Ken Phillips

Small retailers will suffer the ultimate penalty

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Tony Abbott was ridiculed for his stance on penalty rates, but an agreement signed by Business SA and the shoppies union reveals who the true fools are.

How the ATO is oppressing small business

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The ATO is happy to cut deals with big business when handling tax disputes but it's a completely different story for small business.

Victoria's sovereign risk problem

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The cancellation of the East West Link contract has trashed Victoria’s reputation as a reliable place to invest.

Toll takeover should come with a TWU warning

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Toll's relationship with unions could put a thorn in the side of Japan Post's logistics ambitions.

Why the government should overhaul Labor's illegal logging laws

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Government should work more closely with industry to make sure that illegal logging laws can achieve their goal without making criminals of small businesses.

The weird world of global politics

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Voters may claim to want stable governance, but the rise of special interest parties around the world has given rise to a new era of unpredictable politics.

Abbott's policy muddle is taking its toll

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Tony Abbott's inability to stay on message is having a disastrous effect on his popularity, and is starting to alienate his most ardent supporters.

Why can’t Colbeck see the wood for the trees?

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Oppressive laws on the importation of wood products will put many small businesses on the chopping block. The government is either very short-sighted or is deliberately intent on culling the industry.

Victoria's building union crackdown reaches the next level

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The three-month ban on builder McConnell Dowell demonstrates the ongoing change in Victoria's construction industry, and why the ALP must not win at the upcoming state election.

Victoria must brace for an election wrecking ball

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The opinion polls suggest Labor will triumph at the Victorian state election, but voters may be unaware of the consequences of the party's strong ties to the CFMEU.

An open letter to Boral’s Mike Kane

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Company executives have as much explaining to do as the union heavyweights driving the stink in construction. The royal commission’s scrutiny must apply across the board.

How Napthine could win voters back

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The Victorian government's fiscal discipline has busted state construction blowouts as well as flushing out Geoff Shaw at the party's expense. It's a reason for praise - not mistrust.

How Abbott is rebuilding the construction landscape

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The Coalition's federal code of conduct will overhaul the deal-making environment in the construction sector, cutting down on costs. Big resource companies need to wake up to the changes.

Reaping the rewards of a fair go for small business

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There's a compelling moral argument for reviewing Australia's competition laws in favour of small business, ensuring a system that is equitable and just for all.

Abbott’s competition review will weigh on big business

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Looking at the Abbott government's record of commitment to small business, it's understandable the big end of town is worried. The competition review indicates a recalibration is on the horizon.

How Napthine could get back on track in Victoria

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A leadership change last year failed to translate into a lead at the polls, but there's one central issue that could see the Napthine government claim victory in November's state election.

Mall for one but not for all

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Shopping centre owners have no ground to argue against fair contract laws, which will ensure tenants can negotiate on a level playing field.

Harnessing the power of the one-man brand

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Self-employed individuals can strengthen relationships with consumers and add value to their services by building a personal brand. The first step is to think of yourself as a business.

China banks on SMEs for growth

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The Communist Party's reform manifesto aims to level the playing field for privately-owned small and medium enterprises.

Freelance workers: hits and myths

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New research shows managers' concerns over the commitment of independent contractors are misplaced, with freelance workers showing high levels of enthusiasm and dedication to their clients.

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