Federal Election 2010 coverage from an Australian small and medium business perspective. Content is updated regularly
Wednesday, 08 September 2010
The new Labor minority government has a crowded agenda and plenty of stakeholders to please. Let’s hope SMEs are not left out in the cold.
Business community welcomes chance to work with Julia Gillard’s new minority Labor government and have already started pushing to a spot on the new political agenda.
The various deals struck by Labor to secure power should prove to be reasonably positive for SMEs.
Tuesday, 07 September 2010
SMEs should get some benefits out of the deal the independents have done with Labor. But making this minority government work will not be easy.
Queensland independent MP Bob Katter confirms he will back the Coalition to form a minority government.
The three independent MPs who will decide whether Labor or the Coalition will form government are set to announce their intentions at a press conference scheduled for 2pm this afternoon.
Monday, 06 September 2010
The exhausting waiting game that is federal politics appears to have at least one more day to run.
Thursday, 02 September 2010
Even grocery giant Woolworths says the banks are making life tough for SMEs – so why isn’t anyone in Canberra talking about this?
Opposition Tony Abbott has defended his ability to manage the economy, saying a Coalition government will deliver “substantially larger surpluses than Labor”.
Wednesday, 01 September 2010
The Greens have formally moved to back Labor’s bid to form a minority government, with Greens lower house MP Adam Bandt signing an agreement with Julia Gillard.
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
The new Australian Electoral Commission tally shows that with 80% of the vote counted, the Coalition has 50.01% of the vote, compared with Labor’s 49.99%.
Friday, 27 August 2010
Tony Abbott rejects threat from Family First Senator Steve Fielding that may look to derail a Labor minority government by siding with the Coalition to block all legislation.
One week on and the counting continues, as the public awaits the outcome from the Federal Election.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Tony Abbott's refusal to submit the Coalition's election promises to Treasury for costing may cost him his chance to become Prime Minister.
Franchise Council chief executive Steve Wright has held talks with the four independent MPs who will decide who forms minority government.
The independents' desire to vet budget decisions in government is unworkable. Worse, grim news from China underlines why this kind of weak government is not what Australia needs at this time.
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
ELECTION 2010: NBN on hold as political deadlock continues.
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Independent MP Rob Oakeshott suggests that Labor and the Coalition could form a bi-partisan cabinet, with ministers from both sides of the political divide.
The intense focus on Australia’s new political kingmakers – independent MPs Bob Katter, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor – is only likely to get hotter this week.
What business can learn from the Federal Election campaign.