Tag Archives: small business

Small-business ombudsman calls for simpler workplace relations

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a position paper identifying steps to tackle the complexity of workplace relations for small businesses. “We’ve had significant consultations with small businesses over the last two years and the overwhelming view is the legislation is far too complicated for …

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Industry heads host roundtable discussion on small-business finance

The Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) recently participated in a roundtable discussion about small-business finance convened by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The meeting was held in Sydney and co-chaired by RBA Governor Philip Lowe, COSBOA Chairman (and Australian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association CEO) Mark McKenzie, and …

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Ombudsman calls for small businesses in trouble with ATO to ‘contact us’

Small-business owners are advised to contact the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) as a matter of urgency should they experience “heavy-handed tactics” from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). “Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer has requested an inquiry into the allegations raised in the joint …

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Calls to investigate ATO after cash-grab allegations

Federal Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer has launched an investigation into the Australian Tax Office (ATO) following reports of vulnerable small businesses and individuals being targeted to help meet revenue goals. A joint investigation by ABC-TV’s Four Corners program and Fairfax Media has revealed unethical tactics, including an ‘hour of …

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Industry figures welcome new Deputy PM

Following Barnaby Joyce’s controversy-riddled resignation, Australian retailers and industry bodies have welcomed Michael McCormack as new leader of the National Party of Australia and Deputy Prime Minister. Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell congratulated the Deputy PM on his appointment. “Michael McCormack was a diligent and committed …

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