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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...


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...


Election 2016: Assessment of the parties’ small business positions

Thursday, June 23, 2016

In all past federal elections Independent Contractors Australia has sought to detail and explain each party’s policy and positions as they affect small business people. We express our conclusions to help people draw their own conclusions.  

In this 2016 election we draw the following conclusions: More...


'Dangerous idiots intent on destroying small business people'

Friday, April 29, 2016

We at ICA had thought that after the huge campaign against the ‘evil’ road ‘safety’ laws we could move on to other issues. But no! Labor leader Bill Shorten announced today his intention to bring back the repealed laws if he wins government at the next election.

As a consequence of this ‘idiocy’ on their part, we can only describe Shorten’s Labor and their Transport Workers Union partners as ‘dangerous idiots intent on destroying small business people’. More...


Turnbull Government to crack down on employer–union corruption

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In early January, ICA Executive Director Ken Phillips penned a series of articles criticising the Turnbull government for its response to the Heydon Report into employer–union corruption.

Here are the articles: More...


Budget response: ALP announces small business policy

Friday, May 15, 2015

Yesterday we sent out a summary of, and commentary on, the Abbott government’s Budget policy initiatives for small business people. We’ve given the package a big tick. It’s essentially a tax-reduction approach to encouraging small business activity. We think that’s the most effective way to go.

Last night the Labor opposition supported the package, which means it will pass the Senate. Labor leader Bill Shorten also announced an aspiration to reduce small business tax by 5 per cent.  More...


Major parties release small business policies

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Rudd Labor Government and the Abbott Coalition have released their small business policies ahead of the Federal election. Judge them for yourself. We have links to details of both statements on our Election update page, hereMore...


Election 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

ICA conducted a forum (31 July) with the Coalition on its self-employed small business policies. Here’s a 7-minute video of the forum.

Robert Gottliebsen made two assessments in Business Spectator, here and here.  More...


Major economic reform. Small business key

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Significant micro-economic reform has been flagged in recent speeches/interviews by the next Australian Treasurer, Joe Hockey (assuming a change of government occurs in September). Small business is to be at the centre of an Abbott government’s economic approaches. Details here. Ken Phillips' associated Business Spectator article is hereMore...



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