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Allan Fels slams big business lobbying over effects test and government’s “disastrous incapacity” to deliver reform

Allan Fels slams big business lobbying over effects test and government’s “disastrous incapacity” to deliver reform

Former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Allan Fels has launched a scathing attack on the “big business lobby” that has been campaigning against the introduction of an effects test into Australian Competition Law. By Eloise Keating
Fowl joke: Steggles feels the heat on social media over ‘sexist’ Father’s Day chicken dinner tweet

Fowl joke: Steggles feels the heat on social media over ‘sexist’ Father’s Day chicken dinner tweet

Chicken producer Steggles has pulled multiple social media posts, after coming under fire for a tweet that implied women belong in the kitchen. By Broede Carmody
Award-winning security business collapses into administration after ATO wind-up order

Award-winning security business collapses into administration after ATO wind-up order

An award-winning security services company in Adelaide has collapsed into voluntary administration following a wind-up order by the Australian Taxation Office. By Broede Carmody
Tony Abbott says there’s a “powerful” argument for raising the GST: Is a price hike on the way?

Tony Abbott says there’s a “powerful” argument for raising the GST: Is a price hike on the way?

A concession by Prime Minister Tony Abbott that those in favour of increasing the rate of the goods and services tax are making a “very powerful point” could be the strongest indication yet of a push to raise the tax, a tax expert says. By Renee Thompson
The Right Chef does wrong: Caterer fined $10,000 for skipping couple’s wedding

The Right Chef does wrong: Caterer fined $10,000 for skipping couple’s wedding

A small catering business in South Australia has been hit with more than $10,000 in penalties for taking money from a couple and then not showing up on their wedding day. By Eloise Keating
Watchdog orders pork producers not to tell porkies about free range products

Watchdog orders pork producers not to tell porkies about free range products

Three businesses in the pork industry have drawn the ire of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for making potentially misleading claims about “free range” products. By Renee Thompson
Fair Work rules Qantas was allowed to sack employee who gave friends cheap flights to New York and Venice

Fair Work rules Qantas was allowed to sack employee who gave friends cheap flights to New York and Venice

The Fair Work Commission has ruled in Qantas’s favour after the airline sacked an employee for giving discounted international airfares to numerous friends. By Broede Carmody
Food vans and coffee shops: What potential business buyers are searching for online

Food vans and coffee shops: What potential business buyers are searching for online

Food vans, coffee shops and Mexican food outlets are among the most popular small businesses people are on the hunt for, according to data released by online business listing site Seek this week. By Renee Thompson
Pa figure: Father’s Day set to boost retail figures after July slump

Pa figure: Father’s Day set to boost retail figures after July slump

An anticipated 2.1% rise in Father’s Day sales this year might be just what the economic doctor ordered on the back of overall poor results for the retail sector in the July period. By Renee Thompson
Almost two thirds of SMEs are not investing in HR: Why that is a mistake

Almost two thirds of SMEs are not investing in HR: Why that is a mistake

SMEs are shunning human resource investment, with a recent survey revealing 63% of SME owners admit they are not conducting regular training or development with staff. By Renee Thompson
The Lighter Side: What people really think when you exchange business cards

The Lighter Side: What people really think when you exchange business cards

Are business cards a genuine means of staying in touch, or the kiss of death for any future contact? By Broede Carmody
Allan Fels to review 7-Eleven’s franchise arrangements; Sydney baker in custody over alleged job ad assault: Midday Roundup

Allan Fels to review 7-Eleven’s franchise arrangements; Sydney baker in custody over alleged job ad assault: Midday Roundup

The former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will lead a review of 7-Eleven’s business model in the wake of serious allegations of staff underpayments and a cover-up by head office. By Broede Carmody and Renee Thompson
Aussie record: Small business lender Prospa raises $60 million

Aussie record: Small business lender Prospa raises $60 million

The most important part of raising capital is making sure investors are properly aligned with your company, Prospa joint-CEO Beau Bertoli says. By Denham Sadler
Road worthy: Why Daniel Werzberger passed up a law career to change people’s minds about car sales

Road worthy: Why Daniel Werzberger passed up a law career to change people’s minds about car sales

Daniel Werzberger, co-founder of the now national used-car website areyouselling.com.au, swore he’d never get into the car sales industry. By Renee Thompson
Like a 'cancer' of the workplace, bullying is a symptom of dysfunction

Like a 'cancer' of the workplace, bullying is a symptom of dysfunction

Organisations typically ask employees to complete bullying awareness training, an approach that treats bullying behaviour as the problem rather than a symptom of organisational disfunction. By Michelle Tuckey
Is access to capital really the problem?

Is access to capital really the problem?

Money does not fix everything and we often see people throwing cash at something to patch a problem rather than fix it. By Finn Kelly
A digital check-up on the health industry

A digital check-up on the health industry

The health industry is lagging behind in applying technology but the potential for cost savings and efficiency gains are huge. By Dennis Benjamin
Will population growth keep driving up property prices?

Will population growth keep driving up property prices?

There is an even more important statistic than population growth that those interested in property should be aware of. By Michael Yardney
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