small business

Voice Of Small Business Is Silent On The COVID-19 Commission
22 May 2020

Voice Of Small Business Is Silent On The COVID-19 Commission

Senator Michaelia Cash is the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business in the Morrison government. It’s one thing for a minister to have such a title. It’s another thing entirely for the government to take that title seriously. It might have been that the minister was absent when the Morrison government was busy selecting the members of its
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We Need Strength To Survive, Not A Shutdown Of Our Economy
31 March 2020

We Need Strength To Survive, Not A Shutdown Of Our Economy

Australia needs strength to survive the coronavirus, but many policies designed to manage the spread may be counterproductively weakening our social, political and economic systems.   Last week two images from Bondi shocked and appalled the nation.    The first image that caused a stir was a typically Australian scene of carefree Bondi bathers. At any other time this would be unremarkable, but when social distancing and mass
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Cut Red Tape To Boost Small Business
19 August 2019

Cut Red Tape To Boost Small Business

A new research brief by free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs details the extent of Australia’s small business crisis. “To meet its election commitment to oversee the creation of 250,000 new small and family businesses over the next five years, the Coalition Government must cut red tape, implement industrial relations reform, and reduce taxes,” said IPA Research Fellow,
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New Business Fund Ignores Biggest Issue: Red Tape
24 April 2019

New Business Fund Ignores Biggest Issue: Red Tape

The Australian Business Growth Fund is a short-sighted proposal which ignores red tape and industrial relations as the major constraints on small business growth in Australia. The fund, announced by the Prime Minister on Tuesday,  would see the federal government partnering with banks to provide small and medium business owners with equity. The assumption is that access to credit is
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IPA: Cut Red Tape To Boost Small Business
23 April 2019

IPA: Cut Red Tape To Boost Small Business

“Small business growth in Australia requires less red tape, not another taxpayer subsidised, government run scheme,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the government announced the establishment of the Australian Business Growth Fund. The fund will involve government partnering with banks to provide small and medium business owners
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Loans Are A Wrong And Risky Way To Help Small Business, Mr Treasurer
22 November 2018

Loans Are A Wrong And Risky Way To Help Small Business, Mr Treasurer

The Federal Government’s proposed $2 billion small business loan scheme is the wrong response to a real problem. The decline of small businesses in Australia presents a substantial policy challenge. In 2017 there were 6,000 fewer new businesses than a decade earlier, despite Australia’s working age population growing by 20 per cent, according to a recent report by my colleague
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