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ATO staff are wage slaves. Gotta feel for them! What a horrid place in which to work!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

If you didn't read it, do so. It's the ABC's report of a memo sent by the ATO to its staff. The memo tells ATO staff to report on other staff who spend too much time eating, reading the paper at work or 'fudging' their work hours. We had to ask ourselves on reading the report, 'in what century is the ATO operating? The 1800s?'

Karl Marx would rightly call ATO staff 'wage slaves.'  Charles Dickens would describe their existence as downtrodden. Frankly, what a horrid place in which to work! The ATO must be a 'paper pushing, time pressure factory'. Forget results! Dump quality! Just do your hours! But for us it suddenly explains a lot.  More...

Unions and Turnbull on the same page? Destroying worker freedoms!

Thursday, February 01, 2018

I'm afraid we're seeing a big political swing against freedom in the workplace. The most obvious driver of this agenda is the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Essentially, what unions want are changes to the Fair Work Act to force businesses to do deals with unions. The FWA was created by the Rudd Labor government in 2009. But it has not worked to the advantage of the unions in the way unions had expected. The key to union/business deals is that unions offer businesses corrupt deals that either (a) reduce workers' wages and/or (b) make life more difficult for the businesses' competitors. Businesses pay money to unions for this 'service'. More...

It’s the gig economy, stupid!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Technology is crushing traditional jobs. The command-and-control factory is being replaced by robots. Banks are rapidly removing pen-pusher jobs by the tens of thousands!!! For those with an economic bent, the Milton Friedman-type assumptions about how an economy operates are dead!

What’s taking over is the ‘gig’ economy. But what is it?  It’s pretty simple really.  More...

The state as an enemy of freedom. Lessons from Lisbon for us all!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

In the historic sector of Lisbon, Portugal, nestled quietly next to the imposing 13th Century Lisbon Cathedral is a nondescript block of a building. It houses the Museum of Aljube – Resistance and Freedom. For the naive tourist who wanders in from the intriguing, cobbled alleyways of Lisbon and not familiar with the more recent history of Portugal, the museum is a moving shake-up. The museum records the struggle against the dictatorship that governed Portugal from 1926 to 1974. This is recent history! The museum building itself housed the dictatorship’s secret police. As you move through rooms you find yourself standing in torture cells, places where murder was committed by the state in the name of the state.  More...

2017 a year of transformation. 2018 a year for building self-employed rights

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

2017 was a hugely busy and transformational year for Self-Employed Australia on many important fronts.

Since forming in 2000 under the name Independent Contractors Australia, we have focused on one thing—advocacy for the rights of self-employed Australians. In this respect, we have had major successes even though we are entirely a volunteer group. More...

More thanks on ABN restoration. Including the ATO! Hey?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Yes, I know. We don’t have much of a reputation for giving praise to the Australian Taxation Office. In fact we’re probably pretty mean. Here’s us calling the ATO lifeless, frozen dinosaurs and that they must think that the world is flat.

Given our comments, we’ve had people ask us how in the world we managed to have the cancelled ABNs reinstated.

Well, first we had great legal leadership. Here’s John and Paige Findley (our primary legal team) with Annette Pike (she’s on the left) from OutScribe shortly after the agreement to reinstate the ABNs was formalized.  More...

‘Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.’ ABNs reinstated

Monday, December 11, 2017

You might notice that we haven’t issued a News Alert for about two weeks. That’s been for a very good reason. We’ve been involved in deep and complex negotiations with the Australian Taxation Office over the cancelled ABNs.

You might remember we highlighted this last on the 22nd November where we accused the ATO of being a Frozen Dinosaur—Cold. Lifeless. No connection to reality. Before that we said that The ATO thinks the earth is flat. Yes, that’s perhaps ‘over the top’ of us to refer to the ATO that way.  More...

The ATO thinks the earth is flat. That’s how dumb and dangerous it is!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I’m sure the ‘employment assessors’ at the ATO are members of the Flat Earth Society. Yes, a ‘flat-earthers’ group actually exists. It was formed in 1956. Its members are not comedians but serious. Here’s their logo and website. Go figure!

The ATO flat-earthers are the high priest enforcers of the ATO’s flat earth bible: its ‘employee-contractor decision tool’. Have a look at its ‘terrible friendly’ video saying how the ATO will help you. But everything on the video and in the decision tool is wrong at law and promotes a dangerous ATO-manufactured myth. In fact, the very decision-tool itself is an instrument of illegality. And it’s not there to help you but oppress you! More...

Lies and blatant misrepresentation really get up our nose! Like the ATO!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Perhaps only hermits may not have noticed the explosive allegations of sexual assault by dozens of women in Hollywood against the film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The allegations are about a sexual creep making full use of the ‘casting couch’ along with fearful women being silenced by the Hollywood system. More...

Can an incoming tide be stopped? Some powerful people are trying

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Some claim that freelancing, self-employment, whatever you want to call it, is surging in developed economies. For example: More...

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