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Funeral director who faked clients' deaths for $400,000 in insurance warns SMEs to let their business die quietly

Funeral director who faked clients' deaths for $400,000 in insurance warns SMEs to let their business die quietly

A South Australian former funeral director, who admitted to obtaining $425,595 from insurers by faking his client’s deaths, has warned business owners to “swallow your pride and admit when things are not going well” instead of committing fraud. By Kirsten Robb
Calls to raise the GST to 18%: OECD has its say on Australia’s economy

Calls to raise the GST to 18%: OECD has its say on Australia’s economy

The goods and services tax could be raised to between 15% and 18% if the government takes on board recommendations released yesterday by the OECD. By Kirsten Robb
Premature ejaculation company keeps on offending as “toothless” ad watchdog shoots blanks

Premature ejaculation company keeps on offending as “toothless” ad watchdog shoots blanks

The advertising watchdog has ruled against a television commercial that ridicules men with premature ejaculation problems for the second time this year. By Eloise Keating
Court hears Myer liar went home to get “proof” of his qualifications and never returned to his job

Court hears Myer liar went home to get “proof” of his qualifications and never returned to his job

The Myer executive fired over his misleading CV told Myer’s CFO he would go home to get “proof” of his qualifications on his first day on the job but never returned. By Eloise Keating
A quarter of Aussie small business owners will work on Christmas Day: Three tips to put your feet up

A quarter of Aussie small business owners will work on Christmas Day: Three tips to put your feet up

There will be little Christmas cheer for thousands of small businesses in Australia next week, with research showing a quarter of small business owners plan to work through Christmas Day this year. By Kirsten Robb
Narcissistic CEOs more likely to behave badly: Study

Narcissistic CEOs more likely to behave badly: Study

The more narcissistic a chief executive is, the more likely they are to manipulate their company’s profit figures, according to research by the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. By Eloise Keating
IPO market up 44% for 2014 but SurfStitch disappoints on debut

IPO market up 44% for 2014 but SurfStitch disappoints on debut

In a sign of market confidence, the number of Australian businesses undertaking initial public offerings in 2014 soared. By Cara Waters
Coconut water business cops flak for false and misleading claims

Coconut water business cops flak for false and misleading claims

Endorsed by celebrities from Lara Bingle to Madonna, coconut water is in the spotlight after Australian business H2Coco acknowledged making potentially misleading claims. By Cara Waters
Help! I got stuck with the worst KK gift at my work Christmas party

Help! I got stuck with the worst KK gift at my work Christmas party

It might not be very Christmassy of me to say this, but my response to your apparent problem is: tough luck. By Aunty B
A weak tail wind to temper Australia’s strong growth in 2015

A weak tail wind to temper Australia’s strong growth in 2015

The Australian economy will face the challenges of a depleted mining boom and decimated auto sector in 2015. By Kevin Moore
Why I applied (unsuccessfully) for a job at McDonald's to learn how to run my business

Why I applied (unsuccessfully) for a job at McDonald's to learn how to run my business

As your business grows, one of the most important things for ensuring you can scale is the way in which your organisation creates and manages processes. By Ruslan Kogan
Friend or foe? How modern technology can be used to make a positive change in people’s lives

Friend or foe? How modern technology can be used to make a positive change in people’s lives

Technology is a constant factor in everyday life and should be leveraged more often to tackle mental health issues, according to a clinical psychologist who started her own wellbeing app. By Broede Carmody
How 2015 is your business?

How 2015 is your business?

If there’s one lesson business can take from the past decade, it’s this: If your business doesn’t keep on top of technology, technology will get on top of it. By Craig Reardon
RBA notes considerable regional price growth variation

RBA notes considerable regional price growth variation

Housing price growth had slowed a little, the December minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia noted. By Jonathan Chancellor
Lonely in Las Vegas? How about making a viral video then

Lonely in Las Vegas? How about making a viral video then

What do you do when you are bumped off two flights and stuck in lonely, deserted Las Vegas airport overnight? By Yamini Naidu
The 15 biggest collapses of 2014

The 15 biggest collapses of 2014

There have been some high profile collapses over the past year and continuing tough economic conditions show the rocky times are not over yet. By Karen Coombs
Samsung gets set to take a swipe at Apple Pay

Samsung gets set to take a swipe at Apple Pay

Tech giant Samsung is reportedly in talks with mobile payments startup LoopPay about the creation of a wireless mobile payments system to compete with rival Apple. By Engel Schmidl
Melbourne Lindt café re-opens following Sydney siege; Billson welcomes ACCC power to monitor petrol prices: Midday Roundup

Melbourne Lindt café re-opens following Sydney siege; Billson welcomes ACCC power to monitor petrol prices: Midday Roundup

The Lindt café in Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD has re-opened this morning, following the tragic siege at the Lindt café in Sydney’s Martin Place on Monday. By Eloise Keating and Kirsten Robb
Apology to Andrew Howard

Apology to Andrew Howard

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