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Budget 2015: Why Joe Hockey suddenly has more cash to spend

Budget 2015: Why Joe Hockey suddenly has more cash to spend

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey will have around $4 billion in the government’s coffers come next month’s budget thanks to a recent recovery in the price of iron ore, according to one leading economist. By Eloise Keating
Deals site Spreets cops $600,000 fine for false and misleading representations

Deals site Spreets cops $600,000 fine for false and misleading representations

Discount deals site Spreets must pay a fine of $600,000 to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for making false or misleading representations to consumers, the Federal Court has ruled. By Cameron Magusic
Shark Tank recap: Why Flybabee co-founder Emma Lovell parted with a third of her business for a chance to work with Janine Allis

Shark Tank recap: Why Flybabee co-founder Emma Lovell parted with a third of her business for a chance to work with Janine Allis

When Emma Lovell pitched her business to the judges on Shark Tank she asked $50,000 for 10% of Flybabee, a company that designs and manufactures pop-up canopies for airline bassinets and baby strollers. By Eloise Keating
SBS reporter sacked for “despicable” Anzac Day tweets: Why you can fire an employee for social media use

SBS reporter sacked for “despicable” Anzac Day tweets: Why you can fire an employee for social media use

Public broadcaster SBS has acted swiftly to sack an employee it says breached both its code of conduct and social media policy by making “highly inappropriate and disrespectful” comments on social media. By Eloise Keating
Draft legislation to change capital gains tax on sale of businesses

Draft legislation to change capital gains tax on sale of businesses

Draft legislation released by the government last week will change the capital gains tax treatment on the sale and purchases of business. By Cara Waters
“Disrespectful” Anzac Day auctions not enough to deter property buyers

“Disrespectful” Anzac Day auctions not enough to deter property buyers

Calls for real estate agents to avoid holding “disrespectful” auctions on Anzac Day fell on deaf ears for some some realtors at the weekend, as buyers eagerly turned out to buy up at a reduced number of auctions across the country. By Kirsten Robb
2015 Hot 30 Under 30

2015 Hot 30 Under 30

By Kirsten Robb, Eloise Keating and Cara Waters
Fast Lane: Why you should keep an eye on this year’s Hot 30

Fast Lane: Why you should keep an eye on this year’s Hot 30

We revealed the 2015 Hot 30 under 30 this morning and there’s a wealth of talent on this year’s list. By Cara Waters
Codes of conduct: making things clear is better than ‘keeping it real’

Codes of conduct: making things clear is better than ‘keeping it real’

To work for retailer Cotton On, employees must “keep it real” and “be fun”, with the potential for disciplinary action if they don’t adhere to these policies. By Peter Holland
M2 makes $1.5 billion play for iiNet to start bidding war

M2 makes $1.5 billion play for iiNet to start bidding war

Melbourne-based telecommunications provider M2 has reportedly outbid TPG Telecom by $100 million for the acquisition of internet service provider iiNet, creating a potential bidding war between the two rival telcos. By Kirsten Robb
Loyalty program campaigns: How to motivate customers to take action

Loyalty program campaigns: How to motivate customers to take action

Imagine you are part way through a task. Will you be more motivated to complete the task if I tell you that you are 67% through, or you have 33% to go? By Bri Williams
It’s time for hybrid sales teams and hybrid businesses

It’s time for hybrid sales teams and hybrid businesses

Many product companies have fallen prey to the ‘race to the bottom’ mentality because they have not changed their selling ways and cannot position themselves beyond selling product and price. By Sue Barrett
Flight Centre executive dismisses threat of startups like Airbnb to tourism sector

Flight Centre executive dismisses threat of startups like Airbnb to tourism sector

A senior Flight Centre executive has dismissed the threat of Uber and Airbnb, claiming the services will only “be a small part of the [tourism] industry”. By Andrew Sadauskas
Rents would rise if negative gearing was abolished: Hockey

Rents would rise if negative gearing was abolished: Hockey

The federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has slammed efforts to curb negative gearing, claiming it would drive up rents and deter property investment. By Jonathan Chancellor
Windows 10 is marketing and promotional activity, Microsoft says

Windows 10 is marketing and promotional activity, Microsoft says

The launch of Windows 10 is a “marketing and promotional activity”, according to Microsoft. By Cameron Magusic
Freelancer buys payments site for $9 million; G-Star RAW’s global operations bail out Aussie stores; Midday Roundup

Freelancer buys payments site for $9 million; G-Star RAW’s global operations bail out Aussie stores; Midday Roundup

Online freelancing, outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com has acquired escrow services website Escrow.com for US$7.5 million ($9.58 million). By Kirsten Robb and Cameron Magusic
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