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As small business, self-employed people, let’s be alert to our mental health

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It’s World Mental Health Day. As small businessperson we’re often asked to have concern for the mental health of our employees (if we have any)! But what about our own mental health?

Mental health problems can happen to anyone. Here’s the story of high-profile media personality Osher Gunsberg, host of The Bachelor. He was out jogging and started hallucinating that the world was ending. He sought help.  More...


Bank lawyer: “We’ll do what we’re made to do”. Now they’re doing it!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

More good news on the unfair contract front! But first some background.

Back around 2009, when we were talking to big businesses about having fair contracts, the chief legal counsel for one of the big banks said to us, “We’ll do what we’re made to do.” We realized then how difficult our campaign would be. But we succeeded. The new small business unfair contract laws we pushed for started at the end of 2016More...


ATO ignores law to continue its harassment of the ‘little’ people

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It’s a shame but really annoying that we have to continue reporting on, and ‘taking on’, the Tax Office over the harassment of small business people.

We have several cases ‘on the go’ but here we update you on the Rod Douglass case. To remind you, last year we had the ATO back down in the Federal Court admitting that its allegation of fraud by Rod was baseless and “incorrectly formed”. After two years of harassing Rod, the ATO dropped its claim of $440,000 against him backdated to 2006. It has never apologized mind you!! More...


She’s been sacked because she’s voting ‘No’. She’s a contractor. What are her rights?

Friday, September 22, 2017

We were contacted this week by news outlets. They wanted our comment on the young woman who’s been sacked because she’s voting ‘No’ in the marriage equality poll. The ‘line’ being run by some commentators is that because the woman was apparently an independent contractor that she is in a vulnerable situation.  More...


Australia’s economy is restructuring in a way no other economy is

Friday, September 08, 2017

We don’t know if the two are related, but More...


Another BIG win for the ‘little’ person

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

We’re delighted to report that the Vulnerable Workers Bill passed the Senate on the evening of 4 September. This is the new law resulting from the 7-Eleven worker wages fraud scandal exposed by 4 Corners/Fairfax in late 2015.

The Bill passed with only minor amendments, but that kept the integrity of the protective measures in place. Here’s our analysis of the Bill from May. The law will not only protect low-paid workers but will: More...


We’re keeping up the great tradition of Aussie ‘weird’

Thursday, August 31, 2017

We commented recently about dysfunctional politics. But with the chaos that’s developed over politicians being constitutionally ineligible because of dual citizenship, things have become weird!

Now we know it’s probably just a bit ‘weird’ for ‘normal’ people to sit and read the Constitution and constitutional rulings, but we couldn’t help it! In fact, being Aussie ‘weird’ is a great tradition. Check this YouTube video of the 1966 movie They’re a weird mob. You’ll either groan with embarrassment or laugh out loud. Or take lessons on how to ‘Aussie’ behave! More...


Banks forced to change small business contracts. A huge win for fairness!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

We’re mighty proud of the work we did, over close to a decade, to achieve the 2015 unfair contract laws protecting small business people. Here’s the tracking of our campaign from 2009. And it’s pretty fair to say that, without us, the laws would not have come into existence.

In that long struggle the banks consistently opposed the unfair contract laws. During that campaign one bank, NAB, was found by the courts to have engaged in ‘misleading and deceptive conduct’ in relation to a business mortgage. In our view NAB’s bank officers arguably behaved as they did because NAB’s small business finance contracts seemingly gave them unfair power. More...


Some big wins! More to come? Let’s hope so!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A few update issues:

Competition law reform. Success!
We reported to you last Sunday on why the ‘effects test’ Bill is opposed by Labor. It’s simple: Follow the money. Coles pays the shoppies’ union who pays the Labor Party. Coles opposes the Bill. Labor opposes the Bill. Well, on Wednesday, the Misuse of Market Power Bill (Effects test) passed Parliament. Here’s the Senate debate  (watch from about 12.52). Labor opposed. The Greens supported the Bill along with other independent Senators. Well done to them in ensuring a fairer deal for small business people and competition! More...


Tackling corruption that’s become institutionalized. The ‘effect’ of corruption on Labor and politics

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Corruption is at its worst when it becomes institutionalized as ‘acceptable’ even ‘required’ business behaviour. It’s at its worst when corruption has political patronage and cover. More...



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