2013 Federal Budget


THE NEWS WRAP: Abbott emphasises cutting red tape in budget reply speech

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.

Federal budget 2013: Skills centres get the chop but rural start-ups to get apprentices boost

5:49PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 |  The government will effectively scrap its Australian Skills Centres of Excellence program before it even launches, while ploughing more cash into helping regional businesses find apprentices.

THE NEWS WRAP: Possible $20 billion deficit next year prompts rate cut speculation

5:12AM | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 |  The federal budget deficit could reach $20 billion next financial year, following a $17 billion shortfall in the current budget.

THE NEWS WRAP: Gillard government preparing to unveil new levy and ad campaign

5:11AM | Wednesday, 1 May 2013 |  The Gillard government is set to unveil a multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded advertising campaign, along with a new ‘Medicare-style’ levy to help fund the government’s $14 billion NDIS.

Could the federal budget hurt your business?

4:32PM | Monday, 29 April 2013 |  Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned of a larger than expected $12 billion blowout in the federal budget. How will future budget cuts hurt your business?

THE NEWS WRAP: Julia Gillard to reveal $12 billion budget blowout

4:14AM | Monday, 29 April 2013 |  Prime Minister Julia Gillard is set to use a speech at the Per Capita Institute think tank in Canberra to reveal a $12 billion forecast deficit in the federal budget this financial year, due to lower taxes from companies.

Small businesses pessimistic over federal budget prospects: Survey

4:19PM | Tuesday, 16 April 2013 |  More than half of small businesses are hoping for reduced taxes in next month’s federal budget, although the majority of firms are expecting the economic showpiece to hinder SME growth, according to a new study.