Federal politics


Joe Hockey scraps inherited tax changes: The good, bad and the ugly for business

11:17PM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 |  Businesses are now able to act with certainty as the fog over Australia’s taxation landscape clears.

The News Wrap: Business calls for early election

6:25AM | Friday, 28 June 2013 |  Business leaders are calling for Labor to hold an early election, saying the party’s leadership turmoil has hurt confidence. Also, coal miner Glencore-Xtrata says it’s cutting 450 jobs from its mines in Queensland in another blow to the slowing mining industry and economic data in the US points to tepid growth.

THE NEWS WRAP: Kevin Rudd appeals to business after winning leadership spill

6:24AM | Thursday, 27 June 2013 |  Kevin Rudd has reclaimed the prime ministership. Plus ACCC to investigate telecommunications backhaul pricing and the ATO's warning of profit shifting.

Northern exposure: Tony Abbott’s top-end plans could create new small business opportunities

6:05PM | Friday, 21 June 2013 |  In footy season, “go north” is not a phrase the Taskmaster uses lightly. However, when it comes to the Coalition’s policy for northern Australia, going north could create valuable new opportunities for your business.

The government is not to blame, you are

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.

New Greens leader sets her sights on “progressive business”

4:40PM | Friday, 13 April 2012 |  Newly elected Australian Greens leader Christine Milne wants to work with “progressive business” to tackle climate change, following the shock resignation of former leader Bob Brown.

Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor tight-lipped on tax ideas for small business, pledges to “advocate strongly” for sector

3:11PM | 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.

Labor announces establishment of Small Business Commissioner

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.

Coalition committed to first-year surplus, Hockey says

3:43AM | Thursday, 8 March 2012 |  The Coalition would deliver a budget surplus in its first year in office, says shadow treasurer Joe Hockey, but managers and consumers will determine the fate of individual businesses.

Small Business Minister role opens up – again

2:04PM | Tuesday, 28 February 2012 |  Labor Senator Mark Arbib has stepped down from his role as Small Business Minister, much to the exasperation of the small business sector, which will now have to deal with its fourth federal representative in five years.