Opinion

Small business the heavy lifters of economic recovery

- October 21, 2020 4 MIN READ

If we can be certain of one thing in 2021, it is that small businesses – not big business – will be doing the heavy lifting to keep Australians in jobs, writes Trent Innes, Managing Director Xero Australia. While the 2020 Budget is a recognition of the role Australia’s 2.3 million existing small businesses play… Read more »

Finance

You can forget about a snapback for Australia

- October 19, 2020 4 MIN READ

Josh Frydenberg has told us his 2020 Budget is “all about jobs”. What he hasn’t said is that it is actually aiming for a slower recovery from the recession, as far as unemployment goes, than from most recessions in Australia’s history, writes Brendan Coates, Household Finance Director at Grattan Institute. That’s both the budget’s explicit… Read more »

HR

Tell tale signs of a toxic workplace

- October 16, 2020 3 MIN READ

Have you ever had that feeling that you have landed in a toxic workplace? asks Mark LeBusque, Harvard-trained consultant, author and founder and director of The Human Manager. Something doesn’t feel right. Your logical and intuitive selves seem to be at a standoff, neither prepared to give an inch. The ‘logical you’ is creating stories… Read more »

Opinion

The budget and builders

- October 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

The 2020 Budget is over and, as expected, is full of spending measures. We’re only a few years away from a trillion-dollar debt but the interest payments on that debt are about the same as they were back in 2018/19, so no problem, right? Well, not quite, but good for now given that we have… Read more »

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Opinion

Why we need to adopt a new way of thinking

- October 5, 2020 2 MIN READ

COVID-19 has tested leadership in unimaginable ways and created change that is here to stay. Leaders who can stay level-headed, emphasize clarity, motivate a team, act decisively and quickly amidst uncertainty and risk are better placed for survival and reinvention, writes Sharon Williams, Founder and CEO, Taurus Marketing. Be honest if you want to instil… Read more »

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Opinion

Kate Carnell: High hopes for small business Budget boost

- October 5, 2020 3 MIN READ

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described the upcoming Federal Budget as “the most significant since the second world war”, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell. The COVID crisis has plunged Australia into the worst trading conditions we have seen in living memory, Small businesses are among the biggest casualties, but they… Read more »

Features

5 important lessons you can discover in the sports section

- September 22, 2020 3 MIN READ

If you’re like most people, you’re probably keeping tabs on your favourite team and statistics. What’s surprising is that if you look closely, you can actually learn powerful business lessons from the weekend’s action, writes Craig Cherry, Managing Director of The Loyalty Zone. Here’s five reasons why you do actually want to read the sports… Read more »

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Features

Are you worried you might test positive to COVID- here’s why you should get tested anyway

- September 14, 2020 3 MIN READ

Victoria’s much-anticipated roadmap brings with it a clear outline of how (and provisionally when) Victoria will see an easing of restrictions. The plan is transparent about the case numbers, or lack of them, required for the state to move to each progressive stage. For example, moving to the second step, provisionally scheduled for September 28,… Read more »

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Opinion

Now is the time to act on tax reform

- September 14, 2020 3 MIN READ

Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has once again called on the government to deliver holistic tax reform.  You may be thinking, so what, haven’t we all heard it before? says Wayne Debernardi General Manager, Public Affairs IPA. The reality is that true reform in Australia has stalled.  This is partly due to the fact that… Read more »

Opinion

What about our employees?

- September 9, 2020 2 MIN READ

Many organisations in Australia and beyond right now are knee deep in re-engineering, transformation, pivoting or whatever name is being given to the latest Covid-19 survival strategies and focus. That is certainly my focus right now in my own company. But I see something more. There is more to strategising and wargaming and the many… Read more »