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Interest rates remain unchanged 01 June, 2010
The Reserve Bank has left interest rates unchanged amid renewed signs of global economic weakness.
Small business and the Resources Super Profits Tax 27 May, 2010
The Resources Super Profits Tax (RSPT) was announced by the Federal Government as part of their response to the Henry Tax Review earlier this month. The very public debate that has ensued since has centred on the impact of the tax to the mining industry. But what exactly is the Tax and what impact will it have on small business
Small businesses boosting staff salaries to stay competitive 25 May, 2010
According to a recent survey by the Australian Institute of Management small business have increased salaries more than their  larger counterparts to stay competitive in a tightening labour market.
Is perception worse than reality for SME lending 21 May, 2010
Federal Small Business Minister Craig Emerson believes that the perception of SME lending is far worse than the reality of the market situation.
$500 Anti Money Laundering Levy to start next year 18 May, 2010
In a low key change in the recent Federal Budget, Australian businesses will be forced to pay the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) a flat fee levy of $500 each per year.
Small business and the Federal Budget 12 May, 2010
While the Budget papers describe Australia's 2.4 million small businesses as the "backbone" of the economy, most pundits believe that there is very little that is new in the Federal Budget for small business
Inflationary pressures ease as interest rates bite 11 May, 2010
There are signs monetary tightening by the Reserve Bank and the end of the Government'sstimulus package are having the desired effect on inflation with Australian executives reportinglower expectations across a range of indices for the start of the new financial year.
RBA raises interest rates again 05 May, 2010
The Reserve Bank of Australia has raised the official interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.5 percent. Governor Glenn Stevens said in a statement that the decision was based on forecasts for world GDP growth, which have been lately revised upwards, and strength in financial sectors.
Mixed reviews for Henry Tax Review Reforms 04 May, 2010
The long awaited Henry Tax Review reforms have received mixed reviews from relevant stakeholders since their release on Sunday. Responses to the Rudd Government announcements have ranged from strong opposition to enthusiastic support each supported by various proof points.
Competition fierce between telcos 30 April, 2010
Telcos both large and small are benefiting from the transformation of internet access from a luxury purchase into a commodity. The increased adoption rate of new technology such as wireless connections are also driving growth, along with increased demand for mobile data plans as internet-enabled smartphones flood the market.

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