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7-Eleven franchisee taken to court over claims workers were underpaid almost $50,000

7-Eleven franchisee taken to court over claims workers were underpaid almost $50,000

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal action against a 7-Eleven franchisee over claims two migrant workers have been underpaid almost $50,000. By Eloise Keating
Pore form: Instagram is rife with business copycats, Frank Body coffee scrub co-founder says

Pore form: Instagram is rife with business copycats, Frank Body coffee scrub co-founder says

Copycat businesses attempting to ride on the coattails of other companies’ success is an “inevitable” part of using Instagram, according to one of the founders of coffee scrub brand Frank Body. By Eloise Keating
Target defeats Catch of the Day in battle for “Tar-jay” trademark

Target defeats Catch of the Day in battle for “Tar-jay” trademark

Target may not love being referred to as “Tar-jay” but that hasn’t stopped the Aussie retail giant battling it out to secure the term’s trademark from online retailer Catch of the Day. By Cara Waters
7-Eleven points the finger at franchisees as chain is rocked by exploitation cover-up claims

7-Eleven points the finger at franchisees as chain is rocked by exploitation cover-up claims

The owners of the convenience store chain 7-Eleven have blamed franchisees for underpaying workers as the company faces accusations of a systematic cover-up of the practice. By Broede Carmody
Mathias Cormann puts GST hike back on the table to pay for income tax cuts

Mathias Cormann puts GST hike back on the table to pay for income tax cuts

The prospect of the goods and services tax being raised as a way of paying for income tax cuts has been canvassed by finance minister Mathias Cormann, who has indicated spending cuts alone would not be enough to fund income tax reductions. By Renee Thompson
Fight or flight: ACCC takes Flight Centre price-fixing claims to the High Court

Fight or flight: ACCC takes Flight Centre price-fixing claims to the High Court

Flight Centre says it is “surprised and disappointed” by the ACCC’s decision to launch a further appeal about price-fixing claims. By Renee Thompson
ATO suing former Nudie Juice chief executive Andrew Binetter

ATO suing former Nudie Juice chief executive Andrew Binetter

The former chief executive of Nudie Juice, Andrew Binetter, is being sued by the Australian Taxation Office following allegations he oversaw a tax scam involving millions of dollars. By Renee Thompson
Watchdog dismisses complaint against “semi-pornographic” Shane Warne ad

Watchdog dismisses complaint against “semi-pornographic” Shane Warne ad

The advertising watchdog has dismissed a complaint made against a “confronting” and “uncomfortable” ad featuring former cricketing star Shane Warne. By Broede Carmody
Race guide: Four things business owners can learn from the legendary horse trainer Bart Cummings

Race guide: Four things business owners can learn from the legendary horse trainer Bart Cummings

Bart Cummings, whose success as a trainer made him giant of the racing wold, passed away at his family home in Sydney at the age of 87. By Broede Carmody
Importer found to have misled consumers after five-year legal battle; Founder reveals the loneliness of a $US2.5 billion pay day: Midday Roundup

Importer found to have misled consumers after five-year legal battle; Founder reveals the loneliness of a $US2.5 billion pay day: Midday Roundup

A five-year legal battle involving an importer of haircare products has come to an end, with the full court of the Federal Court of Australia ruling Dateline Imports breached Australian law by suggesting one of its products did not contain formaldehyde. By Broede Carmody
Former PM Julia Gillard on STEM, diversity and how dragons and sharks encourage Aussies to be entrepreneurs

Former PM Julia Gillard on STEM, diversity and how dragons and sharks encourage Aussies to be entrepreneurs

Making entrepreneurship more visible and embracing it as a part of Australian culture will encourage the next generation of Aussie innovators, according to former prime minister Julia Gillard. By Denham Sadler
Mayne: how and why investment banks and boards shaft retail investors

Mayne: how and why investment banks and boards shaft retail investors

Despite banging the drum for years over the unfairness of capital raisings, it is disappointing the way some mainstream media players still don’t understand some of the fundamentals of Australia’s anything-goes system. By Stephen Mayne
Four things your business is missing out on by failing to tap into big data

Four things your business is missing out on by failing to tap into big data

Big data has become a buzzword in recent years, but many small businesses are missing out on opportunities to leverage this information in order to improve customer service and boost sales. By Broede Carmody
Why Australia needs a small business borrowers’ bill of rights

Why Australia needs a small business borrowers’ bill of rights

Providers of online, payday and peer-to-peer loans for small businesses say they are increasingly concerned that the lack of regulation of their sector could see a few bad apples destroy it. By Neil Slonim
Going for growth with the right mix of government policies

Going for growth with the right mix of government policies

I've recently been to three east coast capitals and from what I see governments are getting it right with business flourishing. By Kevin Moore
Adapting to rapid consumer change

Adapting to rapid consumer change

The digital revolution and the explosion of social media has profoundly changed what influences customers. By Sue Barrett
Fast Lane: The darker side of business travel

Fast Lane: The darker side of business travel

Part of the job of being SmartCompany editor involves regular interstate trips from Melbourne to Sydney and Canberra and even the occasional bit of overseas travel. By Cara Waters
Help! I don’t know what to put in my email subject lines

Help! I don’t know what to put in my email subject lines

The subject line for your company emails can be tricky things to master, but it's well worth getting them right. By Aunty B
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