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Fair Contracts: At last, some good news!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

We’ve waited a long time for this. The Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson, has released the draft ‘Unfair Contracts Protection’ Bill for small business people. On ICA's first assessment, it ticks all the boxes of really delivering for small business people. This is quite historic, with the positive implications across the economy and for all Australians being more substantial than what people may think.

ICA Executive Director Ken Phillips explains this in an article in Business Spectator today, ‘Small Reform is a Big Deal’. Robert Gottliebsen also gives the news a big wrap, ‘Billson is Bringing Fairness Back to Business’.  More...

It is naive to think that Australia is not a corrupt country

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Australians tend to look down on developing countries, viewing many of them as suffering from wide-scale corruption. We think of Australia as relatively clean. We have independent authorities that root out and investigate corruption. Where corruption is found, we see it as the bad behaviour of individuals and not something that’s inbuilt into our social, legal, political, governance and business systems.

However, ICA Executive Director Ken Phillips has recently written a series articles for Business Spectator that put a different view. He argues that there’s plenty of evidence that, in Australia, we have corruption ingrained in key institutional arrangements. Our corruption is undertaken at a highly sophisticated level and is even given ‘legal’ cover. It sits under our noses but we choose to ignore it. More...

Important Conference Dates for Your Calendar

Friday, April 17, 2015

We’re all time-poor when we run our own businesses, so selecting a good conference to go to is important. Here are two small business conferences coming up soon that ICA believes would be worth attending:

Family Business Australia: 8 May, Melbourne

FBA are practical folk who focus on family business issues, such as succession planning, family relationships within your business and more. If you have a family business, the FBA one-day conference is worth considering. More info on our website here. More...

The world of work has moved on while the discrimination and misnomers have not

Monday, April 13, 2015

ICA was contacted by an independent contractor last week, upset that he’d been told he had to become an employee. He consults to a large, international IT company and was three months into a 12-month contract. He refused and has left them.

The point he made was that if an employee is forced to become an independent contractor, the employer would face sham contracting action. Yet when the reverse happens, there’s nothing. It shows the institutional and attitudinal hypocrisy displayed towards self-employed people. It’s a discrimination that we at ICA are dedicated to fighting.  More...

Some common sense on superannuation—particularly for self-employed people

Thursday, April 02, 2015

You may have seen the media hype over the last day or so about wealthy Australians ripping off everyone else because they can draw down, tax-free, from their superannuation when they retire. The media coverage resulted from a report from ASFA, the lobby group for the big superannuation funds. Here’s ASFA’s membership listMore...

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