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Victoria Covid-19—Blaming the self-employed and anyone else in sight

Monday, August 3, 2020

Having lived in Melbourne all my life, I’m ‘picking up’ that this Melbourne Covid-19 deep lockdown has induced fear. Fear is in the Melbourne air. Yes, it’s fear of the virus. But it’s also fear of continuing incompetence by the Dan Andrews government. The incompetence has led to the Stage 4 lockdown .... More


JobKeeper and JobSeeker Extension Information

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Last week the Morrison government announced that JobKeeper and JobSeeker are being extended past the current cut-off of at the end of September. But there are changes to eligibility and the amounts being paid. Mindful that the legislation for the extension has not passed Parliament, our summary is the best information available at the moment...... More

Dan Andrews (Victoria) at it again. More ‘destroy the self-employed’ agenda

Monday, July 20, 2020

Last week we reported on Victorian Premier Dan Andrews’ agenda to make being your own boss illegal. Now’s there’s more. With the second big lockdown being imposed in Melbourne, Victoria has offered support packages for small businesses. But it’s not available for self-employed people. It’s discriminatory. Many are suffering and will go broke because of this second lockdown..... More

Dan Andrews (Victoria) declares war on small business – ‘destroy em’ they say!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Yesterday the Victorian Labor government released its report into the ‘gig economy.’ The 228-page report should be read as a declaration of war against self-employed, small business people across Victoria, and Australia. This is so because a key recommendation (Recommendation 6) calls for laws that would effectively make self-employment illegal....  More

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We’re in Washington DC researching good tax administration laws

During October 2019, SEA Executive Director Ken Phillips has been in Washington DC researching how USA law makers have sought to make the US tax administrator (IRS) efficient, fair and transparent.
Here’s some short YouTube posts explaining what we’re doing (click on the image for the YouTube vid):







ATO Information Releases
We monitor ATO information releases on tax issues relevant for self-employed small business people. Available for SEA members. Join here.


Campaign 2020

Big Business—Pay Up!

We’re pushing for laws to force big business to pay small business people fast.



SEA board member Lauren Sherson explains the campaign

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The Coffee Shop of Power
Aussies Café—Where the powerful meet in Parliament


Ken Phillips explains big business power politics in Canberra opposing Pay on Time.

Small Business Tax Tribunal

The government’s new Small Business Tax Tribunal is a big breakthrough for self-employed, small business people in dispute with the ATO. We were and are the key advocates for this. If you are in dispute with the ATO, we are the specialists who can assist. You need to be a member. Click here to become a Protected Member.
Information on the Small Business Tax Tribunal is here.


Defend the right to be self-employed

Public sector bureaucracies along with unions are wanting to close down the right to be self-employed. We have seen these attacks before such as:

  • Contractors are ‘dependent’.
  • Sham contracting is rife.

See our responses on these arguments in 2011.  See our success at the International Labour Organisation in 2006.

And now the new attack is against the ‘gig economy’. We have new campaigns on our hands!


Is your contract fair?

SEA can rightly claim huge success in achieving Unfair Contract protections for small business people. New protective legislation came into effect in November 2016—a world's first for self-employed people. Resources for checking your own contract are here.

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