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Anti-Trump Democrats get political black eye from small business

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Californian Democrats have suffered an unusual electoral loss in the wake of their controversial anti-independent contractor legislation (AB5) which came into effect in January. The implications for Presidential and Congressional elections later this year are intriguing, given that Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden has committed to rolling out AB5 across the rest of America. Will it backfire?..... More

In Praise of the Australian Taxation Office – Coronavirus

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The 'shortfall' in the number of businesses/employees making claim on the JobKeeper program, revealed last Friday, was met with a number of "shock, horror" media stories. But a more sober assessment of the magnitude of the issues the ATO faced and the tight timelines surrounding them lead us to believe that the ATO should be praised, rather than criticized, for its efforts over the last couple of months .... More

Madness at the Drive-In – Gigging during Coronavirus

Monday, May 18, 2020

More than a quarter of arts workers have lost their jobs during the Coronavirus lockdown. And with so much of arts activity dependent on crowding together, stopping further arts job losses seems complex. A pity, then, that some governments won't even contemplate local attempts to emulate the Danes who have 'invented' the slightly mad 'car rave' as a form of entertainment..... More

Restrict JobKeeper? Ya Dreaming! Political suicide

Thursday, May 14, 2020

There’s media speculation doing the rounds that the JobKeeper scheme could be cut back. We believe that it would be political suicide for Prime Minister Morrison if the government took such a move. The PM is running high in the polls over his handling of Coronavirus, a dramatic turnaround from the political disaster that he and the government suffered during the bushfire crisis earlier in the year.... 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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