5:14AM | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has emphasised cutting red tape for small business, maintaining the carbon tax compensation and providing a modest company tax rate cut “when affordable” in his budget reply speech.
5:06PM | Friday, 10 May 2013 | Business has given a mixed response to the Coalition's industrial relations policy released yesterday, with praise for its proposed relaxation of penalties for awards rates misdemeanours but concern about no action on penalty rates.
5:09AM | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | Opposition leader Tony Abbott has provoked a round of controversy over comments the Coalition’s Paid Parental Leave scheme would help “women of calibre to have families”, with an unlikely ally in prominent feminist Eva Cox coming to his defence.
5:20PM | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | It’s not Wayne Swan you should listen to next week, but the budget reply speech from Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. The PM-in-waiting has to deliver some hard numbers.
4:19PM | Monday, 29 April 2013 | SMEs could be hit by the Coalition's proposal to tax the largest 3200 companies in order to fund its maternity leave scheme, according to tax experts.
4:30PM | Friday, 19 April 2013 | The Liberal Party will abandon its promise to cut company tax by 1.5%, should it be elected, new reports have suggested, disappointing business groups.
3:10AM | Tuesday, 26 March 2013 | The Gillard government faces a landslide defeat at the September election, according to the latest Newspoll.
THE NEWS WRAP: Coalition to consult Productivity Commission on IR reforms – but no changes until 20163:09AM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | The Coalition has revealed it plans to consult with the Productivity Commission about reforms to the industrial relations system if it wins the next election, but any reforms will wait until 2016.
2:35PM | Thursday, 21 February 2013 | Small Business Minister Chris Bowen takes a shot at Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's small business credentials.
1:59PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says the Coalition will only release its policy costings after the government releases theirs, after the Prime Minister flagged a number of cost-saving measures to be considered ahead of the budget.