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THE NEWS WRAP: Julia Gillard promises cut in the company tax rate

10:13AM | Wednesday, 13 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

Julia Gillard has promised small businesses that tax relief is on the way with a cut in the company tax rate.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Westpac latest ‘big four’ bank to hint that interest rates will rise

10:13AM | Tuesday, 12 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

Westpac has become the latest of the ‘big four’ banks to hint that interest rates will have to rise.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Telstra looks to win back customers

10:20AM | Monday, 11 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

Telstra has looked to win back customers, including many disenfranchised small businesses, by announcing price cuts for its mobile phone and broadband packages.

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Small businesses handed late payment lessons

10:12AM | Friday, 8 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

Small businesses have been advised of how to combat late payment following research that shows a third of Australian firms don’t honour their invoices on time.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Australian dollar hits a record breaking high of US99.18 cents overnight

10:09AM | Friday, 8 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

The Australian dollar is on the verge of parity with the US dollar after surging to its highest level since it was floated in 1983.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Stockbroking firms enjoy strong recovery following a bleak period for the industry

10:18AM | Thursday, 7 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

Although the sharemarket is still well below 2007 levels, many brokers have bounced back and are recording profits again.

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Small firms advised to tackle workplace depression

10:14AM | Thursday, 7 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

A study by the University of Melbourne and VicHealth found that job stress-related depression is costing the Australian economy $730 million a year.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Women still hitting glass ceiling

10:17AM | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

Australia compares poorly to other countries in the representation of women in senior company roles.

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THE NEWS WRAP: The RBA to reveal whether it will raise interest rates today

10:18AM | Tuesday, 5 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

The Reserve Bank will reveal whether it will raise interest rates today, but many analysts believe it is a done deal.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Pressure mounts on Gillard to set up national business tax system

10:20AM | Monday, 4 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

Lobbyists want the government to force the states to abolish taxes such as payroll tax and stamp duties on insurance and commercial property.

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Manufacturers suffer September slip

10:05AM | Monday, 4 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

The Australian manufacturing sector suffered a dip during September, with the strong dollar, increased costs and weakening demand blamed for the drop.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Julia Gillard rejects suggestions the GST should increase from 10%

10:25AM | Friday, 1 October 2010 | Oliver Milman

Julia Gillard has rejected a suggestion that the good and services tax should increase from 10%.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Australia on course to remain one of world’s best-performing economies

9:13AM | Thursday, 30 September 2010 | Oliver Milman

Australia is on course to retain its status as one of the best-performing economies in the world, a panel of economists has predicted.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Australia moves into third place in Asia-Pacific’s super-rich list

9:18AM | Wednesday, 29 September 2010 | Oliver Milman

New figures show that the number of Australia’s high-net-worth individuals grew by 34% last year to 173,600.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Branson apologises for Virgin Blue technical troubles

9:10AM | Tuesday, 28 September 2010 | Oliver Milman

Sir Richard Branson apologises for computer glitch that caused Virgin Blue’s check-in system to collapse, leading to flight cancellations.

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THE NEWS WRAP: The Australian dollar is on track to reach parity with the US dollar

9:15AM | Monday, 27 September 2010 | Oliver Milman

The Australian dollar is on track to reach parity with the US dollar, surging through the US 96 cents barrier this morning.

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NSW opposition proposes small business commissioner

9:41PM | Friday, 24 September 2010 | Oliver Milman

The NSW state opposition has proposed to install a small business commissioner should it win power.

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THE NEWS WRAP: The proportion of debt-free Australian households has hit a nine-year low

9:08AM | Friday, 24 September 2010 | Oliver Milman

The proportion of debt-free Australian households has hit a nine-year low, with just 36.2% households across the nation not in debt.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Report shows jump in bank penalty fees

9:16AM | Thursday, 23 September 2010 | Oliver Milman

Banks increased penalty fees on loans by 9% last year, according to Reserve Bank.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Mining boom could push interest rates higher as early as next month

9:23AM | Wednesday, 22 September 2010 | Oliver Milman

Businesses could face up to four further interest rate hikes next year as the RBA looks to stave off concerns over inflation in the Australian economy.

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