Australia/New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 28/05/2008

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from Australia and New Zealand:

  • SMEs unlikely to be moved by new laws: Moves to reduce tax compliance costs were unlikely to have a significant effect on businesses’ overall compliance burden, say tax experts. Finance minister Michael Cullen and revenue minister Peter Dunne yesterday said legislation…
  • Forum for small businesses: Australian ministers will join their New Zealand counterparts in Christchurch tomorrow to talk about climate change, regulatory reforms and small business. Small Business Minister Clayton Cosgrove said it was the first time New…
  • Petrol price promise non-core: KEVIN Rudd’s election promise to keep petrol prices low has been exposed as non-core. That was confirmed when Climate Change and Water Minister Penny Wong announced that the cost of carbon credits from the forthcoming emissions trading scheme would apply to petrol. The cost is likely to be equivalent to doubling the GST at the bowser.
  • Small Business Ministerial Council in Christchurch: Small Business Ministerial Council meets on trans-Tasman issues in Christchurch tomorrow. Climate change, regulatory reforms and improving the ease of doing business are key agenda items for the Small Business Ministerial Council meeting in Christchurch tomorrow, says the Small Business Minister Clayton Cosgrove.

  • National small business summit for Sydney: The 2008 Virgin Blue National Small Business Summit will be held at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel on June 11. Convened by the Council of Small Business of Australia, the summit will bring together leading business figures, regulators and senior parliamentarians to discuss and review the significant challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s dynamic small business sector.

As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.

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