing from small business minister Nick Sherry.
9:23PM | Monday, 19 September 2011 | Greens leader Bob Brown has called for proceeds from the Government’s mining tax be used to deliver a 5% reduction in the company tax rate for SMEs to 25%.
9:53PM | Wednesday, 14 September 2011 | Restaurants and cafes may no longer be compelled to display separate menus for days when surcharges are applied, typically Sundays and public holidays, after the Federal Government took on a Productivity Commission recommendation that the requirement was burdensome.
8:37PM | Tuesday, 9 August 2011 | Queensland start-ups have been urged to take part in the second round of a state government funding scheme that provides up to $50,000 to implement their ideas.