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ATO “on the warpath” as wind-up applications for SMEs soar

ATO “on the warpath” as wind-up applications for SMEs soar

A Sydney insolvency practitioner has claimed the Australian Tax Office is “on the warpath”, amid rising numbers of wind-up applications being filed by the ATO against small business. By Eloise Keating
Deals.com.au pays $2 million to employee in legal dispute: “We could f—k you over if we wanted”

Deals.com.au pays $2 million to employee in legal dispute: “We could f—k you over if we wanted”

The founders of Deals.com.au, owned by AussieCommerce have settled a legal dispute with a former employee who accused founders Adam Schwab and Jeremy Same of misleading and deceptive conduct. By Cara Waters
Confectionery importer Blue Thistle collapses after 17 years in business

Confectionery importer Blue Thistle collapses after 17 years in business

A West Australian-based business which has imported and sold confectionery, chocolate and soft drinks from the US and UK for 17 years has collapsed into voluntary administration. By Eloise Keating
Former Fiat Chrysler CEO accused of misappropriating funds and giving cars to Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley

Former Fiat Chrysler CEO accused of misappropriating funds and giving cars to Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley

Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Australia has accused its former chief executive, Clyde Campbell, of misappropriating more than $30 million to fund his extravagant lifestyle and claimed he fraudulently gave cars away to celebrities for free. By Kirsten Robb
Victorian Small Business Minister stood down over “abusive” behaviour

Victorian Small Business Minister stood down over “abusive” behaviour

The Victorian government has stood down the Minister for Small Business, Adem Somyurek, after his chief of staff levelled bullying allegations at the Labor politician. By Kirsten Robb
Brett Blundy to float Adairs in $200 million IPO

Brett Blundy to float Adairs in $200 million IPO

Rich Lister Brett Blundy could pull off his second successful initial public offering in six months, with reports manchester and homewares retailer Adairs is on the home stretch for a $224 million float next month. By Eloise Keating
Melbourne home sells for $900,000 above reserve, as auctions remain strong

Melbourne home sells for $900,000 above reserve, as auctions remain strong

A three-bedroom home in Melbourne’s east has sold for almost $900,000 above its reserve price, during another strong auction weekend across the country. By Kirsten Robb
Tougher APRA set to restrict property investor lending by at least a third: John Symond

Tougher APRA set to restrict property investor lending by at least a third: John Symond

The Australian Prudential and Regulatory Authority will embark on further enforcement of banks to cut back on current lending levels of property investor loans. By Jonathan Chancellor
Cheerleading isn’t enough in the race to develop high-performance salespeople

Cheerleading isn’t enough in the race to develop high-performance salespeople

There is a time and a place for cheerleading, but it does not replace real coaching and real education for sales teams. By Sue Barrett
How to pitch for business using behavioural economics

How to pitch for business using behavioural economics

How you format and structure your business pitches and proposals can make a massive difference to how effective they are. By Bri Williams
How not to respond when an employee announces their pregnancy: lessons for business

How not to respond when an employee announces their pregnancy: lessons for business

Business owners risk hefty legal penalties for ignoring their obligations to pregnant employees. Here are the key details from two recent legal decisions you need to be aware of. By Gella Rips
Five counterintuitive ways to put a rocket under your super

Five counterintuitive ways to put a rocket under your super

Despite the risk of future changes to the tax treatment of superannuation, there are some counterintuitive strategies that could give your retirement savings a real boost. By Michael Laurence
Twitter overhauls trending topics, adds more contextual information

Twitter overhauls trending topics, adds more contextual information

Twitter has completely overhauled the algorithms and systems it uses to calculate trends as part of a recent upgrade that also saw it add more details about trending topics. By Andrew Sadauskas
WordPress posts can now be created directly in Office, even when a device is offline or in flight mode

WordPress posts can now be created directly in Office, even when a device is offline or in flight mode

Website owners who use the WordPress content management system can now create posts within Microsoft’s Office 365, allowing new posts to be created from a device that’s in flight mode. By Andrew Sadauskas
Fast Lane: Why the sad face? Small business confidence at an all-time low

Fast Lane: Why the sad face? Small business confidence at an all-time low

SMEs are not happy, according to the latest Westpac-Melbourne Institute Small Business Index, which shows a 12.7% fall in May to an all-time low of 108.2. By Cara Waters
ACCC launches legal action against Obeid family; Singtel leaves the ASX: Midday Roundup

ACCC launches legal action against Obeid family; Singtel leaves the ASX: Midday Roundup

The ACCC has launched proceedings in the Federal Court over cartel conduct allegations involving the family of disgraced Labor politician Eddie Obeid. By Kirsten Robb and Eloise Keating
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