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Election Report: Unfair Contract Reform. Big tick for both Morrison and Shorten

Friday, April 26, 2019

We’re pleased to report that, in this election, on the unfair contract reform front both Morrison’s Coalition and Shorten’s Labor are committed to major beefing-up of the laws. We see this as a huge positive for small business people, for fairness in commercial dealings and as a boost for economic activity. We congratulate both the Coalition and Labor."... More

This election is about intergenerational warfare. It’s the young hating the old!

Saturday, April 20, 2019 

In politics, fear/hatred/loathing/jealously of something motivates more than the love of something. Political parties tweak this mass psychological reality to attract voters. Demographer Bernard Salt (in The Australian) has provided an insightful analysis of how this ‘identify evil’ political game is playing in this federal election campaign.... More

Self-employed, small business people are a key in this election: Here’s why

Sunday, April 14, 2019

It's on! In this, our first election commentary, we suggest why small business and the self-employed form a key sector for the election. We take a look at Bernard Salt's 11 key electorates and sketch out the issues that we think are worth pursuing during the campaign...... More


ATO – Mongrel Bunch of Bastards – one year on

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

It is one year to the day since the Four Corners show ‘Mongrel Bunch of Bastards’ was aired. This ABC production exposed the ATO’s mistreatment of small business people. A good deal has happened in the intervening twelve months, culminating in the new Small Business Tax Tribunal..... More


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Election 2019

An assessment comparing the Morrison Coalition
with Shorten Labor

We’re looking for Fair Tax – Fair Tax Administration – Fair Contracts – Fair Go for self-employed small business people

We’re comparing key small business policy positions of Labor and the Coalition and giving each a score. We’re progressively releasing our assessments during the election campaign.

 Election Issue
 
Coalition
Policy
 
Labor
Policy
 LNP Score
 ALP Score
Fair Contracts – Reforming
Committed to major beefing up of the laws
See explanation 
Committed to major beefing up of the laws
See explanation
 +5  +5
Tax Take – How much tax you pay
       
Tax Admin Justice – Small Business Tax Tribunal
       
Owner-drivers
       
Gig economy
       
         
Election comment authorised by Ken Phillips, Melbourne


Self-employment challenges managerial orthodoxy

The supposed ‘rise’ of the ‘gig’ economy is causing much debate on whether its impacts are good or evil for society. But that debate is not new. In 2005, SEA's Executive Director, Ken Phillips, published his challenging book, Independence and the Death of Employment, in which he examined the fundamental changes that were occurring, even then, in the way we work and how notions about independence and the role of the commercial contract were fundamental to them. The Introduction to the book is available here. Recent arguments about the ‘gig’ economy have refired that debate.

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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